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Cubs to play first games at new Yankee Stadium

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The Cubs will be the first team to face the New York Yankees when the new Yankee Stadium opens, according to an article posted yesterday at

The teams will duke it out in a pair of exhibition games April 3-4.

The statement the Yankees organization released smacks of a public relationist's pen, but we'll include it anyway:

"The Yankees organization is excited and honored to host the Chicago Cubs in two exhibition games to be played at the new Yankee Stadium," Yankees co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "As we welcome our fans into the ballpark for the first time, it is fitting to showcase two of baseball's greatest and most historic franchises."

Hal's right though. Who better to help the Yankees smash the proverbial bottle of Champagne against the hull of this ship on its maiden voyage than our own Cubbies? Just think of the storylines that we media folk will likely revisit: Sweet Lou's return to New York. Babe Ruth calling his shot against the Cubs in the 1932 World Series. Prodigal Yankee Alfonso Soriano returning to the playground of his youth.

For a behind-the-scenes look at what the Cubs can expect to encounter at the Yankees' new digs, New York Times writer Tyler Kepner offers a recounting of a recent tour he took of the stadium. It includes this tid-bit:

"The batting cage, a long walk down a corridor at the old Stadium, is now about 20 feet from the entrance to the dugout. Just out the dugout door is the video room for instant analysis of at-bats. It's all right there for the players."

For new Yankee Nick Swisher, the video room more likely provides an opportunity for instant analysis of his enthusiastic cheering for fellow teammates. That unwavering positive attitude, a boon for any organization, will surely be a welcome thing for a franchise that didn't have a whole lot to cheer about last season.

My only question: Why make this an exhibition? Why not make these babies count? Who says you can't open a season with a little interleague skirmish?

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As a New Yorker and a Yankee fan, I hate this idea. The first game at the new stadium should be a real game, not an exhibition. And nothing against The Cubs but it should be against a real rival like The Red Sox or better yet The Rays!

Kevin Replies: Agreed completely. Makes no sense why they're playing these games ... other than financial concerns. If you can have two 'opening days' before the actual Opening Day ... that's not a bad payday for the team.

greed greed greed ,more money more money more money no need for this fake new yankee stadium. lets hope the cubbies and sox do not go the same way in the future.
the first game should be opening day but like everything this team is now doing or baseball in general they say it for the fan but we know better . baseball is the only true sport that its history and time honored traditon meant eveything but as year by year goes by more and more of everything this great game and its grand fabled teams are doing shows that yes they truly have their eyes focused on the the far reaches of the 21st century and are turning its back on the 20st century and all its glory and traditional ways.
opening day has now turned into opening nite and april has given way to march . give me back the game of yesterday.....

Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe the reason for 'opening' the new stadium would be to work out the public service 'kinks' that come up when anything new is opened for the first time? I would much rather the power blow a fuse, the plumbing crap out (no pun intended), new employees seating customers in the wrong place because they themselves may be lost, etc versus going through all that on a 'Grand' Opening Day when the real games start? As to which team would be the opponent - I love the idea of the Cubs playing there.

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