Mariano Rivera was watching television last night when the news broke that U.S. troops had killed Osama bin Laden. Derek Jeter was out to dinner and got a text message telling him the news. Joe Girardi was already asleep and only found out when he saw a newspaper this morning.
“First you can’t believe it,” Jeter said. “Not saying it wasn’t true, but you’re just sort of in disbelief. You’re happy. It’s been a long time. It’s almost 10 years. Even though it’s almost 10 years, it sort of feels like it was yesterday. There are a lot of happy people.”
Jorge Posada said he thought back to the attacks of 2001 and remembered being in the hospital with his son. Andruw Jones remembered playing against the Mets in the first game in New York after the attacks, and he remember he and his teammates being afraid something else might happen.
“All I said (last night) was, justice,” Rivera said. “Justice prevailed. You do something like that, somewhere along the way you’re going to pay.”
To my knowledge, no one in the Yankees clubhouse gave any sort of political comment about the events of yesterday, but these are athletes of New York City, and a lot of them were playing for the Yankees 10 years ago. They couldn’t help but be affected by the events both then and now.
“I remember exactly where I was the day it happened and the sadness that was in my heart for the individuals’ lives that were so deeply affected by it,” Girardi said. “As a country we were affected and I was affected, but I didn’t lose a spouse or a brother or a close friend or a child. I didn’t go through that. For them, it’s probably a time to reflect and think about what they’ve been through the last 10 years. Maybe it’s some closure for them. There’s been a lot of sadness because of that day in 2001 that people have had to endure. I don’t know how it exactly affects everyone, but I’m sure there is some closure.”
Here’s Jeter speaking to a mass of media pregame.
• It’s easy to forget that Curtis Granderson was injured when the Yankees came to Detroit last year. This will be his first time playing in front of the fans that once adored him. “I’m still kind of wondering what it’s going to be like,” he said.
• Girardi said he’ll check with Robinson Cano to see how he’s feeling before he rules out the idea of using him to pinch hit. “We’ll see how the treatments all go,” Girardi said. “Hopefully we don’t need him, but he might say, you know what, my hand feels pretty good, I’m ready to go.”
• Cano’s injury only really affects his hitting. He can play defense. “It’s not a like a day off’s gonna hurt the kid anyway,” Girardi said.
• Phil Hughes has a locker in the Yankees clubhouse. Girardi said the plan is for Hughes to rejoin the team during this road trip. So far, the Yankees have not heard anything from today’s tests in St. Louis, but Girardi said it’s possible they’ll know something tonight.
• Girard on playing Eduardo Nunez: “Nuney, he’s worked really hard and has not had a lot of playing time. It’s good to get him back out there. He’s playing a little bit different, a little second. He hasn’t played a ton of second. We used him there a lot in spring training and he did everything right for us. Nuney’s an exciting player because it’s always 100 percent and he’s flying all over the place. Glad to see him back out there.”
• It seems like every time the Yankees face Justin Verlander, they have CC Sabathia on the mound. Today, they have Bartolo Colon. “It’s close to CC, it’s B.C.,” Girardi said. “I guess that’s before CC.”
• Yes, Girardi really said that.
• Speaking of Colon: “What he’s done for us, it’s been great,” Girardi said. “You take away those first two innings of relief and it’s been off the charts. We’re happy with the way he’s thrown the ball and we feel like he’s going to give us a great chance to win every time he goes out.”
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Magglio Ordonez DH
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Ryan Raburn LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Brandon Inge 3B
Associated Press photos