Notes, Links and Video from Day 2
Here are the two stories I wrote this afternoon, between the minor league game and the big league game. The first is short feature on Rob Lyerly and his efforts to better his defense. He'll be back with the Thunder this year, and he'll be spending some time in the field, so it would be for the best if he upped his game in the field.
The second story is a notebook, with tidbits about Mariano Rivera and Boone Logan hitting the minor league complex; Graham Stoneburner, Chase Whitley and Tim Norton throwing against the Phillies; Rafael DePaula showing up, and Manny Trillo looking for talent.
Spoke to George Kontos briefly after the game about something I'd been meaning to ask him in September, but simply forgot: I wanted to know what pitchers take after their first big-league outing. Obviously, he can't speak for everyone, but he took the ball from his first out, the ball from his first strikeout, the big lineup card, and both managers' cards. I'd have guessed some dirt from the pitcher's mound. I'd have been wrong.
Nick Swisher is coming over to the minor league complex tomorrow. They're doing a camp day, which means games start at 10 a.m., which means much less heat and a much happier me. It also means I actually get to watch Charleston and Tampa play, instead of simply recording endless BP sessions.
Tyler Austin and Cito Culver are among the prospects making the trip with Yankees to Orlando to play the Braves. Also going are Addison Maruszak, Juan Cedeno, Pat Venditte, and others.
I took 120 videos today between the game and BP sessions. Here are some of the juicier cuts.