Quick Bits: Posada, Park, A-Rod
Here are a few quick items on the evening:
- Jorge Posada on retiring: “They are going to really have to rip [the uniform] off me.”
- Chan Ho Park is honored to be on the Yankees and hopes to win a WS ring this season.
- Speaking of Park, the Yankees consider today to be “Day 1″ of Spring Training for him
- Alex Rodriguez is a pretty sneaky dude, baiting Phil Hughes during batting practice.
I wonder how often A-Rod might intentionally overswing at a fastball during an at-bat in order to coax another one out of a pitcher that he then unloads on. It is a clever and daring maneuver. That reminds me of an incident from last July, in which Ichiro swung wildly at a Scott Downs curveball on the outer edge of the plate during an 0-1 Toronto-Seattle game with the bases loaded, two out, and an 0-1 count in the 9th inning. David Aardsma, Seattle’s closer, actually suggested to reporters afterward that Ichiro had purposefully overswung at the pitch to convince Downs to throw him another curveball, which he did. Ichiro then looped the 0-2 curve into shallow center for the first walk-off hit of his career.
As if you needed another reason to like Ichiro…
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