As you can imagine, there wasn’t a lot of news coming out of Fenway Park this afternoon, so when Brian Cashman took a seat on a box in the Yankees clubhouse to address a handful of writers, we were all hoping to fill out notebooks. Instead, Cashman came up with this.
“You ever watch the Brady Bunch and they had the phony football playbook?”
Seriously. The Yankees general manager compared the Yankees down the stretch to an episode of the Brady Bunch. I’ll be perfectly honest, The Bunch — is it OK to call it that? — was not part of the regular TV viewing cycle in the Jennings household. I had no idea what Cashman was talking about, but it seemed to make sense is a very strange, family friendly sort of way.
“You guys know the episode, the playbook one where Marcia was dating somebody, the quarterback from the opposing team, and he left his playbook and they stole it,” he said. “It’s like the Brady Bunch playbook. If you’re advance scouting us here in September, I think we’re holding back all our big plays. We’re saving hopefully out best for October, and we’re playing possum in September.”
• As you can probably guess from the lineup, Girardi is hoping to play Alex Rodriguez in both games. He’ll DH in the first and play third base in the second. “You’re concerned about all your guys, but when we start talking about the guys that play a lot and have a little less youth on their side (there’s more concern),” Girardi said. “We’re looking at three games in 24 hours. It’s tough.”
• Girardi said he will probably not use any relievers in both games, but as always he’ll check with his guys. Sounds like Boone Logan is possible in both.
• Girardi considered it an easy decision to catch Jorge Posada in the day game instead of the night game. This way he can play tomorrow, too.
• The Yankees won’t announce a Sunday starter until after the second game.
• Neither Girardi nor Cashman would say much about the Yankees postseason roster plans.
- Cashman basically guaranteed they will not carry 12 pitchers in the first round.
- Two left-handers remains “possible” according to Girardi.
- Eduardo Nunez is “probably a little better of a base-stealing threat” than Greg Golson, according to Girardi.
- Could anything that happens tonight affect their rotation decisions in the Division Series? “I wouldn’t say,” Cashman said.
• One slightly interesting bit about the postseason roster, Girardi said his bullpen construction could depend on who they play. Cashman said, in his mind, it shouldn’t matter. “I think for Joe it matters a little bit more than it does for me, which is fine,” Cashman said. “I’ll certainly lean toward what we anticipate he will do because he likes to go to the pen a lot and mix and match, especially on the individual basis. I saw what he did in the postseason last year so it’s something that he loves to do. How he wants the bench to be constructed and what he wants the bullpen to look like will rule the day.”
• Cashman on the Yankees suddenly being in a position of controlling their own destiny: “I knew we had a shot at it and knew we might not have a shot at it. Now we’ve got a great shot at it, so let’s take advantage of it and run the table if we can. I know that’s what our guys’ intent is, that’s what our intent is, but the Red Sox have a lot to say about it too.”
Google found that picture of the Brady Bunch. The Swisher photo is from last night and from the AP.