It has been a long off season, and a seemingly long spring training, but with the season starting in just two days, the Yankees have done everything they have needed to do to be ready. After making decisions about their 5th starter, centerfielder, bullpen and bench, the Yankees are left to finalizing the finishing touches before the season starts.
"The last couple days of spring training aren't about the games. They're really just about the minor details that make a team great." Explained Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher. "Like for example, today I'm going to work on my hand shake with Robinson Cano. Its going to be a one hand, double tap, around the back, high five, point to the sky, point to each other, and fade away. We gotta have it ready by Sunday."
Other players were also putting finishing touches to their routines.
"I spent the entire spring trying to pick out my entrance song." Explained third baseman Alex Rodriguez. "I have it between 'Empire State of Mind' by Jay-z and the Superman theme song. I was leaning towards one, but basically I need to make up my mind by Sunday."
The players are not the only ones who need the last couple days of spring training to put the finer pieces together.
"I have a real problem on my hands." Explained manager Joe Girardi. "I mean, who do I have bat 8th? The lineup we have has 8 premium hitters and 1 number 9 hitter. So who do you have getting protected by Brett Gardner in the lineup? Someone has to. Balancing ego's is hard. Like last year when I put together the lineup, I would put numbers 1-4 in the lineup and then after that they'd be 4a, 4b, 4c and on. They all thought they were cleanup hitters! This year I think they'll catch on."