The Yankees win the Grapefruit League Championship!
Break open the champagne!
Bring on the lights and cameras!
Let the party begin!
What? You mean the games don’t count? Are you telling me that the Yankees are champions of games that mean absolutely nothing?
Oh well, it’s good momentum to take to Baltimore after the brief trip home to face the Chicago Cubs for two exhibition games at the new stadium.
Speaking of the Cubs, it’s appropriate that Lou Piniella will be the opposing manager and the Cubs starting pitcher for Friday night will be Ted Lilly. And, of course, Alfonso Soriano will be there. It’s a great way to introduce America to the new Stadium!
BAD TRADE REVISITED
The Yankees beat the Phillies yesterday 8-5 to secure the best record in the Grapefruit League.
The Phillies losing pitcher was 21-year-old Kyle Drabek.
That brought back memories of one of the Yankees bad trades. After the 1986 season, the Yankees traded Kyle’s father, Doug, to the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Brian Fisher and Logan Easley, for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Tyrone Slothrop.
It’s no wonder the late 80’s were not happy times for Yankees fans.
IS HE RETIRED OR NOT?
Reports circulated yesterday that Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard had retired. However, according to the Yankees, those reports were inaccurate. It remains to be seen if Sheppard’s health will improve enough to allow his return, but at least there’s still hope. It would be great if he could make at least one final return to the new Stadium.
Bob Sheppard in 1951/Daily News
Regardless of who wins the Yankees utility infield role (Angel Berroa or Ramiro Pena), the Yankees will have to clear room on the 40-man roster. Therefore, someone will be moved soon. I am not expecting any major transactions, or any attempts to find a better third base option.
Congratulations to Brett Gardner for winning this year’s James P. Dawson Award as the best rookie in Yankees camp. But, of course, given how much he played at the end of last season, it doesn’t seem like he should still be classified as a “rookie” (even though technically he is).
Finally, I was sad to see Megan Joy go on American Idol last night. I realize she wasn’t as talented as Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey or Lil Rounds, but I liked her quirkiness and unique style of singing (sorry for the non-baseball comment)…