Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
August 27, 2006: N.Y. Yankees 11, L.A. Angels 8
I gotta hand it to those pesky Angels. They never give up. Even down 4-11, they played to win...and almost pulled it out yet again. Joe Torre was forced to empty the bullpen to preserve the victory. (Jeff Karstens' first in the big leagues.)
I really hope the Angels don't make the playoffs, because I don't want to see them again. They're our nemesis. Though part of me wants Bubba to get another chance at them, most of me would be very happy to see the last of them.
Bernie had an amazing day, at least at the plate: 4 for 5 with a double and a homer, with 2 runs scored and 6 RBI. Wow. Too bad it didn't happen in Yankee Stadium. The fans would have gone absolutely crazy.
He was pretty awful in left field, but today, at least, his bat did make up for his glove.
As for why he was in left field...Melky is having dental problems. He's in a lot of pain, and they were planning to bench him today and possibly Tuesday, too. He needs a root canal. But Joe ended up putting him in as a LIDR. (Gee, Joe. Wouldn't it be nice to have a backup outfielder who's actually a defensive upgrade??)
Johnny Damon was also sick today. Not sure what the problem is, but he was dragging, and later admitted that he was afraid he was going to throw up during the game.
Only a few days until rosters expand. Will Bubba be a September call up? They certainly need a backup outfielder and pinch-runner. OTOH, there are a lot of other considerations when it comes to the 40-man roster. Kevin Thompson might have the inside track, just because he's already on it. I hope they go with Bubba, though. He's better on defense and a better baserunner. And he's earned it, dammit.
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