I was out for dinner and missed the last couple of innings, but the Yankees had done their offensive damage against the Royals’ pitchers by then. So, let me get this straight: Do I call this group of replacement parts – i.e. Wells, Overbay, Nelson – the Bronx Bombers?
Maybe. It’s weird how great this team is doing in spite of itself. Weird and wonderful. I look at big-money “Yankees-like” teams such as Toronto, Anaheim and L.A. – teams that spent big in the off-season and were sure contenders – and they’ve been stumbling so far. And yet here are the scrappy Yankees with their collection of oddballs and they’re in first place.
Yes, it’s early. And yes, there are weaknesses. But games like tonight are just plain fun.
Hughes wasn’t fun. Not at all. But Shawn Kelley, of all people, saved the day. Who knew?
More tomorrow, please.