It’s October, and the Yankees — and the writers who cover them — are on their way to Minneapolis. My flight leaves in 10 minutes. The Yankees are leaving around noon. We’re all heading for lows in the 40s.
It could be much worse.
When the Yankees went on the road to play the Twins in last year’s Division Series, they were heading to the Metrodome, and it was a good thing. There was a roof and some sort of massive heating system, and it was much colder outside than it will be today.
“It’s going to be outside and last year it would have been real interesting that first game when it snowed,” Joe Girardi said. “I think the weather is supposed to be pretty good, but the ballpark plays a little bigger there now than it did before. That’s probably the biggest difference.”
When it opened this season, Target Field very quickly developed a reputation as one of the nicest stadiums in the American League. As long as the weather doesn’t get in the way — and it looks like it won’t — it should be a great place to open the playoffs. The Yankees would rather be at home, obviously, but this isn’t a bad alternative. The Yankees won two out of three in Minneapolis back in May.
The Yankees have a workout scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. The clubhouse opens to the media at 5:20, and Girardi will address the media after the workout. That’s when we should get the manager’s take on his rotation and (hopefully) his final roster decisions.