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Opening Day 2015 - Yankee Stadium

Photo Courtesy of Marty Appel


Yankees (0-0) vs. Blue Jays  (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Drew Hutchison (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network and ESPN. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

Chad Jennings’ Pre-Game Notes:

12:43-12:53 p.m. – Baseline introductions
12:53:30 p.m. – Unfurling of giant American flag by West Point Cadets
12:54 p.m. – Presentation of Colors: West Point Cadet Color Guard
12:55 p.m. – National Anthems: United States Military Academy Band
1:05 p.m. – Umpires and Managers to Home Plate
1:08 p.m. – Yankees take the field; ceremonial first pitch thrown by Joe Torre
1:10 p.m. – First Pitch

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In just three short weeks, the Yankees will take the field in the Bronx for Opening Day. They’ll be opening up the season at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6th (1:05PM ET). After this brutally cold winter, there’s nothing I want more than a beer in my hand, a sunny day and a seat at the ballpark. See-ya then!

Joe Girardi (Photo Courtesy of Kathy Willens | AP)


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The Yankees open up a three-game series today against the Los Angeles Angels . Here are the pitching probables for the home opener series:

Fri: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 6.35) vs RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 7.94)

Sat: RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 3.86) vs LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 1.29)

Sun: RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.57) vs RHP Jerome Williams (0-0, 0.00)

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images


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Yankees (0-0) vs. Tigers (0-0)

Pitching Matchup: 

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Granderson CF
Martin C

Game News & Notes: (Via Bryan Hoch)

  • OF Chris Dickerson was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • LHP Pedro Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain) and C Francisco Cervelli (fracture in his left foot) were each placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to 3/22.
  • LHP Damaso Marte (left shoulder labrum inflammation), INF Reegie Corona (fractured right elbow) and OF
  • Colin Curtis (dislocated right shoulder) were each placed on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to 3/22.
  • RHP Romulo Sanchez, who has an offer to play in Japan, was designated for assignment.
  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Mike Mussina

Other notes (Courtesy of The LoHud Yankees Blog):

10:20 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Yankees batting practice, 11:00 a.m. Gates open to ticket holders, 11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tigers batting practice, 12:43-12:53 p.m. Baseline introductions, 12:53 p.m. Introduction of Giant American Flag unfurled by West Point Cadets, 12:54 p.m. Moment of Silence, 12:56 p.m. National Anthem performed by Haley Swindal, US Navy Super Hornet flyover (weather permitting), 1:00 p.m. Ceremonial first pitch: Mike Mussina, 1:04 p.m. Umpires and Managers to Home Plate, 1:07 p.m. Yankees take the field, 1:09 p.m. First Pitch

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. It is scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network and ESPN. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

“A home opener is always exciting whether it’s home or on the road.” -Yogi Berra (more…)

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Here is the 2011 New York Yankees Opening Day Roster (Via The LoHud Yankees Blog):

Lineup: Brett Gardner LF, Derek Jeter SS, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Russell Martin C

Bench: Gustavo Molina C, Andruw Jones OF, Eric Chavez 1B/3B, Eduardo Nunez SS/2B

Rotation: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia

Bullpen: Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson, Boone Logan, Bartolo Colon, Luis Ayala


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It’s Opening Day! The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium to kick-off the new season. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Thurs: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00) 

Sat: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Brad Penny (0-0, 0.00)

Sun: RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)

*Friday: Day off


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Yesterday, I skipped school to go to my very first home opener at Yankee Stadium. Here is a rundown of how it went:

I woke up early in the morning to head down to the stadium so I wouldn’t miss any of the festivities. I got there before the gates opened and had a chance to walk around. While walking past Gate 4, I noticed Chris Shearn recording one of his pre-game segments for the YES Network. After he was done, I introduced myself, took a photo with him and spoke for a couple of minutes. He’s a really nice guy. Than I waited on line for the gates to open.

