Today the Yankees took on the Rays in the Spring Training home opener with Hughes starting for the Yankees, and Davis for the Rays. I happened to turn it on just in time to see Hughes bean 2 consecutive batters, which I thought was a great way to start off the 2009 season. Hughes pitched well in his 2 innings, as did Davis who struck out Teixeira. Jorge Posada smashed one in his first AB into the RF bleachers at Steinbrenner field. It was nice to see Jorge smash the ball this early after his shoulder surgery. Teixeira looked good at first stretching very well to scoop a 6-3 ground out from Kapler (sorry Sooz). Kapler also his a weak line drive to Cano for those of you keeping tabs.
The most important thing I saw in the first half of the game was Robbie Cano was looking very good in the field. Great range to the left and right for two different plays. His first AB he looked patient and not trying to smash the leather off the ball. Great news for the Yankees, but may be bad news for my collection if he is playing well. I would much rather see him play well and help the Yankees than to worry about how much another sticker auto is going to end up costing me.
I only watched the first half of the game before heading out to the gym. I can only take the first few games so seriously. But let me tell you, this got me all fired up for the season. I am usually bored in the winter and eagerly awaiting spring training, and more importantly the MLB package which surpasses pretty much anything on tv on any given night or day of the week.
Let's go Yankees!