Thoughts on Opening Day

The best news that could have come out of the Yankees clubhouse last night was that the mysterious heating pad CC Sabathia pressed against his ribcage during the game was just that, for warmth, and not an indication of an injury.

At least, that’s what Sabathia and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, so one of the shakiest outings of Sabathia’s career might go down as just a mechanical blip on the radar. It was a underwhelming debut, as Sabathia walked five (one intentionally) and did not strike out a batter for just the fifth time in his career.

We’d seen him pitch much better during Spring Training and, while I know everyone wants to sound the alarms right now, Sabathia’s track record should buy him a little extra time. Like it or not, I’m pretty sure the Yankees have him for a few more seasons. He’ll go again April 11 at Kansas City.

Mark Teixeira seemed to say all the right things, even when the Baltimore fans gave him an earful of nastiness from the first second he set a cleat on the field at Camden Yards. Teixeira took the ‘grin and bear it’ approach, though you wonder if there was any pressing going on in that eighth-inning at-bat.

That might have been a signature moment if Teixeira bangs one off the warehouse in right field, a three-run homer to put the Yankees ahead in his first game for New York. Instead, Teixeira weakly tapped into a fielder’s choice to end the inning as the stadium erupted.

The Yankees will take a day off today — some of the guys are going on a tour of the White House, though President Obama is expected to be unavailable as he is traveling overseas. They’re all back at it on Wednesday for game 2 of 162.

By the way, a late plug to add in here – Keith Olbermann is now blogging on MLB.com. In case you were not aware, Keith is a huge baseball fan and showed up at numerous Spring Training games this year with the Yankees. Perhaps the coolest thing I can say is that the Topps company created his own 1950s era baseball card for him. I wish I had that kind of pull.

 

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I can’t wait for the home opener against Cleveland next week. I wish I could be there. I currently reside in Cleveland but am a true New Yorker and NY Yankees Fan! Go NYY!!!

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Oooh. Nice arguement here.

Keith Olbermann is a ******. I’ll never forget Knoblockhead drilling his Moms in the head. That was classic (I’m glad she didn’t get hurt). Everything that Ober-Man says on his TV show is complete crap and sensationalized garbage. There are things he leaves out all the time, and he surpirsingly doesn’t report on the potential impact of Obamapolocies like the Animal ID bill, the proposed abolition of organic farming, the proposed tax on red-meat, and stuff like that. I guess all of the leftist meat eaters will have to eat soy-based, genetically modified food if these psychos get their way. But hey, it’s all in the name of having smaller “carbon footprint”. Just ask super-uber-geek Al “manbearpig” Gore! He wants to tax every person for breathing!

And Zerpie zerp (what the hell is a “zerp”?) A journalist is emphatically NOT supposed to “comment” on news. That’s what a “commentor” does, like Andy Rooney. Olbermann is NOT a journalist, he is not a reporter; he is, like I sated before, a ******. I mean, he is the BIGGEST ****** in the universe. I can say that about him. Yeah, he’s a big baseball guy, but his “opinion” that he likes to state as “fact” is pure unsubstantiated BS, he can never seperate himself from his fanboy-dom, and he never backs up anything he says with fact-unless you consider yelling and speaking in a sharp tone as “backing up with fact”. I can’t stand the guy. I never liked him on ESPN and I still don’t like him. I’m just glad I am not the only person who feels this way. I’ll probably check out his blog if I feel the need to suck my brain out of my head with a straw and replace it with an over cooked slab of soy-based meat alternative. And what the heck is the deal with Topps creating a”1950″ era baseball card for him? He is the LEAST deserving person for that (what, is Ben Affleck next in line for an oscar….oh, wait. Hell must have frozen over because THAT ALREADY HAPPENED).

And isn’t Obermanlyman a Red Sox Fan? I rest my case.

And I why I am not surpirsed about yet another Bpark trade? I think you should go and apply for the job as a GM for a semi-pro basball team somehwere in Topeka. You honestly think that Cashman is REALLY that stupid that he would waste his time talking to Beanie Baby about a trade for Matt Holliday, considering that Holliday is a freaking free agent next year? It’s comments like “I am not saying Wang will be moved for Halliday. I am saying there will be discussion.” that make me want to throw my PC out the window in disgust for what the human intellect in our society has been reduced to. The Yankees are just going to sign Holliday next year. It makes NO sense to even bring it up.

Matt, in defense of Bpark, he is right (oh how rare) about the Giants being interested in Nady. It’s on MLB Trade Rumors. Oh, and if you all want to check out a REALLY good blog, go to MLBtraderumors.com. Timmy D does a great job REPORTING the news instead of imposing his opinion on people.

And Hoch, I apologize for ripping on Keith ObamaMan. I was just thinking earlier today that you are a very good example of good sports journalism. In fact, I rate you way, way higher than Olbermann, Olson, Heyman, Marioti, Waldman, etc…Why? I want to hear about what happened, not about what someone thinks about what happened. I think you should be getting your onw Honus Wagner-esque Baseball card-because good, solid, objective reporting is just as rare nowadays as a Honus Wagner Baseball card.

