The New House Had a Smell

Brian WaughCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 03:  The old Yankee Stadium is seen through the pillars of the Great Hall during the New York Yankees game against the Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It was not all bad. The house was clean and all ready for its first of 81 home dates. What a sight it was!

You could not ask for a better day to play ball. The sky was bright and the $1.5 billion house that money built, in the face of a recession, was at its best. It was a full house.

The long awaited, say 85 year wait, was over. It is clear. The house that Ruth Built is a mere shadow of what it was. Ariel shots during the game Thursday afternoon showed the two stadiums in striking contrast. The old Yankee home was there, standing like a forgotten friend, a shell of of what was.

The form was there but the internal heart was gone. The infield and outfield grass was completely removed and it all resembled a construction dirt field. But we can still see all 26 World Series Tiles that no one can remove from her, no matter how close the new house is! 

The game was close as it progressed through to the sixth and seventh innings. Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia worked it close for their respective teams. Sabathia did not make it beyond 5 2/3 innings because of a high pitch count. The Yankees escaped with the game still tied in the sixth. The seventh was a whole different story.

George Steinbrenner could not even watch from his new vantage point, his outdoor luxury suite. Even he had to go inside.

The Tribe put up a nine-spot in the inning and rode to a 10-2 finish on opening day at the new house in "Yankeeville".

It was a great start but not so great finish. The Yankee faithful even got to shower some boos down on their boys. It is all good though, another game is on for tomorrow afternoon and 79 more after that.