I was at the game tonight. And since it was pretty much over in the first inning (honestly Jeter, make that throw to first!) here are a few worthwhile notes from the stadium:
After the first inning (though it may have been the second) they play this cartoon theme song game where they give three choices and then ask various Yankees which they'd like to hear, and they play the song that gets the most requests from those Yankees. The options tonight were The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Peanuts. Robbie Cano was the last person asked. His response? A most gangster, The Simpsons. Cano makes his own options. That's why he got a multi-year deal this off-season.
During the middle of the fifth the Yankees announcer (I believe its Bob Shepherd Jr. right now) draws your attention to the center field jumbo screen so you can read happy birthdays. Today is Elliot Hyman's birthday. Happy Birthday Elliot, don't ever go to junior high.
I asked the Beck's beer guy if they sell more beer when the Yanks are losing. "No," he said as he shook his head. Then he went on to tell us that when the Yanks are losing everyone complains about the prices ($9.50 for a Becks), but when they're winning no one says a word.
Its interesting sitting in the tier seats as opposed to the bleachers. A guy walked by with a Red Sox cap and no one said anything. Strange.
It was nice to see A-Rod hit a homerun in his first game back. Now if the Yankees can only figure out a way to have him hit nine times in a row, they'll be golden.
Last thing, the bench clearing incident, after Latroy Hawkins tried to murder Luke Scott was definitely the highlight of the game. The best part was the bullpen guys running across left center to get down to the goings on. My first thought was, man, it sucks to have to run that far when there isn't even a fight. My second thought was, man, the Yanks have some big guys in their bullpen. Joba, Farnsworth, Veras, Hawkins, I'd rather not be fighting when they get to the field, because then it's definitely going down.