Fans reflect on ‘somber’ game day

first_imgDuring the moment of silence in honor of Declan Sullivan before Saturday’s football game, sophomore Erin Wright said the only sound she heard in the Stadium was the American flag clinking against the flagpole. “That’s what I thought was most striking,” Wright said. “I noticed a few people after it was over saying ‘oh my gosh, did you look at the flag? Did you hear the flag?’” Sullivan, a Notre Dame junior and videographer for the University’s football team, died Wednesday after a film tower fell during football practice. Freshman Cat Caracci compared Saturday’s moment of silence to the moment of silence before the Sept. 11 football game against Michigan. On Sept. 11, she said she remembered hearing people talking during the moment of silence, but not on Saturday during the moment in honor of Sullivan. Wright said the overall mood on campus was different on Saturday as opposed to other home football games. “I think the mood was much more somber all around campus,” she said. Management Professor Suzanne Coshow wore a button she made from the same decal football players wore on their helmets to Saturday’s game in honor of Sullivan. She said Sullivan was in one of her classes this semester, and making stickers and buttons to wear and give to other fans was a way to honor his memory. “I’m hoping that we honor him today, that we remember him,” Coshow said before the game. Coshow also said she observed the somber mood on campus before the game, but did not hear people talking about Wednesday’s accident. While she usually attends all home football games and holds a tailgate, she did not tailgate on Saturday. “When the parking pass came up on the [e-mail] listserv yesterday, I didn’t grab it because it didn’t seem like the usual celebration,” she said. Tony Heitzman, who traveled from Louisville, Ky. to see his first Notre Dame football game, said he heard people talking about Wednesday’s accident on campus Saturday. “They’re just pretty somber in their thoughts about it,” Heitzman said. Rich Huxtable, a 1980 Tulsa graduate who lives in Kansas City, Mo., was on Notre Dame’s campus for the game Saturday. He said he heard about Sullivan’s death, but it did not change his travel plans. Since it was his first time at Notre Dame, he said he did not notice any particular mood on campus before the game. “This is the first football game at Notre Dame I’ve been to, so I can’t compare it,” he said. “Obviously there are some neat things that happen here before the game, but if there’s a change in mood I wouldn’t notice it and I don’t see any difference.” Junior Alyssa Sappenfield worked as a cashier at The Huddle in LaFortune Student Center Saturday afternoon before the game. She said she noticed many people wearing the decal with Sullivan’s initials. “It was a lot quieter in [The Huddle],” Sappenfield said. “It was kind of muted.” Senior Emily Salvaterra said she did not hear people talking about the accident at Saturday’s game, but she could tell students were thinking about it. “When they played the Alma Mater at halftime I thought that was really powerful,” Salvaterra said. “You could tell people were taking it really seriously.” Sam Werner contributed to this report.last_img read more

Law student gives relationship advice

first_imgHer name is Ayelet Regev, but her fans know her as Emma Woodhouse. This third-year law student gives relationship advice on her radio show and self-created website under the penname based on the matchmaking Jane Austen character. “It’s a cheeky play on words,” Regev said. Her radio show, titled “Emma’s Dilemma,” airs Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on Notre Dame’s student-run radio channel, WVFI. Regev, who has a degree in Gender Studies and sociology, deals with relationships on a basic human level rather than focusing solely on romantic relationships, “Dealing with people, understanding them, it really is so important,” she said. “We teach math, science … Why don’t we teach more about relationships?” Originally from Israel, Regev used her interpersonal skills to deal with the cultural transition when she moved to the United States. Now, she uses that same skill set to help people navigate their own relationship issues. “I see it all as part of one big thing,” Regev said. “It’s really holistic, how to deal with people and one’s relationship with other people.” Her website, finallygetit.com, launched about a year and a half ago. On the site, people can get personalized relationship advice. People also contact her through her Facebook and ask questions, Regev said. She decided to do a radio show on WVFI so she could answer the broader relationship questions that many people have. “People deal with these issues all the time,” Regev said. WVFI station manager Nicolle Walkling, a senior, said most of the shows on WVFI are music-based and the talk shows usually revolved around sports or entertainment. So Walkling thought a relationship advice show sounded like a great idea. “We’re always looking to expand the scope of the station.” Walkling said. “This show is really interactive and not only includes the campus community, but the wider South Bend community as well.” Regev has also written two relationship books. One is geared toward women and the other for men. The books explain the principles of relationships and their ultimate goal is to help people understand the mechanisms that create a relationship, Regev said. “I don’t tell a person what they want,” Regev said. “I try to figure out what they want and help them reach their end goal.” ]last_img read more

