TAMPA — A day in the life of the Yankees, in the age of coronavirus:
At 10:55 Tuesday morning, Aaron Boone departed George M. Steinbrenner Field in his silver Mercedes, off to his Connecticut home. The Yankees’ manager had nothing to do here.
About an hour and a half later, Boone’s boss, Brian Cashman, touched base with the media present at The George to deliver the exact opposite message. The general manager will be staying in town, leaving only “if things are OK” — which they definitely are not, currently. Cashman had much to do here.
With each turn of this unprecedented break in the action, baseball moves further away from the field, with uncertainty and fear encroaching on the state of things. And the Yankees, now having taken two direct hits, find themselves unwittingly, unwillingly leading the way.
“I’ve certainly never gone through anything like it. I don’t think any of us have,” veteran left-hander J.A. Happ said. “Again, it’s starting to hit home a little more every day, it seems like. Just preparing and trying to be as smart as we can, paying attention.”
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