The way it works in a Major League clubhouse is that the starting pitcher that day gets to pick the pre-game music.
CC Sabathia is not a music guy on game days. He’s more of a walk-around-and-talk-to-assorted-teammates guy. So Nick Swisher (of course) plugged his iPod into some speakers in the middle of the room.
Out came country music. I’m not opposed to country music as long as it’s Johnny Cash. Or maybe some Hank Williams or Delbert McClinton. But this was modern, sappy, makes you want to kill yourself country music.
A.J. Burnett, who considers Metallica easy listening, withstood it for a few minutes then finally decided he had heard enough.
“Are we going that bad that we’re listening to country?” he asked in a loud voice. “We can’t possibly be going that bad.”
Swisher perked up. “What do you want?” he said.
“I want to take a bat to that iPod,” Burnett said.
Swisher laughed. “I’m here for you” he said as he went over to change the playlist.
Teams that win have good chemistry. Teams that lose have bad chemistry. But I’m here to tell you, The Yankees have better chemistry than they’ve had in several years. These guys like each other and they’ll play hard for each other.
If this team can get healthy and stay healthy — and there is no guarantee of either — they’re going to be pretty good.