Yankees take precautions with heat

Yankees take precautions with heat

NEW YORK -- Gene Monahan got in his car Friday in Hackensack, N.J., and saw the listed temperature as 110 degrees.

"I didn't even understand that," the Yankees' head athletic trainer said with a laugh.

Monahan, who has been with the franchise for the last 49 years, could not recall a hotter day at Yankee Stadium, though he did go through some warm days while with the club's Double-A team in Columbus, Ga., in the 1960s.

The Yankees did not have outdoor batting practice before Friday's game against the Athletics, a rarity for a night game, and Monahan said most of the work to combat the heat is done pregame.

"Basically, we kind of like pre-have all this stuff," Monahan said. "In other words, we instruct our players on how to eat the day of a game on a day like this, or a night game even, if it's a night game. We keep our meals short and sweet, several small meals during the day, a lot of fruits, a lot of vegetables. We do some electrolytes, we take in some electrolytes, so we don't lose a lot of those from sweating and all that kind of stuff. And hydration, obviously, is No. 1."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he worries about the umpires in the heat, since they are not in a dugout or clubhouse in between innings.

Girardi said he did not do anything too extreme to stay cool during his career as a catcher.

"You're just hotter than a normal day, I guess is the best way to say it," Girardi said. "You go through a few more wristbands. For me, that would be the big thing. And you just try to drink a lot of fluids. ... And there were times I would eat, too, during the course of a game."