Doug Mientkiewicz came as advertised.
“He’s a tough ballplayer who will do anything to win,” Brian Cashman promised.
On Opening Day Mientkiewicz dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt that set up a big sixth inning and used an aggressive slide to get under Dioner Navarro’s tag with a huge insurance run in the eighth.
Many in the Bronx got their first look on Sunday when he left the Stadium after a work out. He had bags over each shoulder and was rolling two other huge suitcases. When fans yelled his name he turned smoothly, nodded and winked.