Monday, April 20, 2009

Something in the air

I hate to kick the Yankees when they're down, but sometimes stories are so absurd I can't help but comment.

20 home runs were hit over the opening weekend of new Yankee Stadium (not counting the eight in the two exhibition games held before the start of the season), besting the previous opening four-game record of the 18 hit that were hit when the Reds opened Great American Ballpark back in 2003.

Statistical fluke, right? Just a result of an entire line up of sluggers excited to begin the new season, all of them swinging for the fences... right?

Maybe it's something in the air.

Accuweather's Gina Cherundolo blames the wind: "Angle of the seating in the new stadium could have an effect on wind speed across the field. The old Yankee Stadium had more stacked tiers and a large upper deck, acting like a solid wall, in effect, which would cause the wind to swirl more and be less concentrated. The new Yankee Stadium's tiers are less stacked, making a less sharp slope from the top of the stadium to the field. This shape could enable winds to blow across the field with less restriction. In addition, the slope of the seating would also lead to a 'downslope' effect in the field which, depending on wind direction, would tend to cause air to lift up in the right field."

Eh... what?

Let me ask Gina and any one else interested in this phenomenon the following question:

What do Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney, Phil Coke, Steven Jackson, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez, and Jose Vera have in common?

Answer: They make up the worst possible bullpen a team can assemble with a 200 million dollar payroll. Granted, some of those guy's aren't that bad - especially the purposely omitted Mariano Rivera - but it's gotta have something to do with the reason balls are flying out of new Yankee Stadium at an alarming rate.

Sometimes it's more convenient to blame it on the weather.

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