There was nearly a brawl, the Rocket pitched a gem and the Joba Chamberlain Era started. It was an eventful night in Toronto.
Jason Giambi felt like an explorer as he traveled the minor leagues.This notebook also has word on roster moves, some harsh words from Josh Towers and stats on Melky Cabrera’s big roll.
You can tell a lot about a player in bad times. As writers, we often remark about how some players are more quotable after losses because that’s when they’re the most honest.
So it was interesting to observe the reactions of Brian Bruney and Miguel Cairo today when they were taken off the roster. Bruney quickly packed his bags and stormed out of the room. “No I don’t,” he said when I asked him if he had a minute to speak.
Bruney then knocked over a chair on his way out of the room.
But at least he has a team to play for. Cairo was designated for assignment and could well be released. But he walked around, embraced all his teammates and then stood at his locker and said what it meant to him to play for the Yankees.
“Itâ€™s hard because Iâ€™ve been here three years and itâ€™s a good group of people. The coaches are unbelievable and thereâ€™s a good manager. For me, it was an honor to be here,” he said.
Bruney is only 25, so let’s give him a pass. But it’s too bad he wasn’t around to see how Cairo handled himself.
As for Cairo, it made sense that he was the one to go. But I’m not sure the Yankees are a half-game out of the wild card race without him. Back in June, when the only other choice at first base was Josh Phelps, he filled in admirably.