Spring begins with lockers, jerseys, and numbers

Lockers have been assigned, with waiting numbered jerseys and Yankee gear. The press allowed in for the first day, greeting reporting pitchers and catchers like Sabathia, McCann, Tanaka, Robertson, and Kuroda. CC Sabathia, for example, is looking very healthy and raring to go this year after an undoubtedly disappointing 2013, something proving to be a common trait and sentiment among returning Yankee players. Masahiro Tanaka was told he was assigned Rivera’s old locker at Steinbrenner Field, something he almost didn’t feel he earned that right, but took the privilege with some reverence.

Noticeably, the Yankees have left the locker normally used by Alex Rodriguez empty. Normally, any empty lockers (for whatever reason) are assigned to incoming players, even non-roster invitees. But perhaps almost a statement (and whether for or against Rodriguez is interpreted differently depending on the bias of the reporter), leaving Rodriguez’ locker vacant serves as a reminder of the hole he does leave by not playing in 2014.

And in addition to the organization of the clubhouse lockers, all those pesky numbers the players wear have been assigned. Here’s the list, so you can keep track of who’s playing during Spring Training: (*non-roster invitee)

  • 2 – Derek Jeter
  • 11 – Brett Gardner
  • 12 – Alfonso Soriano
  • 14 – Brian Roberts
  • 18 – Hiroki Kuroda
  • 19 – Masahiro Tanaka
  • 22 – Jacoby Ellsbury
  • 24 – Scott Sizemore*
  • 25 – Mark Teixeira
  • 26 – Eduardo Nunez
  • 27 – Shawn Kelley
  • 28 – Joe Girardi (manager)
  • 29 – Francisco Cervelli
  • 30 – David Robertson
  • 31 – Ichiro Suzuki
  • 33 – Kelly Johnson
  • 34 – Brian McCann
  • 35 – Michael Pineda
  • 36 – Carlos Beltran
  • 38 – Preston Claiborne
  • 39 – Brendan Ryan
  • 40 – Matt Daley*
  • 41 – David Phelps
  • 43 – Adam Warren
  • 47 – Ivan Nova
  • 48 – Matt Thornton
  • 50 – Mick Kelleher (coach)
  • 52 – CC Sabathia
  • 53 – Austin Romine
  • 54 – Kevin Long (coach)
  • 55 – David Herndon*
  • 56 – Tony Pena (coach)
  • 57 – Chris Leroux*
  • 58 – Larry Rothschild (coach)
  • 59 – Rob Thomson (coach)
  • 60 – Gary Tuck (coach)
  • 61 – Jim Miller*
  • 62 – Robert Coello*
  • 63 – Yoshinori Tateyama*
  • 64 – Cesar Cabral
  • 65 – Zoilo Almonte
  • 66 – John Ryan Murphy
  • 67 – Vidal Nuno
  • 68 – Dellin Betances
  • 70 – Russ Canzler*
  • 71 – Brian Gordon*
  • 72 – Corban Joseph*
  • 73 – Antoan Richardson*
  • 74 – Bruce Billings*
  • 75 – Manny Banuelos
  • 76 – Jose Ramirez
  • 77 – Francisco Rondon*
  • 78 – Slade Heathcott
  • 79 – Nik Turley
  • 80 – Jose Gil*
  • 81 – Ramon Flores
  • 82 – Gary Sanchez
  • 83 – Chase Whitley*
  • 84 – Mark Montgomery*
  • 85 – Bryan Mitchell
  • 86 – Jose Pirela*
  • 87 – Francisco Arcia*
  • 88 – Danny Burawa*
  • 89 – Yangervis Solarte*
  • 90 – Shane Greene
  • 91 – Tyler Austin*
  • 92 – Fred Lewis*
  • 93 – Dean Anna
  • 94 – Jose Campos
  • 95 – Adonis Garcia*
  • 96 – Peter O’Brien*
  • 97 – Mason Williams*
  • 98 – Zealous Wheeler*

I have to say it’s a tad smaller than last year’s Spring class, with most of the 90-something jerseys pulling double duty. Jersey numbers are funny. You get used to certain people wearing certain numbers, and then suddenly, life happens. People move on for one reason or another, and you’re left to re-learn who’s wearing what number this year.

Well, there’ certainly one number we won’t have to re-learn after this season. They’ll be enshrining #2 toward the end of this year, retired in Monument Park, capping the stellar career of a stellar player. And I don’t think anyone would have it any other way.

Go Yankees!

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