I’m getting ready to head into the city shortly for a TV thing before going over to the Stadium, but here are a few thoughts before we get the game post up and running:
1. CC Sabathia, who starts tonight, wears baggy pants. How does he get them so baggy? I watched yesterday as he spent a solid five minutes stretching one pair out. First he laid the pants on the floor. Then he stepped on the right leg with both feet. Then he grabbed the left leg with both hands and pulled it up and over his shoulder (remember, he’s 6-foot-7) as if he was carrying a sack of laundry or something. Then he reversed the process and did the other side. The pants didn’t stand a chance.
2. I know many of you have been debating what roster move the Yankees should make to get Brian Bruney active, and I can understand why there would be a variety of opinions. The only solid info Joe Girardi gave yesterday was that it was very unlikely the team will go with 13 pitchers, meaning those hoping Angel Berroa gets the ax will probably stay unhappy. If it were my move, I’d ship Jose Veras but the Yankees have shown an odd attachment to him (and to Edwar Ramirez). If I had to make a guess, I’d say Brett Tomko goes but again, that’s just speculation. Check back later for an update.
3. I took a walk on the main-level concourse last night to meet up with a friend and have to say I was impressed by the way the Stadium looked. As great as the old park was – and I would have been in favor of just renovating it and keeping the Yankees in their historic home – being able to see the game and hear the crowd while you’re waiting in line for some tasty garlic fries isn’t a bad experience either. Those walk-around concourses are a great stadium design element.
That said, it can’t be disputed that there have been problems with the new Stadium. Everything from Monument Park to ticket prices, empty seats to the still-not-great batting practice policy, not to mention all the homers and potential for fan interference. Amidst the outcries, the Yankees have generally been defensive about the park, sometimes to the point of arrogance.
Yesterday, though, Yankees senior vice president Felix Lopez was on WCBS and, according to one trusted listener, said this: “There are a lot of things wrong with this building we’re trying to fix. With the help of the fans and the media, we’re looking into everything.”
Understand, Lopez – who is married to George Steinbrenner’s daughter, Jessica – isn’t typically a big player in terms of Yankee machinations, but all the same — “There are a lot of things wrong with this building”? That’s strong. And, given all the heat that COO Lonn Trost and president Randy Levine have taken about the Stadium, it’s hard to imagine the rest of the Yankee brass being too pleased with Lopez’s … uh … honesty.