News Alert: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

According to the Yankees website, Gary Sheffield has cut his rehab short and will be in the lineup tonight against the Red Sox. Hopefully this means a few runs before garbage time for the sagging Yankee offense.

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  • Smart move by the Yanks. Cutting short the rehab assignments of older players never backfires.

    airk May 23, 2006, 2:03 pm
  • Does this counter the myth about Sheff-that he’s a bad team-mate, especially during a contract year? Nah, in years to come, I’m sure no one will bring this up in his defense.

    Nick-YF May 23, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • Who has said Sheff is a bad teammate? I think the common claim is that he’s a surly jerk. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.

    SF May 23, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • more specifically, during a contract year, he’ll be difficult with management (eg. he’ll drag his feet during an injury if his contract demands are not met). Both YF and Steve Goldman have expressed this fear going into 2006. Cutting short his rehab seems the antithesis of this.

    Nick-YF May 23, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • don’t mistake this as a “team player” thing. shef plays for himself. it’s the world against him. he didn’t start tanking balls for the brewers for the good of the team. it’s a contract year and he wants there to be no questions about his health going into a new deal. the man cheated the game of baseball and then lied to our faces. it’s not about anybody but him. “fake tough guy”.

    sf rod May 23, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • Sheff did indeed tank it for the Brewers, and perhaps he’ll never be able to live down that youthful indescretion (meanwhile, Schilling is hailed as a team player despite aggressively manipulating his way out of Philly when their team was stinking it up. The past is the past for certain players). But, how is playing through an injury a selfish act? If his intentions are indeed slefish, so what? The effect is all that should be judged? No? He’s playing through pain to help his team. Is that not playing for the team on some level? sf rod, admit that Gary will never win according to your unforgiving view.

    Nick-YF May 23, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • agreed. he bothers me more than any player i’ve had the privilege of watching. i can never defend anything schill does and would never try. hell…last year he hurt the team trying to come back too quick, and at the time i said he did it to feed the ego. if sheff produces, then good for you guys. production > decent human being. all i’m saying is if gary was in the middle of a long term deal, i’m not sure you would see him back this quick.

    sf rod May 23, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • Smart move by the Yanks. Cutting short the rehab assignments of older players never backfires.
    Couldn’t have said it better.

    Hudson May 23, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • “Hopefully this means a few runs before garbage time for the sagging Yankee offense.”
    Or a few more weak swings and misses from a hitter who hasn’t had time to recover his timing.

    Paul SF May 23, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Sheff does not take weak swings. And you have just used up your Buddy Pass. Be warned. And that goes for all of you.
    #11

    Gary S. May 23, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • See what you get for crossing Sheff? The man’s reach is everywhere.
    I’m not sure it’s quite fair to say Sheff is posturing for a free agent deal. Seems more likely he wants the Yanks to pick up their option, and he’s sucking it up for the team now to show what a stand-up guy he is. Should he have ALREADY taken the shot? I guess that’s something to debate, though I’d be in no hurry to get a giant needle jammed into my body either.

    YF May 23, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • Well, Sheff, you might be taking good hacks. But if you’re done swinging and Wakefield hasn’t even released the ball yet, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

    Paul SF May 23, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • The news on EEI is that Sheff has not been inserted into the lineup yet, and that there is going to be a game time decision if he’s going to start or not.

    Brad May 23, 2006, 5:20 pm
  • The Globe is reporting that Sheffield is in the limeup but not yet activated. They’re awaiting how he does in BP to make a final decision.
    Meanwhile, WMP is missing a second straight game :-(, so yet another lineup lite for Wakefield…

    Paul SF May 23, 2006, 6:08 pm
  • hey gary s.-
    i have a video you might be interested in. have your people call my people.

    sf rod May 23, 2006, 6:15 pm
  • Shef’s in the lineup tonight…Giambi isn’t. I think they’re doing it because Giambi hasn’t been able to hit and the last time he faced Wakefield he didn’t look very “comfortable” at the plate (read “awful”).

    walein May 23, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • Do we all remember that Sunday game in July last year? Sheff hit one off Wake that looked like a cruise missile. If he is in the line-up tonite, he’ll swing as hard as he usually swings. Say what you will about Gary’s character, but as a ballplayer, he’s about as hard nosed as they come.

    bloodyank78 May 23, 2006, 6:42 pm

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