Reflections on Opening Night
Opening Day is always very special, even when it’s delayed by 30 hours and becomes Opening Night. Joe Girardi said that the moment he’ll want to remember from Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Blue Jays is the final out — Mariano Rivera inducing Marco Scutaro to roll harmlessly to Robinson Cano at second base, just a short throw away from out No. 27.
That had sentimental cache for Girardi, being his first win as the Yankees manager — imagine, the first person other than Joe Torre to record a victory in that position since 1995. Since I’m not managing the Yankees, though, I’ll remember the two catches by Melky Cabrera. The first one was nice enough, crashing against the wall in right-center field, but the second one really made you go, ‘Wow,’ skidding across the turf in left-center.
Melky had a long way to run for both of those balls, and they came on back-to-back batters. That’s conditioning, ladies and gentlemen. Good thing Girardi made ’em run in Spring Training.