Waiting stinks. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. Mark Teixeira said earlier today that he doesn’t like it because it’s so different than the regular-season routine. Joe Girardi said it might actually help guys like Johnny Damon, who struggled in the last round, because it’s basically starting over. Jorge Posada said it’s weird.
Having several big gaps (and numerous off days) is something baseball does in the postseason primarily because of TV. I’ve had several e-mails from people who think it’s strange that a team needs four or five starters all year and then can get away with three during the postseason becasue of all the off-days. To some degree, I can’t argue with that.
I know you guys have been doing countdowns in the comments, literally counting the minutes until there’s baseball again. I can understand why. Just know that the players are doing the same things right along with you. “With a layoff like this, it’s like you’re back to zero,” Teixeira said.
That’s it for today. Back at the Stadium for (yet another) workout tomorrow and don’t forget about the primetime-ish LoHud Live Chat at 7 p.m. tomorrow night. Chad and I will be on the scene to take all your questions as we get set for Game 1 on Friday.