Well, technically this coming Friday is the official date when New York Yankees pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tampa, Florida…. the home Spring-time home of the Bronx Bombers. Position players will report on February 19th with the team’s first full workout the day after that.
Actually seeing Tanaka don the pinstripes heightened my excitement and reservations at the same time that a new season is here.
After missing the playoffs last season, I learned nothing is fail-safe anymore for the Yankees.
The fact that this past off-season was full of mega signings makes me more apprehensive about being overly confident and presumptuous that it won’t happen again.
Bottom line is this Yankees team is heading into Spring Training with a lot unknowns and not enough back-up plans… just in case.
Let me just say that Spring Training is not a good deterrent for projecting what a team’s regular season success will be. That is because veterans consider this their warm up, while youngsters are duking it out hoping to earn a spot on the 25-roster. For example this is not a time to judge Tanaka as starter, or David Robertson as a closer. Continue reading ‘Yankees: 3 situations to watch in Spring Training’ »
With Spring Training right around the corner, baseball fanatics, like myself, tend to over-analyze possibilities for the forthcoming season.
Last night, instead of going forward I got a tad nostalgic. I found myself glued to YouTube watching videos of the newly retired New York Yankees closer Marino Rivera.
From last season’s All-Star Game, the 2004 ALCS Game 7, the 2009 World Series Game 6 to Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte’s retrieval of Mo from the mound for the last time at Yankee Stadium…. I felt blessed to have seen this man’s substantial career. Well, most of it anyway.
Admittedly, I got emotional as the realization that I will never see this man run out to Metallica’s Enter Sandman in the ninth inning again finally hit me.