Random baseball thoughts on a Sunday: Yankees, Opening Day and Justin Timberlake?

Sometimes, I have days when my mind is going a million miles an hour – okay, so it happens at least six out of the seven days in a week – and on those days, when my thoughts are all over the place, I like to write them out. Aren’t you lucky?

I’ll usually post only the baseball thoughts but an occasional, random thought about other stuff like music, life, or even the weather will creep in.

And away we go…

We’re a week away from Opening Day. Hallelujah! The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are the participants in the inaugural Sunday Night ESPN game for 2013. Yes, I think we all have the same thought, “The poor Astros.”

While talking to my dad last week, he happened to mention the Astros and it suddenly hit him that they would be playing in the American League West this year. He snickered, shook his head and said, “Man, they’ll be lucky to win 50 games.”

The Yankees will open a week from tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox in what most “experts” – and I put that in quotes for a reason – are predicting will be a battle for the American League East cellar.

I don’t think the Yankees will end the season in last place but I’ve been known to be incorrect with my predictions. When I was 16, I predicted I’d be married with three kids by the time I was 40. I’m now nearly 39, single and have two cats.

On the other hand, I’ve also been known to be correct with my predictions. Case(s) in point: In a phone call to my dad on April 20, 1997, I told him the Florida Marlins were going to win the World Series. Or the time I correctly predicted the 2007 Yankees’ regular season record in March – it turned out to be 94-68. My favorite was when I predicted Jason Giambi‘s 30+ home run season in February 2005. (He finished with 32.)

Can Spring Training seem any longer? Or be more boring?

And can the person with the Yankee voodoo doll please put it away? We get it, you hate them. Enough is enough already, thanks.

I cannot stop listening to Justin Timberlake’s new album. Like, I mean, I’m listening to it every waking hour on repeat. I think need an intervention.

I hope one of the Yankees uses at least one of his songs as their walk up music this season.

I’m interested to find out what the new guys’ songs will be because Ichiro coming to bat to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” last season always amused me.

I hope if Derek Jeter decides to go old school again, he picks something better than Puff Daddy. Yes, he’s still Puff Daddy to me.

Speaking of Jeter, why is it okay for him to say that he’s not going to talk about his injury recovery anymore? Could you imagine if Alex Rodriguez did that? The press would have a field day and crucify him for it.

Remember him? Yeah…

Is it bad that I wish Alex would return this season and go up to bat with syringes sticking out of his rear end? Obviously, he’d have to hit a home run or make it so he doesn’t have to slide into a base but I think that would be awesome.

I’m sorry but this whole Biogenesis “investigation” is nonsense. At this point, it’s just MLB waving their, well, you know, around.

I honestly don’t care who is doing steroids and Bud Selig acting like the morality police when he was figuratively sticking guys like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire with the stuff when they were bashing home runs left and right in the late 1990′s is so hypocritical. Please.

Did anyone else notice those three players have the same initials for their first and last names? Why have I never noticed that before? Crazy.

Tunnel Vision” would be a cool choice for someone to walk up to.

Can people stop saying it’s going to be like 1965 all over again? (I wasn’t alive then.)

Can people stop saying it’s going to be like 1990 all over again? (I was 16 then.)

Can people stop saying the Yankees are going to crash and burn this season? (Seriously, stop. Let’s save the panicking for August because it’s way too soon to do it now.)

When are my season tickets arriving? Everyone else seems to be getting theres. I hope this year’s seats are okay. I moved again for the third time since 2009. I’m going to miss last year’s seats but I just couldn’t afford them.

Can someone close the gate that lady keeps screaming about being open in the Citi commercial? It’s been open a long time and she may get laryngitis.

Will this next week drag or will it fly by?

How bad will the Yankees’ Opening Day lineup be?

The Yankees’ DL payroll is truly insane.

I’m up to “Mirrors” now.

I’m so excited about Chien-Ming Wang coming back. I’m not expecting a Cy Young caliber year but it will be good to see him in pinstripes again.

It will also be good to see Mariano Rivera trotting out from the bullpen while “Enter Sandman” blares from the Stadium speakers.

I can’t believe this is the last year we’ll get to experience that. I feel like I’ve seen it thousands of times. It’s definitely in the hundreds – regular season and playoffs included. I hope I don’t cry.

Hopefully the loud music won’t give him more migraines.

As I was folding my laundry yesterday, I noticed I washed my Nick Swisher t-shirt. I have so many navy t-shirts that I never know what I’m cleaning half the time. I guess I’ll have to retire that one, eh?

Uh oh. I think my Fantasy Baseball draft is tomorrow night and I’m totally unprepared. Not that it should matter. Last year, I did an auto draft in one league and barely got anyone I wanted but ended up with seven Yankees, including Brett Gardner and Mo. Hmm, maybe I’ll try to avoid drafting any Yankees. They don’t need more DL occupants.

Yes, I’m blaming my fantasy draft for Gardner screwing up his elbow and Mo screwing up his knee.

I’m only having one team this year. Last season, I had three, didn’t pay attention to them and finished second to last in every league. How I didn’t finish in dead last is a total mystery to me.

This year’s team’s name: AViewToAKillebrew (I’m a big Duran Duran fan.)

I told you my thoughts were all over the place.

I think I need to add to my Yankee bobblehead collection. I need a Mo.

I also need a Mo t-shirt. Isn’t it funny? He’s been with the team for so long and I’ve never had a 42 shirt or jersey of any kind. I’d usually end up borrowing my brother’s.

I hope the Yankees have better giveaways this year on Sundays. I barely get anything because I’m not under the age of 14. Being old sucks sometimes. But of course, I can drink beer and get drunk at games and kids can’t. So suck it, kids.

I’m kidding, I love kids, especially because I’m never having them.

I hope the Yankees will do something to celebrate their 100th year as the Yankees. 1913 was the first year they were officially called the Yankees. If you recall during that cool throwback game at Fenway last April, Michael Kay kept referring to the Yankees as the Highlanders. That’s because 1912 was the last season they were called the Highlanders. 1913 was also the first year they played in the Polo Grounds.

My dad went to games at the Polo Grounds as a kid because his uncle was a Giants fan. How cool is that?

By the way, I loved the Yankees’ uniforms that day in April. I wish I had the money to afford one of those throwback jerseys. I also loved the result of the game that day and the next day.

I was watching a clip on YouTube last night, it was a scene in a soap opera that took place during a summer storm and it made me miss hot and humid weather. I’m sure in two months, I’ll be wishing it was cold again.

Don’t forget the Yankees are playing their last Sunday Spring Training game (hooray!) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Steinbrenner Field. It’s at 1:05 p.m. and it’s on the YES Network.

Enjoy your day!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting.