Man do I love me some Greg Bird! His 2015 debut made me not miss Mark Texiera. Then the shoulder issue, goodbye 2016 season. That 2017 spring training! That is an MVP ready to dominate, season starts the foot/ankle issue appears. How about that post season? This is our dude! Who hits a homer off of Andrew Miller? 2018 here we come, lets roll….another foot issue. Greg Bird is a reminder of a time long ago when many Yankees fans had another first baseman, Nick Johnson.
Nick Johnson and his ability to get on base. The dream that was never realized, another homegrown Yankee first baseman. Tino Martinez’s time with the Yankees was winding down and the heir apparent was on the cusp of taking the job. But those “freak” injuries occurred in Johnson’s career, not just with the Yankees but his whole career. The strains, pulls and fractured bones limited all that potential. Which led to the mistake that was the Jason Giambi signing, another article for a different day.
So I look at Greg Bird and I ponder/worry. Am I looking at Nick Johnson 2.0? All the hype and potential that might be, only to suffer from baseball fan heartbreak. Lucky for the Yankees history has not repeated itself with the signing of a long contract to Hosmer.