Back to the Bronx
I was in Cleveland, believe it or not. But I went on blog strike for a couple of days. I hope you understand. Just need a couple of days to recharge. We’ll be back at full force here in the second greatest sporting venue in Major League Baseball — Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
I’m curious from you readers: Will you miss Yankee Stadium? Does it matter at all to you that this is the last season of it?
Perhaps I have a different perspective. Before this job, I lived in New York for for baseball seasons (1998-2001) and covered a ton of games here from April through October and I’ve always loved everything about watching a game at Yankee Stadium. It seems strange that we will be across the street next year without all the ghosts and all the tradition.
As for the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, I think Joel Sherman of the NY Post hit a home run with his column today saying that it’s mostly hype these days and not even close to what it was in 2003 and 2004, when we saw two of the greatest ALCS’s of all-time.
I think the teams need to have another ALCS to rekindle this rivalry to its peak, or maybe an AL East race in which the winner advances to the playoffs and the loser goes home, a la 1978.
On to more current events, the roster move has been made. Alex Cora to the DL and Joe Thurston is here.
Ellsbury is in center tonight as Coco has some soreness in his right leg. He said it’s from all that sprinting in the cold.
I had a leisurely flight from Cleveland this morning, leaving at 11 a.m. while all my colleagues rushed out here on like 7 or 8 a.m. flights. I checked into the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and had a tremendous sushi lunch at a place right in the lobby.
Then, I rode to Yankee Stadium the only way how — The D train — along with Rob Bradford, Michael Silverman and Amalie Benjamin. It’s a gorgeous day in New York.
Here are the lineups:
That’s all for now.