There it sits, lonely and empty, shunned by everyone. The Steinbrenner Field clubhouse locker Alex Rodriguez used to call his own.
A-Rod won’t be reporting for spring training this year. He won’t be playing at all for the Yankees or anyone else as he serves out a one-year suspension for PED use.
Rather than assign A-Rod’s former locker to someone else, some rookie maybe, the Yankees have elected to keep it open. Maybe as a symbol. Maybe because they don’t want any of the locker’s bad juju rubbing off.
Or maybe they’re just planning to sign someone between now and the end of spring training and that will end up being their locker.
Eventually, someone will get that locker. Maybe A-Rod in 2015.
But no one wants it right now. And frankly I can’t blame them. That’s some powerful juju working in that locker. You don’t want anything to do with that juju.
Carlos Beltran has the locker right next door. I hope he doesn’t pull a hammy.
Meanwhile, guess who has Mariano Rivera’s old locker? Masahiro Tanaka.
The good Rivera juju may now flow freely from his locker, through Tanaka’s body, suffusing Tanaka.
It’s all about the juju.