Spring Training Game Thread: The First of Many


(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The grass was a little greener (or less dead, anyway), the sun was a little brighter, and the New York air a little less nauseating when I woke up this morning. Why? Because baseball will be played today. I don’t care that it’s just a Spring Training game, it’s baseball, and we’ve been without it for far too long. I enjoy these games because of the prospects and stuff, but mostly because there’s no stress. Who cares who wins and who loses? There’s plenty of time to worry about that later. This brand of baseball is for pure entertainment in my book.

Bartolo Colon gets his first crack at winning a rotation spot this afternoon, though we really shouldn’t put too much stock in his performance since it’s just his first outing. That works both ways, regardless if he pitches well or poorly. It is worth noting that Colon did pitch in winter ball, so he’s theoretically ahead of the hitters as far as readiness, if you get my drift. He’ll throw two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first. I’m guessing the latter.

Brian Schlitter, who the Yankees lost on waivers to the Phillies after claiming him off waivers from the Cubs, is scheduled to pitch today for Philadelphia. Here’s the lineup, or at least the one that will start the game. Joe Girardi said yesterday that the regulars will get two at-bats then hit the showers…

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Frankie Cervelli, C
Brett Gardner, LF

Scheduled to Pitch: Bartolo Colon, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, David Phelps, Hector Noesi, and Eric Wordekemper.

Also Scheduled to Play: Austin Romine (C), Jorge Vazquez (1B), Kevin Russo (2B), Eduardo Nunez (SS), Brandon Laird (3B), Colin Curtis (LF), Greg Golson (CF), Justin Maxwell (RF), and Andruw Jones (DH).

The game can be seen on either YES or the MLB Network, and begins at 1:05pm ET. George Steinbrenner will be honored during a pregame ceremony; here’s that press release. Enjoy the game.


  1. bexarama says:


    Sorry. I just felt the need to say that.

  2. Pizza? Check. Beer? Check. Teixeira jersey? Check. Drinking buddies? Check.

    Here we go.

  3. squishy jello person says:

    Baseball baseball baseball?


  5. Tank the Frank says:

    Yeah buddy!!

  6. Tank the Frank says:

    Hearing that YES intro music makes me salivate. I’m like one of Pavlov’s dogs. This is sad.

  7. dkidd says:


    i actually missed michael kay

    • sjferrari says:

      Yeah, we can bash Kay all we want, but I’ve missed baseball so much that I’m absolutely happy to hear his voice opening up a Yankees baseball game.

      Play ball!

  8. Mike Axisa says:

    I’ve never been happier to see Michael Kay.

  9. VO says:

    I never thought I’d be so excited to hear the YES intro and sound of Michael Kay’s voice.

  10. Justin says:

    Yo Mike: You got two C’s up there. Just FYI, slide Jorge over to DH.

  11. Sean says:

    I just got YES network, but this game is blacked out. Is this because its also on MLB network?

  12. dkidd says:

    gossage looks more “american chopper” every year

  13. MannyGee says:

    Loving the Steinbrenner Tribute

  14. Tank the Frank says:

    The greatest form of charity is anonymity. And now let’s show you everything he did.

  15. theyankeewarrior says:

    Batting second, number 24, Robinson Cano! Number 24.

    Oh wait…

  16. MannyGee says:

    holy mother of christ, is that Steinbrenner’s granddaughter?

    not ugly…

  17. Justin says:

    I wonder what it would be like to be a member of one of these families. I went out with a relative of the Rockefeller family last night. I just can’t imagine how that must be.

    /random thoughts before game actually starts.

  18. Drew says:

    this might be in poor taste but Steinbrenner died 7 months ago, is there any reason to do another big tribute? Dont get me wrong i appreciate what he did for the game and the yankees blah blah blah blah but like enough already with the roses and video tributes. its a little much.

  19. YankeesJunkie says:

    Damn the Yankees stretch out all the way to the RF wall.

  20. theyankeewarrior says:

    Kind of fitting that Cliff Lee is here on opening day!

  21. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    she’s already better than Christina Aguilera

  22. MannyGee says:

    she sang the anthem pretty well. … she does looks like a Streinbrenner in HD though….

  23. YankeesJunkie says:

    I want baseball, this is not helping my hangover.

  24. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Lineups! First pitch! BASEBALL!!!

  25. dkidd says:

    brian wilson is amazing in this commercial

  26. theyankeewarrior says:

    ManBan standing next to Mo for the anthem… may Swindal’s sound waves transfer the mystique and aura

  27. whozat says:

    Man, I missed these Two Brother’s Scrap Metal ads.

    I can’t even COUNT the number of times I’ve heard one teenage girl calling another to ask what to do with all her scrap metal! It’s SO TRUE TO LIFE!!!

