The third baseman that I now refer to as the “Thin Toad”¹ was finally benched. Ramiro Pena replaced Cody Ransom at third base when the Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
¹During a spring training game in the late 90’s, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner labeled pitcher Hideki Irabu as a ‘fat puss-filled toad’ when Irabu failed to cover first base on a routine ground ball.
Other lineup changes included a day off for left fielder Johnny Damon. Damon has been enduring a personal issue involving his mother, and has been weakened both mentally and physically. Also going to the bench is DH Hideki Matsui, who has struggled out of the gate with a .125 batting average.
Catcher Jorge Posada moved to DH, while catching duties were handled by Jose Molina. Mark Teixeira was back in the lineup at first base, while Nick Swisher moved to left field.
The moves left Swisher batting clean-up. Whoa! An ace reliever one night, and Babe Ruth the next!…
Swisher responded with his fourth home run of the young season.
Meanwhile, what can I say about Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett? He’s the stopper. He’s the ace. He’s the man…
The Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2. It had been a pitcher’s duel until Derek Jeter’s three-run homer blew the game open in the 9th. But the night belonged to the Man…
THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT
I have continued to follow the career of Jason Giambi, and will be a big fan of his so long as the Oakland A’s aren’t playing the New York Yankees. ESPN.com has profiled Giambi’s workout regiment, and it is a must-read for anyone looking to lose a few pounds!
If you are looking to fit into that bikini or swimsuit, you might want to try the G-Workout! Well, maybe not. Too funny!