Thursday, April 15, 2010
Will The Real Nick Johnson Please Stand Up
Seven-six-two millimeter. Full metal jacket!
As a genuine Yankee fan, I was initially hesitant about the return of Nick Johnson to the Bronx Bombers this season. After a few stints with the Nationals and Marlins, I put this 32 year old as a mediocre journeyman who could contribute little to the Yankees deep lineup. Although he hasn't had a great start this year, Mr. Pyle is starting to grow on me.
If you watch Nick Johnson play, he reminds you of a throwback player - Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig style throwback. He's a bit clumsy, pasty and has that womanizing look about him. You could have pictured him out with the babe, feasting on NYC's finest petticoat's back in the glory years. He has a Nick Swisher swagger to him that seems to resonate in the clubhouse. He is also the nephew of one of my favorite MLB personalities, Larry Bowa, who is currently the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Enjoy this spring training clip with Joe Girada really getting on Nick Johnson during some drills.