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Postgame notes: “”I want to kind of take it and enjoy it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Lyle Overbay, Jose Lobaton

“There’s so many big things that happened in this game to give us an opportunity to win.”
-Joe Girardi

Where to start with this one? There’s something to be said for starting at the beginning, with Vidal Nuno pitching well and the Yankees becoming the first team to win a game against Matt Moore this season. There’s also something to be said for starting at the very end, with Mariano Rivera getting his 18th save on the same night that Fernando Rodney — much like Jim Johnson earlier this week in Baltimore — blew a save in the ninth. There’s also plenty to be said for both Brennan Boesch and Ivan Nova, the two guys who rejoined the Yankees this weekend and without whom the Yankees could not have won.

But on this night, let’s start with Lyle Overbay. Let’s start with the guy who was without a job in the final week of spring training, and let’s start with the guy who might not have a role to play a week from now. Overbay’s eighth home run of the season was a game-winning, a two-out shot capped the comeback and put an improbable win in the hands of an unflappable closer.

“I want to kind of take it and enjoy it, because I could be sitting at home right now,” Overbay said.

Mark Teixeira’s wrist injury started the series of dominoes that brought Overbay to the Yankees, and he’s been a tremendous source of stability for this lineup. He’s three home runs away from matching his home run total for the past two years combined, but Overbay can do the math as well as anyone. Teixeira could be activated on Friday, and it’s hard to know whether the Yankees will have room on their bench for a left-handed first baseman.

“I want (Teixeira) back,” Overbay said. “I’ve always said, he’s real good and he’s going to give us a good chance. I just hope that I can coexist with him. We’ll soon find out. You try to think all of these scenarios, and the last time you think of it, something else comes up. Just try to enjoy this, and give my undivided attention to the team right now.”

If I had to guess right now, I’d say the Yankees will find a way to keep both Overbay and Teixeira on the roster for at least a little while, but it’s hard to carry three players who are limited to first base and DH, especially when two of the three are left-handed. It’s an awkward situation, but even with Teixeira’s locker just a few feet away here at Tropicana Field, it’s clear that Overbay’s mind is clear and his bat is still potent. Girardi called him a “professional” and a “great teammate” and said “the guys love him around here.”

“It’s going to come down to numbers,” Overbay said. “I mean, obviously you’ve got to be doing well, but I think we’re all doing well. It just comes down to where you’re comfortable, where Joe’s comfortable, all that kind of stuff. We’ll see. It will work out either way.”

Brennan Boesch, Jose LobatonBRENNAN BOESCH
Found out last night around 11:30 that he would be replacing Curtis Granderson on the big league roster. He flew out of Scranton at 6:20 this morning, connected in Detroit and got to Tropicana Field just a few hours before first pitch. Boesch said slept fewer than three hours last night.

“I did not sleep much,” Boesch said. “But I had a feeling that I was going to get an opportunity there just the way the game was shaking out and the way Joe has been using me in those situations late in the game. (Fernando) Rodney is, for me, one of the toughest pitchers. I was just trying to do anything I could to put a good at-bat on him. I kind of did one of those Pronk swings where I didn’t really follow through too much. It worked out. I’m just happy to contribute.”

Boesch’s two-out, RBI double pulled the Yankees within one in the ninth. Then he scored from second on the game-tying single by Brett Gardner. A half inning later, Boesch was out of the game, back on the bench having been given a tiny opportunity and made the most of it.

“I can’t imagine what time he left this morning,” Girardi said. “To be able to be a part of this, he’s done some things. This kid’s done some things in his career, and he has been in some tough situations. He knows how to play.”

Ivan NovaIVAN NOVA
Rivera got the save, his 18th of the season without blowing one all year. His farewell tour has, so far, proven to be a final reminder of what a remarkable pitcher he’s been. But in the grand scheme of things, the pitches that truly saved this game came from Nova in the 10th inning.

This was Nova’s first relief appearance in more than two years, and the fact he’s been moved to the bullpen is a clear sign that the Yankees have lost some short-term faith in his ability to be a starter. He loaded the bases with one out and the game tied, then he struck out James Loney and got Matt Joyce to ground to second.

