Spare Parts

August 5th, 2012 by Jane Heller

What struck me about today’s victory over the Mariners, aside from how sweet it always is to win as opposed to the opposite, is that guys like Ibanez, Nix and Stewart made important contributions.

Ibanez has been a bona fide star over his long career, but at 40 he wasn’t expected to produce the way he has this season. I certainly didn’t expect it, especially after his horrendous spring training. He’s just so impressive, whether it’s clocking a ball into the seats or getting a hit after a tough at bat. A professional hitter, that’s what he is.

Nix has been a journeyman – nothing fancy, just a guy who keeps grinding in almost a Brosius blue collar way. His throws at third really impressed me today, and his offense has been a pleasant surprise.

And Stewart? I didn’t have a clue. I think many of us were wondering why Cervelli didn’t get the backup catcher job instead. But “Stewy,” as I’m sure Girardi calls him, manages to make something good happen whenever he plays. And catching Sweaty Freddy with all his walks and wild pitches can’t be easy.

Of course our regulars – from Tex to the back end of the bullpen – were great too. And the best part? We won a series heading into what will be a tough one against the Tigers. I am not looking forward to facing this guy tomorrow night.

 

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3 Responses to “Spare Parts”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    I was thinking the same thing about Ibanez and company, Jane. They’ve all made such a difference in the season so far and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change much. Gardner is coming off the DL so that should help too. The win was nice, and it never looked like the weren’t going to win. I’m not looking forward to this evening’s game either but who knows…GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Audrey says:

    This team is just that – a team! They play together and each contributes. None of the stars is really having a stand-out year, they are just all bringing something to it everyday. It is so nice to never inwardly groan when a certain player is up at bat or in the game because each one of these guys is capable of great things now and again.

    The Yankees have taken on Verlander before and done just fine. No worries (but any good luck rituals are still appreciated). Also, if they get nervous all they have to do is think about the All-star game. That will bring Verlander back into the realm of falliable humanity.

  3. Jane Heller says:

    It’ll be nice to have Gardner back, Diane, even if all he can do is pinch run. Ichiro’s filling the bill in the meantime.

    Verlander certainly was vulnerable in the A-S Game, Audrey. And he hasn’t had his best season. But he’s still one of the toughest to hit. That said, in some ways I’d rather face him than some kid the Yankees have never seen.