There are two great things about Tampa International Airport: It’s two miles from Legends Field and there’s free wireless.
I was worried about making my flight but the game was fast and I managed to write quickly for a change. So I have some time to blog.
The final day of spring training is always a strange one. The regulars get one or two at-bats then are pulled out to guard against injury. Then everybody packs up for New York. It was strange to see the coaches and players all in dress shirts and suit jackets.
The Yankees require the players to travel in slacks, shoes, a collared shirt and a jacket. It’s one of those antiquated baseball rules, especially now with teams taking charter flights. Their contact with the public is minimal.
Beyond that, would we somehow think less of somebody because they were in jeans and a t-shirt? It makes no sense to me. They’re baseball players, not judges.
Equally traditional is for somebody to ask Joe Torre how spring training was.
“I think they’re ready to go,” he said. “Physically they’re ready to start getting into the competition. We’re ready.”
Sounds good to me. Spring training is over and when I blog again it will be from New York.