“I got to take advantage of every opportunity that I got,” Nova said. “Today was the first one, and they said that I was like a little in trouble, so I get the inning and I get the out and we win the game and that’s all that matters. … After I see my manager and all the excitement, it really made me feel real good. He made me the opportunity. He got Adam (Warren), he’s been pitching tremendous. He can get that guy in that situation, but he called me in, so that make me feel real good.”

Vidal NunoVIDAL NUNO
Moore is 8-0 this season, and the Rays had won each of his first nine starts this season. But the Yankees countered with their own young lefty, and Nuno basically matched Moore inning-for-inning. Both lefties pitched six innings. Moore allowed one run, Nuno allowed two only because the leadoff single he allowed in the seventh came around to score when the Yankees bullpen faltered.

“It feels good to go out there and compete, and just knowing they’re giving me a shot and giving the ball to go at least five-plus,” Nuno said. “… Just trying to attack the zone, just mix it up, so, it worked out. That was my game plan. Just be around the zone.”

Look back just a couple of years and Moore was an elite prospect, while Nuno was pitching in independent ball just hoping for a second chance. The Yankees gave him one, and Nuno has taken advantage in a big way. This was his second spot start, and both have been tremendous.

“This has been a tough place for us to win,” Girardi said. “It’s been a lot of games like this and we’ve come out on the short end sometimes. Today we didn’t. We got an outstanding performance by Nuno again to give us the innings that he gave us. He kept them off balance with a number of different pitches and threw strikes. Another good performance.”

Mariano Rivera• The Yankees will go for a series sweep tomorrow. This is already their first series win at Tropicana Field April 9-11, 2010. The Yankees have gone 0-7-2 in their past nine series in this goofy stadium. “I had no idea until someone else said it,” Overbay said. “I was like, oh really? You think, we’re the Yankees. We beat everybody, right?”

• Let there be no doubt, the guys who have been with the Yankees for a while are well aware of their struggles in this building. “I don’t know the numbers – I don’t think I really want to know the numbers,” Gardner said. “But it doesn’t seem like we’ve won a whole lot of games here the last few years. They’ve really had our number. It feels good to come in and win the first two.”

• Overbay was kicking himself before that home run. In that two-run seventh, a hard-hit double just past him. It could have been a double play that might have kept the Rays from scoring at all that inning. “I thought I could get in front of it and I should have backhanded it,” Overbay said. “It was hit pretty hard, but I should have backhanded it and it cost us. Those are two runs right there that could have been (outs). I mean, that’s an easy double play because he hit it so hard, you just make the play. I’m fortunate enough to help the team win, because I did help them (almost) lose.”

• It was kind of confusing, but in the ninth, the umpires ruled that Rodney balked on the pitch when Overbay took second base. “I called it from third,” umpire John Hirschbeck said. “With a runner at first, he’s got to stop (in his delivery). He didn’t stop.”

Austin Romine, Matt Joyce• Girardi went out to argue two plays. He briefly argued the call at the plate when Joyce scored the Rays third run. The ruling was that Joyce was able to slide in ahead of the play because of a high tag. I thought it looked like the right call on replay. Girardi said he hadn’t seen a replay, but had heard different opinions from different people. Girardi argued more when Gardner was thrown out stealing in the ninth. I didn’t see a replay on that one, but Girardi seemed pretty sure Gardnerr was safe. “I thought I had a better look at that one,” Girardi said.

• By the way, Gardner was running on his own in that situation.

• It goes unnoticed in all of the heroics of this game, but Ichiro made a terrific and potentially game-saving catch in the ninth. “I heard some people in the stands close to the dugout say, ‘There it is,’” Girardi said. “They thought the game was over.”

• Gardner on his game-tying hit in the ninth: “Just trying to get something to hit. He’s pretty tough, throwing 98 with an 84 mph changeup. It’s hard to cover both. I got to two strikes and he just left me a changeup up that I was able to scoot up the middle.”

