Saturday at Yankee Stadium was truly a numbers game, in more ways than one. Meaningful numbers were the story of the day as far as I was concerned. What numbers am I referring to? These:
4: The Yankees won their 4th straight series to start the season. After beating the Rays, the Red Sox and the Angels, they won yesterday's game against the Texas Rangers.
11: Derek Jeter hit in his 11th straight game. Through yesterday he had hit in every game since the start of the season.
200: Joe Girardi earned his 200th win as Yankee manager. Congratulations, Joe.
584: Alex Rodriguez hit his 584th career home run, passing Mark McGwire for 8th place on the all-time list. Good for you, A-Rod.
1500: Jorge Posada got his 1,500th base hit. Nice going, Jorgie.
There's one more number. This one is personal. It's the number 1. It took me a whole year to get there, but yesterday was game number 1 for me at the new Yankee Stadium. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can't wait to get back there again. If you haven't been yet, go as soon as you can and don't forget to visit the museum while you're there. It's great!