The Yankees were swept by the Angels as playing against a top team again proved troublesome.
Joe Girardi plans to spread out playing time in the outfield after the break. This notebook also has updates on A-Rod and Sergio Mitre.
Coming to you from Gate B-24 in Atlanta …
Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Mariano Rivera arrived in St. Louis last night, having taken a private plane chartered by Jeter. They’ll take part in the festivities tonight. Jeter was disappointed to hear that his WBC pal, Dustin Pedroia, had asked out of the game to attend to his pregnant wife.
“I hope she’s doing OK,” he said. “It would have been fun to play with him again, but your family has to come first.”
A-Rod will spend the break with his kids and Dr. Mark Lindsay, his physical therapist. He told The Daily News that he planned to watch “every inning” of the All-Star Game, which is kind of funny considering he was actually in the game last season and left Yankee Stadium before it was over while Jeter hung around for all 15 innings.
Meanwhile, I’ve been at the gate for 20 minutes and for 15 of them, an alarm has been going off. Here is what it sounds like:
So far, three Delta employees have stopped, looked at the door and kept walking rather than, you know, seeing what the alarm was for or perhaps even stopping it.
I finally went over to the next gate and asked the person there to do something. “Oh, they’ll get to it,” she told me.
“It’s been going on for 15 minutes,” I said.
“That’s not my job, sir,” she said.
And people wonder why airlines are failing. Meanwhile. “they” still haven’t got to it.
At least the annoying buzz obscures the “please do not smoke in the terminals” announcement made every 17 seconds. Is there really a danger in this day and age that smokers will somehow think its OK to light up in airports? They can’t get their lighters through security anyway. You probably could space those announcements out a tad.
I’m cranky. Connecting at 5:45 a.m. will do that.