Americas will believe just about anything.
Barry Bonds is bad. Check.
New Yorkers are following along.
Gary Sheffield is bad. Check.
The Bronx doesn’t buy it.
“I can’t believe Gary Sheffield was booed at Yankee Stadium,” Javier said. “He always played hard for us.”
He played hard and he played hurt and there were times when he seemed to lift the whole team on his shoulders. Mike Mussina once joked, “I think a piano would have to fall from the upper deck to get Sheff out of the lineup.”
Sheffield would have flicked a piano off like an errant sunflower seed. That’s how tough he was for this team and this city.
“The media is exploiting issues between Sheff and Joe (Torre) and people are eating it up,” Javier said. “Sheff speaks his mind and that makes him an easy target, but he gave us everything he had on the field and he shouldn’t be treated like this. It’s very sad.”
Very sad, indeed.