The Pre-Game:

Got in a few minutes after the gates opened, and I went directly to Monument Park. I wanted to take pictures with some of the monuments that I didn’t get a chance to take the first time around. I walked around the ballpark after that and saw Harlan Chamberlain, but I didn’t get a chance to meet him. He was kind of busy talking to some people, so I moved on. I also noticed Mark Feinsand of the Daily News near the press elevator, but he too was busy talking to someone..so I didn’t bother. The halls of the stadium were jam-packed and the atmosphere was terrific. Stopped off at Nathan’s for some food and went up to my seats for the ceremony.

The Food & Merchandise:

Before the game: Nathan’s Hot Dog and Fries Middle of the 5th inning: Johnny Rocket’s Double Burger, Souvenir Yankees Cup (Pepsi). I also bought a 2010 NY Yankees Yearbook, Media Guide and home opener program.


I was very pleased with the way the ring ceremony was done. Watching Yogi and Whitey hand out the rings to the players was a pretty cool moment. The player introductions were great, and it was really nice to see Gene Monahan and Hideki Matsui return. All the players in the dugout gave Geno a standing ovation, and it was very emotional moment for him. The Yankees also put The Boss on the centerfield scoreboard during the ceremony, and the Yankees gave him a nice ovation as well. Matsui got the biggest ovation of them all, and he certainly deserved it.

The championship flags for each of the Yankees’ 27 WS titles, the giant unfurled American flag in the outfield, and the “Fighting Omars” fly over were really a sight to see. Kristen Chenoweth (National Anthem) and Mary May Messenger (“God Bless America”) did a fine job with their performances. Bernie Williams bounced the ceremonial first pitch, but I was still happy to see him there.

The Game:

I sat in Section: 329 Row: 2 Seat (Terrace ††). The view from my seat was pretty good.

  • The Bleacher Creatures did their first roll call of the season, and everyone was watching to see how Curtis Granderson would salute them.
  • I give major props to Andy Pettitte for stepping off the mound when Matsui came up to the plate, so the fans could give him his due.
  • Nick Johnson was stepping up to the plate to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” song, because his little daughter was in the building. A lot of the fans around me were making fun of him, and I thought that was interesting. He shut them all up when he went yard in the 1st inning.

Andy Pettitte pitched a hell of a game, throwing six shutout innings while striking out 6 batters.. There is no other guy on the team that I would’ve rather had starting that game than him.

Interestingly enough, many fans started to head for the exit when the Yankees took a 7-1 lead heading into the 9th. I stayed for the last out, as I always do. I kind of got that feeling that something was going to happen, and that the home opener wouldn’t be complete without The Sandman. I was right about that. David Robertson gave up a grand slam to Bobby Abreu, and the Angels trailed by only two runs. When Mo came in, you pretty much knew the game was over and there was nothing to worry about. Mariano did what he does best and nailed down the 2-out save for the victory. Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it – New York, New York…

The Press Gate:

After the game was over, my friend and I walked over to the press gate in the back of the stadium. I wasn’t actually prepared to get autographs this time around, so I was just looking to take some photos with anyone I met. Next time, I’ll be sure to bring a ball and a pen.

We waited for the players, front office staff, broadcasters and celebrities to walk out. Who did we miss? Mayor Bloomberg, Jay-Z, John Sterling, Michael Kay and Suzyn Waldman. I stayed there for about an hour, and we saw pretty much all of the Yankee players roll out in their cars. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes, Tony Pena, Fransisco Cervelli, and many other strolled out of the gate in their cars. You couldn’t identify many of them because of the tinted windows on their cars. Hal Steinbrenner walked out of the Yankees offices, signed some autographs for the fans and was on his way. The rest of the Steinbrenner clan followed (including Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal).