• We started with Overbay, but we’ll end with Boesch, giving him the final word to talk more about his huge pinch hit: “For me, the most difficult thing about pinch-hitting is you’re sitting one minute and you’re in the game the next. To try to time Rodney is difficult as it is, then you look up and he’s throwing 99 with his first fastball. He’s got that trick changeup, that super-pitch. I was kind of expecting the changeup but at the same time, he’s got 99. It’s a combination of things that he can get guys out with. I was able to get it done.”

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73 Responses to “Postgame notes: “”I want to kind of take it and enjoy it””

  1. mick May 25th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Nice article.

  2. mick May 25th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Glad you found out Gardner ran on his own.
    Dumb move and he shouldn’t have that latitude.
    That has to be the Mgrs call with Cano on deck.

  3. Jesus Bustero May 25th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Ichiro’s instincts are uncanny out there. His positioning and the jump he got on that ball were hardcore.

  4. mick May 25th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    The thing is that nobody has to carry this team.
    There is no pressure on this team either.
    Guys last year were always pressing b/c of the expectations, walk years, etc…
    It’s always this way in NY and fans take the wins for granted .
    This team is different in that nobody expected anything.
    These guys are loose and relaxed, having a good time.
    There is a story in the making here, one the reporters will love ….
    Welcome on the bandwagon.

  5. bruceb May 25th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    So many ways we could have lost that game. So many people who contributed to the win. Says a lot about this current group of players that they achieved something much more talented teams had failed to do – a series win at the Trop. A sweep would be nice tomorrow.

    P.S. Please beat the Braves tomorrow Mets because I really don’t want to play them on the back of a six-game losing streak.

  6. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Tex is going to be under a lot of pressure to outhit Overbay v. RHP.

  7. mick May 25th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Tex should blend in to what’s going on around here.

  8. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    You can blend in until you are asked to produce in big spots and you fail. I’m not saying he will, but that’s what creates pressure.

  9. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    mick May 25th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    The thing is that nobody has to carry this team.
    There is no pressure on this team either.
    Guys last year were always pressing b/c of the expectations, walk years, etc…
    It’s always this way in NY and fans take the wins for granted .
    This team is different in that nobody expected anything.
    These guys are loose and relaxed, having a good time.
    There is a story in the making here, one the reporters will love ….
    Welcome on the bandwagon.

    I get it. They’re just going out there having fun. Just real loose as a goose and snug as a bug in a rug. I love it!

  10. David in Cal May 25th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I don’t know if Overbay can keep hitting as well as he has been. But, Overbay against RH pitchers this year is OPS of .881 Teix against RH pitchers last year was only .770. They’re not going to platoon the two and let Teix bat only against LH pitchers, but, on the numbers, maybe they should.

  11. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    It would show guts, but yeah, it’s not going to happen.

  12. austinmac May 25th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Mick,

    I think I agree with your low expectations mean less pressure concept.

    It is amazing these guys are more intersting to watch than recent teams with all the stars. Adams can go 1-5 and I liked watching them

  13. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Tex is going to be under a lot of pressure to outhit Overbay v. RHP

    Do you think he even knows what Overbay’s stats are. Where is the pressure going to come from. Is somebody going to tell him what Overbay’s stats are vs. RH pitchers? What about the fact that against LH’s Overbay can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat? That doesn’t matter?

  14. austinmac May 25th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Watching the at bats, that is.

  15. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/L.....#038;rel=0

    For you, Mick.

  16. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    You can blend in until you are asked to produce in big spots and you fail. I’m not saying he will, but that’s what creates pressure.

    Is that a fact? What do you base that on. Did you play pro ball?

  17. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    mick May 25th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Nice article.

    It was. You seem to be the resident authority on a lot of things. Rock music for instance. Do you think Alvin Lee belongs in the R&R HOF?

  18. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Alvin and the Chipmunks – put him in the Hall!

  19. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Mulholland Dr., is a great film. I love Niomi Watts as the dumb Canadian.

  20. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    “Is that a fact? What do you base that on. Did you play pro ball?”

    I base that on common sense. Have you never played ball at any level?

  21. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    “Do you think he even knows what Overbay’s stats are. Where is the pressure going to come from. Is somebody going to tell him what Overbay’s stats are vs. RH pitchers? What about the fact that against LH’s Overbay can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat? That doesn’t matter?”

