Via Erik Boland -
As they ascended the stairs leading from their dugout to the clubhouse after batting practice, Yankees players found a surprise visitor waiting for them.
George Steinbrenner attended last night’s game, spending about 40 minutes talking with players and Joe Girardi in the manager’s office.
Steinbrenner was said to be in good spirits beforehand and what he watched only could have lifted them as Joba Chamberlain turned in his third straight stellar start since the All-Star break in leading the Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Chamberlain, matching a career-long outing, shut out the Rays over eight innings, allowing three hits.
These days, a public sighthing of Big Stein is about as rare as some Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin video of Theo Epstein leaving Fenway Park in a gorilla suit. So, when it happens, it’s worth noting. Related, has anyone seen Hank Steinbrenner lately? Sometimes it seems like ol’ Hank went on a fishing trip with Sal Bonpensiero and Luca Brasi, doesn’t it?