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ESPN just posted this article dissecting the MVPs of the rivalry since 1995 — the year both teams made the playoffs.

I won’t go into details here, but here are the MVPs of both teams — the lineup and the rotation.

Red Sox MVP: Manny Ramirez (no surprise here, this was to be expected)

Red Sox MVP pitcher: Pedro Martinez (I may have thought of Curt Schilling, but Pedro was around longer than Curt and he had several gems, even if he was the Yankees’ “Daddy.”)

Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez (I think what surprises me the most is that Paul O’Neill is second on the list and Jeter isn’t even in the top five)

Yankees MVP pitcher: Mariano Rivera (No surprises here, and number two is Andy Pettitte, again no surprises here.

I think it’s quite an interesting article to read, so go ahead and click on the link above to read about the MVPs of the rivalry.

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In case you’re sitting at home today, waiting for the Yankee’s Opening Day Game at the NEW Yankee Stadium, here is the agenda for the Opening Ceremonies.

10:15 AM – Coverage Begins on MLB.com.  Not a clue what will be covered, but probably interviews conducted over the last couple of weeks.

11:30 AM – Coverage begins on YES Network, with Pregame Coverage

12:10 PMOpening Day Ceremonies Begin

  • West Point Marching Band Performs “Washington Post March” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” in honor of     John Phillip Sousa, who led Seventh Regiment Band in performing the same songs in 1923.
  • The West Point Band performs “Armed Services Medley”
  • Colors will be presented by the NYPD and FDNY Color Guards
  • 75 x 150 foot American Flag is unfurled by West Point Cadets, and American Idol Winner and 2-time Grammy Winner Kelly Clarkson sings the National Anthem
  • 174th Fighter Wing out of Syracuse, NY will fly over in F16C Flying Falcons at the conclusion of the Anthem.
  • At some point, the Yankees will introduce the following Veteran Players
  • Then the current Cleveland Indians roster and starters will be introduced, followed by the Yankees roster and starters
  • Yogi Berra gets the honor of throwing out the first pitch

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm.

The Yankee veterans scheduled to be present are:

Luis Arroyo, Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Ron Blomberg, Bobby Brown, Horace Clarke, Jerry Coleman, David Cone, Chili Davis, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Dave Eiland, Ed Figueroa, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford, Joe Girardi, Goose Gossage, Ken Griffey, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Tommy John, Jim Kaat, Don Larsen, Hector Lopez, Tino Martinez, Lee Mazzilli, Gene Michael, Jeff Nelson, Graig Nettles, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Buck Showalter, Bill “Moose” Skowron, Luis Sojo, Mel Stottlemyre, Ralph Terry, Bob Turley, David Wells, Roy White, Bernie Williams and Dave Winfield.

In a small ceremony today, the Yankees had the Home Plate and Pitching Rubber moved from the old Yankee Stadium to the new Yankee Stadium.  A group of Bronx youths, together with some veteran Yankees, filled up some blue and white buckets with dirt from around home plate to move to the new stadium as well.

The veteran Yankees included David Cone, Scott Brosius, Jeff Nelson and the venerable Paul O’Neill.  Joe Torre had also been invited and was in town, but did not come due to a scheduling conflict with his Safe at Home Foundation.

Cone was moved by the cermony, telling the AP: “This piece of rubber is special, because this is how we made our living, on this piece of rubber.”

I didn’t know they were going to do this before I heard about the ceremony yesterday.  I think it is great; the more things from the House that Ruth Built make it to the House that George Built, the better.

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