It's time to play baseball. The Houston Astros swept the New York Yankees out of the American League Championship Series 158 days ago, but now, the quest for World Series No. 28 is back on.
After an eventful offseason in which the Yankees spent nearly $600 million in free agency and held two major position battles in Spring Training, there are a ton of storylines to watch as the season begins.
Things could've been very different with the San Francisco Giants kciking off the 2023 campaign in the Bronx, but thankfully Aaron Judge remained in town and helped the organization avoid disaster. That's good, right? So are these notable storylines as Opening Day arrives.
3 biggest Yankees storylines heading into Opening Day
Oh Captain, My Captain ... Aaron Judge!
Without a doubt, the most important part of the Yankees offseason was re-signing Judge to a nine-year, $360 million deal. Judge bet on himself in 2022, declining an eight-year, $230.5 million extension before the season, and it paid off.
Judge had an historic campaign that saw him break the American League home run record with 62 blasts and win his first American League MVP. Because of his performance in 2022 (as well as the rest of his career), Judge was highly sought after in free agency, but he returned to the Bronx.
After bringing Judge back, the Yankees announced he would become the team's 16th Captain in franchise history and its first since Derek Jeter retired.
Even though Judge has played in MLB since 2016, Thursday is a big day as it marks the first time he takes the field as the Captain. Being the Captain of the New York Yankees comes with a lot of responsibility, but as long as Judge keeps slugging and the Yankees win, he should continue being revered.