Exhibition Game Thread: One Final Tune-Up

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New Stadium at nightAh finally, the last day of meaningless baseball. The only thing on the line today is the utility infielder job, but I think that’s already been decided and just hasn’t been announced. After the game the team will get ready for their season opener on Monday afternoon, when they’ll be in Camden to take on the improving Orioles.

The New Stadium looked amazing last night, now we get to see how she looks during the day. As Ben mentioned this morning, the two of us will be there to soak it all in. Well, hopefully the weather cooperates and we won’t have to soak anything in, literally. I’ll be wandering around beforehand, but I’ll settle in to my seat (Section 420B, Row 5, Seat 9) about a half-hour before first pitch. Stop by and say hi.

AJ Burnett is starting and will be relieved by Andy Pettitte. I’m guessing we’ll see Phil Coke and Damaso Marte if any extra arms are needed since they didn’t throw yesterday. Head on over to LoHud for the lineup. Enjoy the game folks.

Photo Credit: Eric Thayer, Reuters

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

    Woah…why is Pettite relieving?

    • Steve H

      If you hadn’t learned from the B-Jobbers, relievers are more important than starters.

  • Steve H

    For those out of market, MLB.TV is a lot better than last year. I got to watch last nights game and was blown away by the improvement. A little choppy here and there, but overall very good, and the picture is phenomenal with the nexdef plugin.

    Also wanted to share this nugget of common sense I just read on Rotoworld. It’s a perfect summation.

    There was nothing especially strange about Chamberlain’s velocity issues this spring. If he wasn’t so incredibly hyped (for good reason) and a Yankee, they wouldn’t have gotten any play at all.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      I tried MLB.tv last night and the quality was horrible. It didn’t show the game, so I had to listen to it like a radio. (Although it was probably just the computer.)

      • Steve H

        I couldn’t get it in Firefox (probably due to some add-ons) and was able to get it right away in IE. Like MattG says below, you have to download the high def plugin and adjust the video quality.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

          Nevermind, it was just because I had it on full screen. I guess it doesn’t work full screen for my computer. But, I don’t need it today.

    • radnom

      Are you able to find the link for todays free game?
      I was able to watch last night but I can’t find where to watch today.

      • MattG

        I am watching on MLB.tv. And the quality is excellent. You need to download the hi-def plug-in, and bump the video quality to the maximum.

        • Arman Tamzarian

          How do I do that?

          • andrew

            On the bottom of the mlb.tv screen theres a link to download

            • Arman Tamzarian

              Found it, Thanks

          • MattG

            I just clicked “Yes” (or equivalent) on the pop-up in the lower right corner, and it took care of the rest. You’ve probably been closing it without reading it.

            If you refresh the window, you’ll probably get the pop-up back.

  • Expired Milk

    I was looking forward to Burnett starting :(

  • whozat

    Wait…Pettitte is starting now?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    OMG ANDY ONLY THREW 57 MPH ON THAT STRIKEOUT PITCH AGAINST RAMIREZ!

    • Expired Milk

      Still faster than Jamie Moyer

  • Thomas

    What’s the deal with the huge delay time on MLB TV?

    • MattG

      That’s how streaming works. You need a reserve of data before you start displaying anything.

      • Thomas

        Yeah, but I can get a Chinese version of the game that is a half an inning further ahead in the game. Or for CBS March Madness, it is only like a minute gametime delay. The MLB has a huge delay IMO.

        • MattG

          Oh, well–it’s only one pitch behind the game cast for me. Which is all I have to judge it against. And last night, it was actually ahead of the game cast.

          There are probably other factors.

          • Thomas

            I think it might have been just my connection. I reloaded it and it is better now. Weird.

    • andrew

      I’ve never used anything online that didn’t have a delay… gamecast, the ncaa tournament on demand, mlb.tv

      if you’re saying the delay is more than usual, i’ve got no answer for you

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Was anybody at the game yesterday, and sat in or near the obstructed seats? I’m curious as to how bad they are?

    • Thomas

      http://tinyurl.com/dxkb5w

      I haven’t sat there, but here a link to a set of photos from TSJC at those seats. The rest of the album is good as well.

      • Arman Tamzarian

        Thanks

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Why do people act like HRs are a bad thing sometimes? If Cano hit 30-35 homers and it sacrificed his BA by a few points that would be more than fine with me.

