It takes a lot to knock Derek Jeter out of the lineup. Did you really think a bruised pinky finger was going to make him miss the final Opening Day at Yankee Stadium? On another note, I’m not with the club in Florida but saw the latest issue of Men’s Health at the grocery store here tonight. Jeter’s on the cover and I picked it up. Looks like a solid write-up of the Captain and also a few interesting insights into his workout regimen.
Jason Giambi feels like he’s got his “second wind,” and that’s good — Joe Girardi is counting on him for both offense and defense this year, and to be a contributor. Meanwhile, even though I never considered Scott Patterson a serious contender to make the Opening Day roster, he certainly didn’t do anything wrong. That makes his demotion probably the toughest to handle.