Category Archives: Yankee Stadium

Carlos Correa with another incredible, two home-run game in the Bronx

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It was a wild, whacky game in the Bronx last night; where Colin McHugh didn’t give the Astros much a chance to win the game from the bottom of the first inning; but if you stuck around you still saw some real fireworks from the young Astros in the lineup (who were probably who you tuned in to see if your curiosity is peaked by these Astros anyways).

George Springer hit a grand slam, the hottest thing going in the game right now; Carlos Correa, homered twice off Michael Pineda.

The first one came in the top of the first, which was his second of the year. It was impressive in it’s own right:

But I think the second one is the one that has everyone buzzing. This one lands off Mohegan Sun Sports bar’s black window in center field. You may have to watch it a few times to truly see it.

The end result was it was a 468 foot home run, and Correa’s third of the season already in just two games.

In the end, the Yankees slugged the Astros into submission 16-6. It was an ugly, long game. But Correa wound up with four total hits, just abusing Yankees pitching while using every part of the field.

And I forgot how nice it is to watch a game played at Yankee Stadium. I do it about 10 times a year, and I checked it out listening to YES. Michael Kay and company do a good job calling a game for the viewer. So all-in-all, enjoyable night of early baseball watching despite the Astros whom I took as a +122 dog losing.

Carlos Correa gets the combo meal on Opening Day in the Bronx

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I almost expected something special tuning in today to see Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros take on the Yankees in the Bronx on a cold weather sunny day, but Masahiro Tanaka seemed like he had his A-game early and the Yankees were staked to a 2-0 lead on a double by Starlin Castro.

But then it happened, the signature moment that anyone tuning in wanted to see. Correa appeared to catch a slider from Tanaka and the ball kept carrying to the jet stream in right field; and ended up a backside home run. One of the most beautiful pieces of hitting that I’ve seen yet in the 2016 season:

With this, he became the youngest Astro to homer on opening day, and with his 23rd career regular season home run, he tied George Springer for the Astros franchise record of most home runs within his first 100 career games played.

Correa also stole TWO bags today on the day, and added another RBI groundout. The Astros would rally for the win for Dallas Keuchel, and newly named closer Luke Gregerson nailed down his first save without threat. All was right with the world on Opening Day for the highly-touted Astros.

Final Send off for the Captain


Derek Jeter began his final homestand in the Bronx tonight. He singled off R.A. Dickey, got caught stealing; probably trying to give the home crowd a nice memento to remember him by. And then he did something legendary.

Jeter hit a home run off Dickey into the left field seats. As he rounded the bases, he had to be wondering if it was the last one he’ll hit.

Unless you’re living in a cave, you heard about Derek Jeter’s legendary Gatorade commercial that rolled out today. It’s all kinds of awesome.

Jeter’s last game at the stadium will be next Wednesday, an afternoon game that many of us will miss because we’ll be at work. I’m really going to miss Derek Jeter. I think everyone who loves the game of baseball feels the same way about it. I have received so many text messages today from my baseball brigade of friends who all said they’re really sad to see him go.

Mike Trout on Display all weekend in the Bronx


You just knew the game’s finest player had something special in store for his one and only trip to Yankee Stadium this season. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, he did everything he could to will his team to victory. He went home run, K, walk, walk, single and stole a bag. If you were at the park – and one of our good friends was – it probably felt like you got the full Mike Trout experience. We would have given anything to have been in the Bronx yesterday to see it. The Angels still lost the game 4-3.

Then tonight, on display for the world to see; Trout gets a couple of singles off Masahiro Tanaka on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. He also struck out a few times. The one thing in watching Trout close is that even in the at-bats he’s striking out, he’s right on a bunch of tough pitches that Tanaka is throwing him. He’s fouling off two seamers and sliders hard, along with the other five pitches Tanaka mixes up in the zone. His swing is so quick and flawless, I’ve never seen anything like it.

You can tell Trout is just at ease in the box and on the field. He’s in control, and because of his ability he’s able to reach a comfort level that lets him have fun playing the game. That’s what makes Mike Trout so great: just showing up for work at Yankee Stadium and straight kickin’ ass. He’ll board the plane tonight after the game and do it again tomorrow night in California.

I love watching Mike Trout ball.

The Baseball Show welcomes Jason Rosenberg from IIATMS, ESPN SweetSpot

Today on The Baseball Show, co-host Mike Rosenbaum from The Golden Sombrero and I welcome Jason Rosenberg from It’s About The Money Stupid. IIATMS is the New York Yankees SweetSpot network blog on ESPN. A huge thanks for Jason to being on the show–and as he mentions about former guest Matt Sosnick–we would also say that Jason is one of the best guys in baseball writing.

Topics discussed included:

  • How he got started blogging about baseball
  • He talks about our friend Matt Sosnick, MLB Agent
  • His induction into the SweetSpot network & relationship with Rob Neyer
  • Speculation about the next head editor of SweetSpot at ESPN
  • We are joined by a renegade intruder, only for a moment though!
  • Jason says The Extra 2% is a must-read book.
  • Hardcore New York Yankees talk
  • The Tampa Bay Rays possibilities of winning in the AL East
  • What does the future hold for the catching position (Gary Sanchez, Montero, etc.), as well as Joba Chamberlain
  • Have Yankee fans and Alex Rodriguez mended their relationship?
  • Curtis Granderson talk, and how will Andruw Jones fare as the fourth outfielder?
  • Thoughts on Derek Jeter’s contract extension
  • Much more!

A huge thanks to Jason for being part of the show. Check out IIATMS anytime you want  to read about the Yankees. Find him on Facebook or follow him on twitter. And as all baseball fans know, the Yankees are always relevant.

