After a long, cold winter which included a lot of spending for the Yankees, the players head to Florida as today marks the beginning of a new season. It’s not Opening Day, that’s not for another month and a half, but it is Spring Training, a time where the players get in shape and there is actual baseball on television even though the games mean nothing in the standings.
There will be many events this Spring: the competition for the fifth starter role, Derek Jeter‘s retirement announcement and the Yankees taking a trip to Panama City to play two exhibition games with the Miami Marlins. Not to mention there will be many brand new faces but there will still be a slight void since Mariano Rivera won’t be there for the first time in 19 years.
Joe Girardi will hold his annual press conference this afternoon. It was supposed to be this morning but he had traveling difficulties along with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
I think now is an appropriate time to say congratulations Yankees fans. We made it through another cold winter and we’re just about ready to begin a new baseball season!