I gotta check…but I’m pretty sure this is a reprint of an early 60’s TSN article on Hector Lopez.
Eduardo Nunez is determined to prove a lot of people, namely those who cringe and hold their collective breath each time a ball is hit in his direction, completely wrong. For all the attention the New York Yankees have garnered about their injuries and age throughout Spring Training, Nunez is focused to show that youth can serve, and serve well.
“It’s hard when you know you can do better than that, and you’re not doing it,” Nunez said. “I hear a lot of things. People blame you. ‘You [stink].’ ‘You can’t do this.’ That’s hard, but everything that I hear—comments about myself—they make me stronger. I tell myself, I work hard and I (will) prove them wrong. The people that talked about me bad, they’re wrong.”
...“I think you saw some inconsistencies in (his throwing) last year,” Girardi said. “That could’ve been (because) we moved him all over the place. We’ve been pretty adamant about keeping him at shortstop. We weren’t exactly sure where Derek was going to be. Our belief was that he was still going to be back, but you have to protect yourself.”
Despite making his third error of the spring at shortstop while filling in for Jeter on Wednesday, Nunez started a 6-4-3 double play on the next batter, and got a hit and drove in a run, in the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. He made it clear afterwards that he’s not the next Derek Jeter—“There will be nobody like Derek Jeter,” Nunez said—but he’s the next Eduardo Nunez and one that time will show is new and improved.
“I’ll do my best,’ Nunez said.
Posted: March 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM | 38 comment(s)
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