Yankees ‘Alternate Site’ players seem to have one big travel problem

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 04: Derek Dietrich #22 of the Cincinnati Reds is seen during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on May 4, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 04: Derek Dietrich #22 of the Cincinnati Reds is seen during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on May 4, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Whoa, slow down, Derek Dietrich! Maybe don’t accept that trip to the Yankees’ Alternate Site in Scranton, PA just yet until you read the entirety of this article.

Dietrich and Robinson Chirinos became the highest-profile members of roster purgatory on Monday when they agreed to train at the Yanks’ Triple-A facility for at least the first month of the season.

Chirinos will be rehabbing a wrist fracture, while Dietrich will simply be hanging out waiting for an inevitable infield malady at the big-league level.

We’re happy both men agreed to stay in the fold, but, uh…did they check the social media accounts of any of the other players New York demoted to Moosic? Because it seems like…the trip might not be that pleasant.

Trey Amburgey, Chris Gittens and Hoy Jun Park all posted exciting updates on the road to the Alternate Site on Monday.

Only one problem? They all appeared to be on an actual road, driving…in…a car all the way from Florida to Pennsylvania?

Did the Yankees really make their minor-leaguers drive to Scranton?

Is this some sort of situation where the team thought a 17-hour bus trip between tuckered-out trainees would be a paradise?

Was it cheaper to order a fleet of Ubers instead of one plane? Does air travel count against the Yankees’ luxury tax?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Clearly, none of the team’s Triple-A bats seem terribly upset about whatever hellish road trip they may or may not have been sentenced to, as they willingly shared the update on their own Instagram accounts.

This is also not the first time cars and the Scranton Shuttle have coexisted beautifully. You may remember Aroldis Chapman famously enjoying the hell out of the drive to New York last summer while he was laid up recovering from COVID-19.

But driving to New York from Central Pennsylvania is one thing. Making a bunch of strung-out rookies hit the road and floor it up the interstate?

We’re glad they started this “journey” in the morning, that’s all we’ll say.

Something tells me Dietrich hires a Blade instead.