Baseball is back, as pitchers and catchers are officially reporting to their team’s respective Spring Training facility in either Arizona or Florida.
There are too many unanswered questions about this team, not to mention the four other AL East teams surrounding them, as they head into the 2013 MLB season.
Fans will be looking to get a lot answers this spring, but here are the four questions that caused the most commotions during the off-season.
You shouldn’t expect to find any new revelations here, as the anomalies are vast and many cannot be solved until the regular season gets going.
1) Is Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle completely fixed?
When Jeter fell in the 12th inning of Game One in the 2012 ALCS, the team went down with him. After barely beating the Orioles to advance onward, the depleted Yankees didn’t have a shot without their steadfast Captain on the field. And the Tigers took advantage, sweeping the Yankees right out of the playoffs.
Jeter’s left ankle was shattered, which him to have required surgery. Post-Op left the Captain in a walking boot, and it reportedly only came off on June 12, 2013.
That was just four short weeks ago, but doctors finally gave Jeter the nod to start running again.
That happened only yesterday, as it was the Big Story feature on the Associated Press website. Jeter cannot take off his sock without it hitting the newswires. So no hiding this time for the Captain as the World is watching.
Look, it is no big secret that the Captain has to be healthy for this team to be any good in 2013. But Jeter will turn 39 this summer and inevitably Father Time will be coming soon. The question is how close is he?
2) Which back up catcher will be promoted to starting backstop?
So basically fans are in for a completion featuring a minor leaguer, a journeyman back up and an injured prospect with one winning arguably the most important starting position on the field. Romine is supposedly starting the season down in Triple A but personally I would rather have him than Cervelli backing up Stewart.
Whatever.who cares as this is not an ideal situation, as none of the trio can hit anyway so the results will be dismal, if not scary at best.
Hey it is what it is.
3) Will Mariano Rivera be Mariano Rivera again?
The greatest closer ever to play the game is coming back from a significant injury on his push-off leg, but more importantly Mariano Rivera’s is also a year older.
At 43 years old, Mo will be deemed an immortal if he dominates once again in 2013 but that would be fine by Yankee fans.
4) Will Alex Rodriguez show his face in Tampa?
Last but never the least, as there is never a dull moment when it comes to A-rod.
And this year A-rod will have to answer an array of questions. Starting with his alleged PED use over the last three seasons; his other hip’s surgery; is there any possibility he can still break MLB’s home run record; and general age questions about the fact he will be 38 years old come June.
That would entail A-rod coming out of hiding, as no one has seen the man since the PED allegations hit the news wires over a month ago.
The Yankees brass is hoping he never comes out again so they can void his contract and shave $114 million off their payroll.
“The guilty think all talk is of themselves.” - Chaucer
Bottom-line is the above is just the tip of the Yankees iceberg, but what I consider most critical because of the potential damage each could have on the Yankees. And all before the first pitch of the 2013 season even gets thrown.
Well, this is life as a Yankees fan now…..I guess.