1 Approaching Yankee Stadium, located in the Bronx section of New York City - It was a perfect day for a ball game! The new Yankee Stadium was built in 2009, replacing the original from 1923. It seats just over 52,000 fans, both sitting and standing.
2 The Indiana limestone exterior, shown at Gate 4, mirrors the exterior of the original Yankee Stadium. The exterior was made from 11,000 pieces of Indiana limestone, along with granite and pre-cast concrete.
3 The baseball diamond from Legends Suite, which is located in the twenty-five sections closest to the field extending from home plate down each baseline.
4 Upon entering the Legends Suite, you are given a wrist-band, which entitles you to everything free of charge, except for alcoholic beverages.
5 I was very thrilled to see Dr. Henry Kissinger, who is an avid Yankees fan.
6 And also Joan Steinbrenner, the widow of previous Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner
7 Joan turned a Yankees 2009 World Series Championship ring into an impressive pendant for a necklace. During Steinbrenner's 37 years of owning the Yankees, the team won the World Series 7 times.
8 I had the opportunity to try on a couple of NY Yankees World Series rings from 2000 and 2009. These things are heavy!
9 Soft pretzels with and without salt have always been a popular food at baseball games.
10 The food and beverage area is lined with flat screen TVs.
11 The buffet area is a series of stations with many food choices. This was the salad station - everything was so colorful and fresh.
12 This is Vincent
13 Mercedes worked the lobster station.
14 I had really great seats. By the way, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, tossing the first pitch to his father, Jorge Sr. There was much applause from the crowd.
15 The new video score board is 59 feet wide, over double the size of the old stadium's.
16 Number 27 - Raul Ibanez was signed by the Yankees to a one-year deal as a left-handed designated hitter.
17 Outfielder and first baseman Nick Swisher, on deck - Swisher is a switch hitter who throws left-handed.
18 Nick Swisher at bat - Swisher started off with a first-inning, bases-clearing double.
19 Lots of high-fives at home plate
20 New York Yankee manager, Joe Giardi, is a former Major League Baseball catcher.
21 Why are dugouts always so messy?
22 Pitching opening day was Hiroki Kuroda, who signed a one-year contract with the Yankees beginning last January. This was his Bronx debut. He dominated the Angels with his precise, yet deceptive pitching.
23 Number 17 - Chris Iannetta, is the catcher for Los Angeles Angels.
24 New York Yankees number 2, is Derek Jeter, of course!
25 The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in MLB in 1995.
26 Derek Jeter has played 17 seasons with the Yankees and is a 5-time World Series Champion.
27 Jeter is a 12-time All Star.
28 He plays shortstop and has been a notable player because of his hitting ability, his base running, his field presence, and his leadership skills.
29 The captain of the Yankees - it is anticipated that Jeter will be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame following his playing career.
30 Number 13 is Alex Rodriguez, the youngest player in the MLB to hit 500 home runs, previously set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600 home runs, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
31 Number 24 - Robinson Cano on deck
32 Cano, the Bombers' second baseman, has recently moved into the locker stall previously occupied by Jorge Posada. He says it's a real honor.
33 Robinson Cano was at bat with no hits yet.
34 Alex Rodriguez coming home after hitting his 630th homerun, tying Ken Griffey Jr. Only Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds have hit more home runs.
35 Pitching that day for the Angels was Ervin Santanan.
36 Rodriguez celebrating his big home run with a fan
37 Number 14 is Center fielder Curtis Granderson, who is a left-handed batter who throws right-handed.
38 A role model, Curtis Granderson is the author of a childrens' book called All You Can Be: Dream It, Draw It, Become It! He capped the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth.
39 Number 25 - All-star first baseman, Mark Teixeira
40 Mark Teixeira is a switch hitter. He holds the all-time major league record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate, with 12.