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August 08, 2006

New Yankee Grit?

Last night, I was enjoying the YES Network's rebroadcast of Game 3 of the 1999 World Series. That was some game for Chad Curtis.

Thinking of Chad Curtis last night made me think of guys like him, Jim Leyritz, Shane Spencer, Clay Bellinger, and Joe Girardi. Statistically, overall, these guy's bats would not impress you. But, they sure were good guys to have on a winning team. They could help you in certain ways.

And, then I thought "Do the Yankees have anyone like that now?" But, quickly, I forgot about it.

However, this morning, I noticed this recommendation over at Inside The Stadium:

Get to know new Yankee Craig Wilson in Anthony McCarron’s Daily News article. McCarron paints a picture of Wilson as the next Jim Leyritz — he can play everywhere in the field, including catcher, and brings a little pop to the line up.

Yeah, I can see that connection. I also see Wilson being a little like Chad Curtis too.

And, you know what? Maybe Sal Fasano has a little Girardi in him? (Boy, that was meant to sound nice - but, now, seeing it in print, it sounds like the punch-line to a dirty joke.)

And, maybe Andy Phillips is the new Clay Bellinger?

Come to think of it, this new collection of spare parts that the Yankees have put together just may be another reason to like this team's chances this season.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 8, 2006 12:37 PM


I had a good feeling about Guiel, too, before he was sent down. He had some clutch hits in his short stay with the big club.

Posted by: brockdc [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 01:26 PM

Good point. I liked him too.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 01:43 PM

Interesting topic. I thought Karim Garcia was that type of player too. And then there were about a dozen guys who tried to play that role, but just couldn't cut it (Vander Wal, Zeile, Bubba Trammel, etc).

Posted by: Xopher [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 04:33 PM