Let there be light
This is a gorgeous afternoon in Detroit, and there’s pretty close to a full house on hand here at Comerica Park. Day games seem to be good news for the Yankee bats — the Yankees have three of the American League’s top five hitters in day games, with Hideki Matsui (.429, 12-for-28), Derek Jeter (.405, 15-for-37) and Johnny Damon (.390, 16-for-41).
Interesting town, this Detroit. The Yankees don’t stay downtown, preferring to bus in from about 40 minutes away, but a lot of the writers do. Outside my hotel this morning I watched them setting up for a country music hoe-down. Someone I was talking to was checking into the hotel and was told, “Oh, you must be here for the hoe-down.” Country music isn’t necessarily my cup of tea but I’d check it out if we had the time.
The Hockeytown bar across the street from Comerica Park, to contrast, was blaring loud hip hop into the streets after midnight last night. We could make out lyrics from blocks away. Then we got into the worst smelling taxi cab I’ve ever experienced in my life. Apparently – and this is no joke – the driver was carrying around his dirty laundry in the trunk. If I had to guess, his day job is manure hauling.
With the strange scheduling here — I know this is a day game, but it’ll be night when we’re all wrapped up — it seems I’ll be lucky just to squeeze in a few hands at the poker tables in town. As I’ve been telling everyone, Detroit is kind of like playing a three-game series in Atlantic City. Someday I’ll have to swap travel stories with Chris Britton. He’s probably become quite the familiar face with all his trips between New York and Scranton.
Check these stats of the day — Jeter’s first-inning home run was his first in 128 at-bats, the longest such streak to begin a season in his career … Yankees relievers have not allowed a run in 11 IP over the last three games … Yankees pitchers have allowed one walk in the last two games.