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A quiet morning before a busy afternoon

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Feb 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Greetings from a quiet (for now) Steinbrenner Field. There are a few workers in the stadium wiping down the seats and – no kidding – I saw a woman scrubbing the stainless steel doors on the elevators. It’s a big day here in Tampa.

Right now the Yankees are in their clubhouse for the annual meeting with the players’ association. That figures to last until 10:30 or so. During the open clubhouse period this morning there were a number of familiar faces, including Mike Myers and Tony Clark – two of the best guys I’ve ever covered – who now work for the MLBPA.

In terms of news, there isn’t much to tell you: Andrew Brackman said he’s feeling better and everyone else looks ready to finally get in a game. As you see, the lineup was posted quite early and there’s a full list of replacements too, since the starters will come out after a few at-bats (I’ll have the breakdown in the game post).

The Phillies made a slight tweak to their lineup, leaving Jimmy Rollins back in Clearwater. They’ll run out this order instead: Orr 4, Gload DH, Ibanez 7, Howard 3, Francisco 8, Brown 9, Larish 5, Schneid 2, Valdez 6. Cole Hamels is pitching.

For all you planning to watch on TV at home, I can report that I’ve seen Michael Kay and Kim Jones on the premises, and Suzyn Waldman is here as well prepping for the first radio broadcast of the season. I’ll have an update in a little bit after we talk to union head Michael Weiner, then the game post will be up around noonish.

Keep checking back. Baseball is four hours away!

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89 Responses to “A quiet morning before a busy afternoon”

  1. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m looking forward to finally watching some baseball games. It’s been a rough winter.

  2. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I still think it will be a hoot to hear a game announced by Frazier and Sterling…

  3. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    ‘Jeter slicing and dicing. penetrating and perpetuating, coiling and boiling and looking effervescent under the spring sun…’ ‘back to you John’

  4. tyanksfan36 February 26th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    still contemplating whether I should drive down there for the game and hope that some scalper is selling reasonably prices tickets.

  5. JWeav February 26th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Anyone know what Jesus’s jersey number is?

  6. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    ‘well, thanks walt’… ‘ as the cliche goes, spring hopes eternal and the yanks are certainly are geared for another championship run’ … ‘here is the pitch, Jeter swings… there is goes …it is farrrrrrrrr , it issssss high… a jeterian rocket … it is cauught on the infield’

  7. blake February 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Exciting day ….gotta win and set the tone. J Roll did say that the Phillies were gonna win 117 ;) ( that’s absurb BTW…..Im not completely sold that the loss of Werth wont hurt them more than the addition of Lee)

  8. blake February 26th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I think Montero is 83 but you really don’t need to know his number……he’s the gigantic one.

  9. JWeav February 26th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My kid is signing up for Little League baseball and said “dad what number should I pick”. He’s a catcher so I said its gotta be Jesus’s number.

  10. tyanksfan36 February 26th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    JWeav

    Yes, Montero is 83 and like Blake said, you dont really need to know his number because he is huge. I hope that number brings good things for him!

  11. JWeav February 26th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    When Jesus makes the team I expect the number to lower, but oh well.

  12. Ruby Tuesday February 26th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    ” Tony Clark ”

    Please do remind me :

    is he the reason we lost to the R*d S*x in the American League Championship Series in two thousand four ?

  13. Bronx Jeers February 26th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    “AJ’s doin a lot of twitchin’ but not much pitchin’”

  14. RhapsodyInBlue February 26th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Tony Clark?

    I can’t ever remember Yankee fans placing blame on one player for any series loss going way back in the team’s gloried history.

    That’s more of a Red Sox fan thing to place blame on an individual.

    I kind of think the Yankees as a team lost in 2004 to a better team.

  15. Joe from Long Island February 26th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Clyde and Sterling – now that’s an alternative universe!

