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Room for 563 more?

There was just a little neat pre-game moment on the field, as the center field scoreboard showed Joe Girardi and Paul O’Neill talking behind the batting cage. Underneath, the video folks added text that read “317 combined homers.”

Never passing up an opportunity, Reggie Jackson wandered into the shot and pointed to the screen. Mr. October’s suggestion was soon acknowledged, and Girardi laughed as the screen now read, “880 combined homers.”

Taking a spin in the wayback machine

Larsen_Perfect_Game.jpgHad some time to think on the 4 train this morning, which is never a good thing …

It’s Old-Timer’s Day here at Yankee Stadium, the 63rd annual edition and the first since the Yankees crossed the street. That’s got everyone in a little bit of a nostalgic mood, and I got to pondering this question — if Doc Brown rolled the DeLorean up to your front door this morning and offered to take you to any one game you’d want to see, where would you go?

Seriously, I gave this a lot of thought for about four subway stops. And here’s what I’ve decided — I couldn’t pick just one game. I’ll break them down by stadiums, because I think that’s the only way you can do it.

If it’s the pre-renovation Yankee Stadium, it’s an extremely tough call, but I think I’m heading to October 1956 to see Don Larsen’s perfect game. I’d love to see Lou Gehrig’s speech, but there’s a certain aura about the 1950s that would be cool to experience.

Post-renovation, I think being in the Stadium for Reggie Jackson’s three homers in 1977 would have been incredible — just the grit and excitement of the ‘Bronx is Burning’ years, seeing the rough Bronx neighborhood and the passion that team inspired. A lot of you were probably there for it, I’d imagine. What a fun team that must have been.  

And as long as we’re talking New York baseball, I caught Game 6 of the 1986 World Series recently on TV and — not even for the Bill Buckner error, but just that whole amazing 10th inning in general — that would get my choice for Shea Stadium games. What say you?

Opening Day, Part Deux

We’ll all be back here at the big ballyard in the Bronx on Tuesday — April Fool’s Day — and there’s a lesson to be learned in all of this. Since 1923, there has never been a Yankees game played here in the month of March. Maybe this is the baseball gods’ way of reminding us that Opening Days are supposed to be played in April?

Nothing changes as everything gets pushed back for a day. Chien-Ming Wang will celebrate his birthday with 0.0 innings pitched under his belt, and Joe Girardi gets another day to sit around and wait for the butterflies that he said did not come. Reggie Jackson has approximately 27 more hours to loosen up his left arm and prepare it to fire a strike across home plate, and Johnny Damon can head home and keep wondering why this series didn’t open under the inviting roof of the Rogers Centre.

Other than that, we’re all settled up here in the big press box overlooking a white tarpaulin. I’ve got some Pearl Jam going on the iPod and there hasn’t been a rain drop in about 45 minutes. It’s actually beginning to look crisp and dry.

If it looks this good leading up to game time tomorrow, we’ll all be very, very happy.

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