I heard Yankees fans whine about Russell Martin, Joe Girardi, Ichiro Suzuki and, well, everyone but the sainted captain at shortstop. I had to roll my window down a foot in case of car (and fan) sickness.
Joe Girardi must finish the job. He took the first step when he put Alex Rodriguez (.083 in the series) on the bench in the ninth inning on Wednesday night and had Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for him. He must now leave him there.
Carmelo Anthony is the undisputed leader of the Knicks, but does his sports loyalty spread across New York City? Not necessarily. The five-time NBA All-Star, who moved from Brooklyn to Baltimore when he was eight years old, is a diehard Orioles fan.
The celebrations have passed — and Game 4 will provide a fresh challenge for Rodriguez and the Yankees.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Hughes. “I’ve been looking forward to this, and it’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a good atmosphere here and something I really look forward to.”
Joe Girardi, so often criticized for relying his trusty stats binder, just had a feeling. And it worked. Boy, did it ever.
“I trust our guys,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m with them every day. I’m with their approach every day, and it’s important that they trust me.”
We’re told that pitching wins World Series titles. Yet we refuse to listen when we find a proper punching bag, preferably swathed in pinstripes and No. 13 bulging from his back.
Though the 37-year-old has thrown more innings — 219 1/3 — in 2012 than in any other of his big league seasons, he’ll be taking the hill on six days’ rest. And he’d be lying if he said the extra days aren’t to his advantage.
With every swing and miss, memories of A-Rod’s amazing run during the Yankees’ championship season in 2009 fade even further.
What is it with the Yankees and transportation? The Bronx Bombers got a taste of the commuter’s life following their Game 2 loss in the division series against the Orioles.
I know you’re feeling the anxiety during these games. It’s okay. That’s what you’re supposed to feel. It’s October baseball.
He has to give a lineup change serious consideration. It’s not about ego at this point. It’s about surviving and advancing. Chavez could launch a homer or two over the right-field porch, and there’s little doubt that Ibanez would hit the ball hard.
There’s nowhere for A-Rod to hide — Joe Girardi isn’t ready to drop him in the batting order. As the Yankees’ No. 3 hitter, he’s going to have to start carrying his share of the load.
If Commissioner Selig is so insistent on having an extra Wild Card team in each league, then I have a solution. Is it a perfect solution? By no stretch of the imagination. It has its holes, and many would cry foul if it was ever implemented, but I can guarantee than it’s far more fair than what’s currently in place.
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