The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Bernie Williams, so while we're waiting, here's a clip of a scene from 'That Touch of Mink,' 1962, with Doris Day, Cary Grant, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra.
A few things to look for tonight...
A.J. Burnett is available out of the bullpen if necessary, though Joe Girardi would like to avoid using him. Still, if there's a favorable matchup or extra innings, Girardi might use him for 2-3 batters, or a couple of innings. But the bullpen is, obviously, well rested.
As far as seeing John Lackey, the potential Game 7 starter for the Angels, in tonight's game, "You're going to have to use guys as you see fit,'' Mike Scioscia said. "Obviously, John is a very viable option if we get by Game 6 to be a significant pitcher, whether he starts or whatever in Game 7...(but) we won't rule him out today.''
Scioscia has been a vocal critic of the length of this series, which falls on MLB's arrangements with network contracts.
But with so many off days (weather notwithstanding), "I think you lose a lot of the integrity of what the season means when you have three days off at the end of the season to let other teams maybe reset their starting rotation,'' Scioscia said.
The sooner that games are played, the better weather you'll have, and the better quality of baseball you'll see, which is all "very, very important to the integrity of our game,'' Scioscia said.
We couldn't agree more, Mike.