Everywhere they go, the Yankees get criticized for "buying" championships, but at least, they know how to share the wealth when they win. Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez, who played bit roles with the Yankees last season and now are with Oakland, received their championship rings from Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Tuesday night's game.
Needless to say, both were suitably impressed, and they said as much to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins. Here's an excerpt from his column:
"Blew me away," said Gaudin, who appeared in 11 games after being purchased from San Diego in August and pitched a scoreless inning in the ALCS against the Angels. "It was so great how all the players came over. I wouldn't expect anything different. They're first-class all the way, from the time I stepped on board to the time I left."
"Gorgeous," marveled Gaudin as he gazed upon the ring. "I don't know if I'm even going to wear it."
Pretty cool stuff. Not only did World Series MVP Hideki Matsui get a wonderful welcome home when he received his ring at Yankee Stadium, but the little guys get top-drawer treatment, as well.
Alex Rodriguez drilled his 585th career home run in the Yankees' 7-3 win Tuesday night. The next one he hits will tie him with Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time list. When you're on a level with Robinson, that is rare air indeed. Robinson was the epitome of a major-league slugger for anyone from the Baby Boomer generation. When the top four on the all-time home run list were Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Robinson (586), all seemed right with the world. Now, the top eight includes Barry Bonds (762), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Sammy Sosa (609) and Rodriguez. Aaron, Ruth, Mays and Robinson are four of the greatest Hall of Famers of all-time. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the next four to get in. Griffey undoubtedly will make it because he is untainted by the steroid cloud of suspicion. The other three can't say that. Nor can No. 9 Mark McGwire (583) or No. 11 Rafael Palmeiro (569). No. 10 is Harmon Killebrew (573), another Hall of Famer.
Derek Jeter saw his 11-game hitting streak end on Tuesday…the Yankees have not committed an error in 11 straight games, their best streak ever in April…A's second baseman Mark Ellis is questionable with left hamstring soreness, the same injury that caused him to miss the previous seven games…A's centerfielder Ryan Sweeney saw his 13-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday.