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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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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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No Matteau, No Messier Guarantee, No Victory (Just Heartbreak)

I don’t know a lot of hockey fans.  If a NHL team signed a Chinese player, most of my friends may be more inclined to care.  But of the hockey fans I do know, they live and die with their teams and experience the highs and lows throughout the regular season and the playoffs.

Usually, people will start giving fractions of a shit about a team if they make it to the playoffs or compete for a championship.  Yes, the dreaded bandwagon fans show themselves when they haven’t watched a single second of a sporting event in their lives.

With the New York Rangers, I had always given some level of interest in them, even when I grew up with no cable TV and my NHL fix was in the form of the NHL on FOX on weekends (yes, and I remember Fox Trax and their glowing puck with the occasional red streak fondly).  In particular, I grew to love the Rangers because my brother would always play as the Rangers in EA Sports’ NHL 94 (or was it NHL 95?).  And because they play in New York, I felt like I had some obligation to cheer for them.

I don’t recall much of the Rangers’ playoff run in 1994 but I only remember bits of it through watching video highlights on YouTube.  With each video I watched, the names all start to ring bells: Richter, Graves, Leetch, Messier, MacTavish, Tikkanen, Kovalev, Matteau.

With the 2011-12 New York Rangers, people kept making comparisons to 1994—especially when the Stanley Cup Playoffs began.  There was the thrilling 7-game series with Ottawa and then the thrilling 7-game series with the Capitals.  So many highs and lows that have collectively shortened our lifespans by a few years.  Some were thinking the Rangers could go all the way.

I couldn’t think that far ahead.  I wanted to take it one game at a time and to see where things would go from there.

The Rangers met with the Devils in the Eastern Conference Final and ultimately could not get past them.  Was I disappointed?  Yes.  Was I in tears?  No.  It’s frustrating but that happens in sports; things don’t go your way all the time.

There’s always next year…

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