Open Thread: Inside the new Stadium

A-Rod, targeting May 15, heading to Tampa soon
Bernie still wants to play

The view from center field. (Photo courtesy of WCBS Sports Director Jared Max/WFAN)

In one week from tonight, Mike and I will have seen our first game at new Yankee Stadium. This afternoon, we nabbed a pair of Grandstand tickets off of StubHub for Saturday’s exhibition game in the Bronx against the Cubs. (Joe is flying in that day from a Vegas trip and couldn’t make it with us.) We’ll have a full post up about it then.

In the meantime, take a look at this photo set from WFAN.com. The CBS Sports Director Jared Max had the run of the stadium with his camera this week, and the pictures look great. We’ve got field view shots of the whole park, glimpses of Tommy Bahamas and the ever-popular Garlic Fries and some handy exit signs.

The photos also allow us to see some of the quirks and intricacies of the new park. For example, the plate is closer to the backstop than at old Yankee Stadium. So pitchers will lose a few foul pop outs. There’s still not a lot of foul territory in the outfield either.

While the Yanks are rumored to be keeping the overplayed Y.M.C.A. dance, on a happier note, the organ made the trip across the street. Anyway, poke around those photo sets. From wider concourses to more legroom, the park looks like a baseball playground.

Jeter Day-to-Day with Pinky Bruise
Joe will have a longer game recap at midnight with some thoughts on the CF battle and the long reliever debate, but I wanted to drop in a quick injury update. Yankees Captain and starting short stop Derek Jeter left today’s game with an injured lefty pinky knuckle. He bruised his finger in a first-inning collision with Braves’ first baseman Greg Norton but remained in the game. He is listed as day-to-day and plans to play tomorrow.

Anyway, here’s your open thread. You know what to do.

A-Rod, targeting May 15, heading to Tampa soon
Bernie still wants to play
  • Yankeegirl49

    The stadium looks more amazing with each new set of pics. I am one for tradition and was opposed to a new stadium. Once it became a reality, I accepted it and am now more than excited to walk inside. I’ll be there Fri & Sta and I doubt I’ll be watching much of the game.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Have you seen it yet? I was there on wednesday picking up some tickets. It is massive, totally state of the art and gorgeous. It’s the Baseball version of the Vatican. Everyone else plays in a ballpark, the Yanks play in the Roman Collesium in its heyday.

      • Yankeegirl49

        I havent seen it since Nov. What you said is pretty much what everyone is saying. I have a friend who works for the company that built it and he said the same. He couldn’t get me inside, but he did get me one of the hardhats the construction crew wore. I gotta get it signed.

  • DCR

    Is it possible for Jeter to go a year without injuring his hand?

    • Mike Pop

      With Cabrera to the Nats, maybe.

      • anonymous

        Thats what I was hoping..

    • Expired Milk

      Jeters pimp hand is not as strong as we thought I guess.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    This is for Rebecca, she has some compañeros out there.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/the_yankees_and_i_are_going_th.html

    Although I hope it doesn’t sour her too much on being a Yankee fan.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I read Jane’s book, just finished last night actually, and while I enjoyed it and thought it to be an amusing look at the Yanks through the eyes of a fan, I’m 100 percent unsurprised that the Yankees don’t like it. I’ll write more later when I get around to reviewing it, but she really slams the Yankee front office. She tried to go over, under, around and through Jason Zillo once he turned down her request for access, and the Yankees are doing what most of us would do in their position.

      That said, what was Rebecca saying? I haven’t seen her around here lately.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Nothing, I just thought she would get a kick out of that book.

  • Mike Pop

    Papelbon and the sox pen are going to hear alot from the creatures out there ;).

    • anonymous

      Ill never forget how the stadium destroyed Papelbon in the All Star game and he blew the game.

      • pat

        That was so awesome. The fact that NY fans would rather jeer papelbon and get inside his head rather than root for the AL to win the game was quintessential NY. I loved it.

        • Yankeegirl49

          My daughter was at the game, I was at the Bon Jovi show at MSG. She sent me a text when Drew hit the HR that said “Drew just hit a HR, Ill cheer for him over my dead body”.

          • pat

            HAHAH you have her trained well.

