I’m posting from the middle if the Yankees clubhouse, where a dozen or so reporters are waiting for news that might or might not come.
Some players are supposed to be clearing out their lockers this morning and afternoon, but we have yet to see anyone.
The name plates are off the lockers, big boxes are scattered here and there and some of the lockers already have nothing in them. It’s looking like a long day of waiting.
UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.: Absolutely nothing has changed except that one writer from an outlet with more than one reporter covering the “event” has agreed to make a McDonalds run. Writers working together. It’s a beautiful thing. We’d attack one another for a Freddy Guzman interview right now.
UPDATE, 11:47 a.m.: The food is here, and this is what the day has become. Blogging about a fast food burger. It has occured to me that I forgot to do a Today in The Journal News post this morning. Feel free to check out my story about yesterday’s parade.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: We weren’t allowed to bring the food into the clubhouse because they just shampooed the carpet. It hadn’t occured to me until hearing those words, but this place is spotless. Three days ago, all sorts of chaos broke out in this place. Today it’s perfect.
By the way, when reporters are in a baseball clubhouse, they never sit down. I did it once or twice in Scranton, only when doing a one-on-one interview during which the player asked me to sit. It seems to be a kind of acknowledgement that this is their space, not ours. Right now, though, everyone of us is sitting. Some are on the couches. Some are sitting in the chairs in front of lockers. I’m one of three or four sitting on the floor. It’s kind of odd to be watching college football while literally lounging in the Yankees clubhouse.
UPDATE, 12:40 p.m.: We’re approaching hour number three, and still not a single player has arrived in the clubhouse. Whenever a reporter leaves the room for a bit, he comes back to a series of jokes about all the great stuff he missed. A Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia brawl. A tearful Jorge Posada interview about his lost hopes of becoming a forest ranger. Robinson Cano’s unexpected retirement. Such is sports reporter humor. It makes us laugh every time.
Here’s a leftover Joe Girardi quote from yesterday. He was asked about the uncertainty of whether Hideki Matsui will be back next year.
“There’s always uncertainty in this game,” Girardi said. “Even if you’re signed, a lot of times there’s uncertainty in this game and you always want to hold onto the good times as long as you can. What he did in this postseason is truly amazing. What he did in the World Series is truly amazing. He was such an important part to our club. You look at his numbers after had those nine days when we played in the National League cities, which I complained about that I didn’t get to use our DH for nine days, I really think that rest helped him. He was a difference maker for our team.”
He was later asked when he would start planning for next season.
“Probably on Monday,” Girardi said. “I’ll start going in to meet with Cash. Try to put some semblance to my office. It’s out of control right now and I’ll even ask Kim to come in and help me organize it… You start with what you have and what you feel you might need next year. I think you start looking at everything from the rotation to the bullpen to positions, infield, outfield. You look at everything.”
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: I’m back at my friend’s place in Harlem, where I’ve been a guest throughout the playoffs. Four hours came and went at Yankee Stadium with not a single Yankee to be found. The clubhouse was open to the media from 10 to 2 — with no guarantee any players would actually show up to clear out there lockers — but we all showed up just in case. Oh well.
Thus concludes the most absurd and unintentional live blog ever.