On this Monday off day, there's time to savor the best week of Nationals baseball so far this season--four wins in six games against two of the best in the American League East.
With the Red Sox coming to town and the ballpark about to be filled three nights in a row, here's a quick glance back at a new stadium in the Bronx and a nice series at home.
Yankee Stadium, all $1.5-billion of it, is baseball's newest jewel and is far better than the Mets' new home at Citi Field.
The sightlines are outstanding, our TV facilities (including a booth that's actually big enough to work in, unlike at Citi) and the general "feel" of the stadium are reminiscent of the original Yankee Stadium, which still stands across the street.
When you watch a game there, you get the feeling you're still in the old stadium, from the columnar facade along the roof to Monument Park in center field and the configuration of the field itself. It's deep in left and left-center, shallow in right and right-center, and I'm pretty sure Babe Ruth would have loved hitting there. After all, they did tailor the cozy right side to their left-handed slugger.
The only negative is the out-of-town scoreboard, which is in cartoon fashion and flashes only 4 games at a time, rotating until it shows all 15 major league games on a given night. I could never seem to find the game I was looking for, and much prefer the traditional all-games-displayed board we have at Nationals Park.
The Yankees could also cut back the number of promotional spots for their expensive Legends Club on the video board. Features on how they prepare sea bass and other delicacies didn't seem to fit what Yankee Stadium should be all about, and most of their fans will never see the inside of that club.
But the Yanks get an A+ for their new home. Then again, why wouldn't we like it?--The Nats took 2 of 3 there with great pitching by our young guys, plus outstanding defense.
It was more of the same over the weekend with another series win over a quality Toronto team which came in leading the majors in hits.
Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler were very good Friday and Saturday, but Shairon Martis reminded us Sunday that these are still young guys and that there will be struggles.
But don't things feel a lot better than they did just a week ago?
It has been a good week, and the day off is needed, especially for Nick Johnson (Mr. On-Base), Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, who play every day and need a breather.
It is with much anticipation that we look forward to Boston at Washington. Tuesday night should be a blast! Your turn, John Lannan...