Here we are, back at lovely LaGuardia Airport waiting for a flight to Canada. I’m not a big fan of the dreary Rogers Centre, but tonight’s Burnett-Halladay matchup should be an interesting one.
With A.J., it could be a 2-1 game or he could be down 5-1 in the fourth inning. You’re never really sure. He has a 6.66 ERA over his last four starts and needs to show up in a big spot like CC Sabathia did in Baltimore on Friday night.
I apparently was doing a lot of hallucinogenic drugs in spring training when I booked all these flights. There was a 6 a.m. to Detroit on the last trip and now an 8 a.m. to Toronto. Presumably there was a reason, but it can’t be worth getting up so early so often.
The Yankees will be in Toronto but there will be a press conference at Yankee Stadium today to announce the details of the yard sale across the street. The Yankees will be selling seats, dirt, grass, bricks and everything else out of the old Stadium.
Yankees COO Lonn Trost will be on hand. I’m hoping the reporters there ask him some detailed questions about the issues with the new Stadium. The new park was Trost’s responsibility and obviously there are many problems.
The problems have solutions. The Yankees need to …
• Fix the dimensions in right field
• Take out the row of seats directly behind the wall so fans cannot interfere with play.
• Allow fans to watch batting practice from the field seats up to an hour before the game.
• Move Monument Park to a suitable location.
• Paint that prison-wall concrete in the outfield blue.
I’m there there is stuff I’m forgetting. If the Yankees think these issues will go away, they’re mistaken. Many fans are upset with the policies of the new Stadium and the players are concerned that they’re playing in Coors Field East.
Well, they’re calling the flight. Check back later for the lineups and other news from Toronto.