I’m going to have to keep this short since I am so frustrated, but the Yankees took all the nostalgia, history and great feelings of the day and let the bullpen squander the chance to open the new stadium with a win. Instead, the bullpen allowed 9 runs to be scored in the top of the seventh to blow the game completely out of control.
The Yankees also ended their streak of winning 11 straight home openers.
The final score was 10-2
CC Sabathia took the mound today and threw the first ever pitch at the Stadium. Sabathia did not look dominating at the plate, he had to throw a lot of pitches to get through 6 innings. Despite that, Sabathia allowed only one run on 5 hits and left the game with the score tied 1-1.
Johnny Damon has the honor of the first ever hit at Yankee stadium, a single into right field. He ended up going 1-5 in the game.
Jorge Posada has the honor of hitting the first ever homerun in Yankee Stadium, a 1-run shot to the center field, right near the 408′ mark.
The bullpen has the honor of allowing the first ever collapse at Yankee stadium. After Edwar Ramirez and Phil Coke finished the sixth inning for Sabathia, Jose Veras took the mound and proceeded to take it up the figurative ass from the Indians. He allowed two hits, 1 BB and 3 runs to score.
Damaso Marte then took the mound and bent right over for the Indians, allowing two homeruns, including a grand slam to Grady Sizemore. He allowed 6 earned runs on 3 hits.
One bright spot was the appearance of Dave Robertson, who joined the Yankees just in time for the home opener. The team called him up Thursday morning from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing 2 hits, but no runs and struck out 3. Not bad for the newbie. Perhaps we can send Jose Veras and Damaso Marte away and replace them with Robertson.
I’m disappointed. I was extremely excited that my schedule worked out so that I was able to watch the game. Now, I wish it hadn’t. Friggin heartbreakers. The Yankees are now 5-5, the Indians are now 3-7.
Player of the Game: Victor Martinez (3-6, 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 2B, 1 HR)
Honorable Mention: Grady Sizemore (1-4, 4 RBI, 1 Run, 1 Grand Slam HR, 2 BB)