Exhibition Game Thread: Test Runnin’

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Chien-Ming WangBaseball in New York is finally back. It’s been six long months since the city last hosted a game featuring big leaguers, and even though tonight’s game is just an exhibition, who cares? It’s baseball in New York.

The star of the show will undoubtedly be the New Stadium, which will experience the tender lovin’ of a Major League game for the first time tonight, even though the game doesn’t count. The weatherman says to expect some showers throughout the evening, but the baseball gods have a way of taking care of these things. Remember, the final game at the Old Stadium was threatened by rain, but come first pitch there was nothing but blue skies and sunshine.

Lou Piniella and his Chicago Baby Bears will help christen the new place in what amounts to nothing more than a test run of all the services and neat little features. Between tonight and tomorrow the bigwigs will get an idea of what needs to be improved before the season starts, and then while the Yanks are on the road the next two weeks, that stuff will be taken care of. Beautiful, ain’t it?

Here’s the starting nine:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Matsui, DH
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Nady, RF
Ransom, 3B
Gardner, CF

On the mound is number forty, Chien-Ming Wang.

Both YES and the MLB Network will be carrying the game; first pitch is scheduled for 7:15. Enjoy folks.

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  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    That was a sick new intro to YES, not going to lie.

  • anonymous

    test

    • anonymous

      so far so good

  • Drew

    Game, Blouses.

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

    Past a didn’t even bother to dive Jeter.

    • Drew

      The ground is wet bro. He’s not tryin to be uncomfortable the rest of the game.

  • Mike

    Anyone else would have gotten that groundball!!!! Jeter in teh outfield!11!1!!!

  • andrew

    Gardner’s arm looks pretty good.

    • Mike

      I was going to say the same. I wasn’t sure how it was.

      • anonymous

        From what Ive noticed he doesnt have a gun but he can aim well and he sets up and releases good. Makes due with what he has. Grit.

      • andrew

        Yea, personally, I think accuracy from the OF is more important than arm strength. Sure, it would be nice to have both, but if I had to take one I’d take accuracy

  • Tony

    Umpire has a nice but

    • Tony

      *butt

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    gardner!!!

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    how many game before bradley gets hurt?

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    what’s with all the empty seats?

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

      It’s an exhibition game and it rained all day.

      • Dave M

        That’s no excuse

    • Drew

      Lol, citifield is empty.

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

        Holy cow, yeah it is.

  • Mike

    That screen in CF is so small….

  • Bryan

    The stadium looks niiiiiiice

  • Drew

    Do you believe these idiots on ESPN saying that Jeter is leading off so he can get the first hit in the stadium? I think that may be one of the dumbest theories I’ve ever heard. And I’ve heard some dumb ones.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Melky who?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I thought Jeter hit nothing but singles?

    • Drew

      Lucky bounce. He’s soooo old! Pretty soon he’ll be riding around in a hover-round out there.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        He can go go go! in his hover-round.

  • andrew

    I remember there were some concerns about camera angles in the new stadium and whether or not they were conducive to TV viewing, but it looks great to me.

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    nice intro music for texiera

    • Drew

      I want to rock.. ROCK

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    I <3 Texiera

    • andrew

      bust.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Failure.

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

    Well, here we go. $180M down the drain …

  • kSturnz

    Sui just missed taht first fastball.

  • Drew

    Look at the size of those damn seats behind home plate.

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

    Leadoff double, strand the runner. Just like last year.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      OMG WHERE IS TEH SMALL BALL?!??!?!?!?

  • donttradecano

    the net seems to be a little annoying… hope they fix that

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    LOL Paulie’s got JOKES.

  • andrew

    I like how Kay fired back at O’Neill about the joke O’Neill made about the size of Kay’s head by telling everyone that Cone was allowed into the clubhouse earlier today and O’Neill wasn’t allowed

  • kSturnz

    i hope that annoying whistling after strikeouts stayed in the old ballpark. for there will be many strikeouts

  • Dave M

    I have to get my Direct TV back. This is killing me. My cable company does carry YES because they say I live in Red Sox territory. But they black out MLB Network, MLB.tv, and Extra Innings because they say I live in the Yankees local area.

