Results tagged ‘ Bobby Abreu ’

You could bet on it

Bobby Abreu took an $11 million pay cut this year to finally land with the Angels, so Hideki Matsui probably shouldn’t be checking his mailbox for a check this spring.

Remember that bet from last March, when Matsui flew off to New York for a surprise wedding and pulled a fast one on Derek Jeter and Abreu? Matsui wagered at the beginning of Spring Training concerning who would get married first, never letting on that his date was set for March 26.

“Bobby left without paying. Jeter has one more month,” Matsui said.

Abreu had a girlfriend and had six months to tie the knot, while Jeter – who claimed to be single – had a year. Abreu already lost his part of the bet and unless something shocking happens with the Yankees’ favorite super-bachelor, Jeter will be paying Matsui by the end of camp.

Sunday at the Stadium

The Yankees will try, try again to get the rest of their slumbering bats going this afternoon under cloudy skies in the Bronx. They haven’t looked much like a lineup to be considered a 1,000 run threat, but hey, it’s five games. So far Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez have been the main guys. We’ll also see how Jason Giambi responds after tweaking his left groin while running the bases in yesterday’s 6-3 loss.

The headline of this post is somewhat misleading (sorry!). I have my first day off of the regular season today, as Anthony DiComo will be bringing you all the coverage on Chien-Ming Wang gets the start for New York opposite James Shields.

Doing the little things

Bobby Abreu was standing at his locker last night and talking about how the Yankees are going to be able to do the little things to win ballgames this year — bunt runners over, steal bases, hit-and-run a little bit more. He didn’t out-and-out criticize Joe Torre, that’s not Abreu’s style, but it was clear that the long-time National Leaguer liked what he saw out of the Yankees.

The more you see out of Phil Hughes, also, there’s more reason to be encouraged about his bright future. Hughes carries himself like a veteran and looked sharp with both his fastball and curve last night, turning in a quality start against the Blue Jays.

Tonight Ian Kennedy, the least heralded of the Big Three, gets his turn against the Rays. Kennedy was telling us a story yesterday about how he went to an Outback Steakhouse with Joba Chamberlain, who gets recognized everywhere he goes. Someone offered Chamberlain a free dessert, which he happily scarfed down. Kennedy, sitting at the same table and with three big league starts under his belt, got no such special treatment.

Today, April 4, is my birthday, and here’s my favorite gift so far — the DVD of Billy Joel’s Yankee Stadium show in 1990, which I’ve got on the surround sound right now as the Pianoman cranks out “New York State of Mind.” I’ve seen Billy twice in concert – once at the Garden and once at the facility formerly known as the Continental Airlines Arena – and he’s always a bet for a great show. This is a nice trip down memory lane.

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