    • whozat

      Obviously, if that was the case. But the thought process is that, if he’s looking inside for pitches to jack, he’ll lose more than a few points of AVG. As he matures as a hitter, he can start to maybe anticipate an inside pitch in certain counts or something, or from certain pitchers, but if he starts changing his approach too much, that’d be bad.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I agree with you; he shouldn’t start to change his approach because he doesn’t need that “burden” right now. But if he could do that, I’d prefer it.

  • Wolf Williams

    Andy Pettitte, meet retirement….. Retirement, meet Andy Pettitte.

    • DP

      Jeez, one wind-aided spring training HR and you are sending the guy to retirement? Harsh.

      • Wolf Williams

        Hey, I’m just having some late spring training fun…. It’ll be at least APril 23 before I call for Pettitte to hang it up.

  • MattG

    wind assisted right there.

  • MattG

    See, that’s how you start a rally. That Soriano is just a selfish homer-hitting rally-killer

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    What surgery, baby?!

  • Wolf Williams

    Jorge ….. throwing like he has something to prove. That was encouraging.

  • McCaff

    Went to the game last night, stadium is siiiiiick.

  • Reggie C.

    This Wolverine movie is getting a ridiculous amount of air-time. It better be good.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I saw about half of it–it’s pretty good.

    • Thomas

      Apparently, you can already see it online. The first major money film to be stolen online.

      • Reggie C.

        so i’ve heard … can’t do it.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        The CGI isn’t finished, though.

        You pumped for tonight?!

        • Thomas

          Yeah, I think we’ll beat Michigan State, but it should be a good game either way.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Word. My sister is at a wedding down in FLA right now and the bride is a UConn grad and the groom is also a UConn fan and back when they were planning the wedding, they agreed if UConn was in the Final Four, they’d get flatscreens for the reception.

  • Drew

    Kay is such an idiot.

  • McCaff

    Don’t ever blame Derek Jeter ever again Michael Kay

  • Wolf Williams

    As perfect a bunt as there canever be…. wow. Girardi has this team ready to play.

  • Drew

    But he’s soooo old!

  • Wolf Williams

    Hey….. is it October yet? Holy cow……

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    El Capitan!

  • whozat

    So, when do we start to get concerned that this is going to play as an EXTREME hitters park?

    • Reggie C.

      its a pretty windy day in the Bronx.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        it’s going to be windy a lot. with the open stadium. wind will travel through it easier and cause more homeruns, a lot more carry.

  • Drew

    Hola number 27

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Didn’t need the wind on that one, baby!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I choose option 5: Melvin.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    I really hope Cano keeps up this hitting this year. I love watching him play. He can really be something else.

  • andrew

    Love David Cone right now, advocating kids go out there and smash their fingers to add movement to their pitches… hahaha

    • Thomas

      “How bad do you want?” So great!

  • Wolf Williams

    Is Matsui trying to put himself back on the DL? This is, after all, an exhibition game with a 4-runlead.. sheesh.

    • andrew

      Matsui doesn’t decide whether or not the 3rd base coach sends him or not

  • Wolf Williams

    Andy Pettitte, meet Cy Young….. Cy Young, meet Andy Pettitte.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Gun just showed Pettitte’s fastball at 55..haha..FIFTY FUCKING FIVE!!!! that’s hysterical. Will that gun ever tell the truth.

  • Wolf Williams

    How the hell would Abreu have played right/right center if balls are going to carry like this? Good thing he’s not out there anymore.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      swisher will be out there by the second home series.

      • Wolf Williams

        With Jeter’s inside-out swings and the way the balls carry out there, the Cap’n might hit 50 doubles this season.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          and 30 hrs.

          • andrew

            and 150 rbi’s

            • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

              .400 ave. declining where?

              • donttradecano

                in the field

  • Wolf Williams

    I think the Red Sox are folding their tents and getting ready for 2010…. What will happen to this lineup with A-Rod back in it?

    • VO

      You know, this truely is great 8 to nothing without A-Rod.

      • VO

        8-1*

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    arrr. tex crush ball. tex strong!

  • manimal

    Really texiera? like one wasn’t enough?

  • Drew

    We need to save this for the season

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      No, we need to carry this into the season. power of positive thinking.

      • MurrayPresent

        Girardi says he wants to win every game, spring training, exhibition whatever…. he said he just wants the team to get used to winning and hate losing.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          That’s a good plan. to win.

          • MurrayPresent

            The idea was not to say “Well it’s only spring training.” or “It’s only an exhibition.” He wants the team to NOT have that attitude about any game.

  • VO

    The house that Tex built!

  • Wolf Williams

    Is Burnett a fly-ball pitcher? I hope not……

    • VO

      He’s a strikeout pitcher.