    However, MLB.tv is not blacking out tonights game. But the video is frozen more often then not.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jesus Christ, I hope that tool who is literally sweating bullets whilst standing next to that hot chick during the FOX Business commercials is not making a return this season.

    • Drew

      haha i hate that guy

  • andrew

    At least Jetes dove for that one!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Mid-season form, huh, Captain?

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

      Now let’s see how many extra pitches CMW has to throw now because Jeter couldn’t turn that ball into the final out of the inning.

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

        So far two, with two runs in.

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

          Five pitches. Not too bad that time.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Past-a-diving…

  • alex

    past a diving jeter

  • baseballnation

    With Gathright up, the ball passed:

    “Through a diving Jeter.”

    Haha. Here’s to many more gentleman.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    So much for the improved defense.

    FUNDAMENTALS, GUYS!

  • Jack
    • Chip

      That is awesome!

  • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

    Mike:

    You should do something similar to RLYW where SG follows the “A-Rod in the tabloids,” but with Michael Kay and the amount of times he says, “Past a diving Jeter” this year.

    Sound good?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Heh, that’s an awesome idea.

    • Rich

      Bandwidth is expensive. Just sayin’.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    So Jeter’s bad defense costs the Yanks two runs and more pitches for Wang. I wonder how often that’s going to happen this summer.

    • Rich

      How much longer will protecting his ego be a bigger priority than winning baseball games?

  • Drew

    Nady’s cut off throw went about 30 feet to Cano. For all the hate Bobby got he had a cannon for an arm. I’m already tired of Nady.

    • Chip

      A canon that almost always misfired. He almost never threw it within 5 ft of third base. Plus, you have to get to the ball before you can throw it

      • Drew

        I thought he was accurate generally. But its a moot point now..

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

    Man, the walls in Citifield are UUUUUGE.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I’ve got that game on NESN but they’re having difficulties so I’m not saying much, haha.

      MLBTV keeps freezing up on me so I guess I’ll just save the treat for an ESPN and/or FOX game til I get home. It looked fantastic though. I miss the old one but I look forward to 80 years of this one.

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

    Daniel Murphy, Gold Glover.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    My Mo, Daniel Murphy is an atrocious outfielder.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jorge Posada says take that bitchassness to the little girl’s league, Lilly.

  • Wolf Williams

    Maybe I’m a little late on this, but are we at the point when Michael Kay should record “past a diving Derek Jeter” and just hit the PLAY button five or six times a game?

  • Chip

    ROBBIE!!!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Robbie Cano!!!!!!!

    (Yes, I am this excited for a ST game; fuck off.)

  • Drew

    HOLY CANOli

  • Rich

    Comeback player of the year candidate.

  • Wolf Williams

    It never gets old, watching a Yankee HR at the yard… Robbie CANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Robbie Cano, whaddya know!

  • Christopher

    How happy is that guy in the stand who caught that?

  • Chip

    That is a BEAUTIFUL swing. I can’t wait to see Robbie tear it up this year

    • kSturnz

      yo tambien, thought Nady would have the first exhibition jack

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Just out of curiousity are the camera angles a problem?

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

      Nope, I don’t see anything wrong with them.

      • andrew

        Yea, i wrote about that a little further up, it looks fine to me

        • Arman Tamzarian

          Sorry,
          Missed it, I’m at work and it’s clearly getting in the way of paying complete attention to the comments. Can I still get unemployment if my reason for leaving is it interrupted my Yankees chatting?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I swear, Cano’s swing is smoother than Billy Dee Williams.

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    he destroyed that pitch

  • Drew

    Damn look at Cano’s bat speed.

    • VO

      ROIDS!!!

