For the most part, the only thing I’m thinking about right now is that my alarm has gone off before 5 a.m. far too often in the past week. My dad’s a farmer, and it’s never good when I’m awake before him.
Here are some other things I’m thinking while I’m waiting to board a flight back to New York…
• Good trade deadline for Brian Cashman. He needed only to plug holes, and he did that with pieces that could play their way into significant roles (and without giving up significant pieces of the farm system).
• Four out of seven on the road isn’t bad. The Yankees did what they needed to do in Cleveland, then played three very close games against the team that’s one game-behind them in the standings. Pretty much what you’d expect, not cause for panic.
• Looking back at it, I can’t believe the Yankees won the game Matt Garza started and I can’t believe the Rays won the game Phil Hughes started. Five innings into those games, those pitchers seemed untouchable.
• When his head stops spinning, Lance Berkman will fit in pretty well on this team. He’s not the middle-of-the-order guy he was three years ago, but the Yankees aren’t asking him to be. They need him to get on base and hit with a little power against righties. He can still do that.
• The New York team is going to be just fine in Friday’s media game against Boston. Bryan Hoch is our scheduled starter, and I caught a makeshift bullpen session in Cleveland. Might catch another short one this week. He can throw his curveball for strikes, and his fastball has some natural run in on right-handers.
• CC Sabathia has struggled since the all-star break, and most of his numbers reflect that, but his ERA is still just 3.67 in those starts. The big man makes big pitches. There’s a lot to be said for that.
• Three years ago, I absolutely bought into Jarrod Saltalamacchia as a future superstar. I think it’s crazy that he was just traded for two non-stud prospects, was optioned to Triple-A and is considered little more than a supporting player. Don’t get me wrong, thats the proper way to evaluate him today, I just thought he was heading for much bigger things.
• It’s great that Shelley Duncan is getting a chance to play in Cleveland. He’s not a star, but he’s a productive big leaguer. I can’t help cheering for that guy.
• Breakfast options at the E terminal of Tampa’s airport are very limit. This one I know to be an absolute fact. Sweeny Murti just went on a hot breakfast hunt. He will not be successful.
• If Alfredo Aceves keeps progressing, he and Andy Pettitte could leave the Yankees with a tough decision in the bullpen. There’s only room for two of Aceves, Sergio Mitre, Dustin Moseley and Chad Gaudin. And it might be tough to dump Boone Logan when Damaso Marte gets back. Logan’s looked awfully good in his second big league stint.
• Covering the trade deadline is just as hectic as I expected. I can’t imagine what it was like in the days before Twitter. Maybe it was easier. Maybe it was harder. I really have no idea. I just know that between text messages and phone calls on Saturday, no more than 10 minutes went by without refreshing Twitter.
• Right now I think it’s time to board. I’ll see you again in New York.