Damn Yankees (and Mets too)

The saying goes that “you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone”.  No question that there is a ton of truth in that.

But sometimes, you don’t know what you were missing until you have it.  Yankees and Mets fans in New York are finding that out these days, with the new season bringing the grand opening of both the new Yankee Stadium as well as the Mets’ new Citi Field.

Say what you will about controversies surrounding the funding of both of these stadiums, and both ESPN and NY1 (among others) certainly have, but there is no dispute that Major League Baseball now has two more modern marvels of sports architecture to add to its collection of new stadiums built in the last 15 years, going back to a time when stadiums such as Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field) set the standard for the new building boom.

No surprise, then, that the new Yankee Stadium is already getting rave reviews.  And Citi Field, which has actually already hosted a college baseball game, is bound to get the same.

Both stadiums will host their home teams’ first games this weekend.  Exhibition or not, it will be interesting to see how the stadiums fare with major league teams on the field and major league crowds in the stands.

MLB.com is offering a free stream of all four games at the two ballparks this weekend, beginning with action on Friday as the Red Sox take on the Mets at 6:10pm ET and the Cubs visit the Yankees at 7:05pm ET.

After the weekend, stadium operations folks will have some time to get ready for the regular season home openers for both teams, with the Mets taking on the Padres on April 13th and the Yankees hosting the Indians on the 16th.

For the rest of us just anxious for the real games to begin, set your alarm for this Sunday at 8pm ET, when the Philadelphia Phillies begin defense of their World Series title with the first pitch of the season on ESPN2 against the division rival Atlanta Braves.

Play ball!

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~ by acm213 on April 2, 2009.

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