  • Christopher

    At least Ransom made contact with that off-speed pitch

  • MattG

    Pure raw speed because…he has no power.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Is it just me or does Citi Field remind anyone of PETCO Park?

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

      Seriously, that place is gigantic. Cy Young for Ollie.

    • Drew

      Reminds me of an ugly step daughter.

  • Chip

    So PeteAbe is whinning about shots through the screen? I’m not seeing where this “problem” is and I’m watching YES. Anybody else understand what the problem is?

    • Rich

      I didn’t notice the screen until the last play.

  • Chip

    Wow, who is this and what did he do with Robinson Cano?

  • MattG

    That was nicely done by Cano, wasn’t it?

  • Wolf Williams

    Game looks fine on TV to me….. Not sure whatthe complaints are all about.

  • kSturnz

    nasty DP started by robinson, ay dios mio

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    robbie cano. unlimited ceiling

  • Jake H

    3rd inning a lot better for Wang. He walked the lead off guy on 4 pitches then retires the side on 5 more.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Kim Jones sure looks like she’s packed on a pound… or ten.

    • Wolf Williams

      I was thinking she might be pregnant… I thought her face was a little….’chunky.’

  • Rich

    Jeter showing that he may be able to hit enough to play the OF.

    • Drew

      I find that funny in a sad way

  • Chip

    Derek Jeter:”Just call me Tony Gwynn”

  • Drew

    But HES SOOOOO OLD!

  • Wolf Williams

    2-for-2 for the Cap’n….. Is anyone else officially fired up? Cano goes yard; Jeter is perfect at the plate….

    I’m 12 years old again, and I’ll be 41 on Thursday.

  • kSturnz

    Yea, Rescue me!!!! and AUDI!! 2 of my favorite things

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I swear, Dustin Pedroia is going to need hip replacement surgery by the time he’s 30.

  • Paulie

    This Teixeira guy is such a bust! Let’s package him and IPK for anyone, I’m thinking Grady or Hanley.

  • MattG

    c’ya

  • Drew

    HAAH GODZILLA

  • Chip

    O man, I missed this all winter

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

    Quick, trade Matsui for a bag of balls.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Hit-deki san!

  • Wolf Williams

    Bombers are BACK, BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rich

    Mat is baaaaaaaaack.

  • MattG

    oh! Doink!

  • MattG

    Weird, the seats did not look new at all. Did they pre-coat them with beer and peanut shells or something?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, is it just me, or does someone have a pride-colored umbrella behind the plate at Citi Field?

    • Arman Tamzarian

      Iowa joined in the fight to legalize gay marriage. I like that states are stepping it up, to bad it’s not a more relevant state.

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

        If gay people want to get married and be miserable like the rest of us, let them.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        We legalized it here in CT. Are we relevant enough?

        • Arman Tamzarian

          Of course Connecticut is relevant, see nobodies following the lead of Iowa though, as a matter of fact, I’m not sure Iowa even exists, I don’t know anyone from Iowa, I’ve never had Iowan food? Hmmmm…

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I’ve never had Iowan food?

            You’ve never eaten a potato?

            • donttradecano

              your thinking idaho

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Wow. I suck at life.

            • Arman Tamzarian

              Very true, I recant my previous statements

          • Jack

            I don’t know anyone from Iowa

            John Wayne, bitches.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              The Searchers, ftw!

      • Jack

        How dare you question Iowa’s relevance? Sir, I demand satisfaction.

    • Drew

      Dude I saw that. My first thought was why did this guy let his GF bring a rainbow umbrella?

  • Drew

    LOL David Wright needs to learn how to throw to the first baseman’s glove

  • kSturnz

    why does double penetration need hip replacement? rain delay at citi… soon to come to the bronx?

  • Drew

    I love the hustle by Nady jogging out to the wall

    • MattG

      He’s already got the job, AND he’s got a union card.

