"When they call your name, be ready."
-- Andruw Jones to Pete Caldera
In a piece titled Potent Pinstripe Platoon, read HERE, Caldera takes the positive route. While BYB is always "concerned" about things, Caldera eases my worry and there are some great quotes from Ibanez, Jones and even DeWayne Wise, all guys in the mix since the the injury to Brett Gardner.
Raul Ibanez says of his age at this point in the season, “Especially the older you get, you don’t train the same. You actually step up your training...I don’t understand how to not do something all-out. Most players don’t.” I freaking love Ibanez.
Andruw Jones, who my son reminds me is always smiling when he approaches the batter's box, looks damn comfortable and happy right now. Jones says “We’ve got a lot of guys on that bench that can go out and get the job done...”
Look, it's true, there's no doubt the trade deadline is coming and with Nick Swisher now hurt and Brett Gardner out for the rest of the season (most likely), we've all piled on. It was nothing against guys like Jones, Ibanez and Wise, but we're Yankee fans, we are always looking for an upgrade. But as Pete Caldera points out, the guys we have are good, they're hungry and they may be all we need.
By the way, read our interview with Pete Caldera here (NO ONE DOES THE YANKEES BETTER THAN PETE CALDERA.) He's one of the guys I've been reading for years and you should too...you may learn something.