  • greg

    Some good stuff on Montero in this piece from BA today:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=2951

    Definitely discouraging news about his catching skills.

    • pat

      The kid’s only 19, he has so much time to work on blocking balls and nailing down his footwork. Footwork and blocking balls are one of the few things that hard work and dedication can fix (as opposed to natural gifts like 98 mph fasball, insane bat speed etc etc.) I did a quick glance at the top few guys on their Prospect Pistols section. Most of those guys played their most recent seasons at age 21 or 22. That’s three full years of either college or professional coaching. That’s a pretty big advantage over a 18 year old from Venezuela in his first professional season.

      Basically there’s still lots of time for him to work on those things.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    http://www.wfan.com/pages/4096925.php?imageGalleryXRefId=1003178#imgXR

    I wonder how the rally squirrel will like his new pole?

    • pat

      OMG THAT BIG STUPID YELLOW POLE IS BLOCKING MY VIEW!!! BILLION DOLLAR STADIUM AND THERE’S BIG YELLOW POLES EVERYWHERESSSS

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Hey, its New York. People complain about everything.

      • Zack

        If you were one of the unlucky people to have your seats right in front of that damn thing, as my family was, perhaps you wouldn’t be trying and failing so hard at being funny.

        Using stupid internet language to make a point or make fun of something has not only gotten old and way overused, but its pretty much counter productive at this point.

        • pat

          Maybe because your family had to suffer through your season ticket placement you’re hypersensitive about it and can’t take a joke.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Wow, the state of comedy is so bad we can’t make jokes about poles anymore. Poles! What on earth is left for us to kid around about.

            BTW-I don’t mean the Polish of course. Who are a fine people.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Dude, my family was robbed at gunpoint by a couple of yellow poles the other day. Not funny.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          IETC

          • pat

            As did I.

          • Spaceman.Spiff

            Nice, my first and second IETCs in what I hope is a long and prosperous career. It’s like my first major league curtain call.

            • Jack

              IDNETC

  • Joe R

    UCCCOOOOOONNNNNNNNN :)

    • Thomas

      Final Four!! The Dove is leading them to the promised land!

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    http://www.wfan.com/pages/4096925.php?imageGalleryXRefId=1003162#imgXR

    Nice. That’s an old school ballpark right there.

    And the frieze that surrounds the stadium really evokes the original stadium built in 1923.

    http://www.yankeephotos.com/ProductImages/UprFascadeBhnd2Base.jpg

    They did a great job of blending the old with the new.

  • andrew

    Mark Texiera interview on WFAN via MLBTR:

    “I always had the Yankees in my sights, and one thing my agent and I had asked every single team is, we’re not going to negotiate through the media, and we ask you not to,” Teixeira said. “The Yankees were really the only team that did that. The other teams went out and told everybody their offers, told everybody that they talked to me, that they made this call, made that trip. The Yankees kept quiet. We talked all winter. When they were ready to make their final offer, it was a great offer, and my wife and I were excited about going to New York.”

    Asked specifically about the Red Sox, who made their December 18 visit to his home in Texas public knowledge, Teixeira admitted to being bothered: “I think in the end, it probably worked against them a little bit, because everyone thought the Red Sox were my No. 1 choice. … The Yankees had a leg up all along.

    Interesting tactics and they definitely worked, I was shocked when I saw Tex to the Yankees on ESPN.

    • MJ

      Ha, yeah. I was sitting in a restaurant with ESPN on and literally jumped out of my chair and had to restrain myself from screaming until I ran outside.

      Great day…..great day.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So I’m going to the game on 4/3.

    Who’s going and going to say hi for me?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      *hi to me

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Mike and I are going. Where are you sitting?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Section: Grandstand Outfield 434 A
        Row: 10
        Seats: 21,22

        I’ll probably be late to the game…I have class till seven and got the professor to not care if I leave ten minutes early, but it till takes me a half hour to get down there. (a fact I conveniently forgot when I bought the tickets)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Oh wait. Sorry. Mike and I are going on Saturday the fourth. Got my dates mixed up. We’ll be at the day game.

          • pat

            OO I’m goin to the saturday game, section 427. I’ll be the one drinking beer wearing yankee gear.

