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How to best handle the final days of 2008

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s a question for you. Would you rather see this lineup:

Gardner LF
Cabrera CF
Cano 2B
A-Rod DH
Nady RF
Miranda 1B
Ransom 3B
Betemit SS
Cervelli C

Or this one?

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A-Rod 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Molina C

Many e-mailers have written to say they believe Joe Girardi should be giving “the kids” a chance. I disagree. As long as the Yankees are mathematically alive and/or playing at home, they should play the varsity.

People pay a lot of money to attend games in the Bronx. Many people might be at the Stadium for the first time. They should see the marquee players through Sunday. Once the Yankees are eliminated and are on the road, play the reserves. At that point, any experience you can give to guys like Gardner, Miranda or Cervelli would advance their development.

That final week in Toronto and Boston is sure going to be strange. It’ll be a little like covering spring training.




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