Thursday, May 2, 2013
Posted by el duque at 6:57 AM
Lyle O-for-three... Lyle Overmatched... Lyle NoCanPlay...
You don't get enough names like that. (We never imagined Chien-Ming Wang was on the way.) The best part was that Overbay wouldn't hit, and he would soon be gone, so we could feel no remorse in mocking his name. Lyle NotToday.
Listen: I have really come to appreciate the cool professionalism of the sparky Lyle.
He has become one of my favorite Yankees.
Last night, his base running savvy allowed Eduardo Nunez to score the critical game-winning run. Last weekend, his late homer beat Toronto. Throughout April, Overbay's defense saved Nunez and the left side of the infield, which at one point included Frankie Cervelli, and more than once I've tried to imagine where the Yankees would be if they had handed first base to the clanky Juan Rivera. God knows how many errors - and games - would have rolled into the Yankee dugout.
Thus, the sadness that inevitably awaits us. Mark Teixeira is healing, and one of these days, Lyle Overbay will be Lyle Overboard. I'd like to think otherwise, but look - look at the team. No way can Cashman can keep a backup 1B and another LH bat. He could go to Scranton, but - jeez - he's deserving of a better fate. Odds are this: When Tex returns, we shake Overbay's hand, give him a Rolex and ask for the parking lanyard.
I'm tempted to suspend the elections and declare Lyle Overbay April Yankee IIH Employee of the Month. I'm really going to miss this guy. He has reminded me of how enjoyable it can be to watch a player who tends to the details - moving runners, shortening his swing in critical ABs, making the right defensive decisions, etc.
In recent years, the Yankees evolved into the team that bludgeoned the opposition with HRs, but that didn't always play smart. Grandyman was the worst offender, but it trickled down to Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher, too. (To be honest, Robbie didn't always play smart.) Overbay brought something to the Yankees this year. He has played with his heart and his mind. Damn, I wish there was a way he could stick.
Lyle FindaWay. Lyle WishCouldStay. Lyle ThisGuyCanPlay...