Once upon a time, I played a lot of paintball. My friend Zac got me started, my gun was identical to the one on the right, and my first tournament finish was third place in a small Missouri town called Blodgett.
I haven’t played in probably 10 years, and that’s going to change in the morning.
Tomorrow, the Yankees major league staff, a few members of the front office and the beat writers are getting together for a few hours of paintball before the night game against Philadelphia. Joe Girardi will be there, Brian Cashman will be there and director of media relations Jason Zillo, who organized this craziness, will be there. I have no idea if I can still play — I’m actually not sure I was ever especially good to begin with — and I’m not at all looking forward to the welts and bruises, but it should be a lot of fun.
Things will probably be a little light here on the blog tomorrow morning. Now you’ll know why.
I’ll literally be attempting to shoot your manager and general manager. To be fair, they’ll be trying to shoot me too.
• In honor of whoever started the discussion of Simon and Garfunkel in the comments, here’s the AP picture of Paul Simon after he threw out a first pitch earlier this spring.
• Speaking of pictures, LoHud has some spring training galleries online. Check out the Yankees pictures. They should be updating throughout the year.
• Of course, MLBTradeRumors is keeping up with the Chad Gaudin chatter. Looks like the Dodgers and Mets are already believed to be interested.
• Speaking of pitchers. Check out Frankie Piliere’s take on Christian Garcia‘s start against the Phillies earlier this week: “Garcia is a complete, three-pitch pitcher, and that is with three plus pitches,” Piliere wrote. “I don’t like to throw around plus grades often, so to see a pitcher with three plus pitches is a real rarity. It’s never been about stuff with this big right-hander; it’s always been about his health.”