NEW YORK — While waiting for the elevator after finishing up in the clubhouse, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman came over and introduced himself to each of the Toronto scribes on hand.
Cashman chatted with us while we all waited and then on the elevator, talking about the rainout today on Opening Day, and as we all walked off and he headed into the Yankees’ offices he left us with this quip:
“You guys are lucky with that retractable roof. We just can’t afford one of those down here in New York.”
As I sit here at 4:56 p.m. — why does rain always make me work so slowly? — there ain’t a drop falling on the tarp-covered field. Ah, well. There was a steady drizzle earlier and the forecast didn’t show any signs of letting up. Might as well hold off until tomorrow night. The game is rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and TSN will pick it up in Toronto.
Vernon Wells, always the kidder, had this take:
“I think the thing is there’s going to be so much going on before the game. To do whatever they’re going to do for their festivities, bringing back Mickey Mantle and everything else, I don’t know if you want to start in this kind of weather.”
I wasn’t aware there was going to be a pregame seance to have No. 7 on hand for the final Opening Day in Yankee Stadium history. Can’t wait.
I will say that it was quite a riot to see people literally hugging in the stands when the PA guy announced that the game would be tomorrow NIGHT. They can head to work tomorrow and still catch the train to the Bronx in the evening to see a ballgame.
Not sure what I’m up to tonight. I’ll head back to the hotel for now and go hunt for some dinner. There will be another Final Opening Day in Yankee Stadium history! I’ll be there…