In the original gouache painting I debated about adding outfielder Curtis Granderson, who fractured his wrist in his first at bat this spring. Yikes!
I chose instead to have pitcher CC Sabathia as the last person portrayed in this Opening Day lineup. I wanted to show that not EVERY Yankee is disabled as the season starts, tho Sabathia did have off-season surgery.
The NYer's vaunted fact-checkers noted that the sequester budget cuts in Washington meant that extraneous activities, like Air Force jets flying over stadiums this Opening Day will be curtailed. Better photshop out the planes.
Editor David Remnick then requested I replace Sabathia with the latest Yankee to go down with an injury, in this case first baseman Mark Teixeira who just discovered his recent wrist injury was serious enough to require surgery. These Yankees are dropping like flies folks.
I painted Teixeira and the magazine patched it onto the digital file. Voila.