Most of this day has been about Bob Sheppard.
“I got the news earlier this morning, email from Cash,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s extremely sad. I think of Bob Sheppard, you think of all the tradition with the Yankees. You think about Ruth and Gehrig and Yogi and Joe D. and Mantle and I think you mention Bob Sheppard. That’s how important he was to this franchise. It’s very sad. First time I ever heard him was 1996, first time I ever walked out in Yankee Stadium and you realized that you hit the big lights when Bob Sheppard announces your name.”
There are a few quick notes from Safeco Field.
• The Yankees are going to have Sergio Mitre make one more rehab start before activating him. He’ll pitch Thursday. “He’s really close,” Girardi said.
• Nick Johnson is out for who knows how long, but the Yankees are healthy enough to use more or less their regular lineup in the final game before the all-star break. “We seem to be getting healthier, and every time I say that it seems like something happens so I don’t want to talk too much about that,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said he knows who will start for him in the All-Star Game but he’s not allowed to announce it yet. He has to wait until tomorrow.
• On Joba Chamberlain: “It ends up being consistency in his mechanics is what we need to get out of him, and he needs to get out of himself,” Girardi said. “At times his slider has depth, yesterday it didn’t and we need to get that back and that comes with that consistency.”
• Nick Swisher was pretty fired up about games in 3D. He was giving some of the writers a hard time for not making a big story out of him hitting the first 3D home run.