Grant supports music program

first_imgArtists in Notre Dame’s sacred music program received a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will immediately be used to fund innovative interdisciplinary projects. Carmen Helena Tellez, professor of conducting in the Department of Music and concurrent professor of sacred music in the Department of Theology, will serve as the principal investigator and producer of the project as a whole. “The grant will fund the investigation and production of three interdisciplinary works that will join faculty and students in examining important humanities topics through innovative performance and audience interaction,” Tellez said. “We have labeled it the Mellon Sacred Music Drama Project because all civilizations have had a form of music drama where the great concerns of the society – especially religious ideas – would be experienced through an enacted performance.” Tellez said exploring the relationship between the humanities and the arts is a key component of the project. “An interdisciplinary work is one that marries many arts, but also possibly the humanities, science, and digital technologies,” Tellez said. “I see it more like a true resonance between languages and methodologies, not only a mere combination of arts on a stage. There is always a message and a reflection – one can say that liturgy is one of the earliest forms of interdisciplinary art.” The sacred music program at Notre Dame currently has 15 students pursuing masters of sacred music degrees. Tellez said the degree is artistic, though it is affiliated with the Department of Theology, and it complements the pastoral duties of a church music director. “Sacred music at Notre Dame is a young initiative of the University, devoted to the formation of proficient artists in the field of sacred music and to the exploration of the significance of sacred music to our civilization,” Tellez said. “Sacred music is considered the handmaiden of liturgy and religion because it may open the spirit, generate a sense of bonding, and bring peace to the mind to ready it for theological reflection.” The sacred music program at Notre Dame collaborates with South Bend churches to place its graduate students in supervised church music director positions, Tellez said. This allows them to practice the discipline of an artistic relationship with a pastor and a congregation. Tellez said she will contribute to the musical direction of the project as needed, collaborating with other participating faculty and students. “The projects funded by the grant will permit the student to explore the merits of certain artistic methodologies and performance formats, some of which will be very innovative,” Tellez said. “This will invite them to explore the ways in which they can be more inspiring and compelling in sharing sacred music with their congregations.”last_img read more

Election ads slam candidates

first_imgWith the election right around the corner, it is impossible to turn on the television without seeing political campaign ads that often slam the opponent and provide little, if any, significant information. Marketing professor Joe Urbany said this election’s ads are especially ineffective and confusing for voters. “Negative advertising has an impact because it stands out from our natural tendency to view people in a positive light,” he said. “Voters are confronted with a firestorm of contentious ads, each followed by an immediate and aggressive denial, almost all of it devoid of evidence.” The candidates spent exceptional amounts of money on ads that hardly hold real information and potentially lessen the quality of the campaign, Urbany said. They do not add much to a campaign and have not substantially helped either party. “The irony this year – with estimates of [more than] 80 percent of both parties’ budgets spent on negative messages about the opponent – is that neither ad campaign stands out,” he said. “It’s become like a prisoner’s dilemma in game theory. Each campaign has gone progressively more negative, only to be matched by the other. The ad campaigns are cancelling each other out.” Voters receive mixed messages from the ads that may even contain false information, Urbany said. “It is impossible to distinguish fact from conjecture from fiction,” Urbany said. Although it is common for politicians to speak in vague terms, Urbany said ads go a step further in projecting negativity on opponents, masking any valuable information of their own in the process. Film, Television and Theater professor Susan Ohmer teaches a course specifically addressing presidential elections and media and sees differences between this year’s ads and those in previous elections. “We can say that this campaign is distinguished by the level of targeted advertising, ads that are run in particular states or even particular counties,” Ohmer said. “Some areas, such as Indiana, get very few, while others, such as Ohio, are bombarded. The differences between states have been true for a while, but not the micro-targeting we are seeing this year.” Although a great deal of time and effort are put into these ads that attempt to sway specific audiences, Ohmer said most voters are able to see through the ads that lack substance. Ohmer also said the negative ads for this year’s election have increased in both number and degree of negativity. In spite of this, she agreed the ads have not held much weight in the election. “It is hard to say if negative ads have been effective at this point, but we can say that this campaign has set a record for spending on ads and on the sheer number of ads,” Ohmer said. Contact Maddie Daly atlast_img read more

