Yankees bomb on opening day against Red Sox, but fans aren’t entirely disappointed

Posted at 7:10 PM, Apr 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-01 19:10:42-04

THE BRONX (PIX11)  —  Although the Bronx Bombers got bombed in their season opener, 8 to 2,  not all fans were disappointed.

One fan summed it up: “Yankees and Red Sox, it doesn’t get any better.”

He was right.  It doesn’t get better than one of baseball’s fiercest rallies. For thousands, the first pitch of the 2013 season was the true indicator that spring has officially arrived.

Unlike previous seasons, the Bronx Bombers are starting the season with a depleted line-up.  While Mariano Rivera is back, Derek Jeter did not start due to injury.

“It’s upsetting, it’s upsetting, we have a rough start to the season …  we’ll be fine I’m not worried,” said fan Lynn Carran.

At Billy’s, which is located under the No. 4 elevated train, the bar was packed.  One bartender saying she’s been counting down the days since January

Behind the Metro-North stop and yards from where faithful riders were making the pilgrimage to the Cathedral that the Boss Built, there was urban tailgating.

“That’s actually a nice way of putting it. I’ll take it.  It’s been called worst, I’m OK with that,” said Leyah, a Yankees fan of 28 years.

Amid  the corn hole toss, the cheeseburgers, and the whiffle ball roamed a teenage entrepreneur.  Sixteen-year-old Alandra was moving Yankees caps in the tailgating lot.  Her sales exceeded expectations as she admitted to selling half-dozen.

In the shadows of the stadium on 161st  Street, where Yankees swag is big business to retailers, one operator detected a small downtick in sales compared to last year

As for the game?  Few things compare to a win over Boston.  When asked if it was better than getting an “A” on a math exam, young fan Anthony Brower said, “yeah.”

The Yankees home opening loss was their first since 2009.

But that year didn’t turn out too bad for them. They defeated the Phillies in the World Series.