In case the huge structure in center field does not identify the location for you, these kids are playing on a field that four years ago was the field at the old Yankee Stadium, on the south side of 161st in the Bronx. That’s River Road and the elevated 4 Train beyond center field and in front of the mammoth Bronx County Courthouse.
Bronx, N.Y., April 19, 2012 – There couldn’t have been more than a handful of fans among the 40,000-plus attending Thursday night’s Yankee game who weren’t muttering some version of a similar mantra either to themselves or to their companions: “Phil Hughes is running out of chances. If he has a shot, the first thing he needs is a clean, low-pitch first inning.” Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., April 17, 2012 – There’s almost 1,500 innings per team per regular season in major league baseball, a nice round number easily eclipsed when a team has mutiple games go extra innings. There’s always six outs, in most cases turned in by a variety of methods: strikes outs, both swinging and called; ground outs; fly balls; maybe a runner tagged out on the basepaths. There may be hits; there may be runs; great plays and ugly errors. But every team plays a few games that feature crazy short segments: moments when personalities intrude on the game, when things that don’t appear on every scorecard congregate in one section of a contest. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., April 16, 2012 – After winning a home series against a contending Anaheim team the Yanks were certainly not looking past Minnesota, lightly regarded both because they struggled through a horrible 2012 season, and because they have a dreadful history playing in the Bronx. But their fans may have been. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., April 15, 2012 – The Yanks took the rubber game of their three-gamer with Anaheim in Yankee Stadium Sunday night, but for a contest the Bombers led 8-1 after three, and eventually prevailed in by an 11-5 score, it was closer and less comfortable a victory than you might imagine. The good that you can say about the start from Ivan Nova, reportedly suffering from flu symptoms, is that he is 2-0 on the young season, that he pounced for eight strike outs in six innings, that he didn’t walk any batters until late, and that he allowed just four earned runs. The worst was that he allowed seven deep shots to or over walls while in there. Continue reading
Bronx, N.Y., April 14, 2012 – In a repeat Yankee fans did not need to see again, Phil Hughes failed to provide a mediocre, much less quality, start as the Yanks fell to the visiting Anaheim Angels 7-1 in Yankee Stadium Saturday afternoon. Struggling to record 10 outs on 85 pitches, Hughes allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in that time, and the Yanks and Angels evened their series at a game apiece. Continue reading