Major League Baseball has announced that the Chicago Cubs will play 2 exhibition games to open the new Yankee Stadium in April 2009. The games are set for 7:05PM on Friday, April 3rd and 1:05PM on Saturday, April 4th. Bleachers tickets for each game with cost only $0.25! Amazing.
It will be the 1st time that the 2 teams have played since a 3-game interleague series at the “old” Yankee Stadium during the 2005 MLB season.
It’s official – MLB has announced that the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees will play 2 exhibition games at the new Yankee Stadium on Saturday April 3rd and Sunday April 4th. The 2 teams last played during inter-league play in 2005 at the old Yankee Stadium.
Each team’s current manager has ties to the other organization. Yankees’ Manager Joe Girardi played for the Cubs from 1989 through 1992 and from 2000 through 2002. Cubs’ Manager Lou Pinella won 2 World Series Championships as a player with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978. He played for the Yankees for 11 MLB seasons, and managed the Yankees from 1986 through 1988.
The New York Yankees are currently finalizing plans for the “unofficial” home opener at the new Yankee Stadium, scheduled to open in April 2009. The official regular season home opener at the new Yankee Stadium will be on April 16, 2009 against the Cleveland Indians. But the Yankees have expressed interest in playing the Chicago Cubs in an exhibition game over the weekend before the MLB regular season begins on Monday, April 6th. Stay tuned – while the Cubs games at Yankee Stadium in 2006 were not as popular as many expected, one would think that the new stadium and the recent success of the Cubs team would make this one of the most anticipated exhibition games in recent history…