Mark "I Always Get Off To A Slow Start In April" Teixiera belted a 3-run homer off Justin Verlander and former Tiger Curtis Granderson went yard in the 7th off former Yank Phil Coke as the Yankees got past the Detroiters 6-3 at drizzly, cold and inclement Yankee Stadium today. Good start for the Bombers.
A few observations. Sure the weather was crappy but could the crowd have been any less enthusiastic? The field box seats were virtually empty for a couple of reasons. Real fans are priced out of them and the fat cats who would sit there certainly aren't about to park their cans out in the cold. They probably watched the game in some fancy, exclusive stadium club.
Secondly, I was surprised Verlander threw 114 pitches in those conditions. Has Smokey Jim Leyland forgotten that the baseball season is not a sprint, its a marathon? In typical fashion, Leyland didn't crack a smile all day.
As for Teixiera, he was 1-17 off Verlander before his homer. Also, a good sign when Granderson goes ya-ya off a lefty.
Meanwhile, Jeter didn't get a hit but he did knock in a run and drew a walk. He's sitting on 2,926 hits in his quest for 3,000. Something tells me he'll get it.