ND senior travels to Vatican, meets Pope Francis

first_imgThe head of the Roman Catholic Church now owns a copy of the book “The Chapels of Notre Dame,” thanks to senior Juan Manuel Segura, who traveled to Rome with his family in October to briefly meet Pope Francis. Segura and his family have been good friends with Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mejia for the past 20 years, and he said the Cardinal’s acquaintance with Pope Francis made the meeting possible. “[Cardinal Mejia] has visited our house in Washington, D. C., and he has confirmed and baptized a lot of members in our family,” Segura said. “It’s through him that my family and I were able to get the opportunity to go to Rome and be a part of the papal audience, especially to meet [Pope Francis] and actually shake hands with him and say a couple words.” Segura said he, his parents and two of his five siblings made the whirlwind trip to the Vatican and back, arriving in Italy on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and flying back to the United States on Thursday, Oct. 3. They met Francis following a public papal audience in Saint Peter’s Square, where the pope offered reflections on the day’s readings. “All of Saint Peter’s Square was really filled with people waiting to hear his message on a couple of readings that day,” Segura said. “My family speaks Spanish because my parents are Argentine, so when we spoke to him for about 30 seconds we spoke in Spanish.” The family was ushered to a special section at the top of the steps of the Square, Segura said, and Francis made his way down the line to talk individually to each person there. The pope kept them waiting, however, when he made a point of going directly to a separate section of people with disabilites and talking to each of them first, Segura said. “There was a special thin section at the front where people with disabilities or people in wheelchairs were, and after he gave his remarks, instead of coming to us, he went down to talk to them,” Segura said. “He said many words to each and every one of the people who were disabled, and he took his time. Then he came up to us.” Segura said he and his family were the last in the line of people who had the chance to meet Francis. “My brother, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2010, went first, and he sort of made a joke,” Segura said. “He offered him a rosary, and I think Francis was going to bless it, but my brother actually said, ‘No, no, I want you to have it. You have many rosaries already, but please have this one too.’ “And then I was next, and I was kind of shocked. I completely forgot what I was going to say.” Segura said he brought the book “The Chapels of Notre Dame” from campus to give to the pope. “I was talking to [Pope Francis] and I was saying ‘I’m a student at Notre Dame and you’re a huge inspiration,’” he said. “It was all in Spanish. There was a priest with us who had helped usher us in, and he told me, ‘The book, give him the book,’ because I had completely forgotten about that and was about to not give it to him. “So I realized where I was, I got the book and I gave it to him. I said, ‘This book shows all the chapels at Notre Dame, that’s my school, I study there. This book has pictures of each and every chapel on campus, and I want to give it to you as a gift.’” Segura said Francis didn’t say anything specifically about the gift because nearly everyone had brought something to offer him, but the moment was still very special to him. “I guess it was more of an opportunity for me to come to him, to give him something and to say something to him,” he said. “It was just a very joyful moment.” Before the one-on-one meeting, Segura said he found Francis’ reflections profound and “very inspirational.” “Francis is Italian and Argentinian, and he’s got those huge inflections in his voice, and he puts unique emphasis on all these points, which really struck a chord with us,” he said. “His voice really is compelling and draws your attention. It’s very dynamic. “It’s different from reading what he has to say versus seeing him and seeing how he says it,” he said. Francis’ statements were characterized by his humility and honesty, Segura said. “He talked about how the Church is not holy because the people are holy; it’s holy because God is holy, and everyone is a sinner,” Segura said. “He made a really special emphasis on how it’s not just the lay people who sin, but he is a sinner too; we’re all sinners. It was very enlightening to see how humble he was.” Segura said Francis continued his message of inclusion and openness with both his words and his actions during the event. “He talked about the Church’s relationship towards sinners and how we all have this mission to be holy, no matter who you are,” he said. “He said we shouldn’t necessarily look for people who are like-minded, but rather, we should be open to everyone and welcome all. That spirit and message of inclusion was huge.” After studying abroad in Rome last fall and visiting the Vatican for Easter Vigil Mass last spring, Segura said this trip was his third time in Rome this year. “I’ve been in close proximity with Francis twice now,” he said. “I went to Mass with [Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI] last fall, and every Sunday at noon [Benedict] used to say a couple words from his apartment, and I went to a couple of those. I’m lucky that I really got to see the transition of the two firsthand.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Atwood discusses her work, the value of the humanities

