Weather was a factor in Game 1 -- but not as much as CC Sabathia
NEW YORK -- It was cold, but not freezing, and it rained, but only a little and never hard.
Not so unusual for an October evening in New York.
Despite the big deal that was made of the rain and cold temperatures -- nearly every interview conducted this week discussed the expected playing conditions -- its most visible impact was in keeping some Yankee fans away from the premium seats, making the game appear on television to be far less attended than it was, a shame for the first American League Championship Series game played in the new Yankee Stadium, in which the home team beat the Angels 4-1.
The temperature for the first pitch in the Bronx was 45 degrees, with a drizzle and variable winds blowing regularly at 10 miles per hour and gusting higher. The announced attendance was 49,688, considered a sellout but short of the stadium's maximum capacity for games that included standing room tickets. The fans were lively, but never deafening, no doubt in part because the Yankees hit no home runs and didn't need a comeback to win.
The weather did impact the game, but more for the wind than the cold or rain. Angels centerfielder
And for all the questions asked and ink written about the weather, quite shockingly, not a single player confessed that the cold temperatures might affect him and, rather insightfully, each pointed out that both teams played in the same conditions. What did everyone expect? That a pitcher might actually say, "I can't get a good enough grip to throw my curveball in the cold -- figured I should tell you, the media, so that you in turn can inform the opposing hitters so they game plan accordingly." Yeah right.
About the only candid admission came from Angels third baseman
Then again, it couldn't have been too bad: Angels starter -- and native Texan --
The greatest beneficiary of the cold might have MLB's apparel manufacturers. There was so much variety of cold-weather gear worn by the players -- dozens of pregame sweatshirts,
(The best advice came from a player not on the Angels' playoff roster.
Then again, Hunter had his own theory about the weather, when asked if the low temperatures hurt the Angels' offense.
"CC was the cold weather," Hunter said of Yankees starting pitcher
With the news that Irish tenor
A pitcher standing still for three additional minutes, with no refuge from the New York's October cold, may find that his arm stiffens, which can impact his effectiveness. In '03 Minnesota Twins manager
Following Tynan's notes, the Yankees were better offensively in the bottom of the seventh, particularly earlier this decade. In '03 not one of the four visiting starters who began that half-inning finished it. In their 15 home playoff games in 2003 and '04, the Yankees had their greatest success in the bottom of the seventh, scoring more often (7 of 15 games) and more total runs (12) than in any other inning. Their propensity to score in the bottom of the seventh tapered in their ALDS appearances of 2005, '06 and '07 -- they scored twice that inning in their six home games -- but so did their ability to win in those postseasons.
• The Yankees made a helpful -- but taunting gesture -- by broadcasting the Phillies-Dodgers NLCS game on their large centerfield scoreboard. It was nice, because fans could follow along, but it was taunting, because it was 93 degrees and sunny in L.A.
• The Yankees' no facial hair policy and reputation for a quiet, workmanlike clubhouse were points of serious concern for trade acquisition
• The prize for "least likely name to appear in the Yankees' postseason game notes" goes to
• Like many players, New York starter
• It's only been seven years, but only two Angels -- Figgins and Lackey -- remain from the 2002 World Series championship team.
• Asked on Thursday whether a possible rain delay would affect his pre-start routine, Sabathia replied that it wouldn't and, if anything, would "give me lot of time to play RBI [Baseball]." The 1987 Nintendo game was a mainstay in the 2007 Indians clubhouse, in which
• Comprising a motley crew of autograph signers,
• Girardi noted that, as a player, the days off between series flew by, while time has moved much slower as a manager. Not to discount the possibility that the anticipation actually does seem longer, but it's worth noting that it actually is longer, with television's influence adding four additional off-days into the October schedule.
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