RAINY DAY AT LEGENDS: CANCELLED
Drove over the causeway from Clearwater to Tampa just in time to see the sun rise over the bay. Beautiful. Got to Legends Field a little too early and they wouldn't let me into the VIP parking lot. Was directed to a lot across the street in the shadow of Buccaneer Stadium but it wasn't open yet. Hung around for 15 minutes until the guys at the other end of the lot had finished their coffee and came over to take down the barriers. That'll teach me for being such an eager Canadian beaver. Was the first Toronto writer there, so I got my choice of press box seats. Unfortunately the four positions that they assign to visiting media are all obstructed view. Hey, Yankees, when I said I wanted to sit behind the post, I meant the New York Post. In any case, I took the best seat of the four. The only thing I can't see from this seat is first base and right field. But I have a great view of Babe Ruth in a framed photo on the post.
Andy Pettiitte was being hidden from the Jays and Dustin McGowan was being hidden from the Yankees today, but Pettitte couldn't make his scheduled start across the street at the minor league complex due to back spasms. It was his second spasm of the year. Unsure whether a needle is the answer. Maybe not. In fact, it also seems that the Bombers are hiding Kei Igawa in case he needs to replace Pettitte in the opening series. They claim it's his aversion to rain. He was replaced by Albaladejo, who apparently is a mudder.
Jays: David Eckstein ss, Alex Rios rf, Vernon Wells cf, Scott Rolen 3b, Frank Tholomas dh, Aaron Hill 2b, Shannon Stewart lf, Marco Scutaro 1b, Rod Barajas c, Randy Wells p.
Yankees: Johnny Damon cf, Derek Jeter ss, Bobby Abreu rf, Alex Rodriguez 3b, Jason Giambi 1b, Jorge Posada c, Hideki Matsui dh, Shelley Duncan lf, Chris Woodward 2b, Jonathan Albaladejo p.
The Yankees didn't even bother hitting on the field due to forecasts of rain. The Jays hit during off-and-on showers, but only the mound was covered as gametime approached.
The Jays exploded for six runs in the first on five hits and a couple of errors. Poor Jonagthan Albalajedo must have been wondering what all the fuss was about at the big-league level as Derek Jeter let a ball go through his legs for an error and Shelley Duncan dropped a semi-linedrive waist high for another error. The highlights of the inning were a triple by Scutaro, a double by Hill and an INFIELD HIT BY FRANK THOMAS. The ball hit the bag at third and caromed towards foul territory. A-Rod dove for it and came up missing the Big Hurt by a step. Unfortunately it was wiped out.
Randy Wells made his eighth appearance without allowing a run. This one won't count in the stats, but it will score points with the front office. Wells was thrilled to be able to face A-Rod, getting him to ground out to Rolen.
Marcum and Burnett are going to stay in Florida when the Jays fly north on Frioiday morning and join the team in New York. This blof would have been there sooner, but I am technologically challenged and hit the send button when my blog was in draft mode.