  28. Andy in NYC says:

    So how long will the ceremonies take for Opening Day? An hour? This just gets worse every year. I like a little ceremony, and I understand about George, but where does this end?

  29. YankeesJunkie says:

    The first inning my be the preview of World Series and the ninth will be a preview of the EL Championship.

  30. Urban says:

    Hey, who let the beertender out on the mound?

  31. Brooklyn Ed says:

    over/under 50 times Kay mentioning Lee could had been a Yank.

  32. Tank the Frank says:

    That’s quite a shadow ya got there Bartolo. Holy chicken and dumplings.

    • MannyGee says:

      as soon as they mentioned that his ‘athlete’s build’ is 5’10″, 267lbs, I automaticaly went into the kitchen for some chips and dip

  33. YankeesJunkie says:

    Don’t worry Colon just has one really big bulging ab.

  34. Patrick says:

    Holy crap, he is huge.

  35. Zack says:

    Thought +50 was talking about his weight

  36. Urban says:

    A little overweight?

  37. Tank the Frank says:

    And the umpires already suck.

  38. YankeesJunkie says:

    Wow ump! Just screw the Yankees already.

  39. Andy in NYC says:

    More pinstripes on the uniform, Colon or Sabathia?

  40. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Orr had no chance in this at-bat. Colon was eating him alive.

  41. mbonzo says:

    93 from Colon!

  42. dkidd says:

    colon is a planet

  43. rek4gehrig says:

    It’s that time of year again. Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :-)))

  44. YankeesJunkie says:

    Might as well give the game away Cano. SEASON OVER!

  45. Alex S says:

    Killer B’s shout-out!

  46. Urban says:

    If Rothschild turns AJ around, Yankee fans will all chip in and erect a statue of Larry right next to George.

  47. I guarantee that neither Betances or Banuelos sees significant innings in 2011.

  48. YankeesJunkie says:

    Am I just imagining things or did RAB come up with Killer Bs.

  49. Andy in NYC says:

    Kay already mis-pronouncing “Betances”.

  50. MannyGee says:

    thats 20 pitches, Colon is 1/2 way home.

  51. MannyGee says:

    I know we’re still in the top of the 1st, but is it too soon to predict Jeter’s grounder to short and the obligitory “mid-season form” joke???

  52. dkidd says:

    predictions for jeter’s ops?

    i’ll be optimistic and say .796

  53. Urban says:

    When is Hamels a free agent? I want the Yankees to steal him away from the Phillies as pay back.

  54. Looks like nothing changed

  55. mbonzo says:

    Colon didn’t look horrible, but he certainly wasn’t dominating. It was nice to see him throw 93. Almost homerun from Ryan Howard isn’t the worst sign right now.

  56. dkidd says:

    could be a monster year for hamels pitching against other teams’ #4

  57. Cy Pettitte says:

    first AB for Jeter of 2011: GB to SS


  58. YankeesJunkie says:

    Jeter grounds to short. I should just have a macro to make it easy on myself.

  59. MannyGee says:

    awesome…. Teix is getting clipped at mid-season form as well

  60. Reggie C. says:

    Arod drilled it.

    Good sign.

  61. MannyGee says:

    too high…

  62. Andy in NYC says:

    Man, I heard Tex yell “ouch”.

  63. Tank the Frank says:

    Nice little swing there.

  64. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Our offense sucks.

    /Rush To Judgement

  65. I Voted for Kodos says:

    That looked better off the bat.

  66. YankeesJunkie says:

    Good swing from Alex. When takes balls to center and right field with authority good things happen

  67. mbonzo says:

    This might be the first ST where im excited to see the regulars benched.

  68. MannyGee says:

    I honesly think I am just sticking around to see Fat Joba and Domonic Brown…

  69. Poopy Pants says:

    Andruw would have had that.

  70. YankeesJunkie says:

    Yankees defense looking solid.

  71. MannyGee says:

    oh Come on DOrn, enough of that Ole shit. get in front of the ball!

  72. Urban says:

    Salad days? Trust me, Bartolo has never seen a salad.

  73. Rob says:

    bartolo’s looking svelte..185 huh? ha

    • MannyGee says:

      each man-boob is 65 lbs… 185 is not happening. Kay called im at 267 earlier

      I mean seriously, the guy’s top button is holding on for dear life!

      • Rob says:

        lmao, yea that sounds more like it than that ridiculous weigh-in report. and he wants to lose like another 25 this spring? lol, a little late for that, no? that’s a lot

  74. MannyGee says:

    “Colon is regaining some of that Old Spice on his Fastball…” somehow I get a feeling that ‘Old Spice’ is BBQ sauce

  75. Urban says:

    Decent first outing, not that it means much. The fact that he could still hit 93 probably is more signigicant.

