Picture Day finally came to Yankee Stadium late Tuesday afternoon about 4 ½ hours before the game between the Yankees and the Rays. It is a busy assignment for the Yankees Magazine staff because they need to collect as many photos as they can for off-season issues when most of the players are not available.
There was very little of the normal clowning that often takes place when team photos are taken. The ones during spring training are especially goofy. With the regular season winding down and postseason looming, the Yankees have their games faces on for the most part.
As usual, there are always some no-shows, although the only Yankees regular not in the photo is Ivan Nova, who as Tuesday night’s starting pitcher was not required to come to the park early. He will no doubt put up with some grief from his teammates and likely a fine from the Kangaroo Court supervised by Mariano Rivera.
The other players who did not get into the picture were all injured. Relievers Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte were among the missing. So, too, was backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is home recovering from post-concussion syndrome and may not make the postseason roster.
The postponement of the team picture from Sept. 6 to Tuesday was a break for Austin Romine, one of two rookie catchers, along with Jesus Montero, who may replace Cervelli on the postseason roster. The team photo session had to be postponed Sept. 6 because of wet grounds. That was the night that the start of the game was delayed for more than four hours and did not begin until 11:08 p.m., by orders of Major League Baseball.
While Montero was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the Yankees Aug. 31 and was at the Stadium for the original photo session Sept. 6, Romine was still in the minors and had just been transferred from the Double A Trenton roster to SWB. After Cervelli’s injury Sept. 8 at Baltimore, the Yankees brought up Romine, who joined the team in Anaheim and made his big-league debut Sept. 11 against the Angels. That put Austin in position to make his first appearance in a Yankees team photo.