The focus is on Phil Hughes and his impressive stuff during batting practice. Even though Mike Mussina actually looked better.
I’ve had a few people e-mail me saying they’re not convinced Hughes will be great. Then they list all the prospects who failed. That’s fine. But every year or so, an ace does emerge and if he stays healthy, Hughes will be the next one. He’s big, mechanically sound and he has natural movement.
Today is photo day at Legends Field, which means the players sit on little stools around the field for an hour or so and photographers have at them. The clubhouse doesn’t open to the print media until 9:45 and the workout won’t be until 11 or so.
Meanwhile, it seems a few tabloid reporters staked out Bernie Williams at his home in Westchester. Like this story hasn’t been beaten to death enough already. Move on.
But Bernie could have saved himself the hassle by just issuing a statement. It’s disrespectful to the fans and the team not to say anything. The Yankees paid Williams $103 million over his career and the fans gave him one standing ovation after another the last two years. This is how he wants to go out?
There is no playbook for retirement, unfortunately.
Back later after the clubhouse closes.