Game One: Play Ball!


Opening Day 2009It’s like Christmas, but better.

After six long and occasionally torturous months, the Yankees will finally return to paying meaningful games today. The weather looked threatening at one point, but it’s cleared up a bit and it now looks like we’ll have baseball down in Baltimore. Praise be to Mo.

Your Opening Day starting nine:

Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Jorge Posada, C
Robbie Cano, 2B
Xavier Nady, RF
Cody Ransom, 3B
Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound, weighing in at $170,000,000, CC Sabathia.

Notes: Expect Tex to get the bejesus booed out of him … you can find out 2009 Predictions thread here … please considered participating in The 2009 RAB Pledge Drive to benefit Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation if you haven’t already …

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Jake H says:

    I hope the rain stops so they play on time.

  2. steve (different one) says:


    that’s practically pocket change.

  3. donttradecano says:


  4. Mike Pop says:

    That picture is great. Can’t wait till he blasts a 3-run shot.

  5. pat says:

    I can’t believe cc sabathia is on our team.

  6. Brooklyn Ed says:

    the season’s first fight in Fenway:


    …that article is very amusing. lol

  7. handtius says:

    man…i wish i could fast forward right now.

  8. Brooklyn Ed says:

    my prediction for today’s game on MLB The Show:

    CC’s line – 7 ip, 3 hits, 5ks, 0 runs
    Teixeria – 2-4, solo home run (first at ab)
    Cano – 1-4, solo home run
    Ransom – 2-3, single double walk rbi
    Gardner – 2-3, sb
    Nady – 1-4, rbi

    …its just some key hits

    • Brooklyn Ed says:

      oh yeah..

      Brian Bruney gave up 3 runs but was relieved by Coke to close out the 8th, then Mo came in the 9th to shut the door

  9. K.B.D. says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever anticipated a season like this one. A relative youth movement, the deepest rotation in years, Mo still closing games at an elite level, Jeter still getting it done at SS (despite some definite shortcomings), guys down on the farm waiting to get the call (Hughes, Melancon), guys down on the farm ready to vault into top tier prospects (Montero, Brackman).

    It doesn’t get any better than this.

  10. texburnathia says:

    The pitching matchups this series are so unfair for the Orioles

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

      Considering both teams’ rotations, this will be the case in pretty much every series between those two teams.

    • pat says:

      The pitching matchups this series season are so unfair for the Orioles rest of the league.

      /fixed that ish

  11. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Where would you set the over/under for in terms of comments in the opening day game thread?

  12. Are they playing “Loser” while they announce the Yankees? That’s kind of awesome.

  13. Matt says:

    So I’m most likely gonna be blacked out on ESPN. I hope ESPN 360 works for me.

  14. Mike Pop says:

    Edwar is just so tiny.

    Why is “I’m a Loser” by Beck playing, lol.

  15. Brooklyn Ed says:

    go figure, Teixeria got boo’d the loudest.

  16. Mike Pop says:

    Tex was great.

  17. handtius says:

    ha Tex just smiling while he gets boos…big day for him i bet.

  18. Alex S says:

    hahaha Tex was ready for that

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I love the Star Wars empire backround music being played when they announced the Yankees.

  20. Wow. This introduction ceremony for the O’s is kinda geigh. Nice ballons and little league uniforms.

  21. handtius says:

    The announcing of the Orioles seems a little too much like a….ah…well retarded. where’s the clown car?

  22. BigBlueAL says:

    Nice to see Extra Innings showing both the Away and Home team broadcasts for most of the games today. Im fortunate enough to listen to Michael Kay just like all you guys!!!!

  23. Dave says:

    Live Chat? For those of us at work?

  24. Matt says:

    Does ESPN 360 count blackouts as well? ‘Cause every time I click on either the Mets game or the Yankees game it brings me to an English soccer match.

  25. George Sherrill’s in the best shape of his life.

  26. handtius says:

    so who’s the first wrestling match between?

  27. Thank Mo I’m not part of a fan base that chants “Luuuuuuke” for the immortal Luke Scott. Yikes. Depressing.

  28. andrew says:

    Have they said how long this delay is supposed to last?

  29. Brooklyn Ed says:

    just curious, if anyone is rocking their Yankee jeresey/hats today?

  30. Evan in NYC says:

    Where can I listen to the game without paying? CBS880 seems to give me local news.

  31. Was there some significance to the flag with only 15 stars, or do the Orioles just suck at life?

  32. “please considered participating in The 2009 RAB Pledge Drive to benefit Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation if you haven’t already …”

    Seriously, do it. Baseball has given you a reason to keep living, you pathetic dolphin-floggers. The least you can do is give back a little. Doesn’t take that much. 3 cents a run. It’s nothing to you but it’s a lot to someone who needs it.