Nick Johnson also showed up with his family. His little daughter stood right next to him, as he signed autographs and took some quick photos with the fans. I got a chance to meet and take a photo with Randy Levine, Bob Lorenz, and Kim Jones. They were all glad to take a photo with me. Bob took the time to chat with me, and I really appreciated that. We spoke about the game, twitter, and our respective blogs. Unfortunately, my photo with Mr. Levine came out terrible so I had to delete it. Haha

Torii Hunter came out of the gate and signed autographs and posed for a photograph with anyone who wanted one. I don’t think he said no to one fan. He was doing this all for Yankee fans, so I thought that was pretty cool. You don’t see that out of many all-star caliber ball players these days. Ervin Santana, Eric Aybar, Bobby Abreu and Richard Gere (donning a Yankees cap) all walked out as well. I tried to get Gere’s attention by yelling out his name, but he didn’t want to be bothered and that’s fine with me. No hard feelings.

All in all, it was a great day.


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  Athletic Trainer Gene Monahan Of The New York Yankees Acknowledges The Fans

Gene Monahan showed up at the game yesterday, and got a rousing ovation from the Yankees faithful, and all the players on the Yankees ball club. It was a very emotional moment for Gene, and it just showed everyone how much this guy really means to the organization.

“The toughest part of this has been missing my family here,” said the 65-year-old Monahan, who has worked in the Yankees organization for 48 years and was making his 38th consecutive Opening Day appearance with the big club.

“This particular group is very special because it looks out for each other, and they certainly looked out for me. Everybody stayed in touch, they sent me videos, and they told me to stay strong.

“I didn’t want to come. I didn’t want to be a distraction. I didn’t want to be in the way, but I got convinced by everybody it was important to stop by and say hello and let the guys know I’m here to help out in any way I can until I get back.”

Tears were brought to the eyes of Joe Girardi when he spoke about Gene. He said, “The toughest ring I gave out was probably the first one to Geno.” Mr. Monahan is staying optimistic about his prognosis, and hopes to return to the club some time this summer.


George M. Steinbrenner III was also in the house yesterday, as expected. He was shown on the big video board in centerfield, and got a nice ovation from the crowd. Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi personally met with Mr. Steinbrenner in his box prior to the ceremony, and hand delivered his World Series ring. From the Yankees Official Website:

“It was fun,” Jeter said about giving the Boss his ring. “None of us would be here. The Stadium wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. To get the opportunity to present him with the ring was probably the thing I’ll take most out of today.”

Hal Steinbrenner said that his father sat in stunned silence as Jeter gave him the ring, and he put it on his hand to replace the one representing the 2000 World Series, which the Yankees won in five games over the Mets for their third in a row and fourth in five years.

“He was very choked up and kind of silent,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “It was what I expected. He was very emotional and choked up as we all get from time to time. He said, ‘You’ve done a great job. Keep going, you guys.’ As he’s gotten older, he’s gotten more emotional and he’s calmed down. He’s certainly different than 10-15 years ago, when Jeter and Girardi played for him. No doubt, he’s done with that.”

One more thing, Steinbrenner said. Jeter, who grew up in Michigan and whose first Yankees opener was in 1996, jokingly asked the elder Steinbrenner to remove his Ohio State ring.

“He didn’t do that — he took the 2000 ring off and put the new one on,” Hal Steinbrenner told reporters earlier. “Jeter is great at breaking the ice in situations like that. My dad looked right at him, pointed right at him, and said, ‘Michigan!’ I think it all came back to him. Other than that, he was just about speechless, which is what we expected.”

Angels Yankees Baseball

  Team Owner George Steinbrenner And His Wife Joan Watch The New York Yankees Play Against  Of The Los Angeles Angels

Derek Jeter pulled a nice prank on Matsui yesterday, during the Yankees ring ceremony. From Andrew Marchand:

“The captain got a ring that they gave in Tampa [at the end of spring training],” Joe Girardi said. “It was a ring that they handed out to all the fans. It was a giveaway so Jeet thought it would be appropriate to put it in Matsui’s box because he would be the only one that wouldn’t be standing next to someone to compare it. So [Matsui] took it over [to the Angels dugout].

“[Mike] Scioscia was kind of looking at it and he said, ‘It didn’t really look right.’ So when I was introduced [during the pregame introductions], I asked Mike if I could give [the real one] to [Matsui]. He had a huge smile. That is one of the things that sometimes people don’t know about Jeet, he likes to pull pranks.”

