Youth and inexperience have been among the driving forces behind the New York Yankees’ early-season success.
They’ve also, at rare moments, been the source of some of the Yankees’ troubles.
So consider the Bronx Bombers’ rawness both a blessing and, as they learned in Sunday night’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox, a curse.
In the seventh inning Sunday, the curse reared its ugly head.cheap official nike nfl jerseys
Clint Frazier, the Yankees’ 24-year-old outfielder on the major league roster for most of the year because of the team’s rash of injuries, had a couple of late-inning gaffes that even his manager chalked up in part to a lack of big league playing time.
“That’s part of continuing to develop as a young player,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s working his tail off, and like I’ve talked about, he’s making strides out there, but obviously there’s been some mistakes along the way, too.”
In a disastrous inning that precipitated Sunday night’s 8-5 series-ending loss, Frazier — who this season is getting his first extended major league experience since his debut in the summer of 2017 — had the following foibles:
• He committed an error while approaching a ground ball that was hit right at him, letting the ball go bouncing past him to the wall as the Red Sox scored a run.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping
• He threw wide on another bungled play, trying unsuccessfully to nail a baserunner at home plate.
• He misread a pair of fly balls hit toward him, even laying out and diving at the last minute for one ball he should have caught easily.
“There’s going to be days where things kind of seem like they’re not going your way. It just always seems like the ball is being hit to you,” veteran center fielder Aaron Hicks said. “That’s just a time where you learn over time that you’ve got to slow the game down. Know the situations going into it, what might happen before the play even starts.
“Just kind of control the moment and do your best to get clean innings after that.”
As messy as Frazier’s performance might have been, it didn’t take away from the fact the Yankees earlier this weekend secured their ninth straight series win and now hold a sizable, 8½-game advantage over the rival Red Sox.
The biggest lesson the Yankees learned about themselves coming out of the weekend is that they are indeed a good squad, one that has the ability to rise to the occasion in a tough series. While it is still early, it is fair to expect them to be part of the postseason picture.