First Trip to Yankee Stadium

It was 2002, a hot August 7th night and we were lucky enough to see the Rocket Roger Clemens mow down the Kansas City Royals. I remember it like it was yesterday. Upper deck at Yankee Stadium. I couldn’t believe all the ethnic looking people I saw entering the game in the Bronx that night. It was a long ways away from the country I’d grown up playing sandlot baseball in, using gloves of the team at bat as bases.

We weren’t legal drinking age but we still had our fun that trip. And you never forget your first trip to the cathedral.

An Exclusive Virtual Tour of New Yankee Stadium

On the day that the Yankees unveil a new patch commemorating their new palace, we present you with one of the first inside looks at the new stadium. This tour comes courtesy of us from Editor George’s roommate (thanks George). Enjoy the photos and a first look at the new gem of all big league ballparks (of course it is).
And in the future this room shall have much champagne sprayed in it. The New York Yankees locker room. What I like about it is the classic Yankee design casing/railing across the top of the lockers. What says Yankee baseball like that design? You look at that, you know you’re in the Bronx. The Yankees did an excellent job of bringing tradition to this new ballpark.
Individual locker set and a better look at that famous railing design from inside old and new Yankee Stadium.

Here is a view of the Yankees team restroom. We’re told is was substantially bigger and fancier then this picture does justice. We believe it.

The Yankees team hot tub. When we first saw a picture of this we thought it was a small team boat parked in the garage somewhere. This could hold ten to twelve Yankees at any given time with a girl for each. Girardi isn’t gonna have that, but still. Only the Bombers know of the secret privileges that come with being a Yankee.
The carpet in the Yankee locker room. This isn’t offered at retail for those interested. I bet it feels very plush on the feet. I’m sure it’s lovely. Looks comfortable. Much finer living then what you’d find in say, the Pirates locker quarters or a team like the Marlins.
This is a look at the Yankee team batting cage. Firsthand accounts say it is much larger then the opposing team batting cage. This is also easy for one to assume. This is where the Bombers will master the manotinous. Where they’ll earn blisters like the old time ballplayers. Where guys will carve out Hall of Fame careers.
It looks like another area in the New Yankee Stadium will have an aspect that made old Yankee Stadium so appealing warm and cozy. Those legendary bleachers out in right field. This is very neat that the Yankees have decided to keep this area in the new park that gave the old stadium so much character.
And the view that the lucky men will see as they enter the field of dreams to do their day jobs. Can you even imagine?
One difference from the old park to the new park is the scoreboard in the wall in right field. This is a more modern-looking dimension of the new park. The old park had no scoreboard in the wall and as you can see the lettering and numerals will be modernized rather then the old flashbulb lights to make a scoreboard.
From this club level view, we think that the new stadium out in left field looks an awful lot like the old stadium again. And that’s what you’d hope for just as a baseball fan. It looks pretty spacious out in the left field corner of the new Yankee palace. We’d expect word to get around the league pretty quickly that balls will kick around down there and turn into doubles and even triples for guys that really motor.
A view of new Yankee Stadium (right) next to old Yankee Stadium (left). One thing worth asking: will the new stadium see 27 World Championships?
Full view of beautiful center field, which will seat people. At the old Yankee Stadium, tarp covered the batter’s eye area and there were no fans allowed to be seated there. All in all, this place really does look like a glossy new version of the old park. The architects did an excellent job. You get what you pay for.
Cool aspect of the new stadium. The date that the park will be ‘born’.

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Sawks fans and Yanks fans acting typical

Now this would be a pretty cool thing to do. If you had a death wish that is. To think that my buddy George didn’t want me sporting a Jay Bruce jersey when I traveled there this past summer to see the Reds play.

If this guy can survive serving chowda to Yankees fans outside Yankee Stadium during a Sox-Yanks series, I think I would be safe.

And he has a point. I’ve never met anyone who raves about Manhattan Clam Chowder. New England Clam Chowder is one of the best things ever created however.

Final Day at Yankee Stadium

What does Yankee Stadium mean to you? Today is the final game to ever be played at the old Grandfather Clock of baseball history. More history has went down there at the House that Ruth Built than any other stadium in the game. It has been a quiet reminder that baseball tied us to another era of history and civlization. Before big business and corporate dollars took over, there was Yankee Stadium. To everyone that has ever been there, they have their own memory of the game’s version of the cathedral. It could have went on forever. Though ran down and rusty, Yankee Stadium is a historical landmark that far out-lived its lifespan.

For me, my first day at Yankee Stadium was when I was 20 years old. I visited my friend George in Connecticut and we went to see Roger Clemens pitch against the Kansas City Royals. Derek Jeter got the big hit, Clemens was Clemens, the Yankees won handily and we wandered around the Bronx neighborhood behind the stadium afterwards. I’ve been there twice since, but no time could compare to my first time hanging out in the Concrete Jungle that Ruth built.

To me, its the most historical stadium in American sports history. More than the Boston Garden, more than MSG, more than Fenway Park. The ghosts in the outfield came into play so many times in the postseason, counting as an extra teammate for the pinstriped crew. The ghosts that played there are immortal, they continue on forever. As Yogi Berra once said, “Its gets late awfully early out here,” and indeed it will at New Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The legend and mystique of the Yankees will never die, like it or not; because of this Stadium and the history that has went down surrounding that very home plate.

Goodbye Yankee Stadium. Whether you’re a Yankees fan or not, if you’re a baseball fan you shed an inner tear today.

-Remembering Yankee Stadium [Baseball Musings]