Journal News columnist Sam Borden chipped in a few more items gleaned from yesterday’s proceedings:
During the CC Sabathia press conference, Joe Girardi talked about how he remembered coming into the weight room at Jacobs Field the morning after an Indians-Yankees game last season, and seeing Sabathia already there, even though the pitcher had thrown a gem the night before. To Girardi, that showed the kind of character Sabathia had.
When asked yesterday about Mark Teixeira, Girardi recalled an Angels-Yankees game at the Stadium on Aug. 3. Some people (including Edwar Ramirez) might remember that Teixeira crushed a grand slam in the eighth inning; Girardi, however, talked more excitedly about the diving stop Teixeira made in the fifth, robbing Wilson Betemit of a hit. “He’s just a complete and all-around player,” Girardi said.
It goes without saying that Teixeira is a better fielder than Jason Giambi, but his presence at first will also be worth something to the other infielders: Robinson Cano can be spotty, Derek Jeter’s arm isn’t what it used to be and A-Rod, as evidenced in the past, can fall into throwing funks. Teixeira’s glove will almost surely save them all a little embarrassment.
Meanwhile, everything is under construction at old Yankee Stadium, including the parking lot where the media and players used to park. So as I was walking from the temporary lot to the Stadium yesterday, I noticed the progress that’s being made on the new train station, which will allow fans from everywhere – including Westchester – to avoid traffic and $40 parking charges when they come to games.
It looks like there will be a long platform and bridge that allows fans to walk over top of the road and then come down in front of the new Stadium.
Thanks again to Sam. Don’t forget, he and Rick Carpiniello are debating what lineup the Yankees should use over on the Faceoff blog.
Also, check in at Giants Journal tomorrow at noon. Sam and Journal News football writer Mike Dougherty will do a live video chat about the upcoming playoff game against the Eagles.