            • Yankeegirl49

              Ill be there both days..friend has the tix so Im not sure where I am sitting. I know its in the Grandstand.

              • pat

                Lucky.

  • AJ

    I have a question for all you Yankee fans out there. I’m a college student looking to see a few games over my summer break, but I don’t want to spend a ton of money. Do bleacher seats sell out early and how are they in terms of gameday? I figure these are the cheapest and easiest seats to get, but I could be wrong.

    • pat

      Usually all the game are sold out through the box office. Whenever I go I just scour craigslist or stubhub the morning of and you can usually find someone desperate. Granted you’ll have to pay more for sox or mets but you can still get good tickets for 25-35 bucks.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Bingo, that’s what I was going to suggest.

  • MJ

    Does anyone else feel that our batters may be extremely bothered by the massive screen straight behind the pitching mound??

    • monkeypants

      Presumably they will not show any graphics while players are batting. Would MLB even allow that?

      • pat

        Probably no moving graphics, just a picture of the batter with his stats.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      That’s part of the home field advantage. When our hitters are at the plate, they will play film of Babe Ruth hitting HR’s, Niel Armstrong landing on the moon and V-Day from WW2.

      When the opposing hitters are at the plate, they will show the Hindenburg crash, Hurricane Katrina and the Zapruder film.

      • pat

        When opponents bat they’re gonna play that film ben linus tried to branwash carl with.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          “branwash”? That sounds painful, I’ll stick with soap.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Couldn’t they just play American Idol?

        • Joe R

          Carl Pavano says hello..?

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Speaking of the ‘Idle’, if I figured it out correctly (#3 starter) he should be back in Yankee stadium on Sunday April 19th.

            Can’t wait to see Carl again. I’m sure the Yankee fans will be very gracious after all the memories he’s given us.

            • J.R.

              Incredibly kind to Carl.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                I miss him terribly.

                But that’s just because my aim sucks.

            • J.R.

              I could see that guy pitching a no hitter against us.

              Just to screw over the yankees one more time.

              • steve (different one)

                no way, they will light him up.

                • J.R.

                  I hope so.

  • MJ

    We should have built the new stadium without a Megatron screen. Then maybe we’d be just as successful as the Cubbies!

  • Raf

    im so excited to see the inside of this stadium. looks amazing. and like someone said above, the exterior looks amazing as well. especially on the Jerome Ave side.
    does anyone know which bullpen will be for the Yanks?

  • Paulie

    This is what Girardi had to say about David Robertson who was sent down today:“He threw the ball OK,” Girardi said. “It’s important he go down and get some work. Robbie’s performed at this level pretty well at times and he performed for us at spring training pretty well at times. He’s a man who has, I think, a good future. He needs to continue a little to mature a little but as pitcher. I told him there’s a chance we’ll see him this year.”

    “There’s a chance we’ll see him this year.” I would have thought they will definitely see him at some point this year.

    Source: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/03/28/eight-men-out/

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      He’s a victim of the Yankee depth in relievers. He doesn’t have any outstanding qualities that makes him really intriguing. Good makeup, good fastball, very good curve and OK control. I always thought he would end up as trade bait and still do.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        “He doesn’t have any outstanding qualities that makes him really intriguing.”

        Dude has a sick curve.

  • J.R.

    Giardi also said that they probably wont have a long man when they break camp.

    My guess now is that they DFA Giese (hope he passes threw waiverrs)and put Berroa on the 40 man. That way no hard decission on a 40 man spot.

    • Zack

      Except of course the very act of putting such a waste as Berrora on the 40 man roster is in and of itself painful.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      No, he said “its possible” they won’t have a long man. Which tells us that most likely, they will.

      It looks like it will be Tomko, who I’ll bet will be off the team by June.

      • Steve H

        Yeah, is Tomko’s upside that great that you risk losing Giese, who pitched better last year than Tomko has pitcher in years, if ever?

        • J.R.

          The real question is: how great is Giese’s upside?

          I think last year was more the Aaron Small effect (capturing lightning in a bottle).

          • Steve H

            But I’d rather see Giese get the chance to prove he is or isn’t Aaron Small. We know what Tomko is, and it’s not very good. Tomko has never caught lightning in a bottle, and he’s had plenty of opportunities.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Tomko, Geise.

