… the LoHud Yankees blog has learned that we’re finally – finally! – at least in the same month as the day when pitchers and catchers report. So that’s something.
First, let’s wish Chad a lovely (and mandated) week away. A break is good for a beat writer right before spring training since there are few things that are more of a grind. Soon enough, he’ll be seeing pinstripes when he sleeps and watching the grounds crew rake the field at the minor-league complex as he wonders, “Can I get a blog post out of this?”
For now, though, we’ve got a few weeks of idle speculation and discussion still left to pass. I know that I’ve been a bit absent of late (I was off chronicling Rex Ryan and the Jets), but I’ll be here solo all week and then, after Chad returns, we’ll hopefully be back to the double-team approach that fills this blog universe with plenty of Yankee goodness.
A few things that are on my mind as we get this week going:
• At the end of the day, here’s where I come down on the Johnny Damon saga: I was surprised he didn’t end up back with the Yankees but I also don’t think that left field is going to make the difference in whether or not the Yankees repeat as World Series champions. So, sad (that he’s gone) but hardly detrimental (in the big picture).
• Early favorite to win the fifth starter job: Phil Hughes.
• Instant replay in baseball? I’ve written on this before and agree with much of what James wrote this morning. As someone who has extensive experience officiating sports (including baseball), I can say that missing a call is (usually) as much a physical error as a player botching a ground ball. So, the argument goes, if errors are part of the game then errors are part of the game. That said, I find myself turning around a little on the idea as time goes by …
• Lastly, how do these guys not look more jet-lagged????