–The YES Network scored big ratings last night with the the Yankees/Red Sox game being blacked out on ESPN in the New York area.
“The YES Network’s Yankees-Red Sox season-opening telecast last night generated a 10.01 average TV household rating (1,085,000 average Total Viewers), the second-highest-rated and second-most-watched regular season live sporting event ever on a New York regional sports network. It is second only to the YES Network’s April 3, 2005 Yankees-Red Sox telecast (also the season-opener), which generated an 11.64 average TV household rating (1,213,000 average TV viewers). Last night’s YES Network telecast peaked at a 12.46 TV household rating (1,388,000 average Total Viewers) during the 8:45-9:00 quarter-hour.
YES’ Yankees Pre-Game Show last evening (7-8 pm) did a 2.22 average TV household rating, YES’ post-game show averaged a 2.13 TV household rating, and an encore presentation of The Joe Girardi Show airing at 1 am this morning (immediately following the postgame show) did a 1.31 average TV household rating.”
–Andy Pettitte To Retire After 2010? : Andy Pettitte can see the end of his gratifying career approaching and can feel the number of games he might have left reduced to a precious few dozen. Pettitte is fine with that scenario, content with trying to help the Yankees fashion another memorable season before probably retiring. “I can’t just keep on playing,” Pettitte said. “I need to get back home.”
-Tommy John’s youngest son, Taylor Simmons John, passed away on March 9, 2010. A moment of silence was held at George M. Steinbrenner Field during an exhibition game against the Orioles. He died as the result of a seizure and heart failure due to an overdose of prescription drugs.
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