Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Yankees Twitter in midseason form for game one of spring training

The New York Yankees first spring training game of the 2016 season was one of the more entertaining exhibition games I’ve seen, if not the most. I’m not sure if it was the game itself or the game and following #YankeesTwitter.

Here’s my recap with accompanying #Hashtags.

I could tell early on the emotions of Yankees baseball returning was overwhelmingly euphoric for some.


While others simply couldn’t wait to beat down the team.


The Yankees started with a flare courtesy of starting pitcher Luis Severino who set down three Detroit Tigers hitters in a nine-pitch flurry.


Unfortunately, as good as Severino was in the first, he looked lost in the second once he was forced into the stretch on the mound. Severino allowed five runs, four via a grand slam and left the game with just one out in the second.


The Yankees allowed a run each in the third and fourth inning, and found themselves down 7-0.


Fortunately it was the first spring game of the season, so I kept watching along with plenty of others who were also just happy Yankees baseball was back.


The Yankees didn’t get a hit until new second baseman Starlin Castro singled in the bottom of the fourth inning leading to three runs. Castro added a double and turned in an excellent play at second base.


The Bombers followed with two runs in both the fifth and the sixth, and eventually took the lead in the eighth inning with another run. It’s just a spring game, but the team’s youngsters were having nothing with losing the opener, and I was happy I stuck with the game.


Until, of course, the Tigers shot back ahead 9-8 after a two-run home run.


But Jorge Mateo ripped a ball to left field to lead off the bottom of the ninth. He got into his home run trot too soon as the ball hit the wall. Mateo then went from 0 to 60 faster than one of Yoenis Cespedes’ Slingshots, earning a triple.


Austin Romine drove in Mateo with a single to tie the game. Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Romine and then scored the winning run when Tigers’ outfielder Justin Krizan misplayed a fly ball hit into the high sun by Dustin Fowler.


As a whole, the Yankees looked exactly as one would expect in the first spring training game of the season, but one thing is in midseason form and that’s #YankeesTwitter.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on The Cauldron via Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.