Bleacher Creatures ~ Sunday, June 26, 2011

It was the 65th annual Old-Timers’ Day with a host of former world champions, All-Stars and Hall of Famers. Former managers Joe Torre and Lou Piniella made their long-awaited return to Yankee Stadium in uniform, as did former center fielder Bernie Williams for his first Old-Timers’ experience. Before the game there was a tribute to Gene Monahan, who is retiring after this year. In a post game interview, you could tell that he was not used to talking to the press and a little overwhelmed.

Tino Martinez played the star in the annual Old-Timers’ Day game, hitting a two-run home run off David Cone for the only runs in the Bombers’ 2-0 victory over the Clippers.

Bernie Williams was in center field, Monument Park was still open during the Old Timer’s game, so people in Monument Park were yelling and waving at Bernie. He turned and waved to them.

~~ Yankees 6, Rockies 4 ~~

Our seats were in the bleachers 4 rows back from the bull pen, which meant when Mike Harkey came out and started throwing baseball in to the seats I got a good picture of him. It also meant bleacher creatures, roll call, full on sun, heat and a headache. I thought I was going to die, it didn’t help that the Rockies were hitting home runs off Nova. He wasn’t pitching bad, just made a few mistakes and got hit hard for them. I got up to walk around, found a cool breeze in a shaded spot, bought a soda and took some headache medicine. I came back to a 3-0 score, Rockies. After I got back Sarah left to go to the bathroom. Cano got the first Yankee hit of the day and was on base, things happen when we go to the bathroom. Then she sends me a text message asking if I want ice cream, before I can reply, “BOOM” my sweet Nicky hits a two run home run (he knew I was there) into the seats. Before she got back to the seats with the ice cream Jorge hit a home run and the game was tied.

It was starting to get cooler, there was some cloud cover and a breeze. I was also now in a better mood, so much so that even Ty Wigginton’s 2nd homer didn’t upset me. The boys were hitting the ball now. In the bottom of the sixth the Yankees tied it up again with a RBI single by Alex. In the seventh inning Jorge walked, then Martin got a single, he smacked that ball so hard and the short stop couldn’t get a handle on it, it was ruled an error though. Then Chris Dickerson replaced Jorge at second and on a single by Nunez he scored. I turned to Sarah, “That’s why Girardi put him in.” She smiled, I don’t know if she heard me, she was smiling at the fact that this was the first time in the game the Yankees were in the lead.

We started down to the great hall in the eighth. At first she wanted to stay because, “I want a home run ball.” Then she decided it wasn’t going to happen. Before we started down she needed the bathroom and walked ahead of me toward them. I glanced at the T.V. as I walked past it and noted that Mark Teixeira was batting. Earlier I had said I didn’t want Mark hitting a home run because I was behind in my donations to his charity. Sarah told me if Mark hit a home run she would give me the money. Remember what I said earlier about things happening? As I turned to follow her into the bathroom I heard the unmistakable sound of the crowd reacting to a home run. I ran to the top of the stairs and saw Mark running around the bases, and then I ran into the bathroom shouting, “Sarah! You owe me $15!” She came out with a big grin on her face. “Going to the bathroom works.” She said as she dug the money out of her purse. As we walked to the stairs the crowd roared again, this time for Mo. We went down to the great hall, watched Mo shut the door on the big screen, then left to get dinner.

It’s a tossup what I enjoyed more, this game or hearing Mo call Michael Kay a “Big head”.

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

She was sad she didn’t get a home run ball from Curtis, but happy the Yankees won.

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