1 My excitement builds on the final approach to the beautiful new Yankee stadium, whose inaugural year was 2009! Amazingly, they won their 27th World Series that same year!
2 Did you know that the Yankees have won more championships than any other sports team in the history of professional sports?
3 Every game is, of course, preceded by the singing of the National Anthem.
4 And as soon as the anthem is over, play ball! The Yanks take the field at the top of the 1st inning, so I took a shot of their dug out to see what they munch on during the game - a few buckets of bubble gum, bags of sunflower seeds, and Gatorade.
5 The innovative makers of this new stadium designed it so that no matter where you sit, you will have a great view of the playing field.
6 Of course, having seats this close to the action isn't too shabby.
7 The Yankees played Joe Mauer and his Minnesota Twins this game.
8 Joe Mauer is a 3 time batting champion and the Twins' clubhouse leader.
9 The Yankees managed to hold him down for most of the game, but his 1 base hit resulted in 1 of the 6 runs that defeated the Yanks.
10 Vidal Nuno was the Yankee starting pitcher. He made his major league debut last year and has great promise!
11 The 2014 season marks Yankee captain Derek Jeter's 20th and final season with the team.
12 He is the Yankees all-time hits leader with 3,368 hits! That impressive number of hits also puts him 8th on Major League Baseball's all-time hit leaders list!
13 He has stockpiled numerous accolades and accomplishments, including 5 World Series rings and a portfolio of greatness that will earn him a sure residence at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
14 He decided to retire for a few reasons, one being that baseball is beginning to "feel more like a job." Once that happened, Jeter always told himself, that would be his cue to go.
15 He is the final member of the "dynasty" Yankee squad that dominated all of baseball in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
16 He is highly regarded for his professionalism and leadership qualities both on and off the field by both his teammates and opposing teams! He will be greatly missed.
17 With the imminent departure of Derek Jeter, the Yankees organization now looks to new young talent, like Brian McCann, to carry the team to its next winning era.
18 Another very bright light for the team is 26 year old Yangervis Solarte. He is the first player since 1900 to hit 6 doubles in his first 7 games! And in the bottom of the 9th inning of this game, he hit yet another impressive double!
19 A major key to Yankee offence and defence is the amazing Brett Gardner. He and Jacoby Ellsbury are the fastest runners on the team and among the fastest in all of baseball! Here is Brett talking to first base coach Mick Kelleher.
20 With the Yankee pitching ace, CC Sabathia, out for at least 6 weeks due to injury and Michael Pineda on suspension, the 2 amazing Japanese phenoms, Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka, have stepped up their game.
21 I always look forward to coming to this beautiful stadium to see my beloved Yankees play.
22 The Twins won the game but no matter what, the Yankees always win my heart!