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Yankees pregame: Thrills continue for Laird

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Gene Monahan came over to Brandon Laird this morning and handed him a ball encased in a clear display box – his first big-league hit from last night’s game, an RBI single in his second plate appearance and first official big-league at-bat in his first big-league game.

He said it’s headed for his parents’ place where it will rest next to the ball that represents his brother’s first big-league hit. Gerald Laird is now the backup catcher for the Cardinals.

The thrills continue today for Brandon. He will make his first big-league start, at third base.

“I’m still excited and just happy to be here,” he said. “Going into the game yesterday, everything seemed to happen so fast, I didn’t get a chance to be nervous.” 

Laird says he brought two gloves for each position he plays. He can play third, first and the outfield – left and right. He was originally a 27th-round pick in 2007. Last year, he batted .281 with 25 homers and 102 RBI combined between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The homers and RBI topped all Yankees minor-leaguers. He was also named the Eastern League MVP and rookie of the year.

This year, he was batting .266 with 10 homers and 49 RBI in 90 games at Triple-A where he was primarily playing third.

“He had kind of a tough spring this spring, swinging the bat,” Joe Girardi said. “We knew he was a much better player than that. We kept him around. We kept him playing. We sent him down sometimes when he wasn’t getting at-bats with us. He was a guy who was aggressive. You didn’t see him through his struggles ever be tentative. He seemed to fight through everything. I thought that was a good sign.

“I think it’s sometimes good to struggle because I think it brings out the toughness in you. Because the game’s not ever going to be easy. He got off to a slow start in Triple-A this year. But you look at his last three months and they’ve been very good. That’s a good sign as well. It shows me he knows how to make adjustments.”

Gerald Laird viewed the first hit with his Cardinals teammates in Pittsburgh.

“He said he just got in after the game,” Brandon said. “He said he kept everybody in the clubhouse to watch. He said they all went crazy. He gave me a call. He’s proud of me.”

Mark Teixeira played with Gerald Laird in Texas.

 “I saw him get a hit in his first major-league at-bat,” Teixeira said. “I guess I bring good luck to the Laird family.”

*Maybe Joe Girardi is settling on a top six vs. righties in Alex Rodriguez’s absence. For the second straight game, it’s Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher.

*Girardi again didn’t seem particularly concerned over Phil Hughes’ bad start Friday night.

“We know what he can do,” Girardi said. “It’s just Phil has to go out and do it.”

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15 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Thrills continue for Laird”

  1. Yogi Mantle July 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    The talk from Girardi on Laird sounds like what could be used for Montero. I just don’t see why they don’t let him have a shot.

  2. Bronx Jeers July 23rd, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Not knowing much about Laird he sounds like an RBI guy. I like those guys.

  3. Against All Odds July 23rd, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    SN: R.I.P. Amy Whinehouse

  4. Ghostwriter July 23rd, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Yogi Mantle July 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    The talk from Girardi on Laird sounds like what could be used for Montero. I just don’t see why they don’t let him have a shot.
    ====================

    Montero is young, struggling in Triple-A, and coming off an injury. When the Yanks signed Martin in the offseason, they essentially committed themselves to giving Montero another year in Triple-A to continue his development. Nothing that has transpired this year has done anything to suggest that they need to change course. I suspect that Montero will get a shot later this season…

  5. Against All Odds July 23rd, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Winehouse*

  6. Ghostwriter July 23rd, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Ghostwriter July 23rd, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Yogi Mantle July 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    The talk from Girardi on Laird sounds like what could be used for Montero. I just don’t see why they don’t let him have a shot.
    ====================
    EDIT:
    Montero is young, struggling in Triple-A, and coming off an injury. When the Yanks signed Martin in the offseason, they essentially committed themselves to giving Montero another year in Triple-A to continue his development. Nothing that has transpired this year suggests that the Yanks need to change course. I suspect that Montero will get a shot later this season…

  7. luis July 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Hi everyone!, Ghost good to see you around….Montero will get his chance after the trade deadline

  8. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    luis – hi yourself. I think so, also; they’re keeping him there so that, in case they want to deal him for a stud, he’s not struggling in the bigs (just my crazy thought). He’s still so young……

  9. blake July 23rd, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Lil Dante continues rake…..4-4 today with 2 doubles and 2 walks. Avg up to .305 on the season now.

  10. luis July 23rd, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Yup, i agree Joe, if they find a deal good enough to trade him, they will…..But i don’t think they’ll find one though

  11. luis July 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Blake,

    Maybe it wasn’t a bad pick after all…LOL

  12. Bronx Jeers July 23rd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Against All Odds July 23rd, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    SN: R.I.P. Amy Whinehouse

    —————————————————

    Same age as Janis Joplin. Hard to fathom how no one had the power to stop what everybody saw coming.

  13. BBFan July 23rd, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    “they’re keeping him there so that, in case they want to deal him for a stud, he’s not struggling in the bigs (just my crazy thought).”

    You are absolutely right, Joe.
    If Montero is not traded, we will see him with Yankees after the trading deadline.
    Cervalli will be sent down and Montero will take at bats away from Posada as well.

  14. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    luis – I’ve been hearing about Montero since spring training in 2008 I think. A Venezuelan doorman at the hotel we were staying at in Tampa was just raving about him. So, I’ve been eagely following his career to date. I really hope he makes it to NYY.

  15. GreenBeret7 July 23rd, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Blake, are you stalking those kids? another part of Bichette’s day is that he’s walked 2 more time. 22 walks vs 18 strikeouts. The 2 more RBI puts him in the top four in the league and his 3 runs scored moves him into the top 5. 1 triple off of the lead, also. The rest of that team is mashing everything, too, including santana and his league leading 7 homers.

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