  • MurrayPresent

    This is so great. Too bad it’s not the regular season. But we’ve suffered through enough sucky springs. Hope the RAB guys are loving this! How are the seats boys?

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    we need to sign 5 wangs and grow that infield grass.

    • VO

      We also need to sign 9 Teixeira’s.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        man, they would never get any outs in the outfield.

  • manimal

    7 runs in the first 4 innings yesturday, 8 in 4 innings today.Holy shit.

    • VO

      They said were gonna win with pitching, that may be true. But hitting can’t hurt.

  • Wolf Williams

    So far, it appears that the infield is hard and fast, and right-right center fields are paradise for long fly ball hitters….. With less foul pop-up space behind home plate, are the Yankees now a threat to break the single-season runs-scored mark? Of course, the grounds crew can let the grass grow in the infield to negate the slick surface, but the home runs are already piling up.

  • Drew

    Love fest in the boothe

    • MurrayPresent

      All Girardi’s former teammates. He sounds like he’s loving life right now.

      • manimal

        Duh, look at the scoreboard.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          they’re in the booth dummy.

          • andrew

            I think he was saying that Girardi’s loving life because of the scoreboard, not because of Wells making jokes in the booth

            • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

              sorry, for got to add a *sarcasm tag*. thought that was kind of obvious.

  • andrew

    what? a soprano’s star at the stadium?! you mean rich people actually are passionate about the yankees!?!?! ZOMG!

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Yeah I sat near George Will a few times at the old stadium. Let me tell you, that guy was freaking intense. Frank Thomas was peeing his pants that day.

  • Wolf Williams

    Perfect illustration of why Melky got sent down last season…..

  • Wolf Williams

    Not sure Jeter gets that last grounder…..

    • andrew

      true

  • andrew

    Kay has gotten the count/outs/situation wrong atleast 2 or 3 times today…

    • Drew

      Yes, he is an idiot. The worst was mistaking a solid single out to right field for a stike em out throw em out dp

      • andrew

        Well yea, that was the worst one, but you make it sound worse than it was.
        Derrek Lee was up with a man on first, it was a called strike and Posada threw the runner out at 2nd. Kay thought Lee was out also at the plate, so when Lee singled to right field on the next pitch, he credited it to Milton Bradley and thought there were 2 outs.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      so has yes..more then that. i’ve watch the count is constantly off.

      • andrew

        One of them Lee swung out a pitch on a 2-1 count and said something about having the green light with 3-0

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          it’s still spring training for him too.

          • andrew

            very true.

    • Joop

      The scoreboard is off from what I understand.

      • Drew

        Yea but do you need a scoreboard to tell you the guy was on first base and ran to second?

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    I’m looking forward to AJ pitching this year. I was against the signing, but he’s growing on me. He could really be dominant. Like that. Damn! 9 up and down

  • Wolf Williams

    Is it too early to start wondering if this is 1998 all over again………….?

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      it is, but it’s a nice thought.

  • andrew

    I’m very excited for AJ Burnett this year.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    man, i can not wait to go to a game.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    the gun looks like it’s got to be like 8-10 mph off.

    • Drew

      Yea dude I can’t trust the damn thing.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        not at all. if it was on, pettitte was throwing fastballs between 55 and 88 mph.

    • andrew

      Burnett’s fastballs have been in the 88-91 range from what i’ve seen, so I’m guessing its 5 MPH at most. He’s not the 95-98 guy he used to be.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        he was hitting 93 in his first start this spring. and last year he would hit 96-97 frequently against the yankees. i think this suckas still got some juice.

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        burnett was hitting 93 in his first start this spring. and last year he was hit 96-97 frequently against the yankees. i think this suckas still got some juice.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          fucker…didn’t show the first one, so i rewrote it, sorry.

  • Drew

    Sick back door slider there

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Man, I wish I could see how hard he’s throwing. I don’t really care, but it looks so free and easy…and hard.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    oh shelly.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Did they forget to install garbage cans at the new stadium?

  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

    I was there too with my son. Seven years old. He was stoked.

    Challenger the Bald Eagle made a grand entrance to start things off. Nothing like when we first saw Challenger on Sept 18th, 2001 the first home game after 9/11.

    It seemed that in the new stadium, Challenger was a bit confused at first, circling the mound several times, but finally landing when he got comfortable. I could relate.

    It was crazy windy, the ball was flying out, really carrying to right center. On days like today at least, fugedabowdit.

  • brendan

    wait.. i was in 420B. did you hear someone harrassing some cubs fans in row 3 or so? that was me.