I’m sick over Judge’s oblique injury. Those can last forever and given all the other players who’ve gone lame, the Yankees are in real trouble. Judge was just coming into his own this season with yet another homer in yesterday’s game against KC. He’s been swinging the bat really well, so one swing and suddenly he’s out? What is it with these guys? Do we have to smother them in bubble wrap? I’m upset and I’m mad!
I haven’t posted in a while — under the weather combined with summer doldrums — but I was heartened by the sweep of Toronto and last night’s extra-inning win over the Marlins.
What I’m troubled by is the multitude of injuries the Yankees are sustaining. I know it’s the time of year when players get banged up, but now Chapman’s knee pain was bad enough for him to take himself out of the game and seek an MRI; Robertson’s shoulder is aching; Didi hurt his foot on a weird play; Judge is no closer to testing his fractured wrist by swinging a bat; and Sanchez is still out. CC is said to be returning soon, but I’m sure there are other casualties I’m forgetting. How this team can limp through to the end of the season like this beats me. I just want everybody healthy so we can chalk up wins against teams like the Marlins, let alone our division rivals.
These are trying times for Boone and the organization. I hope they can weather them.
As the season is about to get underway, the Yankees have called in reinforcements already, acquiring a utility infielder from the Astros named Petit (not to be confused with Pettitte). Why did they need this guy? Because Didi, our new shortstop, is hurt and Ryan, his backup, is hurt and Pirela, the second baseman is hurt. That’s a lot of “hurt” for April 2nd.
And I’m not counting Tex’s strained whatever and Ellsbury’s strained whatever, since they’re both said to be okay now. Maybe.
And of course I’m not counting the rehabbed knee of CC and the tenuous arm of Tanaka. Sigh.
On the bright side, it’s a long season and hope springs eternal, and the other teams in our division have problems of their own. And you know what else? It’s easier to approach the season with lowered expectations. At least it is for me. I’m not counting on Yankees 2015 to win a championship. I’m not even counting on them to make the playoffs. I’m hoping they’ll play good, solid, competitive baseball and leave the rest to the Baseball Gods. Or the Steinbrenners. Same thing. I’m also hoping A-Rod will not get hit by opposing pitchers. What I wouldn’t mind is if goes on a tear, popping A-bomb after A-Bomb. He can also lose the humble persona (I’ll do anything Joe wants me to do, I’m just here to play the game I love, I just want to help the team, etc.) and do something wild and crazy, like start dating – I don’t know – Gwyneth Paltrow. We need some off-the-field excitement if you ask me, just a whiff of naughtiness, and if anybody can deliver that, it’s the A-man.