So here were the 46,955 Opening Day fans hanging on every pitch in the sixth and seventh innings on this warm April afternoon in the Bronx.
The same Yankee Stadium fans who had grown so frustrated with Michael Pineda in recent years were standing now and cheering every 95 mph fastball, every devastating slider.
Pineda had set down nine Tampa Bay hitters in a row through three innings. He had set down 15 though five and 18 in order through six, striking out five of the seven previous batters.
"You're thinking it's going to be another special day here at the Stadium," manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees had crushed the Rays, 8-1. "Obviously, he...