The officials in Tampa either don’t notice – or don’t care – about such things. But did you see which two Yankees combined for six hits, four runs scored and four RBI tonight?
Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui.
The same Johnny Damon who looked finished in May. But Joe Torre kept him involved as the DH then made him a semi-regular left fielder. Damon hit .313/.358/.475 in September and put them on his back tonight.
Matsui is the same guy everybody in the world (including me) wanted benched because of his 15-of-88 slump. But Torre stayed with him and Matsui was on base four times tonight and scored three runs.
People can – and will – discount how a manager handles the personalities on his team. But there are times when it pays to have somebody like Torre in charge.
Don’t think Damon (or anybody else making $13 million) would just happily sit the bench if they’re discarded. That’s not how it works. Juggling all these guys and all their ego is not easy.
Some good A-Rod audio coming soon.