Notes from Opening Day

The Yankees opened their 106th season today at Yankee Stadium, improving to 62-43-1 on Opening Day and 33-14-1 in season openers at home…they have won 11 straight home openers (1998-2008), breaking a tie with the 1945-54 Pittsburgh Pirates (10) for the longest such streak in Major League history (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)… they have won 16 of their last 17 home openers and 22 of the last 25…they improved to 58-26 in the 84th and final home opener at the current Yankee Stadium and are now 70-35-1 in home openers all-time.

Manager Joe Girardi won his debut as Yankees skipper, becoming the 10th man to win his Yankees managerial debut on an Opening Day.

SS Derek Jeter (1-for-4) made his 12th Opening Day start at shortstop (1996-2000, 2002-08), surpassing Phil Rizzuto (11–1941-42, 1947-55) for the all-time franchise record at the position.

RF Bobby Abreu (2-for-4) extended his Opening Day hitting streak to 12 games with a first inning single…it is the second longest active streak of its kind behind the 14-game streak of Toronto’s Frank Thomas, who also extended his streak tonight.

CF Melky Cabrera (1-for-3) hit his first career Opening Day home run in the sixth inning, snapping a 163 at-bat homerless stretch…had last homered on 8/12/07 at Cleveland off Jake Westbrook.

RHP Mariano Rivera recorded his second career Opening Day save, setting a new Yankees franchise record for Opening Day saves (note: saves became an official statistic in 1969).

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Heheh, Chaz, I hear ya, I don’t have the newest cart, but I do love Video Game baseball too.

I’ve got the old 2k6 but have tried to get the roster as close to what it is now as possible. Melky and Cano are way down on the farm, but I’m working ‘em up there.

I’ve been playing every game so far except the ones Moose pitches (sorry Moose). I want to get through a whole month and see how my stats look and then sim a whole month and see how the fluctuations are… :P

Yea this format is odd. I don’t mind some of it, and some of it annoys me. The refresh piece does need worked on it seems, shouldn’t have to reload that every single time, a lot of those have to be static elements, but all in all, it is a nice new look and feel but a bit busy on the homepage.

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I am starting to warm up to this new format. I don’t like how long it takes for the pages to load, however.

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If you leave a bunch of quick posts in succession, the system will think that you are spamming though. If you get that message, just wait a few seconds and post your comment again.

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KBP – I dont think there are restrictions. I was a posting FOOL at the start of the game last night.

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LOL. I am rocking a 1.400 SP with A-Rod on MLB 08: The Show. I love video game baseball. I play 1 game of every series and simulate the others. MY Yankees win 130 games per year, and have a team .360 batting average. If only life would imitate that!

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Do any of you use any other SABR stats when looking at a player other than OPS? Just curious.

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TB is total bases. It’s a stat they use to calculate slugging percentage. Slugging percentage is your total bases divided by your at bats. For example a slugging percentage of 4.000 means that you hit a homerun EVERY time you come to the plate.

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I have just been tagged for too many comments in a short time. Are there restrictions in that area MLB

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On the triple by Damon in what the 7 th or was it the eighth. It was a lead off triple, I could understand Jeter hitting or endeavouring to thus no bunt but what about with Abreau up why did not they not bunt him home. At that stage of the game I was puzzled given the talk of a new style under Giradi. Am I so uneducated ?

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Thanks Matt , 56 and still learning.

Aussie Bryan

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hey kbp,

Good to see you blogging again. Just to let you know TB means “total bases”.

I.E.- Since Cabrera hit the HR he is credited with 4 total bases, or since Damon had a triple he gets credit for 3 total bases.

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Thanks heaps Matt. I read your comments re degree in difficulty in posting with interest. Under the old system I could not post a comment except for maybe once every 4 days, perhaps being from Australia you have to spend time in Purgatory I am Catholic but perhaps spelling wrong as it looks wrong. But with the new site I am free to post at any time, maybe not so much of a blessing for all others. I still wish to thank you all as I have learned heaps in the past 6 months. One thing In the statistics or box score what is TB. I am guessing taken base but no doubt incorrect.

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kbp,

No Joba Rules for ’08.

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Does anyone know if ” Joba Rules ” are applicable in 08 or can he come in after 7 or 8 tonight. he did throw 21 pitches last night with 7 balls. His strike out of Thomas was electric.

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Chaz, where did the sarcasm go. two posts and ever so polite, no scathing comments, only joshin. Does anyone know if ” Joba Rules” are applicable in 08 or can he come in the end of 7 or 8 tonight.

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I am so freaking pumped right now! Moose, you better not kill the buzz!