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Zerp, Its ashame you’ve taken exception to my posting and by the way you are wrong according to the online dictionary. Your confused about the difference in meaning between:
Journalist—a writer for newspapers and magazines and a
reporter—-a person who investigates and reports or edits news stories. sounds like the opposite of what you believe.
Its also like saying Jorge Posada is a baseball player and not a catcher. Fact, is hes both (and hes also good at both-Keithy Boy isn’t)
If you want to be an english teacher thats all well and good but please with the criticizing of us for misspelling, punctuation, grammer, and accusing us Yankee fans of not knowing what A journalist and A reporter does, etc… Also, if you and keith Obermann don’t like it here in the US, please Move Out but there are plenty of others literally sacrificing their lives to get here and those such as John McCain who were POW’s for 7 yrs, that your Keithy Boy don’t like (oops did I spell it right Zerpo.) What a joke to criticize someone for punctuation and grammer on a sports site. Are you serious?? Seems like there are quite a few others on here who don’t think much of Keith Oberman either…No big deal, just my opinion, but thats what the topic was, Keith Oberman (see original post above) and this is a site that , us fans, are allowed to voice our opinions, whether one thinks its a rant or not, or misspells a word or two, or forgets a comma…..??? I agree with the rest of you yankee fans though, lets keep it to baseball, for that I apologize.
Go Yanks

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Ky-L Farns-No-Worth pitched a typical performance last night.

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Ky-L Farns-No-Worth pitched a typical performance last night.

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Ky-L Farns-No-Worth pitched a typical performance last night.

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I am not saying Wang will be moved for Halliday. I am saying there will be discussion. Wang only makes 5M and is on 1 year deal.
I would like to keep Nady too. I was just asking what you had on it.

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I am not saying Wang will be moved for Halliday. I am saying there will be discussion. Wang only makes 5M and is on 1 year deal.
I would like to keep Nady too. I was just asking what you had on it.

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I am not saying Wang will be moved for Halliday. I am saying there will be discussion. Wang only makes 5M and is on 1 year deal.
I would like to keep Nady too. I was just asking what you had on it.

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bpark
That trade will never happen, Wang is no where near the quality of pitcher what Halliday is. The Yanks would have to throw in Hughes, a couple of other A grade prospects and pick up some of Wangs contract.

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You can disagree all you want but there will be Wang-Holliday talk and some point.

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http://voiceofvaleri.com/?tag=xavier-nady

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_heyman/04/02/phillies.scoop/1.html

ALso, before we put Wang trade talk to bed, you better believe Wang for Holliday rumor will spark at some point. There two club have traded aces before.

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I can’t stand Olberman either. Just his name makes me want to vomit.

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Julia,
That fish tank in Boston is no small thing either. I remember comments by David Wells where he said in NY he could step out on the town and 3/4 of the population didn’t care about baseball and the Yankees, but in Boston everyone knew the Red Sox!!!

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oops, it should read team not ream.

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I know it was only 1 game but, come on. Where’s the pride? C.C. should watch J Santana’s highlights from opening day…filthy. If Tex can’t handle it already, put in Swisher. I hope this ream doesn’t end up like that expensive luxury car that you put out an arm & leg for a down-payment only to receive a re-call notice in a few months.

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Bryan, It has got to be tough for anyone new to come in and perform in the fish tank in NY! I’m with Elizabeth – I look forward to April 24th-26th!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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For all readers interested in watching the kids at AAA play, check out MiLB.TV. For $6.95 a month or $29.95 a season you can get almost 800 minor league games including 96 SWB Yankee games and four Charleston River Dogs (A) games on your computer.

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My working E-mail is as follows:

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 8, 2009

Binghamton (Mets) 7:05 PM
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So we start with a lose. If we do this only 61 more times we’ll be in GREAT SHAPE!

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Bryan I know I just seemed to lose it. I am trying to get away from the politics on here and OPS SORRY!!
Keep up ALL THE GREAT WORK!!!!!!

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Notice I didn’t write anything about politics – you know what they say about discussing politics and religion in bars (and blogs). Just pointing out that he’s blogging about baseball for us.

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Zerp,
If you wish to critize someone on spelling ect. I think you are an Idiot like the fellow captain020 is talking about. You seem to attack him on his rant BUT yours seems to be OK!
BOTH MSMBC AND FOX should NOT be mentioned here, and it is loones like yourself that gives a bad name to anybody on the left-LIKE MYSELF…..
But Olberman is an IDIOT
NOW BACK TO BASEBALL..
I see alot of holes in this team and they were apparent in yesterdays game.
We need a WIN tomorrow to stop some of the negative talk and blogging ( YES FROM PEOPLE LIKE ME).
I hope they hve a GREAT year this year an I have a feeling they will!!

