The Yankees are slated to take the field this afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, but the one getting most of the attention is Alex Rodriguez, who hasn’t played in approximately 17 months. If you have access to a television, the game will be on the YES Network at 1:00 p.m.
In the meantime, here are a few thoughts going into today’s game that have to do with Rodriguez–and some of the other Yankees on the roster.
— Rodriguez hasn’t seen Major League pitching in almost two years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t have a particularly good day at the plate. I’d love for him to have a great day at the plate, but just like everyone else, Rodriguez has some rust to shake off. Even if that rust is two-years worth.
— If you think Rodriguez isn’t nervous about making his Spring Training game debut in almost two years, then you’re wrong.
“I’ll be a little nervous, for sure,” Rodriguez said to the New York media yesterday morning, prior to the Yankees heading to Clearwater to play the Phillies. “I haven’t been in front of our fans for a long time, I’m excited about that. I have some challenges ahead.”
— Nathan Eovaldi is making his Yankees debut, and after watching video of him all winter, I’m excited to see what he has to offer to the Yankees this season. He has a great fastball, has good breaking pitches and throws hard. The Yankees would like Eovaldi to mix in his breaking balls more so he can produce more strikeouts, which is surprising since he throws 98 MPH.