  16. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I don’t expect the Knicks to go far this year – if they win a first round playoff series or are competitive in it, I’m fine. I have no problem, in fact, I’ll enjoy watching them take baby steps. Last night’s game can not be pinned only on D’Antoni – even before the trade, this team had games like that. At least TRY -there’s no excuse for not putting in the effort. If championship caliber teams can do that on a nightly basis (not saying their effort is always enough, but it’s there), then the Knicks can. There will be an adjustment period for sure and it will last more than 2 games, but you still have to beat the Cavs. As to D’Antoni, he’s not the right coach for this team, but guess who has to take a huge share of the blame for that? Donnie does, unfortunately. I like Mike, but I think they need a new coach after his contract expires.

    One more thing about the Knicks – the media is really unbelievable. Kay tried to psychoanalyze Amare yesterday, saying how he must have been upset that Melo garnered all the media attention (and that’s why he didn’t come out after they were through talking to Melo) and that he’s going to have to submerge his ego and realize that Melo will be taking most of the shots. Seriously, the two are good friends – does he realize that they’ve undoubtedly talked about this? I just find the media (not just Kay) are making so many assumptions about what people are feeling – and in Amare’s case, can they please have a bit of faith in this guy? Kay would be interested to know that Amare threw a party for Melo after the Bucks game, that’s how upset he was, lol.

  17. RhapsodyInBlue February 26th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I guess the blame placed on Bill Buckner had a lot to do with Sox fan paranoia about ever again returning to the WS.

    Up to that point in time so infrequent.

    Like missing a hail-bopp comet sighting.

  18. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Anyway, it’s nice to have baseball back – but after a couple of weeks, I know I’m going to want the regular season to start already, lol

  19. RhapsodyInBlue February 26th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Knicks couldn’t buy a basket last night.

  20. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    i have heard Kay psychoanalyze a pepperoni pizza before, he can def do it.

  21. blake February 26th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Betsy,
    I don’t know how far the Knicks will go this year but I will say this…..the NBA is more interesting now than it has been at any tim since 1998.

  22. joeman February 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Montero and Laird will come north with the team

  23. Tar February 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Doreen

    Thanks I am going to check. I have had the package for 3 or 4 years now, but I don’t remember ever having ST games. BTW, If you were a subscriber last year DirecTV will auto enroll you.

    Blake ‘

    Our thoughts are the same on Posada.

  24. blake February 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Ruby,

    Do you know any of the trolls that Charlie Sheen spoke of in his rant?

  25. Ruby Tuesday February 26th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    ” Baseball is four hours away! ”

    That is all relative . Isn’t it ? — especially since we don’t know the time when you put up this post, only the date is Feb 26, 2011 .

  26. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Morning Joeman, getting ready for Borgata in a few…

  27. joeman February 26th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    # Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Morning Joeman, getting ready for Borgata in a few…
    ———————————————-
    will be there 4/18 & 19. best casino on the east coast..better than the two CT ones

  28. joeman February 26th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    # blake February 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Ruby,

    Do you know any of the trolls that Charlie Sheen spoke of in his rant?
    ———————————————————————
    would like to spend one day with this guy in Vegas

  29. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Blake, in NY, it’s ALL we’re talking about. Evan Roberts (I think) of WFAN was right. We’re deep into February and for the last few days, almost NO ONE called about baseball – all about the Knicks, some Nets and the NBA in general. I’ve personally spent most of the last month or so being very “into ” the Knicks, moreso than the Yankees, admittedly. Yesterday on 1050, they were discussing whether NY is a basketball or baseball town. Although the Knicks are all the rage now, I think it’s too early to say it’s a basketball town, although it is true that while loyalties are split between the Mets and Yankees, any basketball fan in NY is a Knick fan, so all the fan love is aimed at one team.

  30. Ruby Tuesday February 26th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I think Tony Clark just pulled one foul down the right field line with two on in the eighth .

    Or something like that .

    My memory is not what it used to be in these few final years .

  31. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I finagle a couple comp rooms there this weekend Joe. Good thing that the yanks r playing phillies, AC is a phillie town they don’t usually carry Yanks there.