    You ask a lot of silly questions.

  22. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Rich in Jersey, Brodeur rules!

  23. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Rules what?

  24. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    NOTES: The Yankees are 2-17 when trailing after eight innings.

    This was from the postgame notes at Yahoo. This is the magical chemistry everyone is talking about?
    Kind of pedestrian don’t you think?

  25. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Rich, Brodeur is quite the goal tending thing.

  26. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:34 pm
    “Do you think he even knows what Overbay’s stats are. Where is the pressure going to come from. Is somebody going to tell him what Overbay’s stats are vs. RH pitchers? What about the fact that against LH’s Overbay can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat? That doesn’t matter?”

    You ask a lot of silly questions.

    Thats because you make a lot of unsubstantiated statements. Just a lot of BS about emotion and chemistry nothing concrete or based on facts. 90 % of the posts here are a bunch of pollyanna BS.

  27. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
    “Is that a fact? What do you base that on. Did you play pro ball?”

    I base that on common sense. Have you never played ball at any level?

    No you base that on old wives tales.

  28. G. Love May 25th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I love the “he crushes lefties” defense for Tex to make up for the fact that he stinks against RHP.

    If we faced LHP 40% of the time, maybe that argument would hold water. But you only face LHP far less than that in this game and for that, he’s like a 3 point specialist masquerading as an all star at the plate.

    Every day that used car salesman gets closer to being activated is a day I dread. If we’re ever going to lose 5 or 6 straight, it’ll be with him planted in the 4 hole.

    If you asked me if I could amnesty any deal on the team including Arod’s, I’d pick Tex’s 100 out of 100 times.

    Today was one of the best games of the season and Overbay showed what he’s made of and I was proud of Nova for getting out of the jam.

    Nuno is also very fun to watch. The team is just a good baseball team with the only expectations of winning being “they’ll find a way”‘ instead “they should win”.

  29. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Will, u might have a point, but just about now I’d take an Overbay hit or two.

  30. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    jmills

    The Devils have been one of the best run teams in sports over the last 25 years under Lou Lamoriello, from drafting to developing to coaching via his implementation of a coherent system and philosophy throughout the organization.

    So sure, Brodeur is a HoF, but I think more importantly, he is the product of Lamoriello’s stellar management.

  31. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    BTW Felix is getting beat like a rented mule. That is so cool and I never even was a fan of Montero. But I know it won’t sit well with the Pollyanna crowd.

  32. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    “No you base that on old wives tales.”

    This season, Overbay has significantly outhit what Tex has done v. RHP for the last few years.

    Do facts matter to you, or do you just make up reality as you go along?

  33. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    G. Love May 25th, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    I love the “he crushes lefties” defense for Tex to make up for the fact that he stinks against RHP.

    If we faced LHP 40% of the time, maybe that argument would hold water. But you only face LHP far less than that in this game and for that, he’s like a 3 point specialist masquerading as an all star at the plate.

    Every day that used car salesman gets closer to being activated is a day I dread. If we’re ever going to lose 5 or 6 straight, it’ll be with him planted in the 4 hole.

    If you asked me if I could amnesty any deal on the team including Arod’s, I’d pick Tex’s 100 out of 100 times.

    Today was one of the best games of the season and Overbay showed what he’s made of and I was proud of Nova for getting out of the jam.

    Nuno is also very fun to watch. The team is just a good baseball team with the only expectations of winning being “they’ll find a way”‘ instead “they should win”.

    Are you G. Love the rapper?

  34. jmills May 25th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    90 percent of the posts don’t count, is that a fact? :D

  35. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    “Thats because you make a lot of unsubstantiated statements. Just a lot of BS about emotion and chemistry nothing concrete or based on facts. 90 % of the posts here are a bunch of pollyanna BS.”

    Yet you haven’t rebutted one, dude.

  36. willkamm May 25th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    G. Love May 25th, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    I love the “he crushes lefties” defense for Tex to make up for the fact that he stinks against RHP.

    It would be nice if you knew what you were talking about wouldn’t it?

