PinstripedBible.com is live on the scene in Tampa, FL. While we’re here, we’ll post photos of some of the Spring Training sights fans don’t normally get to see.
The present met the future today in Tampa, as Yankees legend Mariano Rivera watched with great interest while pitching phenom Manny Banuelos threw his early morning bullpen session:
More bullpen photos after the jump.
After his session, Banuelos went over his throws with new pitching coach Larry Rothschild:
Before Rivera took his turn on the bump, he played a little joke on Billy Connors (far right). The closer picked up a nearby rosin bag, as he normally does prior to pitching, but instead of powdering his hand, he chucked it into Connors' stomach, as evidenced by the chalky white mark Connors walked around with the rest of the day:
Rothschild stands at the plate to give Bartolo Colon the image of a live batter in the box:
Rothschild breaks down Colon's session: