Thoughts leading up to another series with Boston

It's Friday morning, it's the day after an off day and I have the early slot so you know what that means. It's random thoughts time!

  • Hold onto your butts! It's time for another Yankees-Red Sox series!
  • What's with the schedule this year? Why does it feel like the Yankees are only playing AL East teams?
  • I know that's not completely true because they played the Tigers and the Mets but after they play Boston, they're playing the Blue Jays up into Toronto, come home to play the Orioles in a four-game series and then go back on the road to play the Rays in the Slop again.
  • I guess it's a good thing because they'll have played the Rays nine times before May 15, but I don't know, something seems off to me.
  • CC Sabathia is looking for his first win tonight and he's going up against Justin Masterson.
  • Why do I have a feeling CC isn't even going to last four innings?
  • Let's hope I'm wrong.
  • Pedro Martinez tweeted this about CC last night: "For Sabathia it's time to use the strike zone and the knowledge he has. Instead of behaving as a power pitcher he has to rely on location."
  • I agree. I told my brother that CC should be on the phone with Andy Pettitte every week.
  • Not that Pettitte was a power pitcher like CC but he was a crafty lefty, pitched until he was 41 and pitched a complete game in his final appearance.
  • I went to the game on Wednesday afternoon and while the end result wasn't good, I still enjoyed myself. It was my first game of the season and the weather was perfect.
  • We were sitting near a group of obnoxious "Rays fans" who only cheered when Evan Longoria was announced before the game and whenever he came up.
  • Then they went nuts when the game ended and held up a banner.
  • Oh did I mention we were sitting way the hell up in Section 428?
  • Whatever. The Yankees have won 5 out of 6 against that fukakta team which is great. I just hope they continue their winning ways.
  • Tomorrow's game isn't a 4pm Fox game. Hallelujah! It's a 1:35 start instead.
  • But Sunday is another 8:05 ESPN game.
  • And I get it, Yankees-Red Sox, it's a "big" rivalry, but the rest of the country is so sick of seeing the Yankees on Sunday night baseball. This is the third game in four Sundays, right?
  • They had the Yankees-Sox game three weeks ago when the Yankees exploded for 7 runs in the first inning, they played the Rays in Tampa the next weekend so ESPN decided to put someone else on TV, then they played the Mets this past Sunday night and now the Red Sox again!
  • People have had "the Yankees are on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball" fatigue for a decade.
  • I've had it for that long.
  • I had it when I had the Sunday ticket plan. Even when I was living in Manhattan, getting home from Sunday night games was a pain in the butt.
  • There was one night, after a particularly long Yankees-Mets Sunday night game, when I turned down a ride from my father back to my apartment and was stuck at 145th street waiting for uptown A train for 40 minutes. So after not seeing any trains in either direction, I go up to the booth on the mezzanine level to ask what is going on and the woman says to me, and about 10 other people who were also waiting for the uptown A, "Oh, the A isn't running!" By the way, it was 2 a.m. already. So I go up to street level to see if I can catch a cab then remember I don't have that much cash on me so I walk over to Broadway to wait for a 1 train. I was there at least another half hour before a train arrived. When I finally got to my apartment, I called my boss' voicemail and said, "If I'm late for work, this is why." I got to work at 8:55 that morning.
  • So yeah, I am not a big fan of Sunday night games mainly because I'd rather have my weekend games be in the afternoon.
  • The wait between an early Saturday game and an 8:05 Sunday Night game is the worst.
  • Almost worse than a full off day.
  • Though yesterday's came at the right time. Some people needed rest.
  • The Yankees finished the month of April 13-9 and are in first place in the AL East. Wow, considering how awful their start was, I'm pretty happy with that.
  • Obviously, the rest of the year is going to be awful but we'll always have April.
  • Right?
  • Guys?
  • Speaking of awful, Carlos Beltran is batting .162 right now. He got a hit on Wednesday which raised his average. I guess that's a good thing.
  • Stephen Drew is batting .177.
  • Yikes.
  • A-Rod's in a bit of a slump. Hopefully he'll pick things up again. But at least his OBP is .369. Beltran's is .216. Ick.
  • Now I had heard Mark Teixeira's walk up music while watching the games on TV but hearing it in person is hilarious. In case you didn't know, he walks up to "Thriller" now.
  • Chris Young walks up to "Poison" by Bell Biv Devoe.
  • Didi Gregorius walks up to "Notorious B.I.G." by Notorious B.I.G.
  • A-Rod didn't walk up to Journey at all on Wednesday which disappointed me. Maybe that's why he went 0-6 with four strikeouts! Maybe he isn't a vampire. (If you don't know what that mean, read this post from yesterday).
  • Chris Martin warmed up to "Clocks" by Coldplay because of course he did! His name is Chris Martin!
  • They played "Uptown Funk" between innings and that song gets people of all ages moving in their seats. It's pretty amazing to watch.
  • During the extra innings portion of the game, the "sound guy" asked the Yankees players which Rocky song they wanted to hear: "Eye of the Tiger," "Gonna Fly Now," or "No Easy Way Out." Most of them picked "Eye of the Tiger" but Adam Warren picked "No Easy Way Out" and for that, he may be my new favorite player.

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Enjoy your morning!