  32. joeman February 26th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    # Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Blake, in NY, it’s ALL we’re talking about. Evan Roberts (I think) of WFAN was right. We’re deep into February and for the last few days, almost NO ONE called about baseball – all about the Knicks, some Nets and the NBA in general. I’ve personally spent most of the last month or so being very “into ” the Knicks, moreso than the Yankees, admittedly. Yesterday on 1050, they were discussing whether NY is a basketball or baseball town. Although the Knicks are all the rage now, I think it’s too early to say it’s a basketball town, although it is true that while loyalties are split between the Mets and Yankees, any basketball fan in NY is a Knick fan, so all the fan love is aimed at one team.
    ———————————————–
    if I may this Knicks talk will stop when after two weeks or so they are still playing about .500 ball…….

  33. Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    later peeps, may peace be with lohud today.

  34. joeman February 26th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    # Cashmoney February 26th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I finagle a couple comp rooms there this weekend Joe. Good thing that the yanks r playing phillies, AC is a phillie town they don’t usually carry Yanks there.
    ————————————
    go to host station and ask for Carole Rodriguez….this woman is great, I don’t go down there a whole lot because I can’t stand driving but I have no problem getting comp rooms and buffet tickets when I do go

  35. m February 26th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Betsy,

    Did you pay attention to the Suns any when Amare played for them? What you’re hearing from Kay or whomever is exactly what happened in Phx. Amare always wanted to be the man. He had his chance in New York, however fleeting it was. The fact is that this team is Carmelo’s now. It will take some getting used to for Amare.

    But, yeah, there’s a baseball game today? :)

  36. Tar February 26th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Am I be getting delusional? I am starting to enjoy reading Ruby’s posts ( in very small doses).

    I would like to nominate him (her? it?) as the official 2011 LoHud Troll.

    All other Trolls are just cheap imitation trolls.

    Baseball can’t come soon enough. :D

  37. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Tar February 26th, 2011 at 11:11 am
    Am I be getting delusional? I am starting to enjoy reading Ruby’s posts ( in very small doses).

    I would like to nominate him (her? it?) as the official 2011 LoHud Troll.

    All other Trolls are just cheap imitation trolls.

    Baseball can’t come soon enough.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Tar, I’m afraid for your sanity. You’ve been living alone in the woods for too long.

  38. Tar February 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    GB

    I know, I think I am losing it. If I start missing Pete Abe, I may have to perform a self lobotomy.

  39. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    M, it doesn’t matter what he did in Phoenix – Amare has been a complete leader as a Knick. IMO, this is still his team.

  40. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Can’t wait for the dulcet tones of the great Michael Kay…or is that now Micheal Applegate?

  41. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Also, you had to have heard Kay – it was completely unfair of him, IMO, to cast aspersions on the guy.

  42. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    If the Knicks don’t start playing Defense they are going nowhere.

  43. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Kay is a gossip monger.

  44. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Kay should go to work for TMZ.

  45. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    But he works for the Yankees and is married to Jodi Applegate so he rubs our noses in it.

  46. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Tar February 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am
    GB

    I know, I think I am losing it. If I start missing Pete Abe, I may have to perform a self lobotomy.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    LMAO. I can’t imagine anybody going that far off of the deep end, Tar. Just thinking that is too horrible to contemplate. I’m getting cold sjivers just thinking about it.

  47. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    And did I forget he makes a lot of money.

  48. exiledintampa February 26th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    anyone know? does mlb blackout st games? says it’s on mlb at one. i live in the tampa area.

  49. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    ***shivers***

    See!!! I’m so scared that I can’t even spell.

  50. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    m February 26th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Betsy,

    Did you pay attention to the Suns any when Amare played for them? What you’re hearing from Kay or whomever is exactly what happened in Phx. Amare always wanted to be the man. He had his chance in New York, however fleeting it was. The fact is that this team is Carmelo’s now. It will take some getting used to for Amare.
    ============================
    Wrong. It is totally premature to judge A’mare. This is not a Carmelo to Nash comparison.
    They will co-exist here and there will be enough points for both of them.

  51. upstate kate February 26th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Tar
    I second your nomination of Ruby.
    Most times I get a chuckle over what he says. Also, he doesn’t get into personal fights, he just posts and disappears.

    And I am looking forward to hearing Kay…it feels like its been a long off season!

