Yes, there were four other teams playing today.
The Rays, who are doing their best imitation of actual sluggers, beat the Red Sox and John Lester. Is David Ortiz in a major slump or is his wrist bothering him or does he miss Manny?
Speaking of the Manster, the Dodgers lost a close one to the Phillies despite his sizzling hot bat. Their bullpen didn’t get it done and Ethier grounded into a rally-killing double play.
But it was the Yankees I was thinking about after Joe Buck pointed out that Manny’s single in the eighth was his 52nd postseason hit, tying him with our very own Bernie.
So while the Dodgers-Phillies game was winding up, I took a few minutes to reflect on the 2008 Yanks. And what I fixated on was this: Why didn’t they ever (well, hardly ever) bunt runners over? Seriously. I saw the Dodgers do it tonight with my very own eyes. It’s not brain surgery. And yet, other than the occasional attempts by Jeter, Damon and Gardner, this team was all about going for the home run when there were men on base, and the offense suffered because of it.
I hate to say this about my Yankees, but they were incredibly one-dimensional. I mean, can you picture this player bunting?
Certainly not him?
I’m not even bringing up Posada and Molina, because we all know that catchers don’t bunt – unless, of course, they’re Russell Martin of the Dodgers who can run the bases too – a freak of nature!
My point here is that Cashman has to VARY the talents of next season’s team. We still need our bombers, sure. But we also need athletic, versatile players who can do more than swing for the fences. Sometimes laying down a bunt is a beautiful thing.