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Pregame notes: Fifteen years ago

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Pretty quite day here at Yankee Stadium. Day games after night games are usually this way. Players get to the park late, and then they come and go without much fuss. There isn’t a lot going on, and it was the great Jack Curry who brought up This Date in History during Joe Girardi’s pregame press conference.

On this date 15 years ago, Derek Jeter played his first Major League Baseball game.

“Incredible player, incredible teammate, incredible man,” Girardi said. “He just seems to get the most out of everything that he does in life and it’s been fun to watch. It was fun being a teammate of his. It’s fun being a manager of his. He comes to play every day. You have to argue to take him out of the lineup. He’s what you want in a player.”

• Jorge Posada hit off a tee in the batting cage this morning. He seemed to be walking around with ease. Couldn’t tell anything was ever wrong.

• Girardi was happy with what he saw from Chan Ho Park last night. The Yankees had him touching 95 mph, which they hadn’t seen this year. “The velocity was a lot better last night,” Girardi said. “I thought his curveball had more bite to it. He located better. There was a definite difference in his stuff.”

• Kevin Russo is making his first Yankee Stadium start. I hadn’t thought of it until Brett Gardner walked to his locker, two spots down from Russo, and announced that fact to no one in particular. “They’re gonna love him,” Gardner said.

• Speaking of Russo, in high school he beat out LenDale White for the Class 5-A Offensive Football Player of the Year. Both were first-team All-State running backs, but as of today, Russo’s the only one playing for a professional sports team.

• Girardi used Sergio Mitre for one inning last night, and he said that could be a sign of Mitre’s new role now that Chad Gaudin is in the bullpen. “A guy that maybe could throw two days in a row for us,” Girardi said. “Give us an inning or two and maybe bounce back and throw the next day. With Chad we really have two guys who can give us distance and it changes the way we can use Serge a little bit.”

Associated Press photo of Jeter.

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10 Responses to “Pregame notes: Fifteen years ago”

  1. NYY626 May 29th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    15 incredible years and hopefully many more to come.

  2. CR9 May 29th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Guess whose birthday is only 28 days away??? Im sure someone knows this :)

    Repost

    I believe Pedroia when he says that. And Im sure he meant “as much as anybody!”

    As for “if Pedroia’s having pains, they must be ‘little’ pains.” LMAO!!!!!! I spit sweet tea all over because of that one!!!

  3. Erin May 29th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    That’s awesome about Jeter! Love Girardi’s quotes. :)

  4. Steve May 29th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I won’t make a trivia question out of it but Tony Fernandez was slated to be the Yankee shortstop in ’96 and was seriously hurt in spring training. Derek took over at shortstop and never looked back.

  5. New York, New York!! May 29th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hey Cleveland how you like the New York version of Midgees , it’s called a good old fashioned New York Yankees drubbing!!!

  6. Noreaster May 29th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I remember reading articles about Jeter when he was drafted with the 5th pick. It’s been fun watching him play all these years. I hope all you younger readers understand just how special it is to have someone like Jeter on the Yankees.

    Thinking about it, I’ve been pretty lucky too. Back to back stars like Mattingly and Jeter!

  7. CR9 May 29th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Rusty

    Thanks for the laugh! Ive always said that guy is the mini (is that even possible) version of Pedroia!!

  8. Bret the Hitman May 29th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I know most of us prefer Derek gets a 3 year deal but he’s gonna get 4 years which brings him through his age 40 season. From there, maybe they go with mutual options year-to-year.

  9. Victor the Predictor May 29th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    This is the day that C.C. puts it all back together again after recent so-so outings.

  10. crawdaddy May 29th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Girardi needs to use Park more often and in one innings situations so he can build up arm strength to get his fastball velocity back up to what it was last season.

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