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As a Red Sox fan, I did enjoy seeing CC falter a bit, but it doesn’t come as that big of a surprise. He has never been great in April, so I don’t think you guys need to be alarmed yet. But with the big New York media that everyone keeps talking about, of course there will be some scrutiny. I enjoyed watching the game yesterday and I cannot wait for the first Red Sox-Yankees series.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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Well Bryan,
I think you hit it with Mark Teixiera he needs to do something tonight.
BUT come on PLUGGING Keith Olberman WTF is wrong with you??????
That guy is the biggest IDIOT on TV and is FINISHED both in Sports and ON MSMBC!!
I am with captain020 on this, and that guy is A HUGE MORON!!!!
If I were you Bryan I would remove that plug!!!!!

Every thing he is on gets boycotted and he makes a joke out of with his attutude…
He is one idiot I wish MANY MANY bad things to come and THEY WILL!!!

Also lets keep this NON-POLITICAL so KEPP idiots like Keith and Rush-ECT off the blog…..

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To captain020:Before you publish your rants, you should proof read your copy, correct your spelling and punctuation errors, and make sure that you have your facts straight.IE.  Keith Olbermann works for MSNBC not CNBC. And, he is not a reporter, he is a journalist.  Which means his job is not to report the news in an unbiased manner, but to comment on the news and the people making the news according to his own personal opinions.  He’s no different than all of the personalities that you watch on the FOX news network.  Or, do you think that they’re reporters reporting the news in an unbiased fashion?Look, I’m glad you’re a Yankee fan.    But, I really don’t care about your political preferences, your right wing slant on life, or your hatred of all things liberal.  Keep it about baseball, leave the politics out, and let’s have a great season.  Go Yanks!

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IMO Keith Oberman is a big jerk, both politically and in sports. As soon as he comes on any channel, I switch channels. It must be nice to sit there and criticize war hero’s and presidents and have never done anything in your life. What an *******, this guy. I don’t know how anybody stands him. I guess if your a staunch liberal you can listen to his rant, but now me. He is absoltely nauseating. Last I heard he was being ****canned by CNBC, but I see his boring rheatoric is still on the tube. Nobody really cares about his liberal slant on things, thats not his job, his job is to be unbiased. His warm and fuzzy towards the inexperienced Obama has got him in trouble and rightfully so. We’ll see how the next 4 years and beyond turns out, but I don’t trust reporters when they slant the news and their opinions towards one side or the other in an attempt to get someone elected.Thatsa not his job…. Hes an idiot!!!

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It is great that the season is finally here! And it should be a GREAT year! Now, this is only a projection, but looking at the team on paper I think the season should go like this:

Game 1 – Sabathia pitches shut out.
Game 2 – Wang gives up 1 run in 7, Yanks win 7-2.
Game 3 – Burnett pitches shut out.
Game 4 – Pettite allows 4 runs, Yanks win 9-5.
Game 5 – Joba gives up 3 runs, Yanks win 11-4.
REPEAT.
The Yankees should win EVERY GAME this season!

Wait a minute. My friend is telling me the seaon started yesterday. And he says the Yankees lost.

Nevermind . . .

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It is great that the season is finally here! And it should be a GREAT year! Now, this is only a projection, but looking at the team on paper I think the season should go like this:

Game 1 – Sabathia pitches shut out.
Game 2 – Wang gives up 1 run in 7, Yanks win 7-2.
Game 3 – Burnett pitches shut out.
Game 4 – Pettite allows 4 runs, Yanks win 9-5.
Game 5 – Joba gives up 3 runs, Yanks win 11-4.
REPEAT.
The Yankees should win EVERY GAME this season!

Wait a minute. My friend is telling me the seaon started yesterday. And he says the Yankees lost.

Nevermind . . .

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Just received via e-mail from Bill Chuck over at billy-ball.com …

DOES OPENING DAY MATTER?
How does Opening Day affect the season?

I took a very narrow look at the last 20 World Champions and how they performed on Opening Day:

1988 Dodgers lost to the Giants, 5-1
1989 Oakland topped Seattle, 3-2
1990 Reds defeated Houston, 8-4
1991 Twins lost to Oakland, 7-2
1992 Jays beat Detroit, 4-2.
1993 Jays lost to Seattle, 8-1
1994 Baseball lost to Selig
1995 Braves beat the Giants, 12-5
1996 Yankees topped Cleveland, 7-1
1997 Marlins beat Cubs, 4-2
1998 Yankees lost to the Angels, 4-1
1999 Yankees lost to the A’s, 5-3
2000 Yankees beat the Angels, 5-3
2001 Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers, 3-2
2002 Angels lost to the Indians, 6-0
2003 Marlins lost to the Phillies, 8-5
2004 Red Sox lost to the Orioles, 7-2
2005 White Sox beat the Indians, 1-0
2006 Cardinals beat the Phillies, 13-5
2007 Red Sox lost to the Royals, 7-1
2008 Phillies lost to the Nationals, 11-6

The results?

10 wins – 10 losses (and one did not play)

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