Every year when the Yankees start showing up in Tampa, I wonder what it’s like for the players. I’m not talking about whether Hughes intends to focus on his changeup or if Jeter is spending extra time in the batting cage with Kevin Long. I’m talking about who makes friends with whom. We already know Jeter and Posada are tight and that Swisher talks to anybody who’s breathing. But what about the new guys or even the new-ish guys? Inquiring minds want to know about the following…
Which player will Grandy hang out with this year? Last year he had Thames, his Tigers buddy.
Who will be Soriano’s interpreter? Cano used to fill the role for Melky, but he might be too cool for that now.
Who will look after Justin Maxwell? We don’t have any other former Nats, do we?
Will anybody be nice to Colon and Garcia? Or will the players assume the two pitchers will be gone by March and figure they’re not worth getting to know?
Ditto: Mark Prior.
Will Posada extend a warm welcome to Russell Martin or view him as a rival?
I guess I shouldn’t worry; I’m not their mother, for God’s sake. Still, I like when everybody gets along with everybody. I just do. And hopefully Girardi will plan another one of his “bonding” adventures for the players.