I'm sorry I didn't present a report last night! I'll be back tonight with two reports just for you guys (: I did not forget! There is one thing that all of you are DYING to know about -- my report on how the Yanks are doing during the Exhibition games! Especially the one on March 2nd, the first exhibition game of the season!
Curtis Granderson was amazed by how the Yankees celebrate their opening ceremony. He glanced up at the sky to see the two military planes fly overhead as a part of the ceremony. Shortly after the game, he joked with the media and said how his uniform was very different from what it looked like on a hanger -- it was extremely white and bright. However, everyone got the chills when Joe Girardi trotted to the pitcher's mound carrying the 2009 World Series trophy.
Granderson's first time up at the plate for the Yanks was not a great one. It was a beginning, let's just put it that way. Out of the four innings he was up at bat, he hit two grounders. It wasn't the best way to show a new team what you've got, but Granderson made a good point. His point was that the first time that you're up at bat is always interesting. You're still trying to figure out the opposing pitcher, you're still trying to get adjusted to the stadium, you're trying to figure out the best angle to hit the ball, and the pressure is definitely on. Today, Granderson was hitting between Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira. I guess we'll just have to see how good Granderson gets. I can't wait to watch him!
So, the Yankees won their first exhibition game 6-3. The Pirates brought pitcher Andrew McCutchen and Erik Kratz got the hits off of Jonathan Albaladejo yesterday afternoon. The new Yankee outfielder Colin Curtis got a three run home run in the 9th inning to give the Yankees a walk off win. I guess they're happening already! I wonder where AJ was with the pie? A-Rod hit a fifth inning single into centerfield. Then, in the 6th inning, Ramiro Pena got a home run!
For the Pirates, Paul Maholm started. He threw 11 pitches, all of them were strikes. Ross Ohlendorf (former Yankee prospect) struck out A-Rod looking during the second inning. Brian Bass threw a scoreless third inning, and DJ Carrasco made an appearance right after him.
For the Yankees, Chad Gaudin started. Hs threw 34 pitches. Out of the 34 pitches, 23 of them were strikes. After he pitched, Mitre relieved him, pitching two perfect innings. To finish off the game, Alfredo Aceves pitched to six batters, retiring all of them.
Cervelli was caught stealing second base after being hit by a pitch. Jamie Hoffmann made a diving catch to keep Ryan Church from getting an extra base hit. Also, Brett Gardner made a diving catch on a Lastings Milliedge drive.
As a little sidenote, everyone in the stadium got a mini bobblehead of C.C. Sabathia. I thought it was worth mentioning. Something that may spark your interest.
For more information, please check the two articles below. I am generally briefing over what happened. Please check the articles for further information.
I'm going off to write another blog now! I'll be back in a few seconds.
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100303&content_id=8665418&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (Granderson’s First Game)
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100303&content_id=8660616&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (Details about the first exhibition game)