Game 119 / 67-52 / 1st / +2G : On the wings of recent call-up Greg Bird, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Minnesota Twins this afternoon. One of the prized jewels of New York’s vastly underrated farm system, Bird clubbed a pair of two-run homers that proved the difference in a 4-3 squeaker over the Twins. We know Mark Teixeira isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but the name ‘Wally Pip‘ was playfully bouncing around Yankees universe today.
Bird has poise both at the plate and in the field that belie his youth. Manager Joe Girardi described it as Bird having ‘a slow heartbeat’ — where the game slows down for him in a manner that few his age seem to experience.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 4, Twins 3
“You watch all of these guys, that’s how they play. I guess it’s from watching them, watching how they do things. I just like to be even-keeled and level-headed and just kind of go out there and let the work I do before the game take over … It’s so much fun for me to come in every day and just watch (the veterans). On the field. Off the field. In (the clubhouse). Talk to them. Hear what they have to say. It’s really special, and it’s stuff that will serve me well and I won’t ever forget.” ‐ Greg Bird (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1957, while not directly related to the Yankees, New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham announced that the team’s board of directors had voted 9-1 in favor of moving to San Francisco…
Happy 80th Birthday, Bobbie Richardson! “Look at him (Bobby Richardson). He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t chew, he doesn’t stay out late and he still can’t hit .250.” — Manager Casey Stengel.
(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)