See you in St. Louis
Back to back, the Yankees have suffered probably their two toughest losses of the season at Angel Stadium, as both Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning and early leads went to waste while the bullpen slogged through.
They’ll still get a chance at a winning road trip this afternoon, needing plenty of innings from CC Sabathia as the Yankees and Angels wrap up this three-game set and head into the All-Star Break.
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Mark Teixeira are on their way to St. Louis, while the rest of the Yankees will scatter to the winds and reconvene in New York to open a homestand on Friday.
I’m bidding farewell to Southern California this morning ahead of those guys, having spent the night at an airport hotel and now writing to you from Gate 60 at LAX … set to fly to St. Louis — with a brief detour to Houston. This will be my third consecutive All-Star Game (though you couldn’t beat the commute last year), and my first trip to St. Louis overall.
All I really know about St. Louis is that Chevy Chase drove through it really quickly in Vacation (“Hey, kids, you noticing all this blight?”), there’s a beautiful Gateway Arch I’ve only seen on television and I might have sampled an Anheuser-Busch product or two in my past. Someone posted on Twitter alternating views that I should try/avoid fried ravioli. Thinking I’ll opt to avoid.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Busch Stadium and this year’s game should be a good one. Blog at you from the Midsummer Classic.