Another confusing surprise for the New York Yankees and that’s the second in one week!
Brett Gardner was not in the line-up on the 1st game of a double-header against Kansas City a few days ago. Now, if he’s sick, nursing an injury, or some other mishap, then we must discard this commentary. But if he’s healthy, and ready to go…
The 1st game of a double-header is the most important, especially against a last place team that might roll over in the second game—giving us a much needed swept. That it’s a day game (too early), or it’s too hot, or will be too exhaustive, etc, is unexcusable.
Brett is not old, he’s 35—a great athlete in great athletic condition. Have you seen his physique? Solid as a rock! If we were on the tail end of a stretch, playing 20 days in a row , I could see the logic. But we are just getting back from the All-Star break; plus 2 games postponed of rain…How much rest is required?
Player’s, nowadays, are in better physical shape than ever. Offseason workout sessions with their personal trainers resemble Navy Seals boot camp, have you seen their videos? There’s no way you can convince me that he can’t withstand 2 games, (Andújar who is 23, gets a rest for game one; Hicks 28, and Gleyber 21 years old respectively, don’t get the start for game two).
We need momentum! We need our leaders out in front leading the way! We’re banged up and short handed (No Judge; no Sanchez). There’s a storm brewing on the horizon, so why wait for it to arrive? All hands on deck!
We can rest when it blows over for the New York Yankees…
This new age baseball is frustrating at times. Too much technology.
Pitch count, work load, days-off, etc. Today’s athlete is so pampered that they become accustom to this new gospel. It would be nice to see the natural—a Cal Ripken Jr. or Fernando Valenzuela. Guys that wouldn’t allow you to take them out of a line-up or the ball from their hand. That’s why they get paid the big bucks. They’re there; fighting in the heat of the battle, because that’s where they want to be.
This could be a crucial point of the season. A lot of things are going on right now in the clubhouse. Aaron Boone must be very careful how he navigates the ship. A timely winning streak would be perfect for us—just what the doctor ordered to get us going. Meanwhile buy some time for the injured players to return.