It came after Yangervis Solarte lashed a double down the line. This was too late in the game to matter. But John gushed over what Solarte has brought to the team. "I don't care," he said. "He's great. He's just great!" Suzyn stepped in to note that, "He might not even be here in June," but Solarte has done the job. She noted that he was the league leader in doubles, with six. And then, they dabbled into the realm of existential philosophy.
Unrepentant about his optimism, The Master said that everyone in this world must choose between up and down. "I CHOOSE UP," he said. "I'LL TAKE UP."
Lately, good people have accused this blog of choosing DOWN far too often and far too early in this season - and you know what? They are right. It is mid-April, far too soon to be tossing towels - especially if MasahiroTanaka and Michael Pineda are for real. But yesterday, we played an infield of Cervelli, Roberts, Jeter and Solarte - so compromised defensively that it was hard to separate Ivan Nova's ineffectiveness from our glove-work, or lack of it. We can choose up, but I'm not sure any of them will be here in June.
Somewhere out there, we have to find our Luis Sojo, our Mariano Duncan - that cast-off infielder who comes to the Yankees and plays out of his mind for six months. (We're hoping Solarte, Dean Anna and Brian Roberts are that guy.) Jeter can hit and position himself smartly. But he can't dial back to 1998. Yesterday, a potential DP grounder slid past him, and it led to a three-run first inning. I'm willing to say the Yankees were doomed to lose that game no matter what. But lost DP grounders will haunt us this year. Eventually, they will even suck the hope out of our broadcasting booth.
But look: I'm in with John's mindset. Up is better than down. We have four games with Boston this weekend. They're reeling from a home sweep by the Brewers, and the hubris of an off-season full of self-congratulatory masturbation. If we can whack them with four quality starts, and if we can hold things together until Teixeira and Robertson return, we can survive this month. Because that's what we must do: Take each month as it comes. Somewhere out there is a Luis Sojo - a slick fielding infielder whose bat has a season left in it. The longer we can stay in this race, the better chance we have of finding him.
And John is right, folks. We must generate our own hope, not expect the Yankees to supply it. Today, I say this: YANGERVIS IS GREAT. And let's not think about June.