          Meh.

          • steve (different one)

            exactly.

            they are both fodder. Tomko has looked better, so he might get Giese’s spot. who cares?

            if the Yankees get to a point this year where they regret cutting Giese, things will have gone horribly, horribly awry.

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Yeah, its the long man out of the pen we’re talking about. You can grab a guy off waivers to fill that role.

            • Steve H

              Tomko had an AL ERA+ of 61 last year, Giese 126 in comparable innings. That should hold some weight.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                Oh yeah? Well you can sponsor his page on BR for $10.

                http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/gieseda01.shtml

                How good can he be if it only costs ten freakin bucks to sponsor his page? David Ortiz’s page costs over $300!!!

                • Steve H

                  And, you should have added, Brett Tomko’s page is already sponsored, so he must be better than Giese.

                  Case closed.

                • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                  Well yes, but its sponsored by a cult of child molesters.

                  I don’t think that settles anything, no siree.

          • J.R.

            Yeah pretty much.

            And its possible we don’t see either of them in the Bronx this year.

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Hopefully you never see him. That means your starting 5 are doing their jobs well.

              • J.R.

                I think a long man could help save the pen and the starters alot.

                Say Wang’s sinker is off and he’s out in the 3rd. Or say Joba is up 7-0 in the fourth inning. Put in Tomko/Giese and let them play mop up and save Joba’s innings.

                • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                  I’ve read your comment 3 times, read my comment 4 times, and I still can’t figure out for the life of me why a word of what I said made you feel necessary to respond the way you did.

                  You sir, are an enigma.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  And you sir, are a vestigio. See, I can make up words too.

                • J.R.

                  You said “Hopefully you never see him. That means your starting 5 are doing their jobs well.”

                  Then I pointed out one situation where you could see them because a starter is doing well.

                  And it was in a conversation about long relief.

  • pat

    Finally we have a good bball game on.

  • John

    Damn you Pitt!!! Those missed FTs (and all perfectly made FTs by Nova)were killer, as was the walk by Blair.

    • steve (different one)

      man, if Villanova lost that braindead inbounds heave would go down in infamy….

      • John

        too bad that didnt happen, my bracket’s gone as I had picked them to win it all.

        • steve (different one)

          my bracket’s been dead since the 2nd round…

          • Drew

            i was 30th/500 in the lohud tourney. Then Mizzou won.

  • MurrayPresent

    I’m watching the 77 series on YES. When did people start wearing jerseys to the games (fans)?

  • pat

    Anybody else watch Mythbusters? I gotta say, I have a little crush on that girl Kari, she’s pretty cute.

    • Steve H

      I’ve only watched it once, but yeah, you’re right about Kari.

  • Tom Zig

    Jeez Ben, 5 posts in a row. Nice work. They don’t make you write appellate briefs at NYU?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      You know what they say: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

      The appellate brief was handed in last week — or at least draft number 1 was. Monday is my critique conference.

  • Mike R.

    Han-Ram demanded a trade oday only to “change his mind” hours later
    after a meeting with management. If he were on the block what would you be willing to give up in a trade?

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/fort_lauderdale/sfl-flsphyde27sbmar27,0,6578163,print.column

    • Drew

      My left nut.

    • Tom Zig

      Would Hughes+ IPK + Romine or Montero get it done?

      • pat

        Doubtful. They’d want to eviscerate us. Think Hughes, Ajax, Montero with a few fillers like z-mac and coke.

    • Paulie

      If this story is true, he has some issues. If he were to be traded to the Yankees he would have to cut his hair as well, so would he be upset and ask to be traded?

      • Drew

        I’d imagine he would be willing to do that if his team’s payroll was over 20 mil.

      • Tom Zig

        Corn rows would be fine on the Yanks…no?

        Obviously jewelry and tattoos are acceptable.

    • pat

      I would be willing to sacrifice drew’s left nut as well.

      • Jack

        Hell, I’d also throw in Drew’s right nut if that’s what it takes.

  • Drew

    USA scores off a corner kick with 3 minutes left! tie game.

  • hoppiemochie

    Hiya all of youz!..
    How are yaz doing?