Greetings from Gate C27
There are a lot of great things about having the opportunity to cover Major League Baseball. 4:45 a.m. wakeup calls after a four-hour game on Sunday night, though? Not one of them.
Hello from Boston’s Logan Airport, where a pack of bleary-eyed reporters are sleepwalking through security checkpoints on their way to Tampa. The Yankees themselves touched down just two hours ago back at the old stomping grounds, having been defeated in two out of three games at Fenway Park.
I don’t think anyone knew quite how costly this series had been for the Yankees until it was over. If you had told me that, after 13 games, the Yankees would have both Jorge Posada and Jose Molina on their roster — but no idea who would catch on April 14 at Tampa Bay — I would have said this team was in a lot of trouble. You’d venture to say Chad Moeller can fill in, but it serves the Yankees best if Posada gets back in there, as soon as possible.
Maybe the Yankees get creative and figure out a new destination for Wilson Betemit, though it looks like Alberto Gonzalez will go to Triple-A if Derek Jeter is indeed ready to play. They want to stay with 12 pitchers and, two bad starts aside, Phil Hughes is in the rotation to stay. Same goes for Ian Kennedy. Darrell Rasner is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA for the Triple-A affiliate of a team that doesn’t have a legitimate long reliever (though Ross Ohlendorf is giving them everything he’s got in a manufactured role), but that’s another story.
Like Casey Stengel once said, “If you don’t have a catcher, you’re going to have a lot of passed balls.” Brian Cashman’s job today is to figure that one out.