Game 1-Opening Day. At Yankee Stadium. Always a great and exciting time, knowing that after a long winter, it is time for baseball once again.
Today started the beginning of the 2007 New York Yankees quest toward Championship number 27. Although in the beginning, it wasn’t the most spectacular of games, (a couple of errors and some unearned runs became some of the low points in the game) the Yankees pulled it out and won their 10th straight home opener on what would become an emotional opening day.
After the introductions and a moment of silence for former Yankee Hank Bauer and former Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who both passed away recently,the afternoon started with a tribute to Cory Lidle, who was killed in a plane crash a few days after the Yankees lost to Detroit last fall in the Division Series. Giambi, who had known Lidle since high school, took part in the tribute by escorting Lidle’s widow and young son to the mound so that they could throw ceremonial first pitches. In honor of Lidle, the team will be wearing black armbands on their jerseys this year, and it has been said that the locker he used last year will remain unoccupied for this season.
Another emotional moment came with the return of Bobby Murcer to Yankee Stadium. How great was it to see him? And doesn’t he look great too? The fans and the Yankees themselves gave him a standing ovation which was great to see. And it was great to hear the Murcer will be back in broadcasting booth real soon.
Pavano didn’t look bad, considering he hadn’t pitched a major league game since June of 2005. He started the game good and looked pretty confident on the mound. We still need to see him out there a couple of more times to see how he’ll do, but so far okay. He didn’t get the win, but it’s a start, and as long as he stays healthy, hopefully things will only get better.
There were three Yankees that came up with key hits to help win this game. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, and Alex Rodriguez.
With the Yankees losing 5-3, Jeter had a two-run single with bases loaded to tie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Giambi singled in the go ahead run in the seventh, (after Alex got on base and stole second) and Alex who got a few boos in the beginning of the game due to a foul-pop up that go away from him, and a strike out on his first at bat, turned to cheers and a standing ovation after hitting his first home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth.
Also notable mention-Jorge Posada hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth.
Wednesday is sure to be another emotional game-the return of Yankee favorite, Andy Pettite to the mound after being away from pinstripes for three years.