It’s a rare day when I agree with Peter Abraham, but I think he just about nails it when discussing Shelley Duncan’s dangerous, ill-intentioned slide into Akinori Iwamura yesterday.
The idea that this somehow represents the “new” Yankees under Joe Girardi is laughable. Let’s review for a second:
A Class A catcher with a .261 career batting average and six home runs in 247 games got run over and broke his wrist. Most of the regular players were home when this happened. I would venture that most of them couldn’t pick Francisco Cervelli out of a lineup.
A non-roster left-hander who practically none of the regular players have ever spoken to grazed one of Tampa Bay’s players with a pitch.
Then Shelley Duncan, who has played in 34 big league games, decided to go all Rambo with his slide into second base. …
The idea that they “sent a message to all of baseball” is ridiculous. Having All-Star caliber players at nearly every position and the best young pitching in the game is sending a message. Shelley Duncan sliding spikes high into second base is not what the Yankees are about.
That Akinori Iwamura, they sure showed him. I’m sure A-Rod, Jeter and Mo are all psyched up now.
Girardi — who said yesterday he’d meet privately with Duncan if he saw something he didn’t like on the replay — met privately with Duncan this morning. Meanwhile, Duncan is likely to be suspended starting the regular season. Considering he’s fighting for a job, I’m guessing Duncan might wish he had been a little less vigilante and a little more vigilant.