Bruney gets apologetic
Brian Bruney did two things over this weekend: He pulled himself out of the minors, with a shutout outing in Scranton, and he embarrassed himself, pulling himself out of a feud with Francisco Rodriguez.
What did he say again? “He’s got a tired act,” Alright, harmless.
But I side with K-Rod here despite my blatant Yankee bias because I refuse to be a hypocrite. A hypocrite in the sense that if I agreed with what Bruney said about K-Rod’s celebrations, I’d have to explain this:
So it was kind of a lose-lose situation for Bruney; Either he not say anything and look like the lesser man after that altercation, or he apologize and look like a fool. I’d say he made the right move and apologized, bowing down to the mighty will of the great, theatrically-flawed Rodriguez.
“Obviously, I probably shouldn’t have said what I said,” Bruney admitted, “I made that mistake and I’m moving on,”
Ok, fantastic. All I really cared about was how he returned to the Yankees. And he did so just fine. One third inning, no runs. Thank you Bruney, and now please, stop talking.
Jose Veras gets DFA’d
In a way the most important thing (Yankee-related) that happened today. Veras, had been struggling all season (as of today, a 5.96 ERA, 25 innings and 17 ER), and with Bruney coming up, there were several options. There were a good amount of DFA possibilities; Berroa, Tomko, Veras. There was also the thought of Robertson being sent down.
I held my fingers crossed for Robertson of course, because I have that blind belief in the occasional young guy. I think he has serious potential and should get as much time as possible with jeopardizing wins (until he’s not longer categorized as a win jeopardizer).
I figured that Berroa would be the best option because Pena has easily been outperforming him as the backup infielder, and the guy just didn’t seem to fit. It would be a loss if he was picked up off the waiver list, but it seems worth it. Veras looked like he was turning it around…
But it was Veras. Luckily, our bullpen, with Bruney back, is starting to look considerably above average, the exact opposite of early this season (take a walk down memory lane, why don’t you).
CC Gets the Win
Before I bid you good night, CC looked stellar today, approaching what he looked like near-break last year. He is our ace now, and with him off our minds, we can focus on worrying on Wang (congratulate him if you see him, he has a new baby boy) and Burnett and Pettitte and Hughes and Joba and…
(introducing this new section)
John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Quote of the Day: (near word for word) “Swung on and HIT IN THE AIR TO DEEP LEFT CENTER FIELD, AND THAT BALL IS….Caught! Wait, no! It’s off the wall!”