Saturday, April 4, 2009

Yankees Go Pole Dancing In Exhibition Opener Against Cubs

After Robinson Cano crushed Yankee Stadium's first home run into the night sky, the bleacher creatures officially received their first souvenir.

The Yankee power surge was far from over, and the paint on each of the newly installed foul poles was about to get tested.

First, Hideki Matsui lifted a high drive to right field that deflected off of the outside half of the pole. The homer temporarily gave New York a 4-3 lead.

It was now Cody Ransom's turn to test a foul pole's durability, this time along the left field line.

Ransom rotated his hips and launched an inside pitch toward the stands. It began to hook toward foul territory, but luckily the pole got in its way.

Following New York's first "pole dance," they led the Chicago Cubs 7-4. I felt the urge to begin tossing dollar bills into the air.

The first official baseball game played across the street was undoubtedly a success. Today's rematch with Chicago should begin to give fans some familiarity with their new home.

Now the Yankees hope to carry the excitement of the stadium's opening into a successful April 6 trip to Baltimore.

C.C. Sabathia does not have to wait long to begin to earn his record-breaking pitching salary.

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