The World Series trophy makes the rounds

A couple of photos from the Dominican Republic, courtesy of the Yankees:

DR1.JPGOn Thursday, the Yankees attended a dinner with Dominican Republic President Dr. Leonel Fernández at the National Palace. Yankees Senior Vice President Felix Lopez, Bench Coach Tony Pena, 2B Robinson Cano, LHP Damaso Marte, C Francisco Cervelli and RHP Edwar Ramirez as well as several Yankees minor leaguers represented the organization and also brought the 2009 World Championship Trophy to share with the President.

President Fernández is seen holding the trophy wearing a blue suit with a blue tie, alongside the Dominican Republic’s Secretary of State for Sports and Recreation, Felipe Payano.

DR2.JPGOn Friday, the Yankees took the 2009 World Championship Trophy to the U.S. Embassy and the National Police Headquarters.  In the afternoon, the Yankees met with the Mayor of San Pedro de Macoris and the President of City Commission, who gave the Yankees a tour of the historic Dominican Republic town.
That evening, at Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo prior to the Dominican Winter League playoff game between the Licey Tigers and Escogido Lions, Yankees Senior Vice President Felix Lopez threw out the ceremonial first pitch and the Yankees displayed the 2009 World Championship Trophy for the fans in attendance.


Of particular interest………………to me.
Why is everyone worried about left field? Some teams have more than one guy who should be hitting ninth. If the Yankees are looking to save some money, Brett Gardner should be their man. Someone is always available later in the season. Having an above-average defender with a lesser bat isn’t the worst thing for the World Series champions. Thank you.
— Brian P., East Winthrop, Maine

No, thank you. That’s the point I’ve been trying to make, but it’s fighting an uphill battle against the hundreds (really) of e-mails that have come in outraged the Yankees didn’t go get someone like Jason Bay or Matt Holliday. The idea that New York absolutely must roll out the Brinks truck every winter and have an All-Star at every position seems silly to me.

I said this last year when the Yankees were trying to figure out if Gardner or Melky Cabrera should be the Opening Day center fielder — it was a fun debate, but it didn’t really matter one way or the other. If the Yankees missed the playoffs, it wouldn’t be because of that decision. It would have been because Sabathia blew his shoulder out, or A-Rod missed the whole season, or Mark Teixeira hated New York, or whatever other doomsday scenario you want to come up with.

The Yankees might very well upgrade the outfield at some point, and they probably will. But if this is the hand they’re dealt, and manager Joe Girardi has this outfield to work with on April 4 at Fenway Park, I wouldn’t go as far as some of the e-mailers and immediately concede the division to the Red Sox. I assure you, they will win games with Gardner in the lineup.

– Bryan Hoch


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