Here we are at the Amos Otis International Airport in Kansas City waiting for a 7 a.m. flight to Tampa on Southwest. Most of the beat writers are on this flight as there are only so many ways to get from Kansas City to Tampa on a Monday morning.
Memo to the kids in journalism school who think this is a glamorous job: Switch to economics.
It’s cold and rainy in Kansas City and hopefully it’s warm and sunny in Tampa. It was only 12 days ago that the Yankees pulled out of Tampa after nearly eight weeks of spring training.
The Yankees are 3-3 on their nine-game road trip. If they come home 5-4, there should be no complaints. Meanwhile they will get their first look at Alex Rodriguez today since he left camp on March 1. A-Rod is scheduled to work out at the minor-league complex around 11 a.m. and then watch tonight’s game against the Rays.
It has been out of sight/out of mind with A-Rod these last six weeks. The players never talk about him and Joe Girardi seems to get only occasional text messages. Kevin Long appears to be the only person who speaks with him regularly.
At some point soon (a week?) he’ll play in games and then it’ll take another week or so for him to be ready for big-league pitching. I think there’s a decent chance he’s ready around May 1. Given how overmatched Cody Ransom looks, the Yankees need him back.
It’ll be interesting to see what degree Alex has changed — if any — since he has been away. All of his shenanigans have made him a national punch line at this point. You would think he would want to put all that stuff behind him and just play baseball. But given his well-documented need for attention, who knows? If he showed up today with Lindsay Lohan, would you be surprised? The sad thing is, you wouldn’t be.
Meanwhile, I just went through the security line. The woman in front of me had a container of yogurt in her bag. The TSA officers found it and confronted her.
“What is this, yogurt?” she was asked.
“Yeah, I forgot I had it. Sorry,” the woman said.
“You can’t bring this on the plane,” she was told.
“I know. I’m sorry,” the woman said.
“Do you surrender the yogurt?” she was asked.
Do you surrender the yogurt? Now there’s a sentence I had never heard before. Thankfully, she surrendered the yogurt and nobody had to taser her. Because clearly when the terrorists strike again, it’ll be via yogurt-wielding Midwestern women.
Thanks for reading. At some later today, we’ll check in from Tampa with the lineups and a report on A-Rod first day on the field. He’s supposed to take some grounders and hit off a tee. No doubt this will be well-chronicled by the nation’s media.