first_imgFor author Margaret Atwood, known for novels such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” stories and story telling are a quintessential part of the human experience. Wednesday, she explained the value of a liberal arts education in the present day.“It’s something that the human race has always done,” she said. “They’ve not always done algebra. … The most distinguishing feature of us as human beings is that we are story tellers and we’re enabled to be story tellers because we have evolved grammars with past tenses and future tenses.”Her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” features women characters who have been barred from reading, but Atwood said that literature is important because of the stories being told. Katelyn Valley Margaret Atwood engages with the audience during the Christian Culture Lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday. In an interview, Atwood discussed the importance of a liberal arts education and the study of the humanities.“Story-telling is one of our primary means of communication and the humanities are about stories,” she said. “That is why it is important and why we should understand stories, understand how they work, and also be able to tell fake news from real news. … We should at least be aware. Words are powerful, stories are powerful.”“The Handmaid’s Tale” has most recently been adapted into a Hulu series, but it has also adapted as a ballet, a play, an opera and will soon be a graphic novel, she said.“Some books escape from their covers,” she said. “This is one of them. … It happens when that character or that story resonates with people in a way that something just in a book does not particularly.”Atwood said she approves of the Hulu show, despite certain creative liberties that were taken. She served as a consultant on the show, but the team that worked on it was dedicated to updating it to the modern day while still keeping the message and spirit of the novel.“The show runner and head writer, Bruce Miller, was determined … to be faithful to the premises of the book, and he remained faithful to them,” she said. “Also, luckily, they brought on a team — which included Elizabeth Moss as an executive producer — and a lot of women involved in it.“It’s not just a show for them, it’s not just another show. It’s a pivotal important thing in their life, so they gave it their all — you can tell.”Since the 2016 election, fans of Atwood have noted similarities between political beliefs in America and the fictional world of Gilead in her novel. However, Atwood said she could not have predicted this election when she published the novel in 1986, and the Hulu adaption was written before the election.“It’s a bizarre coincidence,” she said. “The election did not change any of that. It put a different frame around it, so people saw it differently. The election had not been that way, they would have said, ‘Phew, this isn’t happening,’ but instead they’re saying, ‘Gosh some of this is happening’ so that is a different frame.”Atwood said people are noticing these similarities because they read literature through the lens of the experiences they have.“We read stories different according to the time we’re in,” she said. “Some people become heroes who weren’t before and other people become villains that weren’t before. So where we are has a lot to do with how we see not only history, but also fictions [and] plays.”Atwood’s novel focuses on the oppression of women in a dystopian world. She said women’s education and empowerment is important not just because it helps women, but because it can positively affect society as a whole.“There’s always pushback when someone wants to change the status quo because the people who have power in the status quo are afraid they’re going to lose some of it,” she said. “As soon as you give women the power to create little businesses and the education to be able to do it, not only does the economy go up, but their status within that economy also goes up.”Atwood said students — especially women at institutions like Saint Mary’s — are well equipped to enter the workforce because companies look for liberal arts majors nowadays. She said a liberal arts education comes with enhanced lateral thinking, better communication skills, and an understanding of stories, which have been proven to help people learn better.“In your life, equipping you for life, it does help to know what Shakespeare play you’re in at the moment.”Tags: Liberal Arts, Margaret Atwood, storytelling, the handmaid’s talelast_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Sister Veronique Wiedower reflects on order’s mission and impact

