It’s almost here! It’s almost finally here! Real, actual, baseball. Well, “real” at least. Tomorrow, Feb. 24, the Yankees play their first spring training game of the season. They’ll square off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field down in Tampa. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. EST, so clear your schedules if you haven’t already.
Yesterday we got the pitching schedule for the first five games. Bryan Mitchell will take the mound tomorrow in game number one. Here’s the full schedule:
Feb. 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Bryan Mitchell
Feb. 25 @ Philadelphia Phillies – Adam Warren
Feb. 26 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Luis Severino
Feb. 27 @ Baltimore Orioles – Chad Green
Feb. 28 @ Boston Red Sox (Split Squad) – Luis Cessa
Feb. 28 vs. Detroit Tigers (Split Squad) – Masahiro Tanaka
In regards to who ends up in the two open rotation spots, this schedule means nothing. All that matters is how these pitchers perform.
In other news, Alex Rodriguez has been down in Florida with the team for the past week as a special instructor.
Genuinely heartwarming stuff. He’s also looking at getting some more air time on TV, potentially in a broadcasting role for the team. I think A-Rod would be an excellent in-game commentator. Every time he talks about baseball you can tell how much he just loves the game. I’d love to hear him on some games, and maybe even for him to join the team full time in a few years. After he’s done teaching all of the young guys how to have 50 home run seasons obviously.