Just a few notes and observations from the Yankees 5-4 loss to the Phillies today in Tampa:
- I guess we might as well get this one out of the way; Bartolo Colon is huge. But other than that, he didn’t embarrass himself out there today, and he only allowed one really well hit ball, a shot to right that would have been a loud single had Nick Swisher not misplayed it and allowed it to go for a triple.
- On the other hand, Joba Chamberlain really didn’t look fat to me at all. Or, at least, he didn’t look any bigger than he was last season. But maybe my vision was skewed by the fact that he was following Colon.
- Obviously results mean very little in spring training, let alone the first game, but still, I was struck by how good A-Rod’s swing looked right out of the gate.
- David Robertson pitched the 4th inning, and just about everyone on my Twitter timeline noticed that he had a decidedly lower leg kick in his delivery. He was also trying to work in a change up, and threw a very nice one to strike out Raul Ibanez.
- Hector Noesi has some seriously long legs.
- It might have just been me, but it sure looked like Brandon Laird was swinging really hard in his at bats.
- This one really doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but Jorge Vazquez hit a monster home run in the 7th inning. It cleared the batter eye and everything. Again, doesn’t mean anything, but it was really cool to watch.
- For some reason, Hank Steinbrenner did not attend the pre-game ceremony honoring The Boss. Seemed a little weird, given what a production that was.