first_imgEditor’s Note: Sister Spotlight is an effort by the Saint Mary’s News Department to shed light on the shared experience of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College students. We will be sharing the mission and stories of the sisters in an on-going series.Sister M. Veronique Wiedower, president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, reflected on the history and mission of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and how this applied to her own vocation. “Four sisters came here from Le Mans, France, in 1843 and began to work with Fr. Sorin. Their dream was always to start a school for girls, as well as boys,” she said. “In 1844, they founded Saint Mary’s College.” The Holy Cross mission has always tried to meet the needs of the community and address the issues of the times, Wiedower said. “We don’t have a specific apostolic ministry. But, in general, the Holy Cross mission believes that as a congregation we need to be attentive to the signs of the times and what is going on in the places we are,” Wiedower said. “Then we can meet the needs of the people as much as we can.”Now, the sisters work in a variety of different fields, helping to improve the lives of those in need. “Today, the sisters are doing education, healthcare, social ministries, parish ministries and are helping anybody who has a need,” she said. “So we work with immigration law and women who have been trafficked because those are the issues of today.”The Sisters of the Holy Cross work on four different continents and provide care and benefits to the people they work with. “We are in Asia, in the countries of Bangladesh and Northeast India. In Africa, we work in Ghana and Uganda,” she said. “In South America, we’re in Brazil and Peru, and in the United States and Mexico.” The mission of the Holy Cross resonated early on with Wiedower, and she decided that she wanted to be part of this community.“When I began to think about my own vocation and in life and decided that religious life might be something that God was calling me to, I looked at religious congregations that had similar values to what I thought was important,” she said. “One of those values was family, and being able to help people and in situations where they were. That’s who I wanted to be, engaged in helping others and doing something that made me happy.” Wiedower attended Saint Mary’s College and graduated with a degree in music before getting her masters in Theology and teaching religion. “After I graduated from college, I started out teaching music in high schools, teaching glee club, band [and] pep band for basketball and football games. … Then I was asked to work with seminarians who needed help with music for liturgy,” she said. “So I attended the University of Notre Dame and got my masters in Liturgical Studies and Theology. I got into liturgy planning and religious formation work. That is what I have spent the second part of my career and religious vocation doing.”Five years ago, Wiedower was elected president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She said this has helped her continue to live out her vocation and mission. “The role of the president is to assist in providing the resources that are needed for our sisters to have spiritual and apostolate vitality to be rooted in their religious life,” she said. “As president, I get to help people to see what are the resources that they need in order to be happy, holy, religious and able to serve God’s people where they find themselves in whatever situations that might be.” Wiedower believes her education at Saint Mary’s helped prepare her for her vocation in many different ways, and that this applies to all students in this community. “Saint Mary’s College also prepares you for life. I think it prepares you to look at situations to think critically, to make good decisions, to take risks in terms of looking at something new in your life,” she said. “When I was elected into leadership, it wasn’t something that I had done before. But I think that life in the congregation, the mentoring and support I received throughout my life and my education prepared me to say ‘I think I can do this.’”Wiedower hopes giving the sisters a platform to connect with the students will allow both groups of the community to grow with each other.“The hardest thing is that students don’t always see the sisters as people like [them],” she said. “I hope that this series can help students learn more about the sisters and what we’re doing around the world, things that they’re involved in. I hope that they can learn to see us as women who can inspire them, but also know that we too are inspired by the students. I hope both groups can see this relationship as a mutual accompaniment of each other on this journey of life.”Tags: Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, sister spotlight,Sister M. Veronique Wiedower, president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, reflected on the history and mission of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and how this applied to her own vocation.last_img read more

