Happy Halloween! To celebrate, here’s a list of the best Yankees costumes this season.
Yes, it’s a cheap blog post gimmick, but it kind of works.
as Hideki Matsui
The heart of the Yankees order was missing one of his reliable bats. They had more than enough hitters to fill the bottom third, but someone had to step into that No. 5 hole and produce behind Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. That’s where Cano came in, establishing himself as an option not only in the five hole, but maybe at three or four somewhere down the line.
as Andy Pettitte
Since Pettitte broke onto the scene in the mid-90s, the Yankees have looked for another reliable, homegrown starting pitcher without much luck. Chien-Ming Wang played that role for a while, but injuries took their toll. Now it’s Hughes turn. So far, so good.
as Nick Swisher
Over the winter, it was Swisher who met with Kevin Long to tweak his swing and add a third dimension to his game: He always had patience and power, this season Swisher was able to hit for power as well. Mid-season, Granderson followed suit: He still has the power and speed, but down the stretch he was making more consistent contact and hitting pretty well against lefties.
as Phil Coke
When Damaso Marte was hurt last season, it was Coke who stepped in and gave the Yankees a legitimate left-handed reliever, capable of facing more than one or two batters when necessarily. This year it was Logan, who rejoined the big league bullpen after the all-star break and established himself as a reliable, late-innings relievers.
as Brett Gardner
An underrated part of Nunez’s game is his speed. Granted, he’s not actually as dynamic a runner as Gardner, but he was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts, and that was after he led Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in steals. Nunez can hit a little bit, he can play three positions, and it turns out he can run.
as Eli Manning
You remember the game, don’t you? Ninth inning. Blowout in Cleveland. Pena was already in the game at shortstop, and there was no sense risking injury to Alex Rodriguez, so Thames stepped in as the late-inning replacement at third. He made a nice backhanded stop, then made one of the worst throws across the diamond any of us has ever seen. “I threw like a quarterback,” he said that day. “I was trying to find Andre Rison on a slant or something.” You might think of it as a bad costume, but the Yankees won that game and the play was hilarious. I thought about making this one the winner!
Associated Press photo of Cano