Good morning from the Mike Alstott International Airport here in Tampa.
The Yankees flew back to New York last night and will open the new Stadium today. I wonder how long we’ll call it the “new Stadium?” I guess until they tear the old Stadium down. But better than some corporate name, right?
From a historical sense, I’m looking forward to today. It’ll be cool someday to be able to say I was there when they played the first game at the new Yankee Stadium. But from a baseball sense, I’m most interested to see how CC Sabathia looks against his old teammates. It also seems that deal Cliff Lee made with the devil last season has expired. He’s back to being Cliff Lee again.
Wanted to mention these two Nick Swisher-related items:
• Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is a tremendously good guy, sent Swish over a lineup card from the game he pitched on Monday.
• Swish drew an X on his elbow yesterday, a tribute of sorts to Xavier Nady.
Flight leaves at 7 a.m. I have a game post ready to go up at 10 a.m. with the lineup for the Yankees as Joe Girardi announced it yesterday. So check back then.