I missed the Yankees game today. But, I’m thrilled that they won – and are now just 2 and a 1/2 back as they head into the All-Star break. I wish I could say more about Randy Johnson’s “performance” today, or about Big Rube, or Giambi, or Melky’s OF play – or even our pal, Arthur Rhodes. But, since I did not see any of the game, all I can and should say is that it’s just flat out great to see the Yankees where they are in the standings – all things considered. Thank you AL East – for no one running away with this thing in the first half!
I did go see the Staten Island Yankees this early evening. They played the Williamsport Crosscutters. It was the perfect evening to enjoy the sight lines of the park in St. George. Prospect wise, I was not overly impressed with Brett Gardner or Jon Poterson – who were two players that I was anxious to see. But, one player I did see tonight left a good impression on me – and it was someone who I did not know anything about coming into the park.
The player is Tony Roth. He played 3B this evening and made a sparking play on a ball to his right early in the game. And, he looked like he had a plan at the plate and could handle the bat. He did not look very “toolsy” to me – like Gardner and Poterson – but, he looked like someone who is a “ball player.” He was a 2B at Creighton and was signed as a non-drafted free agent (NDFA) this summer. I know that the odds are stacked against a college kid who signs as a NDFA. But, if I were the Yankees, I would give this kid as much of a chance as some drafted players. Yes, it was just one game in short season A-ball. But, this kid Tony Roth just looked like be belonged on a ball field.
And, in keeping up with WasWatching.com kids at the game tradition, here we are with “Huck” – the sun was behind us, so, it’s not a perfect picture. But, a bad picture of being at the ballpark is better than a good picture of being anywhere else, every time, in my book.