    He’s got an .881 Career OPS versus LH pitchers. One thing that is annoying is a know nothing like you and the rest of the Pollyannas here that just know so little about what they speak.

    He had a bad year. One bad year against LH pitchers and you think Overbay is Babe Ruth.

  37. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Tex. RHP:

    2010: .244 .342 .457 .799
    2011: .224 .325 .453 .779
    2012: .239 .331 .438 .770

    Who’s the one spewing BS, Pollyana?

  38. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    What is best in life?

    To crush the enemies.

    To see them driven before you.

    And to hear the lamentation of the women.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQ6335puOc

  39. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Rich’s stat-based posts are far more effective when he uses a fair sample. Sometimes he cherry picks.

  40. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    “Rich’s stat-based posts are far more effective when he uses a fair sample. Sometimes he cherry picks.”

    Any time I use a small sample, I almost reflexively post: “with SSS caveats.”

    Obviously, that’s not necessary with three years of Tex.

  41. Pat M. May 26th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Once again the Yanks need Texeria in order to win the AL East and I also believe that they will not win with Lyle Overbay as their regular 1st baseman…..Naturally this is just an opinion

  42. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    They have won with Overbay as their regular 1Bman though.

    And if he stops hitting RHP, then there is an easy solution: sit him or reduce his PT.

  43. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Pat M.

    Opinions aren’t allowed in discussions, only facts.

  44. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Bret

    That’s funny since the Polly challenged my opinion as being fact-free, yet the facts back up everything I posted.

  45. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Those numbers were devastating to his case, do you blame him?

  46. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I’m Buster BTW

  47. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    alas my serotonin has converted to melatonin and i’m dozing off. Daytime sun exposure has always been Earth’s most potent sleeping aid.

  48. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Look, we all know Tex is going to play almost everyday if he remains healthy, and since Overbay is 36 instead of 26, my angst about the organizational development-aversion isn’t provoked.

    The better tell is what happens to Adams if he continues to hit when Youk comes back.

    Girardi’s recent comments are encouraging.

  49. berniebaseball May 26th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Trade proposal: Teixeira for Ike Davis straight up. If they want us to eat money, make it Davis & Tejada or a pitching prospect. Basically I just want to see a Youkilis-Overbay platoon at first. It would really hurt team chemistry if Overbay gets cut, which is inevitable.

  50. berniebaseball May 26th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    This would also allow Adams to stay at 3rd.

  51. Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Tex has the NTC. It complicates any potential move.

  52. Pat M. May 26th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Adams needs to play at least 50 games at 3rd to get a better read on where he fits looking forward.

  53. berniebaseball May 26th, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Damn you Tex…. you couldn’t make it any easier though. Traded within the same city…

  54. theREALkevin May 26th, 2013 at 4:53 am

    “That is so cool and I never even was a fan of Montero”

    Yeah hindsight is 20/20 bro. Plus he’s only 23. Time + a change of scenery could help him. Got any other genius observations after the fact, though? Idk where you came from, but i’m thinking you should go back under your rock. Or could you continue looking like a tool, telling people their opinions can’t be right unless they played pro ball. It’s your choice I guess

  55. CountryClub May 26th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Rich in NJ May 26th, 2013 at 12:05 am
    Tex. RHP:

    2010: .244 .342 .457 .799
    2011: .224 .325 .453 .779
    2012: .239 .331 .438 .770

    —————-

    What were Overbay’s stats vs righties the past 3 years?

    Look, I’m not anti Overbay, he’s done a great job. But Teix is a better player. If you look at the whole package (hitting vs righties AND lefties and the defense) it’s not even close.

  56. 86w183 May 26th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Anyone out there this morning?

    Great,ngreat win yesterday in so many ways.glad Boesch was able to deliver. They shoulda kept him over Fran-WHIFF-sco in the first place. His RH/LH splits are not dramatic.

    Overlay would be the toughest guy to drop, but I really don’t see how to avoid it.

  57. 86w183 May 26th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I’m not talking about right away, but eventually. Ideally guys keep coming and going from the DL and we can keep him around thru the summer til rosters expand.

