A few late-night tidbits for you:
Derek Jeter: He spent the game in the clubhouse coughing. He was sick yesterday and worse today. Joe Girardi indicated he was questionable for tomorrow.
CC Sabathia: He had no idea he had a perfect game over four innings. The reason was because he was focusing so much on his mechanics and footwork in the wake of the biceps tendinitis that knocked him out of the game last Sunday. “I was just trying to work on my delivery and make sure I was getting the ball down because I had so many days off. I was feeling real good,” Sabathia said.
He was much more happier about his RBI single and sore that he didn’t get another one.
Brett Gardner: The numbers don’t lie. He is hitting .387 in his last 27 games, raising his season average to .303. His OBP, a much more important stat for him, is .374. That makes him a very dangerous and effective player.
“He can beat you with his legs and he does have some power,” Girardi said. “He can create runs is what he can do — as well as anyone on our club.”
GGBG, Girardi said, has earned regular playing time. Especially with Melky coming back to earth.
Alex Rodriguez: He had a long talk with the vaunted Dr. Philippon today, who counseled Alex to do less pre-game work, particularly with his swing. The hope is that will make his bat quicker. Like some pitchers, he only has so many bullets in the gun as he deals with the hip injury and recovery. He is mashing the ball to center and right-center and drawing walks. A-Rod is Rodriguez is 6 of 17 with two homers and seven RBI in the last five games.
Reggie Jackson: Mr. October flew in from California to see A-Rod pass him. “Didn’t have to wait long,” he quipped.
Reggie is friendly with Alex. But at the same time, it has to be tough to see a player who used steroids pass you on the all-time home run list. But Jackson gave his buddy a pass. “I’m a fan of Alex’s. Alex is a friend,” Jackson said. “These guys are all my friends. The negativity that surrounds steroids is certainly not something that I carry over to him. I do appreciate the fact that he admitted his mistakes. From here we move forward.”
Kate Hudson: All over SNY, I was told. Come write a guest post, Kate.
Citi Field: Even if you’re a Yankees fan, come check the place out. It’s a much more intimate facility than Yankee Stadium and a good place to catch a game. This is a ballpark, not a stadium. But the outfield is huge — too huge — and the fences are too high. They got a little too cute with all the quirks in the dimensions. But the flow of the place for fans is better and they do the scoreboard right. There is also a dedicated out-of-town scoreboard in left field. I like it a lot. It’s a lot like the park in Pittsburgh, which is one of the best in the game.
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