Surprise surprise: Yankees will open 2013 season on ESPN

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Pollock, Kennedy, Jackson, Draft

In the least surprising news ever, the Yankees will open the 2013 season with an ESPN broadcast. The self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports will broadcast the Opening Day matchup with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium as part of the network’s quadruple header on Monday, April 1st. The game starts at 1pm ET.

In the most surprising news ever, ESPN selected the Astros (the Astros!) for the season-opening game on Sunday, March 31st at 8pm ET. The ‘Stros are moving to the AL next season, so their first game in the circuit is a historic moment even if the team stinks. Plus they have some sweet new uniforms to debut. They’ll be playing the Rangers in Houston, meaning someone like Bud Norris or Lucas Harrell will throw out the first pitch of the 2013 season. Can’t say I expected that.

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Pollock, Kennedy, Jackson, Draft
  • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

    I love the Black Alternate Away, that is a fantastic looking Jersey.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      I didn’t see this one. You got a link to it? I would be interested in checking it out. Thanks.

      • Strat

        The link is in Mike’s original post.

    • Matt :: Sec110

      It’s navy blue. It’s actually the BP jersey that they will be wearing for Subday home games only.

    • Matt :: Sec110

      It’s navy blue. It’s actually the BP jersey that they will be wearing for Sunday home games only.

  • Blake

    Stewart catching opening day is an April fools joke right?

    • MannyGeee

      Not if he’s Sabathia’s personal catcher like last year it’s not… Also, Bubba Crosby

  • MB923

    Can’t wait to go. Hopefully we start off the season the way we finished them, kicking their ass.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    lol Jose Altuve.

  • Gonzo

    Kinda glad that the opener isn’t a NY or Boston game at night.

  • RetroRob

    Opening Day starter for the Astros: Roger Clemens. Good for ratings.

    • MannyGeee

      If he doesn’t make the hall voting, book it….

  • forensic

    So, what are people more frustrated with the Indians for? Signing Swisher instead of the Yankees or hiring Francona thereby putting John Kruk in the booth for Sunday Night Baseball?

    I know which one I’m picking…

    • Pat D

      Be nice to John Kruk. He only has the one ball.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I really thought thatESPN would gobble up the Yankees/Red Sox to be the Sunday game. Oh well, one less Sunday Night Baseball game is never bad.

  • Bob Buttons

    Maybe that’s ESPN’s way to apologize for calling the Rangers “Texas’ Team”.

    (No idea what that is about but saw a rant somewhere)

  • Deep Thoughts

    Boy I hate Houston. My favorite scene in the history of movies is in “Independence Day” when the US military nukes Houston. I could rewind and rewatch that all day long.

    • JMK

      I flew out to Houston for a job interview about a year ago. I spent about a day checking out the city and decided there was no way I could live there. Awful place.

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    At least it’s a 1pm game and not the 8:30pm early spring ESPN special.

  • TrollHunter

    The Rangers and the Angels will get a big boost beating up on the doormat Astros. Lucky them!

  • Andrew Brotherton

    Give the Astros about two years though and they will making a lot of noise, they have an awesome farm system and add to the most likely first or second picks for the next two drafts and they will be a young powerhouse.