    • kSturnz

      reed johnson looks like kratos from god of war… has anyone played the 3rd one… ps2/360 man

    • anonymous

      remember when Nady was a defensive upgrade over Abreu?

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

    Giambi would have made that play.

  • Chip

    That’s no base hit, that’s an error in my book

  • Rich

    Suboptimal.

    • kSturnz

      deficient?

  • Drew

    Wow Keith Hernandez looks like shit.

  • VO

    How far is that glass in center?

    • Drew

      I asked that the other day with no response. My guess is under 520. Reachable by a guy like Ryan Howard

      • VO

        I sure hope Cody Ranson (see home run) doesnt decide to go to center or that bar is done for.

  • whozat

    Hey…is there some movie coming out about Wolverine? I haven’t seen any commercials for it…I mean, it’s totally under the radar. You’d think they’d advertise something like that.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I just watched about half of it. My roommate DLed it since it leaked. It looked alright but in the version he got, some of the CGI wasn’t done yet so that stuff looked silly.

      • whozat

        I was poking fun at the fact that there have been two ads per commercial break for the damn thing :-)

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Ah okay, I’m not watching so…joke’s on me!

  • Drew

    Look at Canoli waitin on that breaking ball

  • MattG

    No, hes not.

  • whozat

    Why do they keep saying Nady’s a better outfielder?

  • Chip

    “Nady’s a better outfielder”

    Says who? Certainly not every defensive metric out there

  • PARTY POOPER

    Yo, not to be a huge downer or anything, but I am the only one who thinks the “new” Yankee Stadium isnt that impressive????

    Its basically the same exact thing as the old, but with newer stuff. So basically, they paid 4 billion dollars for brand new seat cushions and sweet new bathroom digs….

    Also, if you really wana get pissed, just scan back and forth between the Yankee game and the Mets game. Citifield, in my opinion, blows the new Yankee stadium out of the fuckin water. In essence, Citifield looks like what a new stadium SHOULD look like – Yankee stadium basically looks like a re-creation of the 1920 stadium so that the “old-timers” and “nostalgic folk” can be happy. Gimme a break.

    Also, whose the genius who decided it was a good idea to have a HUGE NET blocking nearly half of the views after a ball is hit in play. That is just embarrassing and i’m pretty sure no other stadium has that problem in all of baseball. They better get their act together and do something about that shit, cause the net is very distracting and ugly. No one wants to see live action through a net.

    Overall, this post was hard for me to write because I was really excited about the new stadium. In truth, I am very disappointed. Its the “same ‘ol, same ‘ol” – and it cost a fuckin fortune. They could have made an off the hook staidum with that financing, but instead decided to go with a “classic” look….BORING!

    • Rich

      I thought that from the pictures. It looks great on TV.

      Ransom!

    • MurrayPresent

      Sorry they made you pay for it. Sorry we made you write that.

      You’re having a bad day.

    • Drew

      Yea you’re the only one

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

      What net are you talking about? The one behind home plate?

      • Chip

        Who really needs to protect the people behind home plate anyway?

    • Chip

      Dude, go visit it first. Pretty much everybody has said that pictures just don’t do it justice. So go check out the huge concourses and the big seats and then complain

    • kSturnz

      If you don’t like how it looks, just recognize that it will give us, the yankees, the revenue to get the best free agents and amateur talent available and also be able to keep them aboard long-term. That is, if you are a yankee fan.

      • donttradecano

        dont they do that already?

  • Rich

    Kay thinks Nady is a better OFer than Swisher. STFU.

  • MattG

    Play German!

  • kSturnz

    lol @ o’neil, “lou looks confused. he used to look at me like that when i did something wrong”

    Cody Ransome!!!

  • MattG

    Doink!

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

    Alex who?

  • Drew

    Magnets in the foul poles!

  • Jake H

    A rod who?

  • Chip

    Wow Ransom destroyed that ball. A-Rod who?

