One year ago, December 21 began as fairly routine offseason day. It had been a week since the Roy Halladay trade to the Phillies, and believe it or not, it was somewhat blogworthy news that Jason Marquis had signed with the Nationals. The Yankees were known to be looking for back-of-the-rotation help, and Marquis seemed to be an extremely remote possibility.
It was a day like any other, but by the end of it, there was chaos.
I’m sure you remember it well: It started with vague reports that the Yankees were working on a trade for a starter. Problem was, no one seemed to know the name of the pitcher or even the name of the other team. There was wild speculation until at last Javier Vazquez’s name emerged.
What I remember about that night is that I had moved to New York a little more than a month earlier, and I’d left a lot of friends behind. When all was quiet into the late afternoon, I decided to make a late trip to Scranton to see everyone.
The timing, as you can imagine, could not have been worse.
The lesson, as you can guess, was rather simple: Even on the quiet days, there’s always a chance the Yankees are ready to make some noise.