Earlier in the day, I mentioned the hitters-only meeting held before the game. Brian Cashman was one of the speakers.
“He was a little fired up,” Mark Teixeira said. “There was no yelling, Cash isn’t that kind of guy. But he was here; he wanted to make himself known. … Sometimes the principal needs to show up in the classroom if the teacher’s having trouble with the students.”
Meanwhile, Mariano Rivera was more excited about lining out to center field than striking out all four batters he faced. Using a borrowed bat (Cody Ransom), helmet (Alfredo Aceves) and gloves (Cody Ransom), he drilled a fastball.
Catcher Brian McCann asked Mo if he had ever been up before. With his teammates on the top step of the dugout laughing, Mo showed he can swing a bat.
“That’s what happens when you have skills,” Robbie Cano said.
Francisco Cervelli had the ball from his first home run and was thrilled. For this night, at least, the Yankees were a happy bunch.
Oh, and Joe Girardi would have stayed on the field all night if Bill Welke hadn’t thrown him out.
“No comment,” the skipper said when asked how he managed to get tossed.
He was smiling, too.
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