Yup. Greg Bird. I was really excited when the Yankees called him up. I remained excited even when he went 0-for-5 in his first game in the Majors. I continued to be excited when he got his first hit. But wow, now he’s My Guy. If he had a jersey, I’d buy it. He hit the 10th inning liner that enabled the Yanks to beat the Twins in 10 innings when I was at the Stadium on Monday night. And he continued to impress in Tuesday night’s game. In today’s finale, he was just flat-out awesome with two, two-run homers. He plays a more-than-adequate first base too. What’s more, everybody’s writing about his poise at the plate, in the clubhouse, everywhere. He fits in. He belongs. Which is another way of saying I don’t think he’s a one-trick pony, but we’ll see. If Tex will be out awhile because of the bone bruise in his shin, I feel pretty damn good that Greg Bird will be on the case.
Meanwhile, CC and Evo (especially Evo) pitched well against the Twins and Beltran stepped up. Ellsbury too. And – good news – Toronto lost to the lowly Phillies today, so we’re in first by two games. Yes, it’s still August, but I’ll take it.
The four-game series against the Indians will be challenging, but it’s Toronto that gives me the shakes. We play them a zillion more times before it’s over.
For now, I’ll bask in Bird’s glory and enjoy the rest of HOPE Week, always a great series of feel-good events.