Students create petition asking for changes to social work curriculum

first_imgA Google Doc petition has circulated around the Saint Mary’s community calling for action and change. This petition is directed towards Saint Mary’s Social Work Department, asking for a curriculum that not only offers safety for students but also prepares them for the real world. “An education grounded in diverse perspectives is also essential to prepare students for fieldwork,” the petition said. “While it is important to dispel common misconceptions of the social work profession, we must discuss the capacity that well-intentioned social workers have for harm and educate students on the legitimate reasons different communities may mistrust social workers.” Senior Emily Oppman, a signatory of the petition, explained in an email how this information can be imperative for people to learn. “I’m not a social work major, but I am currently taking a social work class and I’m learning about just how influential social workers can be in their field— for good or bad.”Social work, like all other majors, need to be taught not only subject matter but also how to respond to real life situations that may arrive in the workplace, Oppman said. “I think it’s incredibly important that social workers be educated with fully diverse and inclusive viewpoints so that they can best serve their communities,” she said. The petition continues to explain what students believe is necessary to prepare them for fieldwork and some of what students should be required to learn. “If, for example, you are working with an indigenous family, and have had no education on social workers’ historic practice of intentionally separating Native families, your education has not prepared you for fieldwork. If you are working with a nonbinary client, and do not know the importance of using correct pronouns, your education has not prepared you for fieldwork,” Oppman said.  Oppman addressed the need to respect diversity not only to prepare students for their future careers, but also for the improvement of the Saint Mary’s Community. “I think people forget sometimes that Saint Mary’s is not solely comprised of upper-middle class, white, Catholic women,” she said. “We have students coming many different backgrounds (socioeconomically, culturally, racially, etc.) and everyone’s perspective is valid and important.”This petition isn’t being signed for the sole purpose of teaching students about jobs. Learning about people who are different from ourselves helps people grow in their understanding, Oppman said. She added that she desires students to leave Saint Mary’s as the best version of themselves.“I love Saint Mary’s and I want the students coming out of this institution to be passionate, well-rounded, empathetic, compassionate, and intelligent individuals,” she said. Change can happen later in life and out on the job, but Oppman states these changes are necessary because what you learn in a classroom is what you take out into the world. “I want Saint Mary’s students to change the world for the better and that starts within the classroom setting.”Signing the petition is a choice offered to students in and out of the social work department. It’s not something meant to hurt education, but rather enrich the diversity in the learning process, Oppman said. “You don’t have to be a social work major/minor or to have even taken a social work class in order to participate,” she said. “This is for the betterment of the Saint Mary’s community as a whole and the education that goes on within this institution.”Tags: post grad preparation, saint marys social work, social work petitionlast_img read more

Conboy outlines strategic plan through 2024

first_imgIn a Monday email, Saint Mary’s President Katie Conboy outlined her strategic plan for the College, titled Reading and Writing Saint Mary’s: Creating the Path to 2024.“In the midst of our current operating conditions, we must keep our eyes on our future — a future that will be inspired by your strength,” Conboy said in the email. “What can Saint Mary’s do today to ensure that we come out stronger in the post-COVID environment?”Conboy acknowledged the uncertainties associated with the ongoing pandemic facing the situation with a “shortened planning horizon and an expedited planning process.”The strategic plan is divided into five phases with phase one — analysis and synthesis — starting immediately, and the final phase — expansion, growth and evolution — being implemented mid-November and continuing for the next two years. The other three phases include writing the future: story and design, delivery and commitment to action.Conboy concluded the email by inviting students to partake in a survey to contribute their feedback and ideas for the strategic planning process.Tags: 2024, president katie conboy, strategic planlast_img read more

