Yanks all Set for Home Opener
It is expected that Posada will start off the day with a toss of the first pitch, and if all goes to plan for the Yanks, Rivera will be the one to throw the last one. In the meantime Rivera will be busy celebrating his final home opener, or at least this is what is expected, and as for Posada he will be thanked for his 16 years of great service. Captain Derek Jeter, their Core Four Buddy, will be seen with a big smile upon their faces, while rookie David Phelps will be flying in the seventh skies!
Though the Yankees are three up and three down this season, in Jeter’s opinion the campaign will not set until Hiroki Kuroda has thrown Friday’s first official pitch at 1pm this coming Friday.
It all started in April 1996 for Jeter; he beat the Royals as he went 1-for-4 and scored a run in a 7-1 win. Today, he feels pretty much the same as he did back then. He still feels the same excitement, with butterflies and raw nerves: “ It is good to have butterflies,” he says, “ it means that you still care.”
It sometimes pays to have slightly laid back, calmer attitude however, as Jeter came to realize; as Phelps was making his major league debut in Tampa this last weekend, Jeter only had a few words for him: “’This is the same thing as it’s always been, with just a few more people!’”
Phelps struck out 5 of the first 9 batters he faced in major leagues, and he looked quite confident. He had dreamed of hearing his name being called along his fellow Yankees, and he realized that he would be called right after Rivera in Tampa against the Rays on Friday. He said he could hear his relatives screaming for him form the deep center field, how exciting it must have been for him!
On Friday, Phelps will not be able to hear his brother, a former major leaguer in the Cubs Organization, or his father or cousins, but he needed worry; he already has won the hearts of the strangers of the Bronx and the tittle of the New Yankees phenomenon. His fantasy may become true on Friday, his dream to become another Rivera, a legend and a hero.
Michael Hill is an avid sports fan and a sports writer who has been in the betting and price per head industry for years. Michael writes about his experience and offers tips for other aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to make a living with sports bookmaking.
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