  58. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    shoppach continues his losing ways.

    felix started losing when he caught him three starts ago.

    wedge choked and threw away the baseball feng shui between felix and jesus.

    losses now at 8.

    2 more and wedge is sayonara .

    the yankees?

    91 is still my guess. luck only lasts so long.

  59. MTU May 26th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good morning.

    That was an incredible game.

    Maybe the best of the season so far.

    Had never seen Nuno. Gotta say I’m impressed w what I saw.

    Who of Hughes, Phelps, Nova, and Nuno will be in next year’s rotation ?

    Phelps and Nuno seem to be giving the Yankees some options.

  60. blake May 26th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This team continues to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat…..which is much preferable to the opposite.

    Again I say…..I miss Jeter….but this is a fun team to watch

  61. blake May 26th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    “Who of Hughes, Phelps, Nova, and Nuno will be in next year’s rotation ?”

    Id rank them in order from most to least likely: phelps, Hughes, nova, Nuno.

    Liked Nuno yesterday….hope they give him some chances

  62. jacksquat May 26th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 7:52 am
    shoppach continues his losing ways.

    felix started losing when he caught him three starts ago.

    I already debunked this and I know you saw it (and ignored it).

    Felix was injured 3 games ago (against the Yankees), probably not a coincidence.

    Also, Montero caught his next start and he gave up 5 ER in 5 innings.

  63. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    “But Teix is a better player. If you look at the whole package (hitting vs righties AND lefties and the defense) it’s not even close.”

    I’ve been disappointed in the “stubborn, HR or bust, car salesman Tex” we have now. But I do think he’s still a good player and a great defender.

    But the best 1b right now would be a platoon of Overbay and Tex. If Joe actually went with a platoon I would be shocked

  64. MTU May 26th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Blake-

    Do you think they will retain Hughes ?

  65. blake May 26th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I do think Tex is gonna be under a lot of pressure to perform…..if he comes back and struggles and that coincides with them starting to lose games then the fans are gonna let him have it…..fair or unfair

  66. blake May 26th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    MTU says:
    May 26, 2013 at 8:16 am
    Blake-

    Do you think they will retain Hughes ?”

    I think that just totally depends on Hal and his budget…..if the budget is flexible then I hope they do….if its not then probably not.

    Phelps seems like the best candidate to be in the 2014 rotation right now

  67. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    “Again I say…..I miss Jeter….but this is a fun team to watch”

    It really is fun to watch young and old just doing their job, with nobody waiting for a star to bail them out with a HR.

    I think a good example is Nix. In the past I’ve been down on him, but right now he’s just doing the job called on him to the best of his abilities and that is all this team needs.

    But watching the “youngsters” is the real icing on the cake.

    Having said that I do miss Jete and Alex. I know Alex is not a popular choice, but I would take Alex even at 75% over Youk.

  68. MTU May 26th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Blake-

    I think as long as the Yankees are competitive Hal will stick to 189.

    It looks like they will be. Though it is still early.

    So according to what you’ve said above Hughes is gone.

    What about Nova. How do you see his future ?

  69. MTU May 26th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    New one —–>

  70. 86w183 May 26th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Nice to finally have some company this morning, just as I’m about to head out.

    I suspect Tex will only play 2/3 of the time, at least at the beginning. It would be foolish to put him in there day after day after all of this. If so, they can go one OF short for a while and keep Overbay for as long as possible.

    No matter who the next guy activated is (non-pitcher category) Fran-WHIFF-sco should be the next guy sent packing.

  71. andrewmelillo May 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Its about exptectation with this team all the experts had them in last no pressure blue collar type an good chemistry equal first please no more lhigh price player this team has good combination between youth an tough vetetans

  72. putiger78 May 26th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I feel like it would be bad karma to release Overbay. Plus… wrist issues linger and Tex isn’t a sure thing to stay healthy. Plus we have lefty hitters who are hit and miss. Overbay needs to stay… at least until the inevitable ARod quandary if he gets healthy.

  73. crorkz matz August 6th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Z05frf Appreciate you sharing, great blog post.Much thanks again. Great.

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