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I don’t know if tonight’s game is going to be played. It sure doesn’t look promising. But just in case, here are the lineups:
September 6, 2011 – Yankee Stadium — 7:05 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)
Matt Angle LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Pitching: Tommy Hunter RHP (3-2, 5.26)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (4-5, 6.75)
Umpires: HP Rob Drake, 1B Gary Darling (CC), 2B Bruce Dreckman, 3B Paul Emmel.
Pedro Martinez held an epic press conference here in advance of his Game 2 start in which he said, among numerous other things, that he may have been the most influential player to set foot in the old Yankee Stadium. He took on the New York media for abusing his name over the years when he was with the Red Sox, and looked back on Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.
Say what you want to about Pedro, but he remains one of the most entertaining and brightest players I’ve ever had the opportunity to cover. That mango tree quote still remains an all-time classic, as does his comment about hitting Babe Ruth in the backside. I had a chance to get to know Pedro a little better during his time with the Mets and one thing that was always constant was he could make you laugh when you least expected it.
Some highlights from the transcript:
Q. You’ve had a unique relationship with the fans in the Bronx over the years. Why do you think that is? Have you thought about that over your career? And what about it do you enjoy?
‘PEDRO MARTINEZ: I don’t know if you realize this, but because of you guys in some ways, I might be at times the most influential player that ever stepped in Yankee Stadium. I can honestly say that. I mean, I have been a big fan of baseball for a long time, since I was a kid. My first ball I ever got from a Big League player I actually got to purchase in Dodger Stadium in a silent auction, was Reggie Jackson. I was actually a big fan of the Yankees, too.
For some reason with all the hype and different players that have passed by, maybe because I played for the Red Sox is probably why you guys made it such a big deal every time I came in, but you know, I have a good bond with the people. After playing in New York, I went to realize something: New York fans are very passionate and very aggressive. But after it all, after you take your uniform off and you deal with the people, they’re real human beings. It’s all just being fans.
I have all the respect in the world for the way they enjoy being fans. Sometimes they might be giving you the middle finger, just like they will be cursing you and telling you what color underwear you’re wearing. All those things you can hear when you’re a fan. But at the end of the day, they’re just great fans that want to see the team win. I don’t have any problem with that.
Q. Two things: One, when you say you’re one of the most influential players to come in here, do you mean as a visiting player or
PEDRO MARTINEZ: I think in every aspect, the way you guys have used me and abused me since I’ve been coming to Dodger Stadium (sic), just because I wore actually a red uniform just like this one while playing for Boston, it’s been like I remember quotes in the paper, “Here comes the man that New York loves to hate.” Man? None of you have probably ever eaten steak with me or rice and beans with me to understand what the man is about. You might say the player, the competitor, but the man? You guys have abused my name. You guys have said so many things, have written so many things.
There was one time I remember when I was a free agent, there was talk that I might meet with Steinbrenner. One of your colleagues had me in the papers with horns and a tail, red horns and a tail. That’s a sign of the devil. I’m a Christian man. I don’t like those things. I take those things very serious.
Those are the kind of things that the fans actually get used to seeing, and actually sometimes influence those people to believe that you are a bad person, that you are like an ogre. I see Mariano, and that’s probably the player I admire the most because of how he goes about his business, how he does it, and he remains a humble Christian man admired by everyone in baseball.
The way people perceive me in New York, I don’t know if they got to know me a little bit better after I got to the Mets. It’s totally different than the way I am; I just compete. And yes, I will do whatever it takes to beat you. But I’m a human being after I take my clothes off. A lot of people can witness that any time, anywhere, any moment.
Q. The other thing is going back to 2004, Game 7, the old Yankee Stadium, what do you remember when you came into that game from the bullpen? What do you remember about that scene?
PEDRO MARTINEZ: I remember being calm, really calm, ready for anything. Actually I had a little bit of anger inside of me, not towards the Yankees or towards whoever, towards the tweaking that the whole scenario took. Actually, and I’m sorry I’m going to recall this because it was an ugly scene this is probably the first time I’m ever going to talk about it publicly. But when Zim came over to me, I thought he was going to just give me advice or something, just “Go, Pedro, you need to slow down or something,” or try to make it look a little bit different.
