Presenting the 2011 New York Yankees

I didn’t make this and there are some players listed that are not playing on the Yankees this year, notably Andy Pettitte and Sergio Mitre. But I thought I would put it up.

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Tickets are here

Kasey got hers and I got mine, this is what mine look like, since I got them online from StubHub. Kasey’s look like regular tickets and have different Yankees on them. They have: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, A.J. Burnett, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, Phil Hughes, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi and Mark Teixeira. That’s a lot of Yankees. But then she got a lot of tickets. She has already gotten rid of the ones we can’t use, all that left is fighting over who gets to go to what game.

But what me so excited right now is OPENING DAY! I know I said I wasn’t going to buy a new shirt, but Kasey kept saying she wanted a new sweatshirt, which I kept saying I would buy for her, so we went to the Yankee store. She didn’t find anything she wanted but I saw a sign that said ‘50%’ hanging on the hanger for this darling jersey. Of course, opening day is not going to be nice enough to wear it, or my Swisher jersery, but I’ll have it for later in the year.

And then, since Kasey doesn’t want me to buy her a shirt, yesterday I bought myself some sapphire earrings. That’s close to Yankee Blue isn’t it?

I’m so excited!

Today I went to StubHub and bought tickets for opening day. I don’t have them yet, the seller has to approve the purchase and then I have to download them, yadda yadda yadda, but still, I have the tickets! By Monday I should have them in my hot little hands. They are grandstand tickets between Kasey’s guy and my guy.

When I tweeted I was *happy dancing* she tweeted back, **happy dancing with you**

SQUEEEEE!

Today’s game was a wash

Or I should say Saturday’s game. First off, even though it was televised, I missed it. I was sleeping. Yep, sleepy girl is back. I even woke up around 1:00 looked at the time, thought about the game, and went back to sleep. I can sleep now, when the regular season begins …..

Anyway, back to the game. First up, “Sabathia has now served up exactly five runs in each of his second spring starts for New York. The Tigers got to him for that total on March 11, 2009, in Lakeland, Fla., and the Pirates did the same last March 9 at George M. Steinbrenner Field.” CC’s second start fits developing pattern Ouch CC. When I came upstairs, after I went and got Sarah from her job, Kasey tell’s me that CC gave up 5 runs. She followed that with “Yankees would have won if he hadn’t.”

With the Nationals up 7 runs by the fourth, the Yankees scored 8 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gardner helps Yanks forget CC’s struggles. Gardner hit a triple and a double, Jorge Vazquez hit a two run double then was brought home by Gardner. But in the seventh inning the Nationals scored two runs, then one in the eighth. Final score was 10-8.

Montero continues to impress me with his bat and defensively. Although every time I saw that I feel a twinge of guilt about Frankie. He was in the same form he was beginning of last year and said he was feeling stronger. But still ….. Montero’s progress not only with bat Not only that, but from what he says in interviews, he has a good attitude.

“I want to be behind the plate every single time,” Montero said. “I don’t want to lose all four years I’ve been catching with the Yankees. I want to be behind the plate. I want to catch and help them win.”

and

“I haven’t played in the big leagues yet, so if I’m staying with the team, I’m going to know a lot with the veteran guys that are here, like Jorge and everybody else,” Montero said. “They’re going to teach me, and I’m going to learn real quick. That’ll be awesome for me.”

It has been said, as near as I can remember, that the Yankees are big on helping new players, leading by example, instructing etc. I have also heard it hasn’t always been that way. Progress.

Poor Frankie

Spring training has not been good for Francisco Cervelli. He fouled a ball off his foot and now is in a walking boot for the next four weeks.

So now the job of back-up catcher to Russell Martin appears to be a contest between Jesus Montero and Austin Romine. Both are young, but talented. One person we don’t expect to see behind the plate is Jorge Posada.

Of course this development lead to a lot of jokes on Twitter. “Jesus could have healed Cervelli’s foot with a touch, but he was too busy penciling himself into the lineup” and “Jorge Posada showed up in the clubhouse in full catcher’s gear, when the guys looked at him he said “What?” Those are two I remember, I said, “Cervelli fractured his foot, tough break for the Cisco Kid.” Yes I know, let the groans begin.
Cervelli out at least a month with broken foot

Listening to the games

I downloaded the app, MLB At Bat 11, in addition to being able to watch or listen (depending on what is available) to the games, there is a lot of info, after game you get this score board, box score, summary of the game, videos, news articles. Quite a nifty little app. At the bottom of Gameday is a link to the MLB.com articles about the game, once they’re posted on the site. Since the game was not televised today I listened to it. I had to listen to Pirates radio though, which was fine since I can’t stand John and Suzan.

This is how the Gameday scoreboard looks on my iPod touch. The other is the standings. Right now the Yankees are 1 3. Not a very good start to the season, good thing this is spring training. CC and Phil look good. Granderson is hitting well (triple in the first inning) and Gardner’s wrist looks like it has healed 100%. The other new pitchers seem to be throwing well, at least to my eye they do and Jesus has impressed me with his bat and his defensive skills. And if my co-worker keeps ‘teasing’ me about Jeter (‘How many hits does Jeter have? One.’ Me: If you knew why are you asking? ‘I’m just teasing you.’) I’m going to fucking kill him.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~😛