It seems strange to be back at the Rogers Centre, which is what they call the Skydome these days.
We were last here in September when the Yankees clinched the division title. I remember watching the players jump around like little kids, pouring beer and champagne on each other in the tiny visitor’s clubhouse.
The best part was seeing Aaron Guiel, a career minor-leaguer who had latched on to the Yankees and become a solid player off the bench. He seemed so genuinely thrilled. As the celebration ebbed, I walked up to him and shook his hand.
“This must be great,” I said.
“You have no idea,” he said with a huge smile. “Incredible.”
Nothing has really been the same since for the Yankees. They were bounced out of the playoffs by Detroit and now face the huge task of recovering from a 21-27 record.
Aaron Guiel? He’s playing for the Yakult Swallows in Japan. Betcha he’d find a way to help the Yankees beat the Blue Jays tonight.