First, the actual news: Joel Sherman is reporting that Jesus Montero will be among tomorrow’s September call-ups, but neither Dellin Betances nor Manny Banuelos will be joining the big league club. That’s pretty much what I expected. The bullpen is in good shape as it is, and Betances and Banuelos have pretty much done what they needed to do this season.
And now, the news that couldn’t possibly matter less.
Just got back to the hotel after today’s media game between Yankees and Red Sox media at Fenway Park, and it didn’t go well. Not for me anyway.
Truth is, the New York team played pretty well as a whole. We lost 4-2, but Tyler Kepner was outstanding on the mound, Pete Caldera turned a terrific double play at second base, and our old friend Sam Borden — in town by a lucky coincidence to cover the Giants for the New York Times — started in center and made several nice catches, including a running, tumbling grab in the sixth.
However, I’m sad to tell you all that I didn’t do much to help the cause. In fact, I’m pretty sure both standard stats and advanced metrics would tell you that I did more harm than good. The fact I was thrown out stretching a single was the least of my worries. With Jack Curry gone for the day, I filled in at third base. By the end of the first inning, the guys were calling me Nuney. I made a bad throw, completely botched a slow roller and got eaten alive by a bad hop. When I moved back to my more familiar spot in the outfield I was fine — 2-for-2 on fly balls hit my way — but the damage was done. Thankfully Erik Boland took over at third and made two plays with no problem, showing my how it’s done. I quickly introduced myself to him.
“Nice to meet you,” I said. “My name’s Wally Pipp.”