The Yankees kick off their season at home on Tuesday with a full day of festivities including a ring ceremony, raising of a championship banner and a game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Stadium gates will open to fans at 11:00 am, allowing fans to get settled in and comfortable. Festivities will kick off around 12:15-12:30 with the ring ceremony in the infield. The remaining members of the 2009 champions will receive their rings straight from the hands of hall-of-famer and 6-time champion Whitey Ford along with hall-of-famer and 10-time champion Yogi Berra.
A unique twist on the ceremony will be the presence of former Yankee and fan-favorite Hideki Matsui. Obviously a coincidence in scheduling, but the Yankees will be facing Matsui’s new team, the Angels, meaning Matsui will be present to collect his ring. Unfortunately, he will be wearing Angel’s red. Matsui was also the World Series MVP last season.
A banner celebrating the Yankees 2009 championship will be raised and joined by replica flags for the other 26 championships will also be hung around the stadium for the duration of the day.
After introductions, the national anthem will be sung and a flyover of by NAVY jets will occur.
The first pitch to the game will be thrown out by former Yankees center-fielder and current jazz/rock musician Bernie Williams, a four-time champion himself.
Obviously, Yankees fans have a lot more to look forward to, but that those are the main points of a day that won’t be easily forgotten.