    Do it now. Email Mike with your info. Only takes a second.

    We now return you to this scheduled Orioles beatdown already in progress.

  33. Mike Axisa says:

    I’d like to see Putz blow this, but I’d rather see K-Rod do it.

  34. jsbrendog says:

    START ALREADY!! im getting tired of hitting refresh on the espn scoreboard waiting for the gamecast option to come up

  35. Drew says:

    Checkin out the Mets game… Mo I hope Putz blows the game..

  36. Manimal says:

    Shut up Michael Kay. Please.

  37. jmas12 says:

    I hate to say it but I would not be shocked if CC gets rocked today. He was pretty mediocre in the spring, and unfortunately April is just historically not his month. But I’m fairly confident in saying that from May on he’ll be lights out. And if we regulate his innings (unlike Cleveland and Milwaukee) he’ll be great in October too. Let me ask you this, say we end up in a similar situation as last year and need to win every game down the stretch. Won’t you feel pretty comfortable with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte in your rotation? They’re not going to take themselves out of the rotation no matter what, and CC will pitch every game if need be. That’s character, and that’s what wins ballgames.

  38. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Good luck to Moheller with the O’s. hopefully the Yanks will pick him back up when he gets DFA for Matt Weiters.

  39. pat says:

    Oo this is a little late but for mike, ben, mondesi and any others who were at the stadium saturday, how awesome was it that sully threw out the first pitch? I swear I cheered louder for him than any yankee that day.

  40. Drew says:

    Gardner for ROY?
    I’d put it at about a 25% chance.
    First pitch!! Go Yanks!

    • pat says:

      Haha thats pretty optimistic,I’d go with 5% if he’s even eligible for the award.

      • Drew says:

        My high percentage was due to the fact that playing in NY grants him more of a chance than a small market team. Ie: if he has the same stats of a guy in Cleveland, he’ll get the nod. If he ends up at around .270 with 30 sb’s 90+ runs and over 130 games played, I think he’s got a great shot at it.

        • pat says:

          Thats very true, the media already seems to have a hard on for him. You could be on to something.

  41. Manimal says:

    I love Jeter hitting leadoff.

  42. jsbrendog says:

    look at this, jeter 8 pitch at bat. atta boy

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    I love it. Love it love it love it.

  44. Wolf Williams says:

    An 8-pitch at bat with a single….. Great start for the Cap’n and the Yanks in 2009.

  45. Mike Axisa says:

    Awwww, they love Tex.

  46. andrew says:

    The reason Jeter hits leadoff is because the Yankees have been “looking at charts” of Damon’s groundballs. I love how Kay makes it sound like rocket science.

  47. Manimal says:

    Who really thought he was going to the Orioles? They don’t have the money

  48. Dave says:

    Ack! Gameday is blocked at work! Help!

  49. handtius says:

    come on boys…bring us a first in run.

  50. John says:

    im watching online but its ESPN Asia…its stll the game bradcast at least

  51. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh boy, here comes CC. I’ve been waiting for this moment since he signed back in December.

  52. McCaff says:

    that 52 looks small on his big back

  53. Chris K says:

    OMG NO!

  54. Drew says:

    Come on Jorge get down!

  55. handtius says:

    DUDE!!! come on.

  56. shades says:


  57. jim says:

    CC’s a bust. What a waste

  58. Mike Axisa says:

    He swung at that. Bah.

  59. Dave says:

    Little help here? No gamecast, none of espn, mlb or yahoo are working for me.

    • pat says:

      Do a radio station search. For some teams you can pick up the local broadcast online. You can even try wfan online.

  60. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice pay by Ransom.

  61. Brooklyn Ed says:

    A-who? good job Ransom.

  62. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Good hands by Jetes!

  63. desus says:

    this cc guy is the suck. We should have kept joba in the bullpen so we could put him in right now.

  64. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Too bad we can’t combine Molina’s D with Posada’s bat.
    Nice throw to the plate there!

  65. Wolf Williams says:

    Girardi is such a health food freak, I wonder if the Brian Bruney Weight Loss Plan is ever going to go into effect for Sabathia. I never did like the road grays, but Sabathia looks like hell in this uniform.

    Or is it just me………………?

  66. handtius says:

    Anyone having issues with the thread?

  67. JT says:

    “Ramiro Pena is considered by many scouts to be one of the up and coming shortstops in this game.”
    Let’s not overplay our hand here. More like the next Rey Ordonez. Great glove, all american out.

