I hate to admit this, but 2013 Opening Day at Yankee Stadium was awful.
Forget the 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, and that the Yankees could not muster up a hit after the fifth inning.
The only smart thing I did yesterday was exit the game early with the rest of the Stadium because honestly no one could watch any longer.
The Yankees were clearly outmatched by Boston, but the lack inspiration was what got to me and talking to my Mets fan friends didn’t help either.
Here are the three things that got to me:
1) Dónde estaba el Capitán?
(translation: Where was the Captain?)
Even my mother knows that Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle is not healed yet, but he should have showed up at Opening Day.
Red Sox veteran David Ortiz was there, and he is on the DL, but the Yankees Captain couldn’t make it to New York to be with the team?
Why aren’t he, and the other two not rehabbing in NY in the first place?
Could it be related to Jeter officially claiming residency in the state of Florida?
I can attest that many New Yorkers do this, as there is no income tax in the Sunshine State. But the law states that you have to spend six months out of New York State, and it is strict.
For example, let’s say Jeter was on a flight with a layover at JFK, but he did not get off the plane. Doesn’t matter that is counted as one entire day spent in New York by the IRS.
So Jeter has to keep tabs on the number of days he spends in New York, or else Uncle Sam will make him pay up.
2) A-Rod not getting introduced in the pre-game ceremony really bummed me out.
I found out afterwards via the New York Daily News that this was A-Rod’s own request, but can you blame him?
Injured Teixeira got a big ovation from the New York crowd during the player intros, as A-Rod hide inside the clubhouse.
After having a restraining order issued to stay away from Spring Training, I hoped the Yankees would have insisted that A-Rod be introduced with his teammates. I would expect any player at the Stadium in full Yankees uniform to be acknowledged, but I get why A-Rod asked not to be.
A-Rod is a player on the New York Yankees, and in my opinion all should be treated accordingly.
I felt bad that A-Rod was not once seen with his teammates during Spring Training.
He was nowhere to be found at Mariano Rivera’s retirement press conference, while the injured Curtis Granderson was front and center in an arm cast to support his teammate with his team.
I recognize that A-Rod is amid another slew of PED allegations but nothing has been proven. The only fact thus far in the case is that A-Rod has not failed any drug tests conducted by MLB since he came clean in 2009.
A-Rod says these accusations are bogus, so why have the Yankees abandoned him completely?
Did the Brewers not introduce Ryan Braun in Milwaukee?
Sure the Yankees brass must be frustrated, as A-Rod cannot seem to stay away from the drama, as it is always something.
Bottom line is regardless of everything else A-Rod is a Yankee. And until that uniform is off, both ownership and fans should treat him correctly.
I presume that A-Rod would not receive the warmest welcome from Yankees fans, but those that boo him are complete idiots. They are just jealous folks who need to get a life.
I would have stood and cheered for A-Rod yesterday, like I always have and will continue to do.
A-Rod is a player who works so hard to please the fans, and almost to a fault.
If AJ Burnett’s success in Pittsburgh is not enough proof of what the booing can do to a player mentally, than I do not know what else to say.
3) Receiving a phone call from my Mets buddies who were over in Queens just iced the cake.
Let me just say after the phone call, I was jealous.
They were having a blast watching their Mets beat up on the Padres 11-2, I also learned about the new video called the Citi-Field Shake
I did not tell them that all I did was pray for Brett Gardner not to get injured. I was covering my eyes when balls were hit in his direction because I was frightened Gardy was one play away from doing something reckless and getting hurt.
Bottom line is I wish the Yankees did something fun like the Mets did.
I know the Harlem shake is so two months ago but who cares, the effort in itself was the awesome part.
There’s an old saying: “When it comes to teams, either we’re pulling together or we’re pulling apart!”
The Mets look to finally be on the right road.