From every photo I’ve seen, every description I’ve read, every anecdote I’ve heard, the new Stadium has plenty of “wow” factors. Yes, there are some obstructed views. Sure, the ticket prices are insane. But the seats are totally plush.
The place looks absolutely gorgeous, and I wish I’d been there for today’s workout.
Johnny Damon seemed to be enjoying himself.
The kids were having a good time.
The concessions were open for business.
So was the promised farmer’s market.
Even the rest rooms were polished to a high sheen and ready to go.
(I’m assuming they didn’t forget the she-fans and built us some bathrooms too.)
Will Friday’s exhibition game against the Cubs be rained out? I hope not – especially with “Sully,” the Hudson River Pilot, poised to throw out the first pitch.
But mostly, I can’t wait for the season to start on Monday. In my continuing quest for an accurate forecast of how my Yankees will fare this year, I consulted former MLBlogger, Paul Lebowitz, who not only holds forth on his new site, Paullebowtiz.com
, but writes an annual Baseball Guide in which he provides in-depth analyses of all 30 teams, complete with starting lineups, rotations, bullpens and benches. And, yes, he makes predictions.
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, the book begins with Paul’s prediction for how the AL East will stack up. But I was too nervous to peek, so I skipped ahead to the AL Central. Here’s how he calls that race.
* White Sox
Moving over to the National League, Paul, a Mets fan, figures that the divisions will go like this.
* Phillies (Wild Card)
* Giants (the book went to press before Manny signed with the Dodgers)
Paul backs up his choices with all sorts of information that makes the book as fun to read as it is authoritative.
Eventually, it was time for me to flip the pages back to the beginning and find out where he placed the Yankees in the 2009 campaign.
* Red Sox (Wild Card)
* Blue Jays
So far, so good.
I turned the page to check Paul’s division series predictions.
* Cubs vs. Phillies = Cubs in 3
* Giants vs. Marlins = Giants in 5
* Indians vs. Red Sox = Red Sox in 5
* Yankees vs. Angels = Yankees in 4
And then it was onto his picks for the league championships.
* Cubs vs. Giants = Cubs in 5
* Yankees vs. Red Sox = Yankees in 6
And finally….to his World Series prediction.
Yankees vs. Cubs = Yankees in 6!!!!!!!
hates the Bombers, so this one must have made him ill. I, on the other hand, was thrilled and so were the other Yankee fans I told. Here are their reactions.
Note: I’ve attempted to leave comments on other blogs today, but it’s been hit and miss (or should I say “swing and miss?”). Not sure if the site is having technical problems or it’s just my computer. Just know that I’m TRYING.