There were lots of reasons for Yankee fans to smile last night as the Bronx Bombers beat up on the Brewers, 12-3. Joe Torre, veins bulging from his neck, saying everything he could to get run by Larry Vanover in the sixth inning was my favorite, but Alex Rodriguez stole the show, going 4-4, hitting two home runs, and, in the process, becoming the youngest player in the history of the game to reach 400 for his career. (Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano added solo shots of their own; man, ever notice how all of Jeter's dingers come in meaningless situations...That's a gag, son--gag, that is.) Though Rodriguez still hasn't won over some Yankee fans, he's one of the more remarkable players of his generation. Yeah, he's a prima dona, but so are most superstars. The guy works hard, and plays hard. Currently leading the league in homers, runs scored and runs batted in, he's having a fine season, aside from some notable defensive lapses. All I can say is that I sure appreciate watching him play.
Ruben Sierra started in left field and collected three hits, but Hideki Matusi was able to keep his consecutive-game streak alive when he pinch-hit in the ninth. The Yanks have the night off as the travel to St. Louis for three games against the Cardinals this weekend.
Oh, and I forgot to mention this yesterday, but Jaret Wright was shut-down after complaining of a sore arm. According to Newsday:
If Wright remains on the DL for another 29 days, which the Yankees think will be the case, they will have the opportunity to void his three-year, $21-million deal after next season by paying him a $4-million buyout, saving the team $3 million.
Do it, do it. Then with the extra money, maybe they can go after another arm. I hear Eric Milton's available. Too bad they missed out on Placido Planco, who was traded to the Tigers yesterday. The Yanks could use another outfielder.