I fully understand that the thought of the Rajah starting on Opening Day is a bit depressing. But consider this: Mariano Rivera may be better than ever.
Rivera has faced 27 batters this spring and retired 24 of them. He has allowed three hits, no walks and struck out eight. He last gave up a hit nine days ago.
It has become almost comical to see him pitch.
Smiling yet? No?
Well, while Brian Bruney was warming up and getting into the game, some clubhouse pranksters covered his entire locker in yellow tape, from top to bottom. They taped a few baseball cards to the front along with one of those black-and-yellow “radiation warning” symbols.
When he came back to the clubhouse, Bruney had to go in the lunch room and get a knife to free his clothes as several amused teammates looked on.
Mike Mussina has his locker in that corner of the clubhouse along with Bruney and Krazy Kyle Farnsworth.
“It may be time to move,” he said. “I’m calling ahead before next season.”
So don’t be too depressed. The Yankees are carrying on.