Traffic buzzed along the Grand Concourse and a jackhammer fired a burst up the block and the new Yankee Stadium rumbled in the distance.
“There are no quiet days in the South Bronx,” said Javier from Walton Avenue. “Yesterday was noisy and there wasn’t even a game.”
It started with Hank Steinbrenner pushing Joba Chamberlain into the rotation. Brian Cashman placed him firmly back in the bullpen by lunchtime. And then Steinbrenner and Cashman reaffirmed the Yankees’ plan before dinner.
“We’re on the same page, 110 percent,” Cashman told Peter Abraham of the Journal News yesterday evening. “Hank believes the same thing we all do, and I think that’s what he was trying to say. Whether he was misunderstood or it didn’t come out the right way, I don’t know. But everything is fine.”
“It would be nice to have Joba in the rotation right now, that’s all I’m saying,” Steinbrenner explained. “He’s going to be great, and that’s where he should be. Obviously it’s not going to be tomorrow.”
Javier smiled and shrugged.
“So that was a lot of noise for nothing,” he said. “There was an error and they had to throw some extra pitches, but the result was the same. A double play: 6-4-3. If only all the noise was that harmless.”