So here it is. The final game at the stadium. The pre game ceremonies primarily consisted of the Yankees cruelly forcing very old men to run out to their old positions. ESPN's Peter Gammons referred to Don Larsen's "no hitter." If you are reading this blog from an iPhone while watching the first inning, please find Mr. Gammons and give him a beating. Here goes the roll call, which ESPN is treating like some new phenomenon. Enjoy the game and the live blog.
Quick first inning, here come the Yankees. Oh yeah! I can feel the insight.
Does anybody like Joe Morgan? I don't. Don't know anybody who does. My vote is for him to shut up and for Michael Kay and Ken Singleton to replace him in the booth.
It's official, nobody likes Joe Morgan. The Yanks need to go and get that run back. A-Rod HR perhaps? I'm calling it. Imagine a sweep as the last series played at Yankee Stadium. It needs to happen.
I've been told the reason Joe Morgan hates the Yankees is that he was offended by people comparing the Yankees of the late 90s (it may hav been the '98 team) to the Big Red Machine (Russia) which he played for. That seems like a petty reason to ruin every single ESPN broadcast of a Yankee game, but that's just the way Joe Morgan is. Petty and communist. What he did to poor Georgia was unacceptable.
Another inning over, Yanks now down by two. If you haven't noticed, I've lost track of what inning it is. I think it's the middle of the third right now. Yogi and Whitey in the booth was a redeeming moment in ESPN's broadcast. I still don't like Joe but that was a nice segment. Sounds like they are still up there. Matsui up to bat. Here comes the HR.
Damon just hit a 3 run HR. That may be the last HR ever in this stadium. That's weird to think. Yanks up 3-2 no2, let's see if Andy can hold it. Jeter almost hit a HR right after, something tells me either Abreu or A-Rod will go deep this inning.
Having Whitey and Berra was a nice touch. I've read Ford's autobiography and he has some hilarious stories in there. I've read Mickey's as well. Mickey's first agent was some guy who showed up at his place and had him agree to a 50% cut. Mickey didn't know any better and took the deal, until he went and spoke with his teammates and they told him they were paying 10%. What's interesting is that he told the Yankees and the Yankees got rid of the guy. He doesn't say how, but I suspect the guy went for a swim in the Hudson.
Silly Millar, always trying to beat us. The Yankees are winning this game, but it wouldn't be any fun if there was no competition.
I just watched the Chevy commercial about Roberto Clemente, I think I may go buy a Malibu tomorrow.
Beautiful Homerun for Molina. I still think Jeter hits the last one.
I'm convinced. 4 years $80 million for Pettitte.
Blasted Jones. Always using his speed to his advantage. Did Val Kilmer have a shiner? It kind of looked like it. At least Millar struck out.
I just noticed that there's no way Jeter's single season HR record gets broken this year. Crazy!
Uh oh. Phil Coke fist pumped after that strike out. I suspect everyone will flip tomorrow.
That was ugly Jeter. He must be saving it for later when the game gets a little closer.
Nice play by Jeter, but shame on Chamberlain for sticking his pitching hand out there to try and bare hand that ball. No, Chamberlain. No.
Hey, how many Orioles does it take to catch a fly ball? Don't know, but they suck!
And you guys complain about Jeter's defense. Heads up running by Gardner.
Cody Ransom may be the best thing since dinosaurs to help the Yankees. Great inning by Chamberlain. Should be fun to see Mo pitch one last time here. He's given us many great memories in this place, and I'm sure he'll give us many more in the new stadium, but tonight, its all eyes on him.
So much for the Derek Jeter homerun, but either way, the Sandman is entering.
Wow. Great way to close out the stadium. Sweep, Mo ends the game with a 1-2-3 inning. Even Baltimore players were scooping dirt from the mound for souvenirs. Jeter is speaking now. This is really an amazing moment and we're all very lucky to be watching it. Jeter seems emotional. I'm glad he did this, it was right to have him speak for the team as they closed the stadium, and for the players to salute us is pretty special. Remember this moment. We probably won't see another one like it in our lifetime.
I just want to thank everyone who stopped by to check our live blog, whether you left a comment or not, while you watched the final game at Yankee stadium. This is a special moment in Yankee history, and I'm just glad that some of you stopped by to spend some of it with us. Take care, and have a great night.