  • Dave M

    CAn you say Wally Pip?!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, I thought the Yankees were gonna win with pitching this year?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Suckas got no juice.

  • VO

    Arod? Never heard of him.

  • Drew

    Damn Sheppard isn’t introducing Jeter

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I like that fans who don’t catch foul balls get booed.

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

      I went to a game last year with some people from work, a couple of who had never really been to a game. They were shocked that fans got booed for missing a foul. I had to explain to them that even the peanut guy gets booed if he makes a bad toss.

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

      Jeter’s defense has been brutal. Not just this game, the WBC as well.

      • Chip

        I agree, this could get ugly if he really has a bad year out there

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    I miss that terrible, obnoxious noise when the ball hits the foul pole.

  • Drew

    Dude that was a bad call.

  • Rich

    Jeter has sure hands?

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Fielding Bible, BUST!

      • Chip

        Actually, Jeter is the best shortstop in the game at balls he can get to and avoiding misplays. He just doesn’t have any range

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          I know. I was just joking on Jeter bobbling that groundball…

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Joe, how bout those paginated comments? 182 comments in 5 innings during a friday exhibition game… At this rate we need 3 spill over threads after every game.

    • andrew

      Yea, I can hardly keep up with this…

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

    It’s always good when the announcers can bust out a Brian Boehringer story. Love it.

  • Mike

    Derek Jeter is DONE as a shortstop. I am sorry but it is the truth and the truth hurts.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      That might be a little premature.

      • Rich

        It’s actually well past full-term.

    • Drew

      A bit drastic.

    • Chip

      Well he hasn’t really had too much time in the field so far this spring but if he looks like this by the end of May, there could be some difficult choices coming up

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Though I agree, it’s probably only going to get uglier.

    • whozat

      Wow, that’s really a point we’ve never considered before here on this website. We really haven’t had time to get used to it. That cuts deep.

      • Chip

        Thing is, if he shows he can’t handle it this year, who do you go after? I mean you could try to get Orlando Cabrera (who is actually a very good defensive shortstop) but I think it would be hard to replace him with anybody not an all-star caliber player.

        • Drew

          Just bring up Ramiro Pena. He’s the next Melvin Crousett.

          • andrew

            ietc

          • Chip

            Melvin Crousett is the next Melvin Crousett!!!!

        • whozat

          This is the thing…if Jeter’s playing poor defense, and his bat is “good for a shortstop”…it doesn’t TAKE and all-star caliber player to replace his production. I know that you’re right that EVERYONE in the MSM and the vast, vast majority of fans would kill the front office if they brought in some guy who fields great and has a solid-but-not-amazing SS bat…but that would probably be better for the Yanks and winning.

          • Chip

            Exactly, it would be the best for the team but could be a bad business decision. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next two years

  • Drew

    Cano eats that shit for breakfast lunch and dinner

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Cano eats shit for breakfast, lunch AND dinner?

    • kSturnz

      numnumnumnum

      Mo warming up

      show some hustle Matsui

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        I’d rather he didn’t hustle with them knees during a wet exhibition….but he certainly was moving glacially.

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

      Wait, Cano eats shit for breakfast?

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I don’t think I’ve seen nearly enough commercials for the X-Men Wolverine movie tonight!!!!!!11!!!!!!!

  • Drew

    He is soooooo Taguchi

  • VO

    Is it me or was Cano’s legs spread a bit more than they were earlier in spring trainning?

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

    Bob Lorenz busting out the Anchorman quotes. Love it.

    • Chip

      That was absolutely hilarious

    • Drew

      me too.
      But in all seriousness, I’ve never had a complaint about him, he deserves that Emmy.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    1 minute and 12 seconds to load this thread….

    • Chip

      Stop using internet explorer and it will load instantly. Google Chrome is the way to go

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        Firefox dude, and with a 6MB broadband speed so don’t say i have shitty connection. Maybe if I clear my cache…

        • Drew

          I have explorer took 12 seconds.

