New Day for the New York Yankees: From Joe Torre to Joe Girardi

Chris GordyContributor IMarch 30, 2008

As the New York Yankees start their season tomorrow, they will be celebrating two momentous events: the last opening day in Yankee Stadium, and the start of Joe Girardi's career as Yankees manager.

With the Yankees playing their last season in the "House that Ruth Built," many memories of years past will be evoked and discussed. From World Series titles to Hall of Fame players, the New York Yankees have a lot of history to be proud of.

There is no doubt that New York fans will take advantage of this season to reflect on all of the great moments.

But with the closing of Yankee Stadium comes a new beginning for manager Girardi, who takes over for veteran manager Joe Torre after 12 seasons.

The former pinstripes catcher has a lot to live up to, taking over for a man who is considered a modern legend for his tenure with the club. Torre went to the postseason every year as manager, and led the Yankees to ten AL East Division titles, six AL pennants, and four World Series titles.

Opening the season for the Yankees will be Chien-Ming Wang who has become one of the better pitchers in the Major League with 38 wins to his credit. Opposing Wang will be Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, who is coming off of his second consecutive 16-win season.

Game time is set for 1:05 PM EST.