It was a very good spring
Today is the Yankees’ final day of Spring Training in Tampa for 2008, and for me personally, this is the end of my tour of duty. I’ll have my hands full this morning cleaning out seven weeks of junk from my apartment, turning in my keys and then heading over to the ballpark to watch one final Grapefruit League game before catching a flight home to New York.
This afternoon we get to bid farewell to Legends Field and say hello to "The Boss," George M. Steinbrenner Field. When we left the ballpark on Wednesday, the Yankees were dismantling the signage atop the left field scoreboard and I got a sneak peek at the new lettering. It looks the same as the previous, which is how you’d want it. George M. Steinbrenner will be large and in charge looming over the Yankees.
Since this is the last day of camp for me (don’t tell that to the players, they’ve got three more games), here are my final numbers for the spring:
177 – Stories filed for MLB.com
0 – Stories written exclusively about Carl Pavano
6 – Days of camp missed
4 – Number of days missed spent chasing Roger Clemens around Washington
1 – Number of days missed spent at Busch Gardens
6 – Number of pitches Billy Crystal saw at the plate
2 – Number of words it took to set Robin Williams off on a hilarious rant
1 – Laptops destroyed and sent back to New York for repair
37 – Number of Florida Lottery tickets purchased
0 – Jackpots won
67 – Average distance, in feet, of balls hit by Joe Girardi’s six year old son, Dante
11 – Estimated number of years before Dante Girardi is profiled as a big league prospect
30 – Minutes spent waiting for a table at Flemings Steakhouse with Joe Girardi
0 – Minutes spent waiting for a table at Donatello with Hideki Matsui
1,894 – Miles put on my rental car, a red 2007 Ford Mustang
1,510 – Miles, round trip, between Legends Field and Virginia Tech University
32 – Minutes between leaving Legends Field and being in the air on the Yankee team charter plane
4 – Days until Opening Day!