New York Yankees: 6 Things to Take Away from Loss to Tampa Bay Rays
That being said, let the second-guessing and over-analyzing begin, and no, it's never too early in a season to do that.
Here are some things we can take away from the Yankees loss to the Rays.
Mariano Rivera Is Finished...Just Kidding
I know it's the first game of the season and this is the worst possible start Mo could've hoped for, but it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Closers, and even Rivera himself, blow saves at all times during the season.
He isn't the greatest of all-time for nothing. Rivera will be fine and will almost certainly have himself another fine season.
Not like you'd actually bet against him, anyway.
The only thing this proved was that he's human, which is something we all need to be reminded about from time to time.
Raul Ibanez Can Stroke It
In his first game in pinstripes, Raul Ibanez proved he can flat out swing a bat.
A three-run blast off James Shields put the Yankees on top and almost turned out to be the game-winning hit for New York.
Ibanez won't be a .300 hitter, or even .270 for that matter, but he will hit homers and drive in enough runs to satisfy the Yanks' needs at DH.
Not a bad debut for the newest Yankee.
CC Sabathia Has Trouble in the First Inning
It was the theme throughout CC Sabathia's spring training: Get past the first inning and everything will be fine.
Sabathia didn't learn from his spring mistakes and instead allowed four of his five earned runs in the first inning against Tampa Bay.
After that, Sabathia regained his control and composure, and allowed one more run the next five innings.
Sabathia will be fine; he just can't become a victim of the opening frame.
Alex Rodriguez Looks Healthy
After a special knee surgery suggested to him by Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez has looked good thus far in 2012.
A solid spring in the books, A-Rod didn't miss a beat and picked up two hits and two walks in the first game of the season.
And it's not like he did it against a bum.
Both hits were well hit, and hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. After having played only 99 games in 2011, the Yankees were still one of the best offenses in baseball.
Just imagine if he can stay healthy. The Bombers will be scary good offensively.
David Robertson Is a Magician
I'm pretty sure nobody will remember what happened in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Yanks ended up losing the game, but David Robertson pulled off an incredible feat.
Staked to a one-run lead, Robertson had runners on first and third with nobody out and went on to retire the next three hitters via strikeout.
Robertson averted disaster in amazing fashion, and once again, he proved he knows how to pitch in a tight spot.
Joe Girardi over-Managed
Joe Girardi didn't even make it past the first inning of the 2012 season before he decided he needed to start making "decisions."
And his decision?
To walk light-hitting Sean Rodriguez, loading the bases for power-hitting Carlos Pena.
While Rodriguez is a nice hitter, he is no Pena. Girardi opted to face the better, more powerful hitter in Pena because of he loves his matchups and got burned for a grand slam as a result.
This isn't the first time and certainly won't be the last time Girardi's over-managing hurts the team.
Like I said previously, let the second-guessing begin.