No one likes long road trips during spring training. There’s no glamor in long bus rides and, as great as spring training in Florida is, the best part about the set-up in Arizona is the proximity of so many teams to each other. As more teams go west, the more teams still in the Sunshine State end up having to fill out their schedule with games against teams that are far away.
Anyway, the Yankees – like most teams – usually bring the bare minimum of four required “regular” players to road games and, for today’s marathon to Fort Myers, that meant Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher – who, not surprisingly, found a positive in a day that began with a long bus ride at a very early hour.
The key, Swisher said, is to go to bed a little later the night before the trip. That way you’re just a little more tired in the morning so you can show up for the clubhouse report at 7 a.m., grab a quick breakfast and get on the bus at 8 a.m. “By 8:15, I was passed out,” Swisher said, “and I woke up when we pulled in here feeling great!”
Sounds terrific. Of course, I still don’t see Swisher volunteering for the next long-haul road trip, which comes Friday when the Yankees go across the state to play the Nationals.