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Yankees pregame: Overbay takes the leap and hopes for the best

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are going to give Overbay some action in right, starting tonight. The 36-year-old first baseman played five games there for Missoula in rookie ball in 1999. He played 25 games in left for Double-A El Paso in 2001. He spent much of this spring training playing in the outfield for the Red Sox. And he took fly balls during batting practice the last two days — in left.

“We’ve been forced to be a little bit creative here because of some of the injuries,” Joe Girardi said. “We just feel we’re going to give him an opportunity out there. It also gives us a little coverage for (Mark Teixeira) at first base, if we feel he needs a day off. We’ll see how it goes.”

His outfield glove is being shipped to him. So for now, he’s borrowing Boone Logan’s glove, which was given to Logan by David Robertson, who used it to shag flies.

“I’m 98 percent excited, 2 percent scared; or 98 percent scared, 2 percent excited; I don’t know,” Overbay said. “No, I’m excited. Any time you get out on the field, it’s an opportunity.”

Nick Swisher is back in town for the first time since leaving. Not surprisingly, he didn’t want to rehash his criticism of the fans after things got a bit harsh in the punchless playoffs. Life is good for him in Cleveland. Not that it was easy on him departing the Bronx.

“I still have great relationships with everybody over there,” Swisher said. “I knew very early in the offseason that coming back here was not going to be an option. So I had to do my best to step off. Obviously making that step was harder than most things that I’ve done in my life. But that’s kind of part of the game. This is a business. At the time, they were trying to stay under the payroll. But either way, I was so thankful for my opportunity to come over here and play. But being in Cleveland, I could not be more excited. We’ve got a great squad over here. We’ve got a scrappy squad. So far the season has gone pretty good for us.”

 

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18 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Overbay takes the leap and hopes for the best”

  1. mick June 3rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    His outfield glove is being shipped to him. So for now, he’s borrowing Boone Logan’s glove, which was given to Logan by David Robertson, who used it to shag flies.
    ==================
    For the unitiated, Drob throws with both hands or as some like to say is ambidextrous.

  2. bruceb June 3rd, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    REPOST

    Tex and Grandy are great guys and fine ambassadors for the sport of baseball. But I don’t think either have turned out to be the players the Yanks thought they were getting.

    I thought Teixeira was a player who had power but could also hit for average and spray the ball to all parts of the field. He’s turned into a pull hitter with an all-or-nothing approach.

    I thought Granderson was a line-drive hitter with a high OBP, but he’s turned into a home run hitter with a high strikeout rate.

    It’s a funny old game.

  3. mick June 3rd, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I thought Teixeira was a player who had power but could also hit for average and spray the ball to all parts of the field. He’s turned into a pull hitter with an all-or-nothing approach.
    =======================
    He saw dollar signs on the RF porch like Giambi.
    Not hard to understand.
    And not funny…

  4. mick June 3rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Make that ‘They saw…”

  5. Against All Odds June 3rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Chip June 3rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    ————

    You can make the same point 1000 times I’d still listen to it.

  6. Warning Track Power June 3rd, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I love the comments made by Hal regarding ARod. About time someone was a little critical of
    ARod.
    And yes, ARod does need to act like a Yankee going forward.

    I hope ARod can use the comments as fuel/motivation during his rehab and his return
    to the field.

  7. Playedcatchwithmunson June 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    ENRIQUE WILSON…..!

  8. austinmac June 3rd, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I saw how much work my son put in in college baseball. No one, or a very scant few, make it without being an extremely hard worker and very competitive. Major league baseball is unbelievably difficult.

    I criticize the performance but never the person behind it.

  9. LGY June 3rd, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t think Hal has demonstrated any sort of particular skill or intelligence to be in a position to be criticizing anyone as successful as ARod.

  10. austinmac June 3rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I hope Logan isn’t pitching without a glove. Maybe it would require a double switch. :)

  11. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    bruceb June 3rd, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    REPOST

    Tex and Grandy are great guys and fine ambassadors for the sport of baseball. But I don’t think either have turned out to be the players the Yanks thought they were getting.

    I thought Teixeira was a player who had power but could also hit for average and spray the ball to all parts of the field. He’s turned into a pull hitter with an all-or-nothing approach.

    I thought Granderson was a line-drive hitter with a high OBP, but he’s turned into a home run hitter with a high strikeout rate.

    ———

    Your criticisms of both Granderson and Teixeira are perfectly legit and you are certainly entitled to that opinion.

    But you didn’t make your argument personal and didn’t claim to know what’s in their head or heart or advocate some kind of ridiculous punishment due to their struggles.

    That’s the difference here.

  12. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Warning Track Power June 3rd, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I love the comments made by Hal regarding ARod. About time someone was a little critical of
    ARod.

    ———-

    You mean people haven’t been critical of A-Rod before Hal’s comments today?

  13. Giuseppe Franco June 3rd, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Am I out of the loop or did something happen that I haven’t heard about that prompted Hal’s comments critical of A-Rod?

  14. smartchoices June 3rd, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    “my guess is that the Yankees will DFA Lyle Overbay this afternoon.”

    Well, this didn’t happen…at least not yet. The Yankees appear to have more interest in Overbay than Mr. Jennings does.

  15. mick June 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Am I out of the loop or did something happen that I haven’t heard about that prompted Hal’s comments critical of A-Rod?
    =================
    Evidently out of the loop as Arod has been a choirboy since he got here and before.

  16. GregD June 3rd, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I was ARod was back

  17. GregD June 3rd, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Wish

  18. blake June 3rd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Giuseppe Franco says:
    June 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    Am I out of the loop or did something happen that I haven’t heard about that prompted Hal’s comments critical of A-Rod?

    Well he was linked to PEDs again….

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