One More Day

The Yankee regular season comes to a close on this rainy, fall afternoon. While other teams jockey for the playoffs, for the Yankees the day has a desultory feel, the only real drama being Derek Jeter’s last-ditch attempt to surpass Joe Mauer for the batting title. He’s currently 2 points behind (.344 to .346); it remains to be seen whether Mauer will play for Minnesota. Joe Torre, meanwhile, will follow tradition and turn over managerial duties on this final day to his vets, with Bernie as skipper and Moose running the pitchers. It’s a nice gesture; something to bring a little life into an otherwise meaningless affair. (I’m reminded of the “Backwards Day” we always had at my summer camp when the doldrums of routine needed a breakup.)

In somewhat more important news, we’ve learned that Jason Giambi will need surgery on his wrist in the offseason, and that the injury will keep him from the field (but not the batter’s box) during the playoffs. That means Sheff starts at first base. He homered last night, it was his second in two games, so it looks like the defensive compromise might pay off on offense. Andy Phillips will serve as the defensive replacement at first base. He made the postseason roster over Craig Wilson. The rest of the squad follows after the jump.

Pitchers:
Mike Mussina
* Randy Johnson
Chien-Ming Wang
Jaret Wright
Cory Lidle
Brian Bruney
Kyle Farnsworth
Mike Myers
Scott Proctor
Mariano Rivera
Ron Villone

Starters:
Johnny Damon
Derek Jeter
Bobby Abreu
Alex Rodriguez
Jason Giambi
Gary Sheffield
Hideki Matsui
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano

Reserves:
Melky Cabrera
Miguel Cairo
Sal Fasano
Andy Phillips
Bernie Williams

* May be replaced before Tuesday at 12:00

5 comments… add one

  • Jeter grounder to short in the 6th makes him 1-4, and pretty much ends the batting title chase. Too bad.
    He had a stellar defensive play in the 4th.

    YF October 1, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • …hats off to joe mauer for:
    1. winning the batting title
    2. playing today
    3. going 2 for 4, so far

    dc October 1, 2006, 5:03 pm
  • My sincere congratulations to the Yankees and y’all fans. You had a heck of a season, and I think you’re a top contender to win it all. Good luck. See you next year.

    Devine October 1, 2006, 6:35 pm
  • My (Red Sox) hat is off to Robinson Cano, for coming on with enough ABs and a hot enough bat to make it somewhat of a three-man race. But all props to Mauer as well, for doing it while catching in 120 games and playing about 140 total. Anyone who’s caught even at the Little League level can tell you that it’s the most uncomfortable and physically-demanding position in the game.

    Quo October 1, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • Even with the Sox finishing in a lowly third place, there are more than double the number of comments in the SF thread than the YF thread on the last day of the season. Interesting.

    Hudson October 1, 2006, 8:18 pm

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