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

        Took about eight seconds with Firefox.

  • alex

    since when was aaron heilman on the cubs?

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

      The M’s traded him to the Cubs for Ronnie Cedeno and Garrett Olsen.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Kay: “Every day Derek has is a good day.”

    Boy, that was a bit weird.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Who’s at SS? He looks ALOT like Andy Phillips.

  • Rich

    Even on that routine play you could see how well Pena moves up the middle.

    • cult of basebaal

      pastadivingje … oh, wait, it’s pena.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Gardner is tits.

    BTW, I predict that I Love You, Man will takeover Anchorman as the most referenced movie on this site; that shit was hi-fucking-larious.

    • whozat

      I love you, tycho bro-he.

    • manimal

      Saying “tits” is “offensive”… well, I got yelled at for using it once anyways.

      I haven’t seen I love you, man but I want to, and it has the decently hott chick from the Office in there.

      BTW, did you know Olivia Wilde is in Year one? I want to see that movie but I never noticed she was in it. Now I just want to see it even more.

  • Drew

    Nady didnt even fake like he was going to second.

  • MattG

    Get used to seeing Gardner overpowered on fastballs down the middle

    • cult of basebaal

      yup, that at-bat sucked!

  • MattG

    …or dunk it into lcf for a double…

  • Drew

    He is one fast MFer

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    How many phones they got in the dugout?!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I hope that every time Gardner displays his speed that some announcer won’t proclaim how much of an “element” he brings to this club.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Michael Kay believes the elements are earth, wind, fire, and speed.

      • whozat

        You left out HEART!

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          And I forgot GRIT!!!!!!

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          And grit.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      That’s going to be an annoying Yankee cliche this year, just like “grinder” will be for the rest of the teams.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nice doublee by Gardner.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Better than Nady, eh?

    JK

  • manimal

    Turns out my mom is watching a netflix movie on my xbox, drastically slowing down my internet connection. Way to go mom.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Don’t worry. I’ll avenge you by taking her out to nice seafood dinner and never calling her again.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Hey, did any of you know that Joey Gathright jumped over a car?

    • Rich

      I’d be more impressed if it was moving.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        I’m just wondering if there will ever again be a game that Gathright plays in where they don’t show that clip…..

    • kSturnz

      wasn’t kobe style, aunque

  • Paulie

    Did anyone notice that they did not do the Aflac Trivia Question? I always liked having it.

    • MattG

      The only good trivia questions are the ones that you don’t know the answer to, but if you think about it, you can come up with a really good guess.

      They never have that kind. It’s either, “Who wore #7?” or “Who hit a triple in his nineteenth at bat as a rookie?”

    • andrew

      I’m guessing Aflac’s sponsorship deal ran out and didn’t want to renew it

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

    Oh wow, Mark Guthrie came out of retirement and will face the Yanks in the season opener on Monday. Who knew?

    • Drew

      Lol is jeremy guthrie really the scheduled starter? put it on the board. yankees got that one.

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

        19 IP, 38 H, 28 R, 24 ER, 9 BB, 16 K for Guthrie this spring between camp with the O’s and the WBC.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          Ouch!

      • andrew

        Jeremy Guthrie has been pretty good the last two seasons.

  • Drew

    this guy sings god bless america the best

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Ronan Tynan? Yeah he’s the shit.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    I was impress when he jumped over kuroda last spring training i believe.

  • Drew

    Do they really have to play the commercial two times in a row!!!!!!

  • kSturnz

    finally, a longer wolverine trailer… that ninja 360 stab was straight

  • MattG

    Isn’t Paul Simon from Flushing? Or Astoria?

    Met territory, anyway.

  • kSturnz

    yea, orioles fans are not going to have a lot of fun this year. Guthrie being a staff ace is not a good thing. he’d probably be the seventh starter for us…

  • Quikksand

    2009 could be a special year guys.

