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Derek Jeter homered, Alfonso Soriano had a walk-off game-winning hit, and Hideki Matsui was celebrated. No, this isn’t a recap of Yankees Classics, this happened today!

It has been a tough season for the Yankees and their fans. Who knew Curtis Granderson’s injury from an errant pitch from J.A. Happ in Spring Training would set the tone for a whole season up to this point? The Yankees are celebrating a “timeless legacy” that’s supposed to evoke memories of Yankee defining moments, not injuries. Who knew there would be such a revolving door at shortstop and third base?

The next few days will be a test for the Yankees and their fans. Are the fans willing to stand by this team if they falter? Will the Yankees give up on this season? Will they keep fighting for that last Wild Card berth? With Jeter back, Granderson set to return soon, and Michael Pineda (remember him?) working his way back from injury, what can we expect? Let’s also not overlook the specter that is a possible suspension for Alex Rodriguez…

Perhaps we could all be optimistic for the remainder of this season and hope the Yankees’ collective luck can turn around. Today’s win was an important first step. Hey, if it all goes well, we can look back on this season, realize the doom-and-gloom was exaggerated, and ask ourselves “who knew?”

These Are Interesting Times To Be A Yankees Fan

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Yankees Opening Day

Baseball’s back (and better than ever?  Uhhhh…) and I took a trip to the Bronx to attend my first Opening Day game!

The weather was great to start but got very chilly (for spring) later on.  It didn’t help that the Yankees lost 8-2 to the Boston Red Sox but I still had a good time.

Here are some things worth noting:

  • CC Sabathia looks skinnier than ever.  Starting to live up to being billed as “Slimbathia.”  Still big but the girth he once had is now largely absent.
  • CC didn’t warm up to “Big Poppa” 😦
  • It was quite hot to start the game; my seats were still in the direction of the sun despite being under some shade.  I think I got a slight tan out of it…
  • The sound system in my section wasn’t working at all—we couldn’t hear any announcements during the opening ceremonies.  They finally turned on the speakers just in time for Mariano Rivera’s introduction.
  • A moment of silence was held to honor the memory of those killed in the school shooting at Sandy Hook.  Just heartbreaking thinking about those young children who were murdered.
  • The giant videoboard misspelled Eduardo Nunez’s name as “Eduardi Nunez.”  This was corrected quickly.
  • The crowd cleared at around the 6th or 7th inning.  By the 8th and 9th, it started to drizzle and get windy; this forced more people to hide for cover making Yankee Stadium look completely empty.

All in all, a fun time was still had.  Go Yankees!

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Nice shirt…

Last week, the Golden State Warriors introduced a new alternate uniform to be worn by the team.  Rather than the conventional tank-top, it is actually a short-sleeved shirt.  Groundbreaking or just a ploy for revenue and attention?

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“I Wanna Be Like Mike” — A Totally Different Approach

If you don’t know who Michael Jordan is by now, you probably are just not very aware of current events and you were likely living under a rock or 800 feet underground since the 1980s.

He played basketball.  Lots of basketball.  Was a member of the United States basketball team in the Olympics (otherwise known as the “Dream Team”) and won championships with the Chicago Bulls.  Also has a brand of overpriced and overrated sneakers still popular today.

Many people wanted to be like Mike by emulating what he did on the basketball court.  Me?  Nah, despite my height, I had no aspirations to be like Mike; I was and still am a horrible basketball player with no skills whatsoever.  Call on me to watch a game, that’s it.

However, rather than emulate Mike’s basketball abilities, I took to other approaches.  Thanks to the internet, I got to learn a lot more about “His Airness,” such as the fact he once wore a different number in a game because his jersey was stolen:

Michael Jordan wearing number 12

Yeah, Jordan can’t believe it either.

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A Bronx Fail: the Mets Lose to the Yankees Again

The Mets lost last night and again tonight in the “Subway Series” at Yankee Stadium.  The two losses both happened differently, though.  I guess the Yankees are finally turning things around (they used to take one month to warm up but I guess they now need two months?!) while the Mets have hit a cold spell; that sound you hear is that of the Washington Nationals increasing their lead in the NL East.

The first loss on Friday night was a rout where the Yankees hit four home runs off of Johan Santana.  Tonight’s loss for them was more of their pitching giving up more runs than the Yankees did.  It could’ve been ugly for the Yankees after grounding into a double play when the bases were loaded in the first inning but they came out on top (thankfully).

Tomorrow’s game should be fun: Andy Pettitte pitches for the Yankees.  Possible sweep of the Mets tomorrow?

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