Quite a newsy day for the Yankees. To recap:
Jason Giambi met with MLB officials.
Roger Clemens pitched 5.1 innings for Trenton
Carl Pavano is now officially Fredo. We won’t be seeing him again.
Phil Hughes threw off the mound in the Tampa
The Yankees gave $1 million to Virginia Tech
And of course the local nine beat the Bostonians 8-3 to win the series. It was the first series victory for the Yankees going back to their taking two of three from Texas from May 8-10.
Andy Pettitte (7 9 1 1 1 2) came up big and Derek Jeter once again showed why leadership isn’t about making statements to the media or holding team meetings. Leadership is getting three hits, scoring two runs and driving in two others in a game your team needs.
It seemed fitting that Jeter passed Joe DiMaggio tonight for most hits in team history. Joe D wasn’t much for making speeches from what I know. But he won a lot of games.
“Derek transcends leadership,” Hideki Matsui told me through his translator, Roger Kahlon. “I have played with many great players with the Yankees and Giants but nobody like Jeter. He runs, he hits, he fields and he plays well in the clutch. He is truly a great player.”
Or, as Pettitte said, “Derek is the greatest player I’ve ever played with.”
Most career hits by a Yankee
Joe Torre won his 1,100th game with the Yankees tonight. Of course he had nothing to do with most of them. He just sat there. But he screwed up all the losses, right?
We should know tomorrow where Roger Clemens will pitch next. Meanwhile, Peter Gammons is reporting that the story Giambi flunked the amphetamines test may not be true.