Jeter imagined that when Matsui looked at the ring his eyes bulged from his head.

“You knew it would be funny,” Jeter said.

Matsui said he didn’t know he was given a fake until Girardi handed him the real one during the player introductions. He didn’t know it was Jeter behind the prank until the media told him.

“We knew [Matsui] wouldn’t be able to compare it to anyone’s on the other side, so we gave him the bootleg one,” a grinning Jeter told Jones after the Yankees’ 7-5 win. “Knowing him, he was probably happy to receive that one, too.” 

 “I will remember it forever,” said Matsui

  Hideki Matsui #55 Of The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Is Greeted By Former Teammates Alex Rodriguez #13, Derek Jeter


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If you missed the pre-game ceremony yesterday, here are some videos covering what happened. I thought the Yankees were first class all the way, and they did a terrific job with everything.

2010 Yankees Championship Ring Ceremony – Part 1

2010 Yankees Championship Ring Ceremony – Part 2

2010 Yankees Home Opener Player Introductions

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Yankees (4-2) vs. Angels (2-5)

Pitching Matchup: 

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 1.50) vs RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.00)

Yankees Lineup

TBA (Check the LoHud Yankees Blog for the lineup because I’ll be at the game)

Game News & Notes (Courtesy of  MLB.com):

  • Pettitte will pitch the first game of 2010 at Yankee Stadium after pitching the last one of ’09. Pettitte won the clinching game of last season’s Fall Classic against the Phillies. He also pitched Game 3 and the clinching Game 6 of last year’s ALCS against the Angels, going 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. He was 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in three regular-season starts vs. the Angels in 2009.
  • The two clubs split the 2009 series, 5-5. The Angels, who are 33-20 in their past 53 games against the Yankees, have not lost a season series to New York since 2003, when they went 3-6.
  • Fans heading to Yankee Stadium for Tuesday’s game are being urged to arrive early and take mass transit if possible.

The Rundown:

  • 10:10-11:10 a.m.: Yankees take BP
  • 11:00 a.m.: Gates open to ticket holders
  • 11:10-11:50 a.m.: Angels take BP
  • 12:30-12:44 p.m.: 2009 World Series ring ceremony begins
  • 12:44-12:54 p.m.: First and third baseline introductions
  • 12:54 p.m.: Introduction of the giant American flag, unfurled by West Point cadets
  • 12:55 p.m.: Presentation of colors by the West Point Cadet Color Guard
  • 12:56 p.m.: The National Anthem will be performed by Kristin Chenoweth, along with a U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12) flyover
  • 1:01 p.m.: Ceremonial first pitch by Bernie Williams
  • 1:04 p.m.: Umpires and managers to home plate
  • 1:06 p.m.: Yankees take the field
  • 1:08 p.m.: First pitch
  • The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. It’s scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB Network. The game can also be heard on the radio on WCBS 880. Enjoy the game. Go Yankees!


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    From George King of the NY Post:

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Expect a lot of love to pour out of the Yankees tomorrow. And don’t be surprised if more than a few hundred tears are shed at Yankee Stadium.

    That’s because beloved trainer Gene Monahan is expected to be on hand for the home opener, and many hope he will trot out to get his 2009 World Series ring.

    “It’s going to be great to see him. He has been missing all this time and it will be the first time we will see him since he got cancer and surgery and everything,” Mariano Rivera said. “It’s going to be nice.”

    Jorge Posada got choked up when asked what seeing Monahan will do for him.

    Trainer Gene Monahan, who is battling cancer, is expected to attend Opening Day at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

    “I miss Gino, I miss him a lot,” Posada said of the long-time trainer who didn’t attend spring training. “He is a big part of our team.”

    So, there it is. We knew something serious was going on, and now we know that Gene is battling cancer.  I’ll be in the stands tomorrow for the home opener, and nothing will make me happier than to see Gene Monahan walk out onto the field. The banner, the rings…all of it…it means nothing without people like Geno. He’s been the Yankees team trainer since 1972, and has become a very important and lovable character in Yankees history. We wish him the best.

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