A second player showed up! It’s an extravaganza of interviews! Remarkably productive for Locker Clean-out Day.
As I type this, Boone Logan is standing in the corner of the clubhouse, putting his stuff into a Yankees duffle bag. There’s a big pile of bags in the room, and when Logan couldn’t find his own, he just grabbed one at random — Robinson Cano’s — and swapped out the name tag.
After Damaso Marte’s announcement that he’s out until the second half of next year, at best, Logan actually seemed like an appropriate guy to show up.
“I got traded to the Yankees and I was hoping I would have a career year with this team,” he said. “I just had a good feeling coming into spring, and luckily I had a good season.”
The Yankees needed Logan, and it’s likely they’ll need him again next season. It’s amazing the change between Opening Day, when Logan was crowded off the roster, to the ALCS, when he was among those key late-inning relievers.
“About halfway through (spring training) I had a feeling I wasn’t going to make the roster because the roster was pretty much full,” he said. “Then we got Chan Ho and I was like, I didn’t see it happening. It’s unfortunate, but that’s just the way it is.”
Logan said he’ll work this offseason to keep his arm motion sharp. He’ll basically mimic last winter, when the routine led to him feeling more prepared this spring than ever before. Not bad for the “other guy” in an major offseason trade.
As for what went wrong in the playoffs, Logan’s take was pretty much the same as ever other Yankee. The Rangers were just too good.
“The Rangers, they were on fire,” Logan said. “They’ve got great hitters and they were all hitting. Everybody was doing their job. Their leadoff hitter was getting on. He was stealing. They were getting him over. They were bunting. We would intentionally walk their best hitter to get to their second-best hitter. It’s just unfortunate. You have to go that way, but the way they’re hitting, there’s really, in my mind I don’t think there was much stopping them.
“They were just hitting everything, and we couldn’t find anything to get going. When you don’t have that, you’ve got a team that’s sitting there just pouncing on you until the end. It’s tough to get up for air.”
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