LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees' Bird Getting High Praise From Those In The Know

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Yankees' Bird Getting High Praise From Those In The Know

How big has Greg Bird been this season?

That's a rhetorical question, of course. Everyone knows how big Bird (Big Bird!) has been since he made his MLB debut on August 13th. The lefty-hitting first baseman has hit .263 with 5 HR and 17 RBI. 

Yesterday was his biggest game yet. His clutch, three-run homer put the Yankees ahead to stay, helping them pick up ground on division-leading Toronto, who lost to Boston. Bird hit the home run off Brian Matusz, one of the league's better lefty relievers.

The home run prompted this discussion on Twitter between two people in the know:

High praise, indeed. O'Neill himself, who was in the broadcast booth for the game, refrained from agreeing with Gammons, saying he needed to see more of the kid before doing so.

However, if you recall the game in Toronto where Bird got his first Major League hit, everyone seemed to respond as if Bird were not happy with it, as if he should have had more than one hit by that time.  Yep, that sounds like Paul O'Neill.

The kid has been great. There is some darkness on the road ahead, however. Once Mark Teixeira comes back, whether it's this year or next, Bird's temp job will be over. Teixeira has a full year remaining on his contract, which might mean, depending on his health, that he will keep us from seeing Greg Bird again until the 2017 season. Bummer.

I'm not wishing bad health on anyone, but I hope the Yankees find some way to get Greg Bird in the lineup next year. Figure it out, guys.

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