Yankees Hold 1st Camp Intrasquad Game Of Virus Era

first_imgNEW YORK — No fans. No music. A bullpen catcher calling balls and strikes.Still, for one night at least, the New York Yankees played something resembling a baseball game in the Bronx.“It felt great, actually,” said starter J.A. Happ, who pitched for Team Yankees against Team Bombers. “It was a little bit strange, but I was actually surprised at the adrenaline, and I heard a couple of other guys saying the same thing.”The Yankees held their first intrasquad game of summer camp Monday as they prepare for a condensed 60-game season that starts in 2 1/2 weeks. Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and other regulars from the defending AL East champs took hacks under the lights against teammates for six innings. Happ’s first pitch came about an hour after Major League Baseball unveiled the schedule for a season it hopes to run through a pandemic. The Yankees will open July 23 against the World Series champion Nationals in Washington as part of a slate that exclusively features opponents from the AL East and NL East in order to limit travel.It was the club’s first intrasquad game — and for any MLB team, it seemed — since official team practices were allowed to begin last week. Monday was just the third day of preseason camp at Yankee Stadium, but manager Aaron Boone has been eager to get live at-bats for pitchers and hitters.“Just the start of trying to create and build those live reps as we’re obviously getting pretty close to the start of the season,” Boone said.A bonus for fans — the scrimmage aired on local TV. For those keeping score at home, Team Yankees beat Team Bombers 1-0 on Thairo Estrada’s late homer.It certainly wasn’t the real thing. Baserunners were told to keep their effort at 50-75%, if they were even permitted to run. Team Bombers started two designated hitters — Stanton and Clint Frazier — and Team Yankees defended much of the game without anyone in left or center field.By the top of the fourth inning, right fielder Zack Granite was defending for Team Yankees all by himself.Bullpen catcher Radley Haddad donned his usual gear and squatted behind Gary Sánchez as the only umpire, signaling calls wearing purple protective gloves.Haddad, a former Yankees minor leaguer, enthusiastically rang up outfielder Mike Tauchman on a close, two-strike pitch in the game’s first at-bat. Tauchman looked back and smiled as he walked to the dugout.It was good practice for baseball’s new safety protocols, too. Pitchers brought their own rosin bags to the mound, tried to avoid licking their fingers and were given a fresh baseball after every ball put in play.“Getting comfortable with what’s a little bit of an uncomfortable situation,” Boone said.New York has another intrasquad game scheduled for Tuesday. New ace Gerrit Cole is expected to toe the Yankee Stadium rubber in pinstripes for the first time after signing a $324 million, nine-year contract last offseason.Right-hander Clarke Schmidt, a first-round pick in 2017, started for the Bombers and pitched on the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time. He looked sharp against New York’s A-lineup featuring Judge, Torres and Stanton.“For a lot of people it was an intrasquad,” the 24-year-old said. “It was a lot more for me.”Happ and Schmidt were followed by relievers Zack Britton, Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Lyons and Luis Avilán.CC Sabathia was among the few spectators. The retired left-hander, now a member of the front office, sat five rows behind home plate, a few seats away from general manager Brian Cashman.NO FANS, NO PROBLEMOne quirk of the schedule released Monday — division foes will play 10 times, but not necessarily five times in each city. For instance, the Yankees and Red Sox will play seven games in the Bronx but just three in Boston.Combined with another quirk of this bizarre season — a new rule awarding teams an automatic runner on second base to start each inning after the ninth — home-field advantage could be a huge difference maker, even in empty ballparks.“I think it does tip the scales to favor the home team if you do get to an extra-inning scenario with this rule in place,” Boone said.TRAINER’S ROOMRHP Masahiro Tanaka remained in concussion protocol but is trending in the right direction after being struck by Stanton’s 112 mph line drive during a simulated game Saturday. Tanaka rode the bike at Yankee Stadium for 15-20 minutes Monday without issue and graded out well in a series of tests. “All signs continue to be encouraging,” Boone said. … Judge (broken rib diagnosed in March), Stanton (strained right calf in February) and CF Aaron Hicks (Tommy John surgery last October) were all in the starting lineup after using baseball’s hiatus to heal up. “I’m game ready,” Judge said, adding that “the biggest thing now is just getting the reps in.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more