Out of Place

It seems appropriate that Gary Sheffield, who remains a Bronx Bomber in name only, spoke to reporters yesterday at the opening of a Brooklyn Diner—in Manhattan. The revelations, from the mouth of the Sheff:

-Abreu is no Sheff: “He’s a good player, but like I say, you can draw it up any kind of way, he ain’t me, and that’s the bottom line.” True enough.

-Unnamed “middlemen” kept him from straightening things out with George. Get the Brian?

-Alex will implode without Sheff, his confidant, as a sounding board. “There’s nobody.”

-His move to first in the playoffs was historic. “Nobody in the history of the game tried what I just tried,”

-He wants to play for the Mets or the White Sox. If he goes to a cellar dweller, he’ll retire. (But he will agree to be traded to a quality team.)

-Be afraid: “Everybody knows when I go to another team, I’m coming back looking for you. That’s just the way it is.”

It was fun while it lasted?

11 comments… add one
  • Yeah, you read this and you automatically think “heckuva guy, that Sheff”. Or not.

    SF November 9, 2006, 11:48 am
  • Jim Baumbach provided a mostly complete transcript of the interview (.doc format).

    attackgerbil November 9, 2006, 11:56 am
  • This is just silly. I hope he gets traded to the NL.

    Lar November 9, 2006, 12:00 pm
  • Now this is the Sheff that has been missing.

    Rob November 9, 2006, 12:12 pm
  • Good riddance. How do your stats in losing playoff series look? Not very good.

    Sam November 9, 2006, 2:00 pm
  • Sheff is fantastic! Nothing here is surprising about the facts or his personality. I think he’s done everything we paid him to do…both in the media and on the field.

    walein November 9, 2006, 2:10 pm
  • now that gary is a lame duck yankee, can we all agree he is both a cheater and a horrible liar? hopefully now, we will finally get to see the video of r. kelly and gary’s gosphel singing wife.

    sf rod November 9, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • There are certain a**holish qualities that bother me about players. Sheff’s, which are obviously pronounced at times, doesn’t for whatever reason. A player like Chad Curtis, holier-than-thou as he was, bothered me.
    I think Sheff’s time here was successful for the most part. It’s time for him to go because there’s no room for him on the roster, but I don’t have the same “good riddance” feeling that other Yanks fans have right now. He was good. It was nice while it lasted. Now it’s over. Be well, Gary. Be well. And continue to defend the honor of your wife. That was a decent thing of you to do.

    Nick-YF November 9, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • Nick, I agree with you completely about Gary. I find his candor refreshing, and I don’t have problems with his on-field performance. And there is something about the way that he swings out of his shoes that I think is electric. I will miss that swing, though the third base coach and the fans up the line probably will feel just a bit more safe now.

    attackgerbil November 9, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Yankee Fan In Boston November 9, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • …sheffield did his job with the yankees, you just need to check his stats to prove that…his personality has kicked in because he wants to be wanted…the yankees already have enough guys who need their a** kissed, so he’s become expendable…i’m with nick in that i don’t have the same good riddance feeling…yep, it’s time to go, but i thank him for giving us some good effort…

    dc November 10, 2006, 1:01 am

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