- The game will be preceded by a ceremony to honor George M. Steinbrenner as the Yankees begin their first spring since the longtime principal owner passed away last July at age 80. A statue of Steinbrenner will be introduced, followed by a performance by the Steinbrenner High School marching band. A rose will be laid at home plate by Steinbrenner’s widow, Joan, honoring ‘The Boss,’ and there will be a ceremonial flyover by two F18 Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.
- Former Yankees to be introduced before the game include: Yogi Berra, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry and David Wells.
- Brian Schlitter, who is scheduled to pitch for Philadelphia, was briefly Yankees property this spring. He was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Andruw Jones and claimed by the Phillies.
- The Yankees and Phillies will play again on Sunday in Clearwater, Fla. Ivan Nova starts for New York, Joe Blanton for Philadelphia.
- There are 33 days until Opening Day – March 31, Yankees vs. Tigers in New York.
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.
The Yankees have made an edit to their spring rotation. Phil Hughes will pitch ahead of A.J. Burnett in the rotation, not the other way around as had been previously announced.
Mariano Rivera got on the bump this morning, throwing about 25 pitches in his first bullpen of the spring. Rivera said he was working on command and felt “bueno,” throwing to bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez.
I’m not a photographer, but sometimes I carry a camera around. That’s pretty much all I can tell you about what’s to follow – a few selections from what life has been like around camp with the Yankees for the last couple of days.