September 28, 2006
September 28th vs. The Orioles
That was close.
Needless to say, this was a game where you tried to keep yourself busy - in an attempt to ignore what was happening on the field. (Actually, to what was "not happening" - truth be told.)
I went to this one with my friend, Willy G.
How was it going for us? Well, during the game, poor Willy was getting text messages on his phone from his friend and his girl-friend - most along the lines of "Some game you got there." That about summed it up.
Game score be damned, Willy and I chatted through the innings, waiting for that first Yankees hit. And, we also struck up a conversation with two guys who were sitting behind us - one from Clifton (NJ) and his game-mate from Queens (NY).
We four talked about the Yankees, the Mets, the Astros-Cardinals chase, the soggy pretzels at the Stadium, owning and splitting season tickets (since I do it and they do as well), the Yankees policy towards season ticket holders reselling their tickets, whether Giambi or Sheffield should play first, and some other stuff - waiting for that first Yankees hit. The fellas that we met even complimented/teased me for "almost not having" a Staten Island accent (after I shared with them where I grew-up).
Did I mention that we were all waiting for that first Yankees hit?
But, we were somewhat alone. Around 9:30 pm EST, I looked around the Stadium and saw many people leaving the park. I didn't get it - why not wait, with us, for that first Yankees hit?
By the 9th inning, the Stadium was down to about 10,000 fans - like me and Willy, waiting for that first Yankees hit. And, then, just before it was almost too late, Robinson Cano delivered. And, the wait was over.
When I got back to my car, I turned on the post-game and John Sterling was recapping how the fans gave the O's Daniel Cabrera a standing ovation just after he lost the no-hitter in appreciation for his effort. Huh? I don't know about the other 10,000-something fans, but, I was cheering my butt off for Cano - and his sparing me a night without sleep and a life-long memory that was going to be very unpleasant.
One last thing - in the 9th, after Cano singled, Torre had Jeter in the on-deck circle, ready to bat for Giambi - just before Abreu banged into the DP to end the game. Considering the score, the standings, and the fact that the no-hitter was over, why bother with that? That was sort of interesting but also strange - much like this game on the whole.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 28, 2006 11:32 PM
I heard that Sterling comment too. I'm pretty sure we all were cheering for Cano.
As for Jeter being on-deck, on the pre-game they mentioned that he may pinch hit if there were runners in scoring position later in the game. Joe wants him to get 100 RBI.
Posted by: Jen at September 29, 2006 12:37 AM
Sterling is a moron. This is just another example of it.
I was there too, and it wasn't only 10,000. It looked closer to 30,000. And of course I was cheering for Cano. I even tried to start a 'Robbie, Robbie' chant but it didn't catch on. He was also robbed earlier on a liner to 3rd.
I dont know if Cabrera was that good, or if the Yanks were that bad. It's hard to tell from the upper deck. I'm going to watch the DVR and find out. They did hit a few other balls well: Abreu and Damon for example.
Y'all remember that Andy Hawkins no-no that the Yanks lost due to walks & errors? Talk about a low point.
Posted by: 98Yanks at September 29, 2006 01:52 AM
Damn, who WASN'T at that game?
I was ranting and raving to Jen about how I haven't experienced an historical Yankee game at the Stadium yet...
Needless to say, that was close... *whew*
What an odd game overall, me and Jen (and my friend Dante) just talked the entire game while experiencing the Bleacher Creatures at their best... what an odd game and night indeed...
Posted by: B(rent) at September 29, 2006 02:10 AM
I'm telling you Steve, October, Robbie Cano......
The kid's something special. (Especially after sparing the Yanks the agony of being in the history books by having a no-no three days before the season ends) No one ever remembers a 1 hit ballgame by a pitcher, a no-no, that's a different story.
While you don't want to see the Yankees get no-hit, I'm sorry but if I was AT the game and the no-hitter went that deep, I would not be upset if the Yankees got no-hit....it's one game, which was basically meaningless, and how many times do you actually get a chance to see a no-hitter in person?..as far as I'm concerned you guys missed out...they were losing that game anyway, so you might as well have witnessed some history...of course it's always better if its the Yankees making the history like when I went to the game where Rivera got his 400th save!
Cabrera isn't that good. Power arm, has trouble locating. He just had one of those nights.
I wasn't at the game last night, but I would've cheered for Cabrera; it was a good effort he put forth last night, gotta give him a hand for that.
As for no-hit games, I was at Gooden's no-hitter and Cone's perfecto. I would've gone to Wells' perfecto, but there was a beanie baby promotion, and I didn't want to get caught up in the crowd (remember beanie babies were HUGE back then). I would've gone to Abbot's no-hitter, but at my boss was getting upset with me for coming in late to work (I had been attending the games regularly on the weekend), so to keep him off my back, I didn't go to the game.
It's always cool to chat up with other fans at the game. Everyone has a story, you know?
I remember a few one hit games actually; Cone's first start back in Oakland where he combined with Mariano for a 1-hitter, Moose's almost perfect game, Bobby Witt's one-hitter (runner was out, but called safe)