It’s 73 here in Tampa and they’re in the middle of the ceremony renaming Legends Field to Steinbrenner Field.
I just got to do a fun thing. As a member of the executive board of the New York Chapter of the BBWAA, I was asked to present Shelley Duncan with the Dawson Award for the best rookie in camp. The ceremony was on the field.
He received a watch that I had to hand to him. I was a little worried that he would give me a forearm smash, but he only shook my hand and broke four bones.
“This is cool, dude,” Shelley said. “Awesome.”
Meanwhile, the Steinbrenner family is about to reveal the sign over the scoreboard that says “George M. Steinbrenner Field.”
“This is a great thing,” Steinbrenner said. “It makes me proud.”
Steinbrenner is in a golf cart circling the stadium and waving to the fans, who are giving him a standing ovation.
I was just downstairs interviewing Hank and Hal Steinbrenner. I’m going to post the audio ASAP.
Meanwhile, I get back upstairs and Igawa has already given up two runs. Go get ’em in Scranton, K-Man. But Jeter homered and it’s 2-1.
As for the live blog, I have a ton of work to do and the game is on YES, so my updates might be sparse.
I do have this info for you: Cody Ransom, Jason Lane, Jason Brown, Greg Porter and Bernie Castro were all reassigned to the minor league camp. But most of them will go to Miami as backups.
Igawa’s line: 3.1 5 4 4 3 2 65 pitches / 36 strikes. If they really want to honor Steinbrenner they should release Igawa.
Meanwhile it’s still 4-1. The only hit for the Yankees was Jeter’s homer. They look pretty lifeless for whatever reason. Guess they’re ready to get out of Tampa.
Here’s Hank Steinbrenner before the game:
And here’s Hal Steinbrenner:
Rough time for the Yankees. Jeff Karstens limped off with what appeared to be an injured right leg. Count on him going to the DL. Then Scott Patterson got drilled in the back with a line drive. But he came back out for the sixth.
The bullpen is all but set now:
Bruney or Ohlendorf.
My guess is Bruney, albeit on a short leash.
It’ll be time to head down to the clubhouse soon. It’s 4-1 Pirates and the Yankees have three hits. If the score holds, they’ll have lost three straight and four of five.
Then again, they haven’t used the entire lineup for a few days.