According to LoHud, the biggest news out of Tampa today was that Albaladejo went from this…
Yep, he lost 30 pounds during the off-season. Was it the Jenny Craig diet or the Brian Bruney plan? Either way, I hope he’s effective out of the pen this year.
Also, Girardi told the media he wanted to head north for Opening Day with a set lineup.
Good plan, in my opinion. Slotting Jeter in the leadoff spot last year was a genius move. Why not get everybody accustomed to their place in the lineup sooner rather than later. To me, that means putting Granderson in the #2 spot, not Nick Johnson. Why? Because Granderson is fast and Johnson is slow. What’s more Granderson had an actual press conference at Yankee Stadium when he was signed, with the whole putting-on-the-pinstriped-jersey thing…
…whereas Johnson didn’t even rate a conference call with the beat writers, as far as I know.
What else? Let’s see, there was talk about the identity of the fifth pitcher in the rotation, about whether Granderson or Gardner should play center, and about the need to avoid complacency in order to repeat as champs.
It’s the latter point I really care about. I can’t imagine any member of the Yankees walking around going, “We won last year, so we don’t have to try that hard. La la la la la.” Not happening. Once you get a taste of winning, you only want more. As a fan, that’s how I feel. I never want the Yankees to relinquish that trophy. It’s ours and we’re not giving it back. Not ever. La la la la la.