Back in the Bronx
Every time I walk into the hallowed halls of Yankee Stadium, I feel like I’ve never left. We come here three times a year — well, four during those years they meet in the playoffs — and it feels like a home away from home.
And, just like every time, there’s yet another subplot as we get here on a dreary Friday. The Yankees are reeling. Panic has gripped the Yankees universe. None of their starting pitchers can seem to get through five innings. Even the pitcher of the future faltered last night. But the Yankees have their most reliable guy going tonight. That, of course, would be Pettitte. He’ll have the cap tucked deep over those eyes tonight, making that Pettitte sneer as he fires off each pitch. Andy Pettitte is a the epitome of a competitor and the Yankees need him tonight.
The Red Sox? They have Dice-K going. This is Matsuzaka’s first time in Yankee Stadium since he ventured here many years back as a spectator during a Yankees-Braves World Series. I believe it was 1996. I’ll try to find out for sure after the game. Even though he beat the Yankees a few days ago, you know he’s intent on pitching better than that. This game should be great theater, and isn’t always here?
I’m going to enjoy the last two years of this ballpark. I’ve always loved covering games at Yankee Stadium. Who knows what the new place will be like.
As for Sock-gate, enough already. Let’s get our focus back to where it needs to be. Good old beisbol, Sox and the Yanks.