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!