Under the lights at the Trop
To recap: Derek Jeter is back in the lineup and Joba Chamberlain has been placed on the bereavement list, having traveled home to Nebraska this morning. Chad Moeller has made his Yankees debut behind the plate with Jose Molina and Jorge Posada unable to catch, and Wilson Betemit is on the disabled list with a mysterious case of pink eye that he’s had since Spring Training that no one seemed to notice and was not contagious.
Just another day covering the greatest show on dirt — good thing I did a three-hour face plant into my mattress after checking in back in Tampa. Ah, Tampa. Hard to believe it’s been just three weeks since we were all stalking around George M. Steinbrenner Field with the ever-present Mark Didtler of the Associated Press.
Apparently the Yankees are throwing out a ceremonial first pitch from space on Wednesday, and somehow that does not surprise me in the least.
Under the catwalks here at Tropicana Field, the Yankees are finally sheltered from the elements and, as Joe Girardi said, able to keep the long underwear packed away. Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day around the Major Leagues — the Yankees will be represented by Joe Girardi, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera (of course) wearing No. 42.