If these are indeed the final days of Bernie Williams' career in New York at least he's got some games like last night's left in him. Williams, who has traditionally hit well in August, cranked a pair of two-run home runs to help lift the Bombers past Kansas City 5-1. He received two curtain calls and it was warming to see him being appreciated by the home town fans. Bernie is a favorite of ours here at Bronx Banter and I know that I am trying to savor every at-bat he has--good, bad or indifferent--because this may be it. Of course, it is especially sweet when he does something productive.
Alex Rodriguez added a solo blast into the black seats--his league-leading 38th on the season--and Randy Johnson pitched eight strong innings. It was a good win for the Yanks who kept pace with Indians and A's who won--as did the Sox.
Meanwhile, according to Bill Madden in The Daily News, the Yankees acquired outfielder Matt Lawton last night fromt the Cubs for a minor league pitcher:
Lawton, who hit .268 with 11 homers and 49 RBI in 120 games with Chicago and Pittsburgh this season, likely will be plugged into left field with Hideki Matsui moving to center on regular occasions as the Yankees address what has been a problem for them all season long. According to sources, the deal came down in the middle of last night's 5-1 Yankee win over the Royals, after it had been learned earlier in the day that Lawton had cleared waivers.
This sounds like a nice, modest pick-up. I've always liked Lawton personally, and he's an upgrade over Bubba Crosby and Tony Womack in the outfield. Welcome aboard, bro.