fringe Posted January 18, 2007 Share Posted January 18, 2007 ....When I think of him, he's in a New York Yankees uniform, a 24-year-old rookie, smiling, shrugging, lugging around that "next Mickey Mantle" thing or whatever it was New York was laying on him at the time. It was 1998. The Yankees were the best team I ever saw. ......moved silently, respectfully among the superstars, and there was hardly getting out of their way: Derek Jeter, Darryl Strawberry, Williams, Mariano Rivera, Tino Martinez, Tim Raines, Paul O'Neill, David Cone, Wells, Andy Pettitte, Hideki Irabu, Chili Davis, Orlando Hernandez. There wasn't a lot of room for ......, and not much use for him. Scott Brosius batted ninth and drove in 98 runs. The team scored nearly 1,000. Ten players hit at least 10 home runs, none as many as 30. This was a machine. ......'s time was out there somewhere, beyond this Yankees team, when Chad Curtis moved on or when O'Neill or Raines retired. So, he ran between Columbus and New York, playing in 42 big-league games. He mopped up around the veterans, took his at-bats where they came, and showed more in the way of athletic grace and promise than hard numbers. But, when October arrived, left field had become troublesome for manager Joe Torre. Curtis wasn't hitting. Raines was aging. And Shane Spencer was less tested than ...... even. So, in Game 1 of the World Series against the San Diego Padres, ...... started in left field. The Padres started 18-game winner Kevin Brown. Because ..... batted left-handed and was a capable defender, Torre took the flier. "Yeah,"..... says, "that's still so fresh in my mind. It feels like it was two months ago." Of course, ...... hit .600 in that series. He was four for six with a walk and a sacrifice fly against Brown in Games 1 and 4. The Yankees won in four and ....... it seemed, had arrived, at least seven months earlier than expected. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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