So, it’s cold in the New York area today. Like, really cold. Like, zero degree wind-chill cold.
I went for my run this afternoon and, within five minutes, began to feel my fingers getting numb through my fleece gloves. By the time I finished, that ‘my-face-might-crack-if-I-smile’ feeling had arrived in full and I was silently giving thanks for the planners who opted to make the Giants Stadium press box glassed in. Sitting here, about 20 minutes from kickoff in the big Jets-Bengals game, I’m literally in awe of the fans who will spend the rest of the night outside.
Anyway, the big chill reminded me of a few cold-weather notes I wanted to pass along (as well a reminder that, regardless of how cold it might be today, there are only 46 days until the first workout in Tampa):
• The NHL had its New Year’s Day outdoor game at Fenway Park this year, and there had been talk that the Yankees might play host to the event in 2011. That seems a little more unlikely now, however, since it was originally announced Yankee Stadium would be hosting a college bowl game sometime between Christmas and New Year’s – thus making it impossible to give the NHL its required one-week lead time to set up the rink. It remains to be seen if the football game could be moved up to accommodate both. There’s also the possibility that the hockey game would move across town, as the Mets have apparently expressed interest.
Knowing the Yankees – and their interest in making the Stadium a year-round sports venue – I wouldn’t be surprised if they somehow find a way to do both.
• Winter ball leagues are starting to wind down and, among the young players on the rosters, is a familiar name to Yankees fans: Orlando Hernandez. I’m not quite sure if Duque is really trying to make (another) comeback or is just keeping his 75-year-old body in shape, but check out his stats page. (Old buddy Anthony McCarron had a nice retrospective on Duque the other day).
• In non senior-citizen pitching news, it seems a new player has joined the Aroldis Chapman bidding: The Blue Jays had Chapman do a private workout for them and, according to ESPN, Chapman’s agents are in Florida which could be a precursor to a deal. Last I heard, the Yankees are only mildly interested in Chapman, believing his price is too high for his immediate value.