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Drpap, the reason why that was a great moment was because our manager had the confidence in our ace to get the out he needed. I am so happy Giambi had a good game especially in the field. He made the jumping catch, a throw to second and a good scoop on a Jeter throw. Melky was amazing, so glad we didn’t trade him even after the performance Johan had in Florida. When we won our first two championships in 1996 and then in 1998 we won while playing small ball. We stole bases, laid down bunts, etc. and I saw Girardi lean to a small ball style of baseball. If we can play small ball well we’re a force to be reckoned with because we can play long ball with the best of them. I also said at then end of the game to those that attended my Yankee party we got something we didn’t get until the second half of the season: a quality start out of our starter and the bullpen lock down a close game. A seven inning game is a lot shorter than a nine inning game and with Joba and Mo holding down the fort at the end all a starter has to do is pitch 6-7 strong innings rather than 7-8 like last year. Big win for the Bombers lets go and do it again with the Moose tonight!

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I think we got a little glimpse of what the season is going to be like and Joe G. style. My favorite moment of the night was when Joe G. ran (not walked or limped) to the mount just to ask Wang if he was Ok. Wang nodded and Joe G. return to the dogout running. I don’t know exactly why, but watching this was a great moment. When the manager looks so energetic, you know the team is going to be different.

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Good luck tonight, Moose!

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What a win!

I would like to see more of those and less 10-8 wins! Was Wanger sandbagging over the spring too? And how about Melky Cabrera, ladies and gents? He’s going to mess around and become my favorite player.

Another thing I would like to comment on is the emotion I am already seeing from this club. How awesome is it to see Joba firing his fists in the air and screaming like a banshee when he makes The Big Hurt look like a daisy fresh rookie?

We have 161 more to go, but if we can get that kind of grit from our Bombers every game, this season is going to be alot of fun!

LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What a great game. Maybe a few more of you guys will join me in loving Melky Cabrera. He sure didn’t look like a 4th outfielder last night.

Agreed about the base running, rcngolf. I like Girardi’s style, and continuing to be aggressive will pay off down the line.

And Giambi! His defense was great last night. A nice pick from a low Jeter throw, a nice, run saving leaping catch, and some heads up base running from the big guy. Keep it up Giambi!

-Justin
http://pinstripeperspective.blogspot.com/

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Giambino looked GOOD. Trim, athletic. He may not have gotten a hit but his D was as good as I’ve seen it in recent years.
There is NO question that Melky is our CF’er of the future. Both of those balls would have been extra base hits with Damon in CF. As he matures as a hitter, he could well be one of the best to patrol out there.
I did like the lively baserunning last night. While our steal attempts weren’t fruitful, it definietly adds a feature to our game that the opposition needs to be worried about.

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What a game! I missed a bit of it, but how could you ask for much more than what you got?

The Wang’er with 7 strong innings, even besting Halladay’s performance. There are only a few higher pressure starts to have than opening day against a good Ace like Halladay, and the Chien-Ming dynasty is off and running.

Nice scrappy effort as the runs were not easy to come by.

Joba was a li’l off but didn’t rattle and got his men. That’s how you SETUP a closer!

Mo, well Mo looked like the Mo we all know.

Even the Giambino showing some hops and glove?! No, I do know he’s shown flashes of good D B4 today… but it IS nice to see. I only hope he stays completely healthy.

Very pleased with the whole thing. Girardi got the first W, we looked pretty sharp and now it’s time to build on this as it was a good tone to set.

I guess Moose has the hill today… let’s hope for one of his good ones eh?!

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Very exciting game. The first couple of innings the stands were not full and I thought a lot of people had been screwed by the rain delay but it filled up by the 3rd. All the players acknowledged the Bleacher Creatures roll call at the beginning of the game. One thing I love about being at the games is when a bunch of people take pictures, a thousand flashes go off at once around the stands and it look very cool. A-Rod at bat and then Joba and Mariano taking there warm-ups were captured on film.

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MAN!!!! It was 1998 all over again! Starter pitches 7 strong, hand the ball the Nellie in the 8th and Sandman in the 9th, game over. It IS truely amazing how the game changes when it only goes 7 innings. Is there ANY doubt that Joba is right where he belongs and right where this team needs him? He may not have been razor sharp last night but he was touching 98 on the gun and throwing strikes.
LETS GO YANKS!

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It was a great game.

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Hey, Bryan
I have first comment! Wang’s era. is 2.57! The Yankees are undefeated! ‘We are the Yankees the mighty mighty Yankees’ I’m sorry Roy momma going get you a mocking bird.

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