Is Brian Cashman a genius?
I was watching the Yankee game last night on ESPN and one the other night on TBS and I noticed something. The two big names that the Yankees picked up right before the trade deadline are really contributing to the teams success.
One player they picked up is a guy who I've been a fan of for a long time. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is now catching for the Yanks and he's doing a helluva job! Last night, he saved the day with an awesome play at home plate.
On a nice line drive shot to right field in the bottom of the second inning, Bobby Abreau fielded the ball and threw a rope to Pudge at the plate. As Pudge said, "You just block and wait for impact." He did and there sure was one, impact that is, Pudge and the Rangers David Murphy collided in front of the plate. This was after the Rangers had already scored twice in the inning and it was looking to get pretty ugly for the Yankees. Pudge may have saved the day! He held onto the ball for the third out of the inning and the Rangers only scored once more in the game.
The bad thing about the collision was that both players left the game afterwards. From what I can find on the internet, Pudge is okay. He's got a bruise on his knee. Murphy messed up a ligament and is expected to miss two to four weeks. You never like to see that happen, but hey, there's no crying in baseball!
Then in the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Boggs of the Rangers hit a line drive to left field. The other big name that the Yankees picked up made a beautiful diving catch to save two runs. Xavier Nedy, who the Yanks picked up from the Pirates right before the deadline is batting close to .400 since coming over. I saw him hit a two run homer last weekend against the Angels and then last night he made that awesome defensive play. Plays like these just make the Yanks front office look too damn smart!
Now let's see if they can take this win and run with it. It seems like every time the Yankees win one, the Deadsox do to...and those pesky Rays just won't die!
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