The Delta self-service line at the Fort Lauderdale Airport this morning was like the fall of Saigon in 1975. Long lines of angry people desperate to leave and willing to do whatever it took.
There were roughly 275,000 people in line and six people working behind the counter. It has to be miserable working for an airline. They all seem to have given up on the idea of customer service and the poor people working with the public pay the price.
Meanwhile it’s 39 degrees in New York and I have a windbreaker on after spending seven weeks in sunshine. It’s going to be a rude awakening.
Little story for you. Scott Patterson was crushed on Friday night when he didn’t make the team. He’s a 28-year-old indy ball guy who has pitched his tail off for the last few years and he thought this was his shot.
Understand that for such players, making the team out of spring training is a real accomplishment. That means you earned it, you didn’t get called up because another player got hurt or failed.
I watched from across the clubhouse as Patterson sat slumped in his chair. The first teammate to come over and speak to him was LaTroy Hawkins. A few other players then joined in to console Patterson.
George King wrote in the Post today that Hawkins told Patterson to charge whatever he wanted to his account at the hotel.
Pretty classy move, especially for a player new to the team. Hawkins pitched well this spring and he could prove to be a find for the Yankees. But we’ve learned already that he’s a good teammate.
Hopefully Patterson gets called up and the next time Hawkins buys him a beer it will be to celebrate.
I’ll check back in later once I get home. Meanwhile make sure you read the Brian Cashman Q&A that was posted earlier today.