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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen

microphone.jpgThis 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?

The Stadium’s Final Act

PIC-0516.jpgThey 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.

Sunshine at Yankee Stadium

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.

Sweatshirts and baseball

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.

Already, a rubber game

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.

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