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Some closing thoughts from Bright House Field, where the Phillies defeated the Yankees with two runs in the ninth inning off Wilkins Arias…
- Nick Johnson is well aware of what the public perception is of his injury problems, and he grinned widely when somebody brought up how – no matter how trivial this back tweak might be – the bottom scroll on the TV news is still going to say that Johnson was scratched with a stiff lower back, and someone will inevitably say, ‘Here we go again.’
“It won’t be too long,” he said. “I’m not really worried about that.”
- Joe Girardi was mentioning how under conditions on a day like today, sometimes the ball can feel a little bit slick – perhaps a hint to not put all that much stock in the pitching. This may not get much sympathy from those of you up north, but some of the Yankees were feeling the chill out in that left-field bullpen. Put it this way – at first pitch, it was 49 degrees. Phillies.com’s Todd Zolecki checked the weather for Philadelphia at the same time and it was 40 degrees. So basically we could have played this one at Citizens Bank Park, as long as they cleared the snow.
- Girardi mentioned Zach McAllister (scoreless fourth), Ivan Nova (scoreless fifth) and Boone Logan (scoreless 1 1/3 innings) under the heading of “a lot of good things.”
- Roy Halladay should wind up being a pretty good deal for the Phillies. 24 pitches, 21 strikes. Girardi said, “He doesn’t change much, that’s for sure.” The Yankees saw him five times out of 18 games against the Blue Jays in 2009 and should be doing handsprings now that the good Doc has departed the American League East.
- Girardi’s message for tomorrow, when Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain will both pitch against the Rays: “No one’s going to be our fifth starter the first time through the rotation. It doesn’t happen that way. They’re going to be competitive, there’s no doubt about it. We’ll watch them closely, but all these guys need to get their arm strength back. Just try not to overthrow tomorrow. Try to stay within yourself.”
I know everyone giggles when they hear about the Yankees’ strict spending budget, but so far, Brian Cashman really is acting like he intends to keep the payroll under $200 million in 2010.
Take the Johnny Damon situation, for example. As Tyler Kepner details today in an analysis piece for the New York Times, Damon had offered to return for two years and $20 million, but only after the Yankees offered two years and $14 million. By that point, the Yankees had already come near the finish line on a $5.5 million deal with Nick Johnson and it was too late to turn back.
A Yankees official told the Times that Damon’s agent, Scott Boras, wanted a two-year, $26 million deal when he spoke with Cashman on Wednesday, but Boras disputed that in an interview.
So the Yankees have subtracted Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui from the World Series roster and replaced them with Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson. They’re a little younger and certainly a little less expensive. But do you feel like the Yankees are better today?