But at that time, I’m going to be honest right now, my shoulder was barking. I was pitching on three days’ rest, I think. It was two men on. I loaded the bases with a hit by pitch that wasn’t a hit by pitch. The ball hit the bat on Karim Garcia, and Zim charged me, and I think he’s going to say something, but his reaction was totally the opposite, was trying to punch my mouth and told me a couple of bad words about my mom.
I just had to react and defend myself kind of. But the tweak that it took made me look like a monster that just came in to play Yankee Stadium. And you know what I did, go out there, compete, and nothing else. I remember getting back to my dugout and seeing middle fingers. My mom, poor mom. I’m glad she’s blessed by God because all those curses were, I mean, unbelievable.
I remember going back, and I blew up the lead, yes, I blew up the lead, but I don’t regret it. It was a great moment. It was a great game. I competed. I did everything I had to do to actually win a ballgame. Fell short. So what? I’m not the last one. It’s not going to be the last one. It’s not going to be the first time ever. That’s why you go out there, to try to survive a game, win it or lose it. I had the great honor to pitch one of the biggest games that a player has ever played in the whole stadium. And that’s a good memory for me to have.
But I didn’t like the tweaking that you guys gave to the whole scenario, because I don’t feel like it was my fault. And at that time when I threw that pitch, I was just trying to jam Karim Garcia. But when you’re struggling, no, you don’t know how it feels. Shoulder barking, it’s a hard thing to deal with.
It was a dark and stormy night…in New York when I wrote this blog post.
But earlier today, I snapped this with my iPhone as we in the press box hammered out our game stories following the Yankees’ 7-5 victory. There’s some parallel to be made between the rainbow rising over Yankee Stadium and the Bombers’ 9-1 homestand.
I’m sure you’ll find it.
Every once in a while, fans will want to know what the pre-game timetable is for games here at Yankee Stadium. Here it is for a 7:05 p.m. ET start:
4:00 p.m. – Gates open
4:40-5:40 p.m. – Yankees hit
5:40-6:20 p.m. – Visitors hit
6:20-6:30 p.m. – Yankees infield
6:30-6:40 p.m. – Visitors infield
In case you’ve got a free Saturday and a Father’s Day gift to pick up:
New York Times bestselling author Alfred Santasiere III will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of his newly released book The Final Season: The Official Retrospective on Saturday, June 20th at 10:30am at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, on the campus of Montclair State University, 8 Quarry Road, Little Falls, NJ.
The Final Season: The Official Retrospective is the only book published about the final season of Yankee Stadium that is licensed by, and was created in partnership with, the New York Yankees.
Authored by Santasiere and Mark Vancil, it provides the last look at the Stadium from the inside out with more than 150 never-before-published photographs and a moving introduction by Yankees legend Yogi Berra. This keepsake also features first-person accounts from Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, along with Yankees greats from every generation.
The Final Season: The Official Retrospective retails for $35 and is available online at www.yankees.com/publications or by calling (800) GO-YANKS. Books will also be available for purchase at the museum. For more information, call the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at (973) 655-2378.
This was one of the most entertaining e-mails I’ve received in a long time. There’s a fan out there, Chris Pavia, who has captured the essence of Bob Sheppard and the late Eddie Layton with terrific impersonations of both.
From the YouTube page: “Listen as Chris takes you back in time sitting in your seat 45 minutes before the game and listening to the sounds of Eddie Layton and Bob Sheppard.”
He uses his own voice for Sheppard and the same type of organ, two keyboards and drum machine that Layton used at Yankee Stadium from the mid-1980s through 2003.
Chris is definitely talented – I can taste the hot dogs already. But don’t take my word for it. Turn up your volume and you be the judge and jury. What do you think?
They ringed the Stadium’s streets today in the thousands, spilling out onto 161st Street as the gates prepared to rise for the first time. The yelling of those looking for tickets, those trying to sell, hawk souvenirs. This looked like a playoff game in September. Everybody has cameras, pointing them toward the past, then toward the future across the way. It’s a strange feeling here. Everything seems to be moving a little quicker than most would like.
I tried to reflect today on some of my favorite memories of this building that we’re about to say goodbye to for the final time. My earliest, I suppose, is wanting to come here and see my first game, just to see Don Mattingly play back in the 1980s. It never came to pass that way, but I finally made it here years later and it really was as special as I thought it would be.
