This year’s spring training has been a relatively quiet one for our Yankees. No scandals, no controversy, nothing very Yankee-esque. We’re not used to the lack of drama from the Yankees camp, so we have to find something put all of our energy into.
cannot be comfortable with having Damaso Marte as our only option. We need a second lefty.
I don’t know about you, boys and girls, but I’ve been waiting all winter to see our starting lineup play. We’ve read about our players, seen them play in other spring training games, and argued about what the lineup should look like. What we haven’t had, however, is the opportunity to see our entire 2010 starting lineup, from top to bottom. This opportunity presented itself to us last night.
- Mariano Rivera threw 27 pitches in a scoreless inning, and managed to work his way out of trouble. He looked better yesterday than he did in his spring training debut in 2009.
- AJ Burnett pitched 2.1 innings, in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 run, walked 4 and struck out 2.
- Mark Teixeira hit the only home run of the game, off of Brian Moehler.
- Phil Hughes pitched 4 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2.
- Season ticket plans for the Pittsburgh Pirates are very flexible. If you buy season tickets, and you can’t make it to one of the games throughout the season, you can call in and they will exchange your tickets for tickets to another game. You get a Clemente jersey just for calling, I think.
- Season ticket plans start at $399. $399 for all 81 home games. No, I didn’t forget to add a zero at the end of that figure, it really is $399. How crazy is that? If I lived anywhere near Pittsburgh I would buy season tickets for the Pirates’ games, even as a Yankees fan. Why not? PNC Park is a beautiful stadium, and it’s $399! That’s roughly the price of decent seats at Yankee Stadium for one game. At PNC Park, $399 can get you season tickets. My God. $399. I’ve spent more than that on hot dogs and beer at Yankee Stadium.
- FSNP broadcasters thank season ticket holders individually on air. They stretch them out throughout the game. So that’s one season ticket holder per inning. They also seem to work on commission. They get paid for every time they say “season tickets”.
I don’t remember much else from the game. I remember that CC’s command of his pitches looked better and, according to one of the broadcasters, Sabathia’s tailor sucks because those pants he’s wearing are the size of a circus tent. “You can fit three guys in there!”
It doesn’t help that very little is happening in the Yankees camp. In 2010, we’re dealing with a Slow News Spring Training. What a huge change from last year’s spring training, or every other spring training in recent memory. There is virtually nothing to report from Tampa. Absolutely nothing.
That’s not to say I don’t have my own personal preference. I want Hughes in the rotation, and Joba in the bullpen. Until I see the final roster, however, I don’t care what happens between those two.
The media is blowing this “competition” between them way out of proportion. We’re all so desperate for some action from the Yankees that reporters are trying to feed our needs by making up stories. They’re portraying the competition over the final SP spot to be a war between Hughes and Chamberlain. There is no truth to that portrayal. Honestly, I doubt they’re even fighting for the 5th spot in our rotation. I think the decisions have been made already.
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. Once the final roster is set, we’ll discuss it. Until then, put a lid on it.
Bottom line is: we’re deprived. I never thought I’d miss the times when a Steinbrenner would shoot his mouth off and cause controversy. I never thought I’d long for an Alex Rodriguez scandal. I wish Derek Jeter was still single so that we’d at least be able to discuss which girl he’s currently sleeping with. At this point, I’d even settle for a brawl between Burnett and Posada.
Give me something, Yankees. Give me something.
Since the Damon Drama ended, we’ve had nothing to talk about. No issues to discuss, no arguments to get worked up over. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
The first game of spring training will be played on March 3rd. That’s 4 days away! To any normal person, that would seem very near. To Yankee fanatics, however, 4 days without any Yankee action will seem like an eternity.
So, until March 3rd, I suppose we’ll just have to continue pretending to give a damn about Figure Skating and Curling.
So the Yankees sign Chan Ho Park. That’s nice.
The main questions I’ve seen being asked are: What if we knew Johnny Damon would reject our offer? Had we known back then what we know now, would we have let Hideki Matsui walk away so easily?
- Johnny Damon puts money first (as evident from his departure from Boston)
- Johnny Damon is a Scott Boras client, and Boras clients tend to get greedy
- Due to the strict budget, it would be a choice between Damon and Matsui
- Both Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui were essential members of our lineup in 2009
eason, we cut the cord. That’s why he quickly accepted the offer from Annaheim.