They said that Queens could stay, they blew the Bronx away and sank Manhattan out at sea
First things first, Victor Martinez was a late scratch from tonight’s lineup because of a stiff neck. He is day to day. He’ll be replaced by Kelly Shoppach — the only other member of the roster with a batting average over .300.
So here we are in the Bronx for one last series at The House that Ruth Built and George Steinbrenner Gutted and Renovated. Perhaps this will be viewed as sacrilegious, but I don’t feel a sense of palpable history at this place the way I do at Fenway and Wrigley. For all intents and purposes, this place is “only” 33 years old, given the renovations of the mid-70s. But that’s not to say a lot of baseball history hasn’t been made here since then.
Anyway, the new Yankee Stadium going up across the street looks, from the outside, at least, like it would be ready for action by the All-Star break. They’ve made dramatic progress on that place since last fall’s ALDS. The exterior is quite impressive. I took a picture of it on my phone, and if I ever find out how to get said picture onto the computer and then on this blog, I’ll do it.
Let’s get to tonight’s lineups…
INDIANS (14-17): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Ryan Garko, RF Franklin Gutierrez, DH Travis Hafner, LF Ben Francisco, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte. RHP Fausto Carmona on the mound.
YANKEES (17-16): LF Johnny Damon, SS Derek Jeter, RF Bobby Abreu, DH Hideki Matsui, 1B Jason Giambi, CF Melky Cabrera, 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Wilson Betemit, C Jose Molina. LHP Andy Pettitte pitching.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- The Indians are batting .165 over their last three games.
- The Tribe last won a regular-season series in Yankee Stadium in June of 2001. Since 2002, the Indians are 3-17 in the Bronx in the regular season.
- Tonight’s game and the games on May 10 and May 12 will all be broadcast on WMMS 100.7 FM, because of the conflict with the Cavaliers’ playoff games on WTAM.
- OF Bronson Sardinha has been signed to a Minor League contract and will report to Triple-A Buffalo, which needed another body in the outfield now that Ben Francisco has been promoted.
- Jason Michaels was officially designated for assignment two days after his 32nd birthday. Ouch.
Lastly, two quick blog-related updates. For one, my friend Kate pointed out a major error on my part, as I neglected to list “Rivalry Week” among the things you can’t say without sounding drunk. Actually, “Rivalry Week” might be on the list of things you can’t say, period. Anyway, my apologies for the omission.
Also, I plan to make not-so-long-anticipated blog name change sometime during this series, so be on the lookout for that.