George M. Steinbrenner Field is bustling with activity this morning, as workers are hanging bunting around the stands and getting the facility ready for tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener.
They’ve already given us a sneak preview of part of the tribute for Steinbrenner, airing part of the video that will be played before tomorrow’s ceremonies.
Because of all that needs to get done, today’s workout is the only one of the spring that the seats won’t be open to fans. The Yankees are having a quick one anyway – the plans are that they’ll be off the field by noon.
A few of the pitchers were on the main field throwing live batting practice this morning, with Manny Banuelos keeping a group that included Francisco Cervelli and Russell Martin largely quiet. Mark Prior also threw to hitters, with 85-year-old Yogi Berra finding a seat behind a protective screen in the infield to take it all in.
Around this time tomorrow, the gates are going to open up and we’ll have baseball once again. Bartolo Colon and Cole Hamels are your scheduled starters as the Yankees take on the Phillies, and just having scheduled starters for a ballgame tomorrow sounds pretty good.