    So Colon is 5’10″ and CC is 6’7″, yet is it possible that Colon weighs about the same as CC now? If it’s anywhere close (and I think it is), that’s bad.

  76. MannyGee says:

    wow… atta way to take a pitch Jorgie.


  77. mbonzo says:

    Me = impressed with Colon.

  78. swishers fauxhawk says:

    First Cliff Lee reference.


  79. MannyGee says:

    Frankie!!!!! someone is worried about his job!

  80. mbonzo says:

    Cervelli to the line up?

  81. John says:

    Mo bless Cano and his training.

  82. MannyGee says:

    LOL, did we get the over/under on Cano’s hitting clinic references today?

  83. Raise your trade value Cervelli!

  84. James A says:

    So the ball is jumping off of Nunez’s and Cervelli’s bats, and they hung out in the Dominican with Robbie Cano this winter
    If this were 2002, I’d be pretty suspicious

  85. Beamish says:

    Lets see a hot Spring by Frankie so they can trade high on him and let Montero back-up Martin.

  86. MannyGee says:

    goddam is Cole gonna look good in Pinstripes..

  87. MannyGee says:

    Jeter = worth the pay cut…

  88. Beamish says:

    Third not short…is that better?

  89. Tank the Frank says:


  90. dkidd says:

    who’s that skinny guy on the mound?

  91. James A says:

    You know I didn’t think the Indians were going to contend this year, but with this Chad Durbin signing they’re right in the mix
    - Things you won’t hear on sports talk radio this morning

  92. MannyGee says:

    HA!!!! Joba looks downright skinny after Joba!

  93. I forgot how ugly Kim Jones was

  94. Urban says:

    BTW Brilliant strategy by the Yankees having Joba following Colon. Joba might have put on a couple pounds, but he looks downright skinny compared to Colon.

  95. Reggie C. says:

    Joba needs a haircut.

  96. Tank the Frank says:

    Is it just me or does Joba look almost exactly like he did last season? I mean really.

  97. YankeesJunkie says:

    I wish Joba could be ready for the first :(

  98. whozat says:

    Ok…yeah…Joba does look fat.

  99. Erica says:

    Joba, oh God.

  100. swishers fauxhawk says:

    “Michael, I’m starting to think you were listening in on my conversations today…”

    Well, I wouldn’t put it past him.

  101. mbonzo says:

    Joba might like fat but he also looks filthy. I want to see him pitching to Howard.

  102. Joba must have been going to the same hairstylist as Mitre

  103. Joba and Rothschild equals win

  104. Urban says:

    Joba to the rotation!

  105. dkidd says:

    nice, joba

  106. James A says:

    Has anyone on the Yankees had a bad bullpen session yet? Don’t get me wrong, I want to hear good things, but it sounds like we have about 20 Cy Young candidates

  107. AJ says:

    Let the Joba to the rotation demands begin!

  108. Total Dominication says:

    Oh god. Seeing Joba come in relief of Bartolo fucking Colon really pisses me off.

  109. Bart says:

    Who was that whale we trotted out there to start the game? It looked like a orca that had eaten the guy I remember as Bartolo Colon.

    Joba looked pretty good. Our rotation may be questionable but I think we can win 99% of games we lead after 5 inning with Joba, Drob, Raf & Mo.

  110. Tank the Frank says:

    Please have a bigseasonplease!!!

  111. Twitter overloaded. :(

    A-Rod smacked that. MVP in 2011, book it.

  112. Total Dominication says:


  113. YankeesJunkie says:

    Two really nice ABs for A-Rod so far.

  114. James A says:

    That’s an MVP swing right there
    the popcorn diet has been paying off

  115. AJ says:

    I don’t want to be one of those, but after two swings A-Rod looks great.

  116. mbonzo says:

    Arod was running real well.

  117. Total Dominication says:

    Odd-season A-rod!

  118. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Spring Training: Season of endless hopes and endless possibilities…

    Alex does look pretty good though.

  119. Tank the Frank says:

    Holy shit a D-Rob changeup.

  120. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Random thing I missed without realizing it: the pitch-count addition to the graphic. I love it so much.

  121. Erica says:

    D-Rob and his socks are BACK.

  122. Preston says:

    I have to keep repeating sample size, sample size, sample size over and over again. Because otherwise I’d give Alex his MVP trophy right now.

  123. Guest says:

    Tex hit .370 last spring, and we saw how that turned out last April/May. I will put no stock in results whatsoever.

    So-ARod’s two great at-bats mean less than nothing. However, as someone else noted, the weight loss looks like it has really done some good in terms of quickness/flexibilty.