  52. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Montero and Laird will come north with the team
    ===============================
    Try Cervelli and Chavez.

  53. Tom in N.J. February 26th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I just assume that Ruby is a regular poster/reader who acts like a Sox fan to troll us.

  54. upstate kate February 26th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    and sometimes I think Ruby is doing a revese jinx

  55. Ruby Friday February 26th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    My cousin ‘Tuesday is a good fan. He loves this little ole blog

  56. Against All Odds February 26th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    # mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    If the Knicks don’t start playing Defense they are going nowhere.

    ———————–

    they need a big man badly

  57. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    jeffries on the way and maybe barron

  58. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Melo hurt his elbow last night, so he’s not 100%………

  59. BIG AL February 26th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I never heard New York described as a basketball town. NY is, and most likely will always be known as the New York Yankees town. The Yankees are world wide, while the Knicks barely get noticed outside the state, other than New Jersey perhaps, not even close. Heck, even the Giants and Jets get a much bigger play in the city than do the Knicks.

  60. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    it will be interesting to see if new knicks can adjust to dantoni’s system…they could easily finish 4th or 5th as well as not make the playoffs….Billups cannot play as fast as Felton and Carmelo stops the flow….D’antoni might have to go.

  61. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Big Al

    For one night last week the Knicks owned the town, but the honeymoon could be over already.

  62. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    That’s why we’re talking about it being a basketball town – who mentioned anything about the world?

    Tell me when anyone talked about the Jets until recently? NY has never been described as a football town – and if it’s a baseball town, it’s a baseball town, not just a Yankees town. I can recall years when the Mets owned this place. Right now in terms of baseball it’s a Yankees town, but if fortunes reverse and the Mets get hot while the Yankees struggle, this will become a Mets town.

  63. Ruby Friday February 26th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    If the lowly Knicks even make the playoffs the Celtics will trounce them once again.

  64. m February 26th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    My goodness people. A lot of the drama (what little there was) was about Amare’s role and #of touches. It caused some dissension in the locker room nothing big.

    Just saying that there is some truth to what Kay was saying. Amare is going to have to suppress whatever a little to make room for Carmelo. Just like Wade and James have to suppress whatever. It’s how superstars coexist.

  65. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    D’antoni might have to go.
    ===================
    Make that Antoni, there is no D.

  66. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    It’s already annoying on Knicks blogs how fans are seemingly agonizing over Gallinari. Wow, he was a nice player and he had a very good game last night, but this guy is not going to be a superstar. He’s clearly a talented player with upside, but he’s not going to be Melo. With Gallinari on this team, we were barely above .500 – it’s not like he’s ever going to be a difference maker.

  67. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    M, I’m aware of that, but you didn’t listen to Kay. I never said Amare (and Melo, for that matter) wouldn’t have to adjust – they both do, yes even Melo – but he acted like a total drama queen yesterday.

  68. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I mean, Kay acted like a drama queen……..please, so Amare didn’t come out after the media was done with Melo. How on earth would Kay know that Amare was upset? He wouldn’t. IMO, Kay projected what HE would feel onto Amare. These guys are very good friends and Amare wanted Melo here. Sure he will have to adjust – but again, so will Melo. I have no doubts that they will.

  69. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    M, I didn’t mean that to come out as abrubtly as it did…………..sorry!

  70. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Amare “suppressing” his game will help his game.
    He was asked to do too much before.
    With a little help underneath, (Jared Jeffries), he will be free to roam and contribute without the pressure of carrying the team.

  71. m February 26th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Drama queen? Yes, I can imagine. Did his voice go up an octave?

    I prefer YES Kay to ESPN Kay. That nasally snark is usually suppressed around his baseball counter parts. He knows he’s not the smartest guy in the YES booth!

  72. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    M, no, lol – it wasn’t THAT bad. He wasn’t trashing Amare, let me make that clear, I just think he thinks Amare is a fragile china doll – he’s not, he’ll be fine.

