Time for the Yankees to introduce another one. This time it’s Carlos Beltran who’s being welcomed to the Bronx with an 11 a.m. press conference at Yankee Stadium.
By now, we’re all familiar with the routine. A few kind words from Brian Cashman. Maybe some flowers presented to Beltran’s family. Some excited words from Joe Girardi. A jersey presentation. A bunch of pictures with all of the assembled guests. Then breakout question and answer sessions with various Yankees decision makers, who will hear mostly questions that have nothing to do with the guest of honor.
It’s kind of the nature of the business. Beltran might have officially become a Yankee only yesterday, but he’s been penciled into the lineup since before the Winter Meetings. Things move fast around here, and the far more pressing issues center on the state of the Yankees pitching staff, the availability of Masahiro Tanaka, the looming Alex Rodriguez situation, and the Yankees willingness and readiness to make another move fairly quickly; maybe for a third baseman.
Whether the Yankees will actually address those things remains to be seen.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some interesting things to learn about Beltran. Was a three-year deal a sticking point for him? How often will Girardi use him at DH? Where’s he going to hit in the lineup? Does he feel any sense of finally being with the Yankees after coming close in the past?
Our old friend Vin Mercogliano will be taking you through all the Beltran press conference news and notes. He’s heading to the Stadium this morning. I’m heading home to Missouri. I’ll still be posting in the next few days, but it’ll be from the middle of the country. Have a safe a weekend everyone, and enjoy meeting your new right fielder.
UPDATE, 9:21 a.m.: Good morning, LoHudders! Vin checking in here just before I hit the road for the Bronx. As Chad said, I’ll be posting later with notes, reaction and video from the Beltran introduction, but if you want to follow along during the actual press conference, your best bet is to follow me on Twitter @vzmercogliano.
Associated Press photo