  68. Manimal says:

    Maybe you guys can get YES to pay for a upgrade to the site.

  69. Brazilian Yankee says:

    1-pitch outs are always fun

  70. Manimal says:

    I’m pretty sure Luke Scott shat his pants on that pitch

  71. Mike Axisa says:

    CC’s looking much more comfortable this inning.

  72. Dave says:

    Melky would have had that go over his head.

  73. Drew says:

    Did you see the grit and determination in Grit Gritner’s eyes while catching that ball? True American right there.

  74. Wolf Williams says:

    Cliff Lee and the Indians lose 9-1, and Tony Clark hits a Grand Slam in Arizona…. is that a record for the batter with the most gray hair to ever hit a GS? How old is Clark, anyway?

  75. Tseng says:

    Woo, much better inning this time.

  76. Brazilian Yankee says:

    That changeup to Zaun was nasty

  77. Expired Milk says:

    1-2-3 inning and everything is back to normal

  78. Wolf Williams says:

    What’s the over/under on Gardner home runs this season, 2.5?

    • Mike Pop says:

      Four, three will be inside the park ones. One in Oakland, one in Seattle, and the other two in YS.

  79. pat says:

    Time to burn, gritner

  80. Dave says:

    SB #1 coming up.

  81. Tom Zig says:

    Jeter GITPed…with only one man on base

  82. JT says:

    Haha, Guthrie is terrified with him on first.

  83. Manimal says:

    I <3 Brett Gardner

  84. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Gardner MVP!! 1.000 OBP!

  85. Tom Zig says:

    200+ comments and its only the 3rd inning. Solid work.

  86. Biship says:

    the fact that joe morgan loves his potential is a bad sign for Melky

  87. Mike Axisa says:

    Hit and run. I love it.

  88. Tseng says:

    Wow, that’s what Gardner brings to the team with speed? Me likes! DP ball otherwise.

  89. Wolf Williams says:

    Old-time baseball right there….. Who doesn’t love that?

    Gardner, Jeter’s personal double-play eraser.

  90. handtius says:

    fucking perfect hit and run.

  91. Dave says:

    What is this I see? First to third? I didn’t know that was possible in baseball. Isn’t that illegal?

  92. Manimal says:

    Second time around Guthrie is fucked. He layed too many right down the middle.

  93. Tseng says:


    It’s only the first game, but I’m liking Gardner so far.

  94. mustang says:

    small ball baby

  95. Matt says:

    First run of the year! Woo!

  96. Joey says:

    Who had Gardener first run and Damon first RBI for the season?

  97. MJ says:

    And….shame on all who doubted the Gardy!

    Love this kid.

  98. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nice job JD! First run of many to come, I hope.

  99. John says:

    Nice Job by our 3 lead-off men

  100. Dave says:

    Brett Gardner = White Lightning. I don’t care what Jesse “The Body Mind” Ventura thinks.

  101. pat says:

    Wait was that “small ball”? Did I spell that right?

  102. Drew says:

    MOzilla time baby

  103. Wolf Williams says:

    Boy, if Tex and Cano have Cano-like Aprils, then Gardner, Jeter, and Damon will have to hit like MVP candidates.

    I’ve always like Matsui, but watching him step in as the clean-up guy just looks… weak. Anyone else get that impression?

    • mko says:

      It’s only the first three innings of the first game of the season. Don’t jump to any conclusions just yet.

      Matsui is no A-Rod, that’s for sure, but when he is hot he can rake with the best.

  104. handtius says:

    i don’t know, we got two guys batting 1000 and everyone else sucks. could be a tough year.

  105. Angelo says:

    Tex is due next AB

  106. KP says:

    I am sooo skipping my night class…

  107. jsbrendog says:

    so much traffic it nust too me 20+ min to even be able to view the comments. kept getting network unavailable.

    go gardy

  108. Mike Axisa says:

    WTF, I thought Tex was a Gold Glover!!!

  109. Mike Pop says:

    Where were you, Tex?

  110. BigBlueAL says:

    CC’s control all over the place so far.

  111. Mike Pop says:

    Oh boy.

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    YES’ gun is a little slow, it has CC at 89-90 but Gameday and Pitch F/X have him at 92-94.

  113. BigBlueAL says:


  114. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Wow, that sucks, not the first start I imagined for CC

  115. Dave says:

    Remember, 1 of 162. Don’t get your panties in a bunch.

  116. mustang says:

    CC is just having a hard time right now.

  117. handtius says:

    yeah. this joint is taking for ever…maybe that free YES upgrade is worth a thought.