The Yankees are ready. Twenty-five men from 25 towns in six different countries will represent a city of immigrants. New York is home to everyone from everywhere and these are some thoughts on our guys.
Johnny Damon from Fort Riley, Kansas: We all love Mr. New York.
Derek Jeter from Pequannock, New Jersey: There aren’t words to describe what The Captain means to this team and this city.
Bobby Abreu from Maracay, Venezuela: He was born to hit third in this lineup.
Alex Rodriguez from New York, New York: His big right-handed bat is the key to the season.
Jason Giambi from West Covina, California: Possibly, the most dangerous hitter in this lineup. And that’s saying something.
Hideki Matsui from Kanazawa, Japan: A perfect baseball player.
Jorge Posada from Santurce, Puerto Rico: The team’s fire and its toughness.
Robinson Cano from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic: Could complete a double play with the D train barreling down on him.
Josh Phelps from Anchorage, Alaska: Has a chance to live up to all that promise.
Carl Pavano from New Britain, Connecticut: Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is the game he’s waited for his whole life.
Doug Mientkiewicz from Toledo, Ohio: Will hit plenty and can certainly pick it.
Melky Cabrera from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: His style and smile are infectious.
Miguel Cairo from Anaco, Venezuela: He’s always there for the team.
Wil Nieves from Caguas, Puerto Rico: Earned the right to backup one of the greats.
Mike Mussina from Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Has grown into the leader of this pitching staff.
Andy Pettitte from Baton Rouge, Louisiana: It’s good to have the big lefty back home.
Kei Igawa from Oarai, Japan: Had a good Spring Training and we’re looking forward to Friday night in the Bronx.
Darrell Rasner from Carson City, Nevada: Has a chance to stick around just like Chien-Ming Wang in 2005.
Sean Henn from Fort Worth, Texas: He’s a favorite of Yogi Berra and that should be good enough for anyone.
Mike Myers from Arlington Heights, Illinois: Gets big outs against the toughest hitters.
Brian Bruney from Astoria, Oregon: Like his attitude and love his fastball.
Luis Vizcaino from Bani, Dominican Republic: Will quickly become a fan favorite in the Bronx.
Scott Proctor from Stuart, Florida: Tough and edgy with a nasty hook.
Kyle Farnsworth from Wichita, Kansas: Coming in at 100 mph.
Mariano Rivera from Panama City, Panama: The closest thing to perfection we will ever see.