Seven more days! yep, the new baseball season unveils on April 4 and the defending champions, the New York Yankees go on a road trip through two tough opponents -- Boston and Tampa Bay. Nothing like going straight from the frying pan and into the fire. They'll be home by April 13 when they face the Los Angeles Angels. In game one of the three-game series, the Bronx Bombers are scheduled to receive their championship rings. So Joe Girardi, how about #28?
Last year, many people made reference to the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada who have all been together for the past 15 years in Yankee Stadium winning five World Series in seven attempts. I thought that Girardi should have been mentioned. After all, he was a part of four of them (three as the starting catcher and one as the manager) missing out only on the 2000 victory against the crosstown Mets.
Anyways, new faces, new season, and all new excitement. Hope this one ends once more with a parade down the Canyon of Heroes. The pic below was taken during last year's Spring Training where actor Richard Gere threw out the ceremonial first pitch in a game against the Cincinnati Reds in Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The second pic was submitted by Iraq veteran Bill Rochelle to the 2009 Yankees Universe photo contest. The pic was taken when he was stationed in Tikrit in 2005.