  73. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    La Greca was sort of worse, because he was like “well if Dwayne Wade can do it, why can’t Amare”, as if he’s already decided that Amare has an attitude. IMO, they will be just fine – so the biggest problem is that the team didn’t even put forth a real effort last night.

  74. BIG AL February 26th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Perhaps some need to agonise over the fate of the Knicks on their blog, not on a NY Yankees blog.

    And the only time I can think of that the Mets were the talk of the town, in a positive way, was 1986.

    Go anywhere in NY and look around at the people, regardless of the season, and the greatest number of those wearing anything sports related has the Yankees NY on it.

  75. mick February 26th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I prefer YES Kay to ESPN Kay. That nasally snark is usually suppressed around his baseball counter parts. He knows he’s not the smartest guy in the YES booth!
    ========================================
    Don’t forget the Center Stage Kay.
    He has as many personalities as he has jobs.
    For a guy with no personality, that’s amazing.

  76. mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Big Al

    Really?
    Now we can’t talk basketball here?
    If it’s Big Apple related, I say go for it.

  77. BIG AL February 26th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    mick -

    You are free to talk about any issue you’d like. My only point was, this is a NYY baseball blog, and that’s why I, and most others are here, to talk baseball, especially now that the season has finally arrived.

    There is a Knicks BB blog, and I’d guess thats the purpose of most folks going to that blog, to discuss the Knicks and BB.

  78. Against All Odds February 26th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    # Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    It’s already annoying on Knicks blogs how fans are seemingly agonizing over Gallinari. Wow, he was a nice player and he had a very good game last night, but this guy is not going to be a superstar. He’s clearly a talented player with upside, but he’s not going to be Melo. With Gallinari on this team, we were barely above .500 – it’s not like he’s ever going to be a difference maker.

    ————————————–

    That’s what happens when homegrown players are traded. I remember Cashman catching heat for Dioner Navarro having an AS season on the 08 Rays. Since then no Yankee fan has brought up his name because he’s fallen off the map.

  79. Betsy February 26th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Odds, that’s true, lol. Regardless of what happens, the trade had to be made………I liked those guys a lot and wish them all the success in the world, but it’s not like I’m going to follow them or anything like that. This team is taking sort of baby steps to reach elite status and that’s what I’ll be focusing on. They never had a chance to be elite with those guys.

  80. West Coast Yankee Fan February 26th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Finally baseball! Remember boys and girls, spring training doesn’t mean that much. It’s about getting in game shape, practicing and not getting hurt, with just a little competition thrown in for good measure.

    LETS GO YANKEES!

  81. mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Dantonis run and gun style befitted those guys. It will not suit Billups and Melo. There is no ball flow or continuity with Melo the centerpiece and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.

    It could end up with a new coach next year esp if they collapse.

  82. Against All Odds February 26th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Exactly the trade had to be done in order for the team to become a top team in the league. Everyone knew this was the plan when Donnie was brough in 2 yrs ago. They have two building blocks in place and hopefully a third with Cp3 in a couple of yrs. Knick fans just need to be patient and give the team a chance to gel.

  83. Against All Odds February 26th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    # mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Dantonis run and gun style befitted those guys. It will not suit Billups and Melo. There is no ball flow or continuity with Melo the centerpiece and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.

    It could end up with a new coach next year esp if they collapse.

    —————————-

    I can see that happening there are some ppl that believe Doc Rivers could end up coaching the team sown the line.

  84. Against All Odds February 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    brought*

  85. mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I can see that happening there are some ppl that believe Doc Rivers could end up coaching the team sown the line.
    ===============
    I was thinking more like the Zen Master.

  86. mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Like The Heat, the Knicks will attract more attractive role players in the future.
    This is only the beginning.
    CP3 is on the way and so is a bench.

  87. Against All Odds February 26th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    # mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I can see that happening there are some ppl that believe Doc Rivers could end up coaching the team sown the line.
    ===============
    I was thinking more like the Zen Master.

    ——————————————

    Phil will be gone by then. I’m going to miss seeing him coach.

  88. mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    We can bring the Big Boy chair to the Garden for Phil after a year of retirement.

  89. mick February 26th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hughes looks bigger than last season.

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