Thoughts on Opening Day
The best news that could have come out of the Yankees clubhouse last night was that the mysterious heating pad CC Sabathia pressed against his ribcage during the game was just that, for warmth, and not an indication of an injury.
At least, that’s what Sabathia and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, so one of the shakiest outings of Sabathia’s career might go down as just a mechanical blip on the radar. It was a underwhelming debut, as Sabathia walked five (one intentionally) and did not strike out a batter for just the fifth time in his career.
We’d seen him pitch much better during Spring Training and, while I know everyone wants to sound the alarms right now, Sabathia’s track record should buy him a little extra time. Like it or not, I’m pretty sure the Yankees have him for a few more seasons. He’ll go again April 11 at Kansas City.
Mark Teixeira seemed to say all the right things, even when the Baltimore fans gave him an earful of nastiness from the first second he set a cleat on the field at Camden Yards. Teixeira took the ‘grin and bear it’ approach, though you wonder if there was any pressing going on in that eighth-inning at-bat.
That might have been a signature moment if Teixeira bangs one off the warehouse in right field, a three-run homer to put the Yankees ahead in his first game for New York. Instead, Teixeira weakly tapped into a fielder’s choice to end the inning as the stadium erupted.
The Yankees will take a day off today — some of the guys are going on a tour of the White House, though President Obama is expected to be unavailable as he is traveling overseas. They’re all back at it on Wednesday for game 2 of 162.
By the way, a late plug to add in here – Keith Olbermann is now blogging on MLB.com. In case you were not aware, Keith is a huge baseball fan and showed up at numerous Spring Training games this year with the Yankees. Perhaps the coolest thing I can say is that the Topps company created his own 1950s era baseball card for him. I wish I had that kind of pull.