Good morning from the Dave Stieb International Airport in Toronto. Here we are are, waiting for an early flight home that, sadly, has been delayed for 90 minutes.
As a result, I stopped at one of the ubiquitous Friday’s restaurants you seem to find at every airport to grab some orange juice and a bagel.
So I’m sitting there at the bar, half-awake and contemplating the juice when the guy next to me orders a shot of something, I think it was whiskey. “We don’t serve alcohol until 11 o’clock,” the waitress said.
“OK, make it a coffee,” he says.
The waitress comes back with a cup and the guy drops $10 on the bar and gives her a look. She takes the cup away and comes back with it a few seconds later, having added a little something. The man happily sipped his coffee.
In airports, as elsewhere, there are few problems that currency can not handle.
As for the Yankees, they start a 10-game homestand today against the Twins (4), Orioles (3) and Phillies (3). Winning six or seven of those games would not seem unreasonable.
The next few weeks should feature the return of some important pieces. Brian Bruney is a few days away. Chien-Ming Wang is probably eight days off. Jorge Posada is down in Tampa, doing the rehab thing. Xavier Nady will start taking some swings today and hopes to be back in June.
Alex Rodriguez hit the ball hard three times yesterday and seems to be shaking off the rust. By the time June 15 rolls around, the Yankees should have the team they envisioned back on March 1.
(Meanwhile, did you ever notice that nobody — fans or media — ever asks about a bad player when he is injured? We quiz Joe Girardi every day on Wang, Posada, Jose Molina, Nady and A-Rod. Meanwhile Damaso Marte could be in an iron lung, wearing a full body cast and have a raging case of the Swine Flu for all we know.)
I will not be covering the game today. But as always, the lineup will be posted once it becomes available.