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Kelly Clarkson sings nicely . . . but she's from Texas!

(Credit: Watchdog)

There was some talk after the Mets' opener at Citi Field Monday about how quiet the place was, but I noticed it more at Yankee Stadium Thursday.

Specifically, I was surprised by the lackluster reactions to events such as Derek Jeter being announced before the game and to C.C. Sabathia's first pitch, which unlike at Citi Monday night barely generated applause.

Not sure whether it's the fact the new stadium is so much larger, or it's because of the understandably corporate, upper-middle-class nature of an opening day crowd or some other factor, but it was strange.

(By the way, Thursday's tilt ranks seventh on StubHub's all-time list for dollar volume at any sports event, one spot behind last year's finale at the old Yankee Stadium. The average ticket sold on StubHub went for $403.)

Speaking of the opener, readers almost uniformly disagreed with me in an earlier post in which I questioned the decision to have Kelly Clarkson sing the national anthem.

Help me out. WatchDog kudos to the person with the most creative alternative choice.

That's it for me. It's been a surprisingly limited, lackluster week of blogging, given that I attended two historic stadium openings, met Erin Andrews, saw 85-year-old Jerry Coleman on the F train at 11 p.m., was interviewed by Al Jazeera outside Yankee Stadium and endured Glauber posting a picture of me from 1985.

I'll try to do better next week. Enjoy the "Joe Girardi Show" at 5 p.m. Sunday on YES.

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