Yankees Spring Training Opener: Very Early Reactions

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Baseball is back and everything is right again. Don't overreact to anything, because it's only Feb. 23 and Opening Day is over a month away. With that all the way, let's react very early to the Yankees spring training opener, which resulted in a 8-5 loss to their rival Red Sox. 

We missed this kid. pic.twitter.com/BcdB8LRMGr

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 23, 2019

Happy Gleyber Day

Gleyber Torres picked up where he left off last season, homering in his first at bat of the spring. Torres his 24 homers and drove in 77 runs in his All-Star rookie season. You can pencil him into the starting second baseman spot this year as he opens the season in the big leagues this time around. Torres will be a huge factor for the Yankees offense. It will be intriguing to see him for an entire year this season. 

Baseball is family. The New York Yankees send our deepest sympathies to the Cafardo family and the countless people throughout our game who considered Nick a friend. He will be missed greatly. pic.twitter.com/CT36IuRlWE

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 23, 2019

RIP Nick Cafardo 

The baseball world lost a longtime great writer when Nick Cafaro passed away Thursday in Fort Myers. He was 62 years old. Cafardo had been writing with the Boston Globe since 1989, covering the Red Sox. Cafardo was honored before the game with a moment of silence and there were roses in his place in the press box. 

Alex Cora pays tribute to Nick Cafardo pic.twitter.com/Bx1Wc3Bgbs

— NESN (@NESN) February 22, 2019

Greg Bird Needs To Stay Healthy

Greg Bird has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. Bird went 2-for-2 in the spring opener Saturday. If he can stay on the field, he figures to play a factor at first base and maybe some DH as well. After Luke Voit was huge for the Yankees last season, it's going to be quite the battle between Bird and Voit for who gets more playing time at first base. Bird is off to a nice start, but there's a long way to go. 

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