This is not a drill, my friends. New York Yankees baseball is back in Tampa and day one resulted in a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Spring training records don’t mean anything. At least, that’s what I’ve been told in the past. Regardless of what it all means, can we just stop and enjoy the fact that baseball has once again graced our television screens?
The New York Yankees kicked off their spring training games in Tampa on Friday afternoon when Luis Cessa took the mound behind a lineup that featured the pinstripe premiere of Giancarlo Stanton in front of a crowd of over 10,000 fans from all over.
We love seeing that #PinstripePride travel all the way down south for Spring Training. We had 10,129 of our amazing fans in attendance today, selling out @GMSField! pic.twitter.com/mnM0gp7sAo
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 23, 2018
The Bombers found themselves down early in the game, even with a star-studded lineup making the rounds. Some of their big hitters only got one or two at-bats, not allowing us to see the true talent of this magnificent lineup.
The bottom of the sixth inning is where the magic happened for the Yanks, who got RBIs off the bats of Jake Cave and Jorge Saez to take a 3-1 lead they would not squander.
One game down and already the squad is getting the job done. Now they have to do it again this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Besides the game, Yankees on Demand sat down with Hal Steinbrenner and got his annual “state of the team” speech out of the way.
As Spring Training gets underway, owner Hal Steinbrenner provided his "state of the team" on the 2018 New York Yankees. pic.twitter.com/cTMazAYceU
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 24, 2018
If you weren’t hyped for the season before, what about now? After watching that video featuring some of the greatest highlights from both the regular season and the magical playoff run, all just feels right in the world once again.
So the day ended with a win for the Yankees but this job is just getting started for Clint Frazier. The promising prospect seems to be in limbo when it comes to a spot in the starting lineup and he has a clear message for fans: he’s going to be on that Opening Day roster.
Clint Frazier wants to break camp with a spot on the @Yankees roster. pic.twitter.com/x5caxQAsAa
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 23, 2018
That’s motivation if I’ve ever seen it! Frazier is ready to jump into the fray and fans, get ready for it. We might just see the emergence of Red Thunder this season.