    This, I think is an important development. The odds are that he will decline at the plate, no matter what kind of shape he is in. But if he can regain some lateral quickness, perhaps his decline in the field will be slowed. Perhaps he will be a better baserunner.

    The scary thing at the end of last year was it seemed that A-ROD’s ability to contribute in ways other than hitting homeruns seemed to be diminishing at break neck pace.

    From what I’ve seen today, perhaps the newer svelter more flexible Alex will be able to be more than a masher for at least a little bit longer.

    • MannyGee says:

      beyond the box score, alex had his swing working like 2007… he looked very comfortable out there… which he did NOT look last year.

      that is why everyone was on his nuts… yeah thats me, over on the left one….

  124. Total Dominication says:

    Kay in mid-season form.

  125. dkidd says:

    1996 seems like 5 minutes ago…

  126. Erica says:

    Andrew Jones in Yankees pinstripes. Totally trippin’.

  127. CS Yankee says:

    How does Phelps look?


  128. Bart says:

    Swisher is great. I really hope we find a way to keep him a few more years.

  129. AJ says:

    Michael Kay is a great announcer, but I know almost everyone here disagrees with me. He knows the game, he’s intelligence, funny and has great baseball stories. Everyone else is the one pushing the marriage talk on him, he’s not feeding into it.

  130. Simon says:

    You know whats really annoying, the guy in the background, beeeeeeeeeeeeeer heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrreeee BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRREEEEEE. Very annoying, just sayin.

  131. Total Dominication says:

    AAA defense.

  132. FANFOOD says:

    Out shopping with my girl :(

    What is the score

    How bout some stats

  133. Total Dominication says:


  134. Total Dominication says:

    I love Jack Curry.

  135. dkidd says:

    kim jones + robbie cano = awkwardness

  136. SamVa says:

    Noesi is a fly ball pitcher… would never make it in Yankee Stadium…


    • CS Yankee says:

      I believe his is as likely as Brackman to be called up…
      after Nova of course, but before Phelps.

      4) garcia
      5) Colon
      6) Nova
      7) Noesi
      8) Brackman
      9) Phelps
      10) Were really in trouble if we get to here

  137. Total Dominication says:

    Gary Sanchez is not the best, Michael.

  138. FANFOOD says:

    Can anyone paste a box score?


    In pier 1 now…just left homegoods :(

  139. Total Dominication says:

    What a bust.

  140. mbonzo says:

    Noesi has some brilliant control.

  141. *Mike Axisa cracks a smile*

  142. FANFOOD says:

    Ugh… Now in kirklands

    Found live box score on MLB. Though you guys are keeping me entertained. Keep it up thx

  143. Cy Pettitte says:

    Vazquez mashed that one

  144. OxFredEagle says:

    Does Kay have any idea that Schlitter was claimed off of the Yankees just two weeks ago? You’d think that would be something worth mentioning.

  145. Total Dominication says:


  146. Mike Axisa says:

    How cow, over the batter’s eye!

  147. Total Dominication says:


  148. Big Juan says:

    JoVa in beast mode. What a shot.

  149. dkidd says:

    that was a bomb

    yanks mexico scouting rules

  150. YankeesJunkie says:

    Do the Tampa Yankees and/or the GCL Yankees play at GMS?

    Call out for Creighton!!

  151. I feel like Kim Jones is trying to get all the Yankees to go to war against each other.

  152. YankeesJunkie says:

    What did guys/gals think of Colon’s outing today?

    For his first outing it was not to bad IMO and it was nice to see his FB get up to 93 on some of the pitches so at least their is promise in is arm.

    • MannyGee says:

      it was much better than I expected an overweight pitcher with shoulder issues who has not seen live action in 2 seasons to do. he touched 93 on the gun more than once, had little control issues (only once that I can remember when he got behind and tried to muscle it in did he fly open) and kept his composure (which at 37, I guess you’d expect….)

      but holy shit was he looking fat. thats a problem

  153. Andy in NYC says:

    Anybody see this @BorowitzReport tweet?

    Andy Borowitz
    #LIBYA: Gaddafi Boasts He Controls Area The Size of Bartolo Colon

  154. YankeesJunkie says:

    My favorite flag at GMS is the 1984 Grapefruit League Champions.

  155. YankeesJunkie says:


  156. SamVa says:

    Ayala looked pretty good. Seemed to have a good sense of when to use the inner of half of the plate.

  157. Urban says:

    Whpo was the Yankee LFer who misjudged the flyball off Wordekemper? I assume it wasn’t a regular, but was wondering if it was Laird?

  158. bobtaco says:

    It was Colin Curtis… Jorge Vasquez, nice game…

  159. YankeesJunkie says:


  160. JerseyDutch says:

    Well, the season is over. Fire Cashman. Fire Girardi.

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