Take the A B, D, or 4 Train

Mike Mussina picked up win no. 15 last night, a 7-2 drubbing of the—ahem—second place Toronto Blue Jays (okay, it’s a tie), and that combined with losses for the Twins and Tigers clinched home field advantage for the Yanks for as long as they can survive through the playoffs. The reduced travel should come as especially good news to Randy Johnson, who had an epidural yesterday to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk. Will he return at all this year? That remains to be seen—if not, Cory Lidle will be his replacement in the rotation; Jaret Wright will move up a slot to #3. Johnson doesn’t do much to endear himself to fans or the media, but it’s hard not to be impressed by a guy who takes that kind of shot, and then shows up for work ready to throw a day later, nevermind the salary. His effort is appreciated, big time.

Also appreciated, all those Yanks and Mets who ride the subway to work, just like the rest of us. Back in the mid-80s, I remember traveling to a game on the 4 with Tommy John, who would have gone unnoticed had one of my pals not noticed him, standing politely in the back of the train. In the NYT this morning, Michael Schmidt reports on a few players for whom a subway series would be an actual reality, including Sal Fasano, Nick Green, and T.J. Beam. We especially appreciated this gem from Ron Darling, who took the 7 to Shea throughout the 80s, until a sponsorship deal landed him a set of wheels: “It was the biggest nightmare, especially $400 a month for parking.” Alternate side is a bitch, too.

5 comments… add one
  • ” it’s hard not to be impressed by a guy who takes that kind of shot, and then shows up for work ready to throw a day later”
    Even more impressive when you consider guys like Kevin Brown and Carl Pavano.

    Andrews September 30, 2006, 12:11 pm
  • Not to jump the gun, but he hasn’t shown up for work yet, has he?

    SF September 30, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • And also, not to defend a skunk like Kevin Brown, but Brown (pre-Yankees) did pitch quite amazingly into his late 30s even after enduring all sorts of major injuries during his career. He was certainly a bust in NYC, and he didn’t shower himself in much glory character-wise, but he wasn’t a guy who phoned it in during a major portion of his career while he was ailing and still had recovery strength. The comment above is a bit unfair to Brown, though I am no fan of Brown’s.
    Pavano might be a different story, though.

    SF September 30, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • SF,
    You’re really reaching. The point is that Johnson is tough enough to play through his injuries, wheras a primadonna like Kevin Brown was not. Give me a break. I understand how you feel like you should defend the guy, though, after he phoned it in in 2004 ALCS game 7. ALCS MVP perhaps?

    Andrews September 30, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Johnson did show up for work today, and will throw off a mound tomorrow. Talk about unfair to a player…

    Andrews September 30, 2006, 8:56 pm

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