Has any baseball player in recent memory inspired as many nicknames as Doug Mientkiewicz? In further proof that necessity is, in fact, the mother of invention, the first baseman has been dubbed Minky, Minty, Dougie Baseball, Doug Out, Manischewitz, and Scrabble — though personally I always make a point of typing out his entire name, because dammit, I didn’t memorize that spelling for nothing. He’s seemed at times like the embodiment of the Yankees’ futility this season, but I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for him: after years of watching Giambi lumber around the bag, he was a breath of fresh air (albeit a breath of fresh air with a terrible OPS).
In yesterday’s long, slow, and, for Yankee fans, utterly excruciating Fox match up, Mientkiewicz lost his balance trying to salvage an errant Jeter throw and came out on the wrong end of a first-base collision with Mike Lowell’s thigh. It turns out he suffered a concussion, a cervical sprain, and a fractured wrist bone, and was kept at the hospital overnight. Yikes. It’s just that kind of a season for the Yankees, who may soon have another former Sox manning first… god help us all.
Andy Pettitte takes on the 8-0 (!) Josh Beckett tonight in the rubber game of what’s turned into a highly charged series. Comment on all the action, as well as Joe Morgan’s announcing inadequacies, right here.