Took the train today instead of driving. Then took the subway to Yankee Stadium. We got there about an hour early (like at the Mets game), but we ended up in our seats about 5 minutes before the National Anthem. There were a lot of people getting in at the same time, so we had to shove our way through the crowd just to get inside. Then, through faulty signs, it took us a while to find our section, but we finally did (behind home plate to the third base side, and way up high). The walkways were much narrower and the seats much more uncomfortable than Shea’s. The sellout crowd of 53,844 was much louder and more into the game than the one at Shea. Things started off well for the Yankees who ended the first up 4-0 on homers by Sheffield and Matsui. They followed this with 2 more in the second from Giambi and Cano. The O’s started climbing back into it with a homer by Brian Roberts in the 3rd and 3 more runs in the 4th. Their bullpen was able to keep the Yankees in check until the 7th when Baltimore went ahead 8-6. Then, in the bottom of the 8th (after a lot of fans had left), the Yankees finally woke up. They scored 7 in the frame to take a 13-8 lead. With all the scoring you’d think it was a very exciting game, but it was somewhat dull until the later innings. The Yankees ended up using 5 pitchers and the Orioles 7. The game clocked in at a whopping 4 hour 12 minutes! I can only imagine how much longer it would have been if Mike Mussina was pitching.
Final score: Yankees 13, Orioles 8
Now on to DC!
Posted on the old blog 7/04/2005.