The exhibition nature of the games assures that no one will ever remember these milestones, but, for the record, the first home run at the new Yankee Stadium was hit by the Yankees’ Robinson Cano, and the first hit at Citi Field was by Boston’s Jed Lowrie. Everyone seemed wowed by the new digs — Derek Jeter, who himself homered and will be the first Yankee to bat in a regular-season game there in a week and a half, said, “Everything is different. It took me an inning and a half to figure out where the balls and strikes were on the scoreboard” — but it’s going to take a lot longer than two exhibition games for either the Mets or the Yankees to figure out all the oddities and peculiarities of their new stadiums. Right now, it’s time to play real games.
Both of our local nines begin their seasons today on the road, which, if you made it into the office today through the dreary rain, you know is probably a good thing. (Games in Boston and Chicago have already been rained out.) The Mets start in Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m., jogging out all-world Johan Santana in one of the best hitters’ parks in the majors. Though Cincinnati’s not getting much better weather than we are: There’s a 50 percent chance of precipitation, and considering it’s 30 degrees in Cincinnati right now, that precipitation might be snow. Nothing better exemplifies baseball’s opening day than snow.
It’s not quite as nasty in Baltimore, where the Yankees start their season at 4:05 p.m., but it’s close. CC Sabathia will take the mound for the Yankees — he’s also slated to pitch the Yankees’ first game at the new park a week from Thursday — as they open a nine-game road trip.
That is, if they play at all. It’s raining and miserable all across the country right now, so baseball’s opening day feels about as refreshing as your commute did.