    • Drew

      DUH!!! :)

  • Rich

    I just surfed to SNY. Citi Field is nice, but it looks like whatever they are calling where the Astros play post-Enron.

  • MattG

    “He’s going to be one of the backup outfielders. He and Nick Swisher.”

    I swear that is making me ill.

  • VO

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like Citi Field?

    • Drew

      I don’t like it. I mean shea was so plain. Now they have gimmicky outfield walls that jut into the outfield.

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

    Is that Justin Berg? Holy shit.

    Man, Spring Training is the gift that keeps on giving.

    • steve (different one)

      the guy they traded for Lawton?

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    I wonder if they did cotton eye joe and those train races they always had at the old yankee stadium i just saw in lodhud that they said they did the ymca.

  • kSturnz

    alex cora’s gritiness comes back to bite the sawx; bases loaded drawn walk after long at bat.

    citiField is pretty cool… i don’t know

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I feel like it looks like Citizen Bank’s Park in Philly….which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I’ve never been to CBP (that will change this summer) but the walls in Citi remind me of the walls at CBP based on what I’ve seen on TV.

      • MattG

        CBP is a fair replica of OP@CY. Which is also not necessarily a bad thing, unless you mean to be original.

  • Drew

    Everytime I hear “accidentally shot himself” I laugh out loud.

  • MattG

    O’Neill is not in the stadium? Announcers telecommute? That is pretty lame.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      He’s in the stadium, I saw him sitting between Cone and Kay. Apparently he’s either oblivious or took a limo to the stadium.

      • MattG

        He just said, “Obviously, I am not in New York. They still have the lights on…” or something like that. So what the hell was he talking about?

        • Drew

          I think he meant he doesnt live in NY so he doesn’t know if they still keep the lights on at the old stadium.

          • MattG

            Ah, I see. That makes sense.

    • Drew

      Ha what?

    • VO

      He’s in the stadium, I believe at least.

      • Drew

        lol unless they have a hologram sitting in a chair…

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nice inning for edward ramirez.Hes done a great job this spring and i notice hes done it with out the glasses.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Battery dying……one last thought from me tonight,

    GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Chip

    Seeing how this game is winding down, how about Clint Barmes for a trade target if Jeter either gets hurt or obviously just can’t play short?

  • MattG

    Oh, that made me nostalgic for Bobby…

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Hey, Mike, I missed the intro but UC-Irvine and Cal State Fullerton are playing on ESPNU; anyone worth watching on either team?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      The announcer just said the pitcher for Fullerton has struck out “only 34 in 36 innings.”

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

      Josh Fellhauer, outfielder for Fullerton. He’s a Day One guy, third or fourth round. Mike Morrison of Fullerton has a real good arm, but I dunno if he’s pitching. He’s a Day One guy as well.

      No one on Irvine, really.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Cool, thanks.

        Morrison isn’t pitching.

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

          Oh how I’ve missed these quirky college deliveries.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Haha, for real.

            Also: Phil Nevin was a punter?! Move over Darrin Erstad.

            • Jack

              Darin Erstad moves for no man.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      The batter for Irvine has a brother named Matt Cusick in the Yankees’ system. Cool.

      I’m so enjoying this conversation with myself, btw.

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

        Cusick is the guy the Yanks got from the Astros for LaTroy Hawkins.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Ah, word.

  • E. Aron

    Just came back from the stadium… it is amazingly beautiful. Absolutely HUGE, space for everyone, beer stands for everyone, and the view from my main level seats was perfect. Made it all the way around the stadium, and event he view from the bleachers (the non-obstructed parts of course) seemed better than the original stadium, since the seats are closer to the field. Really an amazing experience I hope everyone makes it out there soon.

    JETER!! FIRST HIT!!

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

    WTF, only 6 K for Strasburg tonight?

    • VO

      Bust

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

    I would love to see K-Rod blow this, but I’ll settle for a blown save during the home opener instead.