The Yankees have a day game, so the lineup should be posted in a little more than an hour. For now, I thought this was a good point from Joe Girardi last night.
“It’s an interesting mix,” he said. “You have a lot of guys that came from different places that are here and playing huge contributions. You’ve got young kids trying to prove they’re everyday players. These guys are having fun. They’re enjoying each other, the personalities have meshed really well in that clubhouse which I think is important. All the guys that came over are easy-going guys that have played at an extremely high level and expect to do well. They’re easy to be around.”
Two things: Easy going players, and playing trying to prove themselves.
The first part certainly seems true. The new regulars in the Yankees clubhouse — Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis, Lyle Overbay — are all friendly guys who have been around. They have some of that familiar calm that’s so often associated with the Yankees veterans that are missing.
As for the second part, look at all the guys who really do have something to prove. Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli trying to take advantage of regular playing time. Brett Gardner trying to show he should be an everyday player. Overbay trying to make the most of an unexpected situation. Robinson Cano in a walk year. Hafner and Ichiro Suzuki trying to show they’re not washed up. Youkilis and Wells trying to bounce back from bad seasons.
That’s an entire regular lineup full of guys with something to prove, all playing for a team that — as a whole — has a ton of doubters around baseball.
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