Oct
23

An old Aussie checks in

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As we while away the hours until game two of the World Series, Fox Sports Australia checks in with a Yankee relief pitcher of old. Martin Gibbes sat down with Graeme Lloyd, and the lefty expounds on his experiences pitching for the Yanks. (Hat tip to iYankees)

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  • radnom

    “The situation he (Torre) came into was when a lot of good players came together and he was a great manager of those players. He didn’t care if he put a superstar on the bench. He did what he thought was the best thing for the team and was one of the big reasons for the success in 1996.”

    Man, I miss that Torre.

  • ceciguante

    great article.
    i’ve always been a fan of graeme lloyd. i lived in australia for most of the ’96 season, then came back to watch the yanks kill down the stretch and into october.

    the time lloyd led the charge out of the bullpen against armando benitez (when he threw at tino) was great. he was a man possessed. if you knew nothing about baseball, you could tell by his reaction that benitez did something very wrong, and lloyd was going to make him pay for it. good thing straw was there, b/c lloyd couldn’t throw a punch to save his life. but the effort was awesome.

    • Brad K

      I always felt that incident had a major impact on the team as a whole. I still get chills when I see a replay of Lloyd sprinting in from the bullpen with the other relievers in tow. To me it was the moment that defined the ’98 team.

  • Yankees 4ever

    This is totally unrelated to this post, but I heard Heyman on Francesa state that the Yankees had rehired a scout that had helped build the 90′s team. I did not hear the name and was wondering if anyone knew who it was.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Branch Rickey?

  • ceciguante

    almost forgot: i attended Game 1 of the best of 3 Australian World Series in 1996, between the home team sydney blues vs. the melbourne reds. it was an error laden affair on about the level of a AA game, but there was one unforgettable moment. sydney’s league-MVP catcher came up w/ 1 or 2 men on and smashed a ball to the right CF gap. the speedy RFer, looking nothing like bobby abreu, ran full tilt after it, eyes on the ball and glove extended. he met the wall just as the ball was going over it, and he actually took out a whole section of the wall — ran clear through it and disappeared. somehow, he wasn’t hurt too badly, but you’ll never see a better effort on a fly ball. incredible.

    • Brad K

      You’ll certainly never see that effort from Bobby Abreu.

      • radnom

        Bobby gives plenty of effort. Not everyone is that kind of player.

        • Brad K

          Agreed, but I was referring to his defensive output. I have no problem with his bat.

          • radnom

            If you meant output, we are in agreement. I just don’t think his difficulties with the wall are because he doesn’t care.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              Abreu puts out? Nice.

              HEY REBECCA, UWS, GISELLE! ABREU PUTS OUT!