Sunshine at Yankee Stadium
Hello again everyone from Yankee Stadium, where the weatherman couldn’t have been more wrong about today. It’s an absolutely gorgeous day and I had almost forgot what sunlight felt like. It’s been a long time since Tampa.
Once in a while it’s good to get out on the field and watch batting practice, just to be humbled by the raw power these guys have. Alex Rodriguez hit three balls in a row on top of the netting covering Monument Park, and to watch how fluid his swing is, he made it look absolutely effortless. It’s just amazing to see that pure talent flow.
One person not watching BP today is Joe Girardi, who’s still confined to his office with an upper respiratory infection that apparently is fighting all medications known to man. I’m sure he’s feeling awful about it, but since this is probably the last chance I’ll get to say this … Girardi is now at the 60% attendance mark in his first week on the new job.
Rob Thomson has the reins for a second consecutive day as Andy Pettitte makes his 2008 debut. In a corresponding roster move, Jonathan Albaladejo – hours after throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings – will make his way up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (who neither play in Scranton nor Wilkes-Barre, mind you. The stadium is in Moosic, Pa.).
Pettitte blanks ’em in the first. Enjoy the game, everyone.