First, we’ll start with a photo passed along by the group that help organize today’s Nick Swisher appearances at various Bank of America locations. Is anyone surprised to see that Swisher seemed to be having a great time?
Second, a very cool thing is happening over at Chasing800.com, where the website came up with a good way to celebrate Mark Teixeira’s birthday.
Inspired by Teixeira’s $1 million donation to Harlem RBI and the DreamTeam25 initiative, the website found a group of 25 Yankees fans who agreed to donate $40 apiece to the cause. It took 48 hours to assemble the group of fans who would contribute to a $1,000 donation to Teixeira’s charity. From the website:
During a time of economic uncertainty and daily financial struggles, it was great to see a group of fans with one common interest (Yankees Baseball) coming together in support of a great cause for inner city athletics and inner city education.
A few other notes on this off day…
• The Yankees announced today that CC Sabathia will be greeting fans in the Great Hall near Gate 6 before tomorrow’s game. Sabathia will be there around 5 p.m. Also, Robinson Cano will get his Silver Slugger award before the game.
• Speaking of the upcoming home stand, Connecticut basketball player Kemba Walker — fresh off his NCAA title win — will throw out the first pitch on Wednesday.
• The Associated Press has reported that Kevin Millwood is scheduled to make his “second and possibly final” extended spring training start tomorrow in Florida.
• Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are “just trying to get 20 to 35 starts” out of their final two rotation spots, then they’ll look to the trade market to fill the rotation. Right now there’s no clearly defined rotation trade market, hence the Millwood and Carlos Silva additions.
• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looked back at the Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte and, unsurprisingly, found it to be a win for the Pirates on the strength of Jose Tabata alone.
• Speaking of that trade, Ross Ohlendorf went on the disabled list and was replaced on the roster by Dan McCutchen.
• Speaking of traded former Yankees: Austin Jackson is struggling in Detroit.
• Not to excuse the cost of parking around Yankee Stadium, but thought I’d mention that it cost me $45 to park at Fenway last night.
Associated Press photo of Sabathia