Mini-Melky!

In the batters box, Bronson Sardinha looks a lot like Melky Cabrera: hunched at the shoulders, front foot out in the bucket, patient enough to work the count to his favor. It would also seem he has Leche’s flair for the dramatic, or at least he did this afternoon, when, with the Yanks down a run and a man on base, he ripped a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to keep the Yankee ST record perfect at 5-0. It was a line shot over the rightfield fence, and the victim was former Yank Felix Heredia, now trying out for a spot on the Tigers. Said Torre of Sardinia, after the game: “He’s a good hitter this kid.” The bad news: Kei Igawa was roughed up for 2 hits and 3 walks in one inning. “He looked like he rushed himself a bit,” said the Skipper. “He didn’t look like he was finishing his pitches up….First time out, I think he was a little over anxious.” Mariano faced three batters and shut them down in order. Expect stories in all the papers tomorrow about new Tiger Gary Sheffield, who came in early to talk with reporters, and said nice things about A-Rod—”Alex is going to have the best year he’s had since he’s been here”—about his time in NY, and about the Bronx faithful: “I had a great experience. You can’t erase the great years I had. I feel proud of what I did here. I did what I was supposed to do on the baseball field. That’s what they asked me to do, perform, and that’s what I did….I know a lot of New Yorkers love me. Hopefully that never changes.” Aw, shucks, Gary. You had us at Good Bye.

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