Last Thursday at 6 a.m., SI's Pete McEntegart settled in to experience 24 hours of the Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network (YES), the first U.S. network devoted to a single team. His report:
On Yankees Magazine, head groundskeeper Dan Cunningham describes off-season changes to the field, which include a 12-inch layer of sand and some brand-new bluegrass.
On yes Network Magazine, centerfielder Bernie Williams strums his guitar and says, "It's one of the few things I do off the field that I really enjoy."
Comedian Billy Crystal, on an interview show, traces his fandom to a day at the Stadium in 1956.
A peat repeat: Cunningham's at it again on Yankees Magazine replay.
9 a.m.-12 noon
Yankees Encore, a replay of the previous night's 7-1 win over Baltimore. Alfonso Soriano hits lad-off homer, just as he did last night.
Yankeeography: Lou Gehrig. The narrator says the Iron Horse, who led fan voting for baseball's All-Century Team, could "possibly be the most underappreciated Yankee ever."
Simulcast of radio show hosted by Yankees sympathizer Mike Francesca, who in an interview with Joe Torre says, "All your guys hitting at one time—that would be nice to watch!"
Pregame show. David Wells is making his first start in home pinstripes since 1998. Host Fred Hickman calls it a "second coming."
Soriano rips leadoff single.