August 20th, 2013 by Jane Heller

Photo: Reuters

Without fanfare or drama, Jayson Nix has quietly made himself essential to the 2013 Yankees. When he was on the DL, there was a noticeable lack of depth on the team, offensively and defensively. He’s never going to be a star, but when he’s in the lineup he always manages to do something to help us win – never more so than today. The Yanks owe much of their doubleheader sweep of the Blue Jays to him. I’d really hate to see him DFA-ed when Jeter comes back.

Also an unlikely hero? Chris Stewart, whose homer in Game 1 saved the day. Well, Mo saved it literally, but Stewart’s homer was big. I’m not a huge fan of his catching ability (too many passed balls), but he’s given us much more than I expected this year.

Cano’s on fire, just as Soriano was during his run (which sadly appears over for now). And the starting pitching in the doubleheader was almost uniformly good: Nova in the opener and Hughes in the nightcap. The Jays were without Bautista after his injury and they’re not exactly tearing up the division the way they were supposed to, but today was all about beating a team we needed to beat.

The Yankees are still a long shot to make the playoffs – the Red Sox would have to start showing signs of a collapse and they haven’t – but at least they’re making the games fun again. I watched on and off throughout the day and I had the sense that they’d find a way to win – something I didn’t have a few weeks ago.


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5 Responses to “Nixy!”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    We’ve all got to be happy campers today – 8 of the last 10 games were wins! I only saw the second game yesterday but it was exciting. I followed game one on line “play-by-play” and it was exciting just to read what was happening. It seems like almost everybody is finding some way to help the team win. We do need a better shortstop though; he just can’t field the ball cleanly. Anyway, they’re on a thrilling run and we can just take it one game at a time, like they are obviously doing. On to another topic…how did they fine the pitcher who hit A-Rod $2,500 and Girardi $5,000? And the number of games he was suspended is just in line with the pitching line up so he’s not even going to miss a game. Horrible! But I’m happy because our boys are winning! GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    The Dempster suspension and fine were ridiculous, Diane, especially compared to what Girardi got. You’d think Joe Torre would know better. Maybe MLB has guidelines for these things and Torre and Garagiola were just following them. Or maybe MLB really doesn’t mind if A-Rod keeps getting drilled.

  3. Audrey says:

    I’m thinking it’s the latter, Jane. Someone called it the MLB equivalent of a wink and a nod.

    But the two games were great! It is fun to watch the Yankees again. Looking forward to doing so in a couple of hours.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    And now, of course, Dempster isn’t appealing his suspension, Audrey. Why should he bother? No punishment for him or his team. Oh well. All the Yanks can do is keep winning!

  5. Barbara says:

    I woke up so happy today and I think a double header victory was a big part of it. Had dinner with my dad and followed the game on the drive home. Arrived home and saw sori homer whilst in the driveway. We’re still a long shot but at least we’re fun to watch again.
    I just saw nix broke his hand. You just said he was essential. Now what. Maybe jeter can fill his fold