Pyrrhic victory: a victory achieved at great cost. Jim Baumbach offers the small consolation that the shoving match at Tuesday’s book signing wasn’t ARod’s fault, and wonders at the ability of Alex to continue to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Yankees vice president Billy Connors on Kei Igawa: "Jeter has been already kidding
him . . . teaching him a new word every day. He’s going to be fine. It
just takes the time to get adjusted."
I truly wonder what words and phrases Jeter is teaching him. Let
the games begin.
Igawa is scheduled to start throwing off the mound on Monday according to the AP article in the Post. Connors goes on to laud Igawa with praise such as "he throws a heavy
ball," which has a cadence eerily similar to "he hits with an accelerated.."
well, you know the rest.
Meanwhile, Jeter says that as a Yankee, you can not
escape the ALDS loss to the Tigers, not even when you are in Europe.
In the New York Times, Tyler Kepner writes “The Clock Is Ticking” for Bernie Williams. That’s true for us all, to paraphrase Vin Scully. However, Kepner reminds us that Bernie was a better hitter than Giambi against lefties in 2006.
Giambi (127 AB) .213/.356/.472 9 HR
Williams (133 AB) .323/.387/.549 7 HR
Hmm. Let’s check Melky’s split against southpaws.
Cabrera (126 AB) .286/.359/.365 1 HR
Eesh. How about that pile of guys competing to play first base while
Giambi gets over $20 million each of the next two years to crush
Mientkiewicz (62 AB) .274/.375/.419 1 HR
Phillips (82 AB) .195/.233/.244 1 HR
Phelps (2005: 46 AB), 217/.294/.326 1 HR
Maybe the idea of going into spring with only one reserve outfielder
and Mendozing the DH slot every time the Yankees face a lefty needs