With the Yankees sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays under the rug, they move on to their next task: defeating the Baltimore Orioles in a three game set at Yankee Stadium, the second step in their quest of knocking their AL East opponents down a few pegs.
The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda, Vidal Nuno and Masahiro Tanaka to face the Orioles, who plan on countering with Ubaldo Jimenez, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman. While the match-ups are important and the Yankees have to win, there are other important matters at hand, some which have to do with the team honoring some of their former players.
On Saturday, the Yankees will honor former Yankees first basemen Tino Martinez with a pregame ceremony. Sunday is the biggest day of the year, where past Yankees from different generations come to the ballpark and welcome the fans and interact with one another: Old Timers Day. Goose Gossage is expected to be honored and the older players are slated to play in a friendly game of baseball. Old Timers Day will be a special event: we get a friendly ball game and a real game pitched by Tanaka. What could be better than that?
I’ll have the pitching match-ups on the site after the final HOPE Week blog post, so make sure you stay tuned. These next few days are going to be special.