One of the first games I saw here in person was the game where Roger Clemens hit Mike Piazza in the head in 2000 — I’ve never seen a ballpark hush that quickly since. Years later, I saw many more memorable moments and can remember thinking how great it was to be a member of the credentialed media in this great place, where so many of the game’s events have transpired — and would continue to. Something about it made it feel different than all of the other stadiums.
Even over the last two years, as this place has become a regular part of my daily life, there are moments that I’ve stopped and looked around, thinking about what these thick concrete walls have seen over the last 85 years. Yankee Stadium means a lot to baseball, a lot to this city, a lot to the history of this country. It deserves the grand sendoff it’s about to receive.
Hello again everyone from Yankee Stadium, where the weatherman couldn’t have been more wrong about today. It’s an absolutely gorgeous day and I had almost forgot what sunlight felt like. It’s been a long time since Tampa.
Once in a while it’s good to get out on the field and watch batting practice, just to be humbled by the raw power these guys have. Alex Rodriguez hit three balls in a row on top of the netting covering Monument Park, and to watch how fluid his swing is, he made it look absolutely effortless. It’s just amazing to see that pure talent flow.
One person not watching BP today is Joe Girardi, who’s still confined to his office with an upper respiratory infection that apparently is fighting all medications known to man. I’m sure he’s feeling awful about it, but since this is probably the last chance I’ll get to say this … Girardi is now at the 60% attendance mark in his first week on the new job.
Rob Thomson has the reins for a second consecutive day as Andy Pettitte makes his 2008 debut. In a corresponding roster move, Jonathan Albaladejo – hours after throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings – will make his way up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (who neither play in Scranton nor Wilkes-Barre, mind you. The stadium is in Moosic, Pa.).
Pettitte blanks ‘em in the first. Enjoy the game, everyone.
So I’m sitting here in the press box at Yankee Stadium, listening to Ed Alstrom hammer away at The Drifters’ “On Broadway,” and here’s my thought of the day — organ music, and only organ music, should be played at all ballparks throughout the big leagues. There’s nothing that says baseball like a Hammond organ, and we just don’t hear it enough. (I don’t count the little ditties like “Charge.”) The alternative is to hear Alex Rodriguez walk up to “This Is Why I’m Hot” five times a night. I’ll take Mr. Alstrom, thanks.
Hello everyone from the Bronx, where it’s cold and it looks like we’ll have a late-arriving crowd for game three against the Blue Jays. It’s a little odd walking up to the press box and not having to push through a wall of humanity, like I did on Opening Day. But it’s Phil Hughes’ night here on the mound, and here’s something I didn’t know about Hughes — he doesn’t buy into the superstition of not speaking to anyone on the days he pitches. I always thought that was an archaic rule anyway, but it does help the guys avoid distractions on their work days.
Great stat of the day, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau — at 21 years and 284 days, Hughes is the youngest pitcher to start one of the Yankees’ first three games of the season since Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt started the second game of the 1921 season vs. the Philadelphia A’s (21 years, 217 days).
I’ll be back later with some more thoughts on the game. Pay no attention to Jordan Bastian’s blog, by the way. I’m an excellent driver.
Phil Hughes received some of the loudest cheers when the Yankees were introduced before Tuesday’s game, and it’s clear the fan base has high hopes for the youngest member of their pitching staff. It’s almost strange to say that just because Hughes’ demeanor really doesn’t lend itself to youth. He may be 21 but, to me, he carries himself like a veteran already.
Hughes gets the ball rolling on his 2008 campaign tonight in the rubber game of a three-game series with the Blue Jays. Will Jorge Posada appear in the lineup? Will Jason Giambi continue to resemble a dancing bear at first base? Stay tuned. I thought an excellent defensive first baseman — hi, Doug Mientkiewicz — would have caught the ball that Giambi fell into the photo box chasing, but when you throw Giambi out there, you’re basically hoping he’ll knock everything around him down and scoop throws, which he actually is quite adept at doing.
Lessons from yesterday — don’t steal from the Yankees and don’t talk on your cell phone while driving. Mike Mussina looked just OK to me but I was impressed with his ability to spot his curveball, the Frank Thomas hit-by-pitch notwithstanding. If Mussina gives you three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings every time out, I think you have to take that. They won’t face A.J. Burnett every day.