This Article Originally Published at GetOutofMyBallpark.com
Let's total this up, MasterCard style. Brand new ballpark with all the amenities (including their very own portal to hell) that a ball player, fan or executive could want: $1.5 Billion. One fat lefty: $160 million.
Guy who only is good when he needs to be to get paid: $82.5 million. .195 Batting Average, 5 home runs and 12 RBI through May 4: $160 million.
Hearing all four fans at Coors Field New Yankee Stadium boo when their team loses it's fourth in a row to the Red Sox: Priceless.
It was a pretty good night in most respects last night. The two hour plus rain delay allowed me to watch House before the game started (and sober, which might not have been the best way to watch that one), and then the Sox won 6-4.
Sure, Papelbon gave us an adventurous ninth (he will not be available tonight after throwing 11 billion pitches to get through a five out save), Ram-Ram gave up his first run of the season, and Teixeira padded his stats in a losing cause (hmmmm...Which steroid loving douche does that remind me of?), but we won and there were good signs all around.
Lester looked great, other than two bad pitches in the fifth, and tied his career high with 10Ks. He had everything going and made some of the hitters he faced look absolutely ridiculous.
Ortiz went 2-for-3 with another two doubles (bringing his season total to nine, on pace for 57) and struck the ball with such authority that he was walked intentionally in the eighth to get to Jeff Bailey. Lowell continues to rake on a better pace than Leigh Teixeira's wife, hitting his fifth home run, getting his 26th RBI and bringing his average to .307.
The Buzzard was awesome as usual, giving us the margin of victory by saying, "Eff the short right field porch. I'm gonna hit one two-thirds of the way up the left field foul pole," while going 3-for-5 and wondering what this pressure thing is that got to so many players in this rivalry.
But, first and foremost was our first look at the Stadium. I am not afraid to admit that it is beautiful. It has everything that a fan could want. The food is supposed to be terrific and the players love the new digs.
Unfortunately nobody can get in. Yes, I know the stands were emptied out by the rain, and that it was more full at some point, but there were thousands of tickets available for a Red Sox game, and not just the newly discounted $1,250 ones.
That didn't happen in the old stadium.