• April 7th vs. The Rays

    Posted by on April 7th, 2008 · Comments (8)

    Ah, some runs! (Thank you El Comedulce & Godzilla.) Still, it’s a borderline sin that Mo Rivera had to start warming in the 9th during this game. Shame on Hawkins.

    Great effort from Mike Mussina in this one. He reminded me of Eddie Harris. Although the semi-hissy fit on the field after the Cano error was not exactly “old pro” material.

    And, yes, while it’s still very early, I’m starting to get into the slimmed down and longer haired version of Brian Bruney.

    Lastly, I have to wonder if a roster move is coming with Jeter’s injury in this one. Or, are the Yankees O.K. playing Wilson Betemit at short for a few days with no other back-up middle infielder on the bench? That could be dicey. It may make sense to have someone from Triple-A travel with the team on this road-trip, just in case – and then have them handly for when Giambi’s groin goes out and then you can D.L. him and activate the traveling middle infielder. Because, you just know that Giambi is going to play within the next few days and get hurt again…right?

    Comments on April 7th vs. The Rays

    1. Rich
      April 7th, 2008 | 10:57 pm

      Shame on the crowd for booing Hawkins for wearing a number that hasn’t been retired.

    2. baileywalk
      April 7th, 2008 | 11:11 pm

      He battles back from 3-0 to get out a really tough hitter, Cano can’t make an easy throw to first, Ensberg bobbles the ball, Mussina shouts “goddamnit!,” and that’s a “hissy fit”?

      You got to whack Mussina and Giambi in this post; I’m surprised you didn’t bust out a “promote Gonzalez!” statement just to hit on all your favorite topics.

    3. Straylightrise
      April 7th, 2008 | 11:43 pm

      Mussina getting pissed off and showing some emotion is perfectly fine by me. I doubt Mussina will play for another team after his time with the Yankees so I would love seeing him become a reliable #3 pitcher. He did a a-ok job today.

      I don’t think we Betemit will be a major problem – we could move A-rod back to short and have Ensberg or Betemit play 3B for a bit. It’s nice having position players who can actually play.

    4. alvarof
      April 8th, 2008 | 12:33 am

      You really would love to hex the Yankees … you are the Michael Kay of bloggers!

    5. Straylightrise
      April 8th, 2008 | 4:57 am

      I think it’s just steve trying to do the old trick of trying to be as negative as possible so that every win, non-injury is that much more positive for him.

    6. April 8th, 2008 | 6:02 am

      i’m in favor of moving Arod to SS, giving 3b to Betemit/Ensberg for the time being. would Girardi do that, or is DJ’s psyche too fragile?

    7. Joel
      April 8th, 2008 | 9:05 am

      A-Rod is not moving to SS. That can of worms will not be opened.

      Just what General Joe needs: “Now filling in for Jeter at short, the greatest shortstop of all time.”

      BTW, Betemit looks totally lost at the plate.

    8. MJ
      April 8th, 2008 | 10:11 am

      All the talk of Giambi coming to camp in shape, etc…same old thing. Giambi just cannot play every day anymore. He’s injury prone and a miserable fielder. Can’t we just make him a part-time DH and be done with it?

      And for the time being, I’d much rather see him go on the DL, retroactive to last Friday, and give him a week off where the Yanks can bring up someone to add depth to the bench now that Jeter’s out. Giambi won’t like it but adding another player for a week is what’s best for the team.

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