Friday, March 4, 2011

2011 Spring Training: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers

A few days ago, I was able to pull some strings and attend a spring training baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida on Monday, February 28, 2011. Detroit won 6-2 in a game which featured both teams plating two runs in each inning they scored (New York in the top of the fifth, and Detroit in the bottom of the sixth, seventh, and eighth). Monday was also the spring training debut of Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who came under scrutiny a week and a half ago for getting arrested on DUI in the state of Florida. Cabrera, who has a drinking problem, went to counseling in the two offseasons ago, and he was assumed that he was clean. (Cabrera went 0-2 with a walk in the game.)

As a treat, here are several photos I took of that game, mostly about the big name players for the Yankees, though I have a few shots of Miguel Cabrera. If you're looking for a recap of the game, please go here or here (if you're into numbers).

The view from my seat that day.

Miguel Cabrera during his first at-bat of Spring Training with CC Sabathia on the mound.

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander.

Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter getting into position.

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta right before he belted a stand-up double in the bottom of the second inning.

Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge.

Derek Jeter when he's not busy building mansions in nearby Tampa.

Mark Teixeira takes a big hack for a foul ball that goes a few rows behind me on the other side of the section where I sat.

Miguel Cabrera during his second at-bat.

Players in dark uniforms from left to right: Alex Rodriguez (sitting), Mark Teixeira (standing), Derek Jeter (off of first base), and Robinson Cano (at bat).

Andruw Jones and Derek Jeter bumping fists after Jeter scores the first run of the game.

Mark Teixeira sliding safely into home plate for the second (and final) run for the Yankees that day.

Don Kelly. I like Don Kelly.

The ESPN Baseball Tonight bus from it's left side. Yep, it's real, alright.

The ESPN Baseball Tonight bus from the rear. I've always wanted to have Tim Kurkjian and John Kruck as Fatheads. Where can I get 'em?

Leaving Tiger Town... for now

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