An audience with the President is obviously a great honor. But how many of the Yankees are actually that psyched up about seeing Barack Obama? Baseball players as a group a a pretty conservative bunch. If I were a betting woman I'd say most of them aren't that excited about seeing this particular President and, if they had a choice, wouldn't go. But they don't have a choice. Although the Yankee organization is probably the most conservative one in baseball, even they wouldn't allow a player to exercise his principles and skip the visit. Every member of the 2009 team will be there to shake the President's hand today.
I wish I could be there, too. Try to have fun, guys.