When I was younger, I would often slip out of bed and go downstairs late on a Sunday or Monday night and find my dad sitting in the kitchen, eating a snack and watching the end of the football game. Remember, back then Monday Night Football started at 9 p.m. and often didn’t end until after 12, and my dad liked to unwind with the game on. Still does.
Now, I know we skipped dinner in this day-of-food blogging sequence, but the late-night snack is sometimes just as good. As a kid, I often ended up having some hot chocolate as we watched the fourth quarter; when I was covering the Yankees beat, I often hit up the deli near my apartment for a bagel and cream cheese at 1 a.m; and one time in college my roommate Oz and I made bbq chicken and scrambled eggs at 3 a.m., which, amazingly, tasted really, really good to us at that particular moment in time.
Anyway, in that spirit, here are a few little random tidbits to tide you over till morning, when Pete’s official 2009 Spring Training Preview will be posted (don’t worry – he wrote it last week so as not to interrupt this week’s gearing up for Tampa). I’ve got some work to do, but I’ll check in tomorrow afternoon, then once or twice on Saturday and Sunday before Pete comes back to your waiting arms on Monday.
· If the Yankees end up trading either Nady or Swisher, their bench is suddenly a bit of an issue. Is there a veteran out there to increase their versatility? Or even just give them that feared pop that someone like Ruben Sierra (the second time) provided?
· Most of you probably heard it/read about it, but Mike Mussina went on WFAN and talked about the Torre book and his comments regarding Mariano Rivera. It was an interesting spot. Check it out on the WFAN web site.
· The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Jorge Posada is the absolute key to the season. If he gets hurt and has to DH, it throws everything off from Matsui as the DH to Jose Molina as an everyday player. Suddenly, the Yanks are down a big bat in their lineup and now that CF spot – which, at this point, is less productive – looms a little larger. Posada HAS to be healthy and catch most of the time for the Yankees’ plan to work.
· Remember when Hank Steinbrenner was trying to make it sound like his rich history in horse racing made him a baseball expert? Thankfully that period is over and Hank has quieted down, but he did talk briefly to the AP in Tampa, saying he’s excited about the upcoming year. Oh, and he hasn’t read Torre’s book yet though he does plan to sit down with it at some point.
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