Hi everyone, I don't want to 100% forget about you guys. There are a few things happening in Yankee baseball that were to significant to not mention. I'm going to copy and paste the links and then sum them up tomorrow when I have the chance. Black Eyed Peas were amazing! Go see their concert -- that was possibly the best concert I've ever been to! There are four things I'm going to report on for tonight: The general topic of Spring Training, A-Rod's doctor gets pinched, Burnett seriously considering adding the changeup to his pitches, and Mariano Rivera's bullpen session!
The first topic to discuss is the upcoming Grapefruit league games (aka Exhibition games). This is going to be a good Spring Training because we have so many things to look forward to! The first reason to point out is the battle between pitchers for the starting rotation. You have the best of the best competing for a spot to be able to pitch with the greatest starters of all time. From the blogs I've written for the past few weeks, you can see how the competition is heating up! The second object of interest to people is the fact that the Yankees are playing their 2009 World Series rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies! The Phillies will try to beat them in order to show them that they're back for another year and they're more than prepared to battle out for another World Series. However, they're also going to flaunt the new jewelry they bought this off season -- and I don't mean a World Series ring. This piece of jewelry can't compare to a World Series ring! Its name is Roy Halladay and he signed a contract with the Phillies worth $60 million! Comments are tearing through the microphones and recorders of reporters standing along the field, spreading the word that the Phillies are back for more! As Jimmy Rollins said, "once you win something, you have a bull's-eye on your back!" I can't wait to see the competition heat up between the Phillies and the Yankees. Let's keep the pitching filthy, shall we? Let's be friends by the time the game is over and not break anyone's wrist or "accidentally slide" into someone's chest...Let's not have a repeat of 2008 Spring Training? Thanks (: I'm looking forward to this Spring Training game!
The second topic to discuss is that pesky A-Rod. He never seems to be out of the headlines, does he? A-Rod's doctor, Dr. Anthony Galea, is suspected of not just limiting himself to be a sport's doctor. Rodriguez, along with Mets' shortstop, Jose Reyes, and other non-baseball patients of Galea's are being questioned about him. Rodriguez refused to comment to the media about his relationship with Galea (for more details, check out the article below that corresponds to this part of the blog). Someone mentioned to the FBI that shortly after A-Rod's hip surgery, he went down to New York to treat Rodriguez. However, the Yankees never authorized Galea to treat A-Rod. A little suspicious, don't you think? Although I respect Rodriguez's decision not to comment (which is probably the best thing to do, because it seems to me now that he is always being taken out of context). Hopefully this will be a calm year (headline wise) for A-Rod. God only knows that the only thing the Yankee Organization needs is another year of drama from him.
Another topic of discussion is AJ Burnett and that new pitch he's deciding on adding to the pitches he's already got. I guess that's a good thing, right? Watching CC Sabathia last year, he decided to work on it. He went home right after the parade and started working on it. Girardi and Eiland are always in favor of adding in different pitches. When Burnett said that he was REALLY serious about adding the changeup, he was ecstatic. So far, so good. Burnett is doing very well. We'll most likely see his changeup when he pitches on Saturday. I can't wait for that!
The last topic I want to discuss tonight is Mariano Rivera. His bullpen session today? Yeah, well it went so well, it was almost non existent! Since his surgery, he's getting a lot better. I can't really spend a lot of time on him because we already spoke about him a few weeks ago. I just wanted to throw in this tonight that he was doing well. We all want to know how Mo is doing, don't we?
Therefore, I am finished for this blog. I'm now going to write another one on tonight's report. Keep spreading my blog! (: Goodnight, Yankee fans!
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100301&content_id=8640090&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (Yankee Spring Training Fever is spreading quickly!)
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100301&content_id=8635050&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (A-Rod to speak to the FBI about his doctor?)
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100301&content_id=8637020&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (Burnett serious about adding the changeup to his pitches this year)
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100301&content_id=8635276&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (Mariano Rivera’s first bullpen session went better than expected)