That being said, I understand the importance of power on my New York Yankees and losing Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira to the disabled list removes a ton of power from our lineup. So, what the hell do we do? We’re going to have to re-invent ourselves, it’s the only way. Trust me, we are just a few short weeks away from opening day, and we're doing a whole lot of nothing. Pretty soon, we're going to have to start doing something, or you will quickly see a man who doesn't care about losing exhibition games, start to care a helluva lot. You want to see me angry? Well, let's just hope the Yankees don't get swept by the Sox in the first series of the season. If we do, I will scream holy hell! But let me not get ahead of myself...
While this isn’t the Yankees Spring training of "doom" as
David Brown of Yahoo Sports wrote the other day, read HERE, it’s pretty depressing to
see our guys once again dropping like flies and losing... alot.
I’d love to scream from the rooftops that "I told you so." I would love to blame Yankee brass for old
broken down players that can’t “do it” anymore, but I can’t. It's just baseball and luckily for us... it's still Spring training. Grandy just happened to get clocked on the
forearm, a legitimate injury. Mark Teixeira
happened to sprain his wrist getting ready for the WBC. That in itself is ridiculous, because you
have to think that if he wasn’t doing that stupid WBC, he wouldn’t have gotten
hurt. But we can’t go back, so we move
on without them for several weeks.
But, what do we do in the meantime? Well, we grind through the
spring. We make our cuts and we hone in on the replacements. That’s all we can do. Most importantly, the
power won’t be there, so I’m not expecting to see anyone swinging for the
fences and I don’t think we should go that way, especially without Tex or
Grandy. Sure, Kevin Youkilis has a big chance to win over us fans, and if he needs to swing hard, go for it, but there are plenty of players without power in this line up. In fact, we need to open our eyes and see the tools we actually do have. We need to get quicker, we need to be athletic and we need to play
alittle small ball, for however long it takes.
And then, as Tex comes back…and as Grandy comes back, we transform into the
power house that we can be.
Now look, it won’t be
easy. You'll need to tack on at least 2 to 3 weeks on Grandy’s 10 week sentence and
Tex will easily be 3 weeks extra because it’s the Spring and they’ll take their time. One things for sure though, guys like Melky Mesa and Dan Johnson are clearly going to need to step it up.
(In Photo: Dan Johnson)
Dan Johnson doesn’t have Mark Teixeira power, but he’s got
power and some athletic ability around the bag at first base. Unfortunately he's shown us none of it this Spring and it makes me wonder if he's even going to make it through. Actually, Johnson is better than he's playing. Plus, truth be told, he’s no Tex, but he’s got the
ferocity to earn a spot, and prove that he’s a reliable dude in Mark
Teixeira’s absence. Will he? Well, it's pretty bad right now... I'm not sure.
Melky Cabrera… there,
I said it because you couldn’t. The
reality is, this is a special kid. I
like what I’m seeing and I hope the Yankees hang onto this dude. Read about him in our piece by Rudy Laurens
titled MELKY MESA IS MAKING HIS CASE. One thing you need to worry about with
him is strikeouts. That can be fixed
because he’s young and while he may be in a routine, little tweaks can fix it.
Throw Melky Mesa in the mix with guys like Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki and you have 3 leadoff guys.
Plus, it's safe to say that Derek Jeter is officially back and things are starting to happen. And
that’s another important part of this puzzle.
Sure, the Yankees are worse off then we were before, but with Jeter
brings leadership and where there’s leadership comes the twinkle in a teammates
eye that says “I’m playing with the great Derek Jeter. There isn’t room for excuses and there isn’t any reason to quit… these are the Yankees.”
At the end of
the day, there is no doom & gloom… just alittle maneuvering, adjusting and
playing hard baseball. Sure, we lose
some power right now... but it’s March 15th, not September 15th,
we’re actually a lot better off than you think.
Oh yeah... and Go Yanks!
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