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Lance Berkman seems to be handling New York just fine

Aug 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

When Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees there were some who thought that the country boy from that little Texas town (note: Houston is the 4th largest city in America) would have a hard time adjusting.  On the diamond that certainly has been the case in his first few games: he was two for his first 22 since coming over. And he was booed pretty heartily over the weekend.  But Berkman is a pro and he answered questions about it in the only way you can without drawing more criticism from the New York fans and press:

“I have no credibility here. I’ve done nothing. You
have to earn the respect of the fans and you’re not going to do it by
not hitting. The only thing you’re going to have to earn is their ire. This is a big boy’s game and place to play, and if you can’t handle a little bit of that then just go home and hang it up.”

And just like that he went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI last night.

No cause or effect here. It just is what it is.  I’m a pretty big Lance Berkman fan so I’m just happy to see that he’s (a) taking what has to be a pretty strange situation for him in stride; and (b) may just be breaking out of his funk at the plate.

  1. Kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Hitting ARod have anything to do with breaking the chains? You have to wonder….

  2. YankeesfanLen - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Berkman came at a bad time for the Universe anyway. There was kind of a team batting funk that except for Swish, didn’t produce the expected amount of uns, and at the correct time. New Guy coming into this and doing 2 for 22 doesn’t impress and (secret Yankee rule) you can’t boo the Captain.
    I’m glad he’s mature enough to accept this, and even happier when he starts hitting.
    We’ve just been so ingrained with Bill Gallo’s heroes and goats over the years, we have to have one.
    I keep one on permanent display. First to guess wins an Internet.

  3. Jonny5 - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Anyone who grew up with the name Lance can handle whatever is thrown his way. Well it sure beats Sue.

  4. Md23Rewls - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Lance Berkman is awesome. There are plenty of guys out there who would use their no-trade clauses to block a trade like this, just so they can stay in their comfort zone. If Berkman had done that, would anybody have blamed him? He’s 34, on the downside of his career, and had played his entire time in Houston. Props to him for taking on the challenge of switching leagues in the middle of the year, even if it meant dealing with some idiot fans.

  5. Benny Blanco - Aug 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Plenty of guys who would block a trade to the Yankees??? Not if they want the oppurtunity to win a championship. At least he knows he’s going back to the playoffs.
    I doubt many guys block that trade at age 34.

  6. Md23Rewls - Aug 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Yes, plenty of guys would block a trade. Soria didn’t want to go to New York. There were questions as to whether Haren wanted to go to New York. Some guys don’t want to go to the east coast. It’s not just a matter of how good the Yankees are, there are a bunch of other factors. And when you’re a veteran like Berkman, who had spent his entire career in Houston, it’s not an inconsequential thing to uproot yourself.

  7. Md23Rewls - Aug 9, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Yes, plenty of guys would block a trade to the Yankees. Some guys don’t like the east coast. Just this year, there were questions as to whether Haren wanted to go to New York. Soria reportedly did not want to go to New York. Furthermore, some guys would opt to stay in a place where they are guaranteed playing time, which is not guaranteed with the Yankees. I wouldn’t have blamed Berkman if he had vetoed the trade.

  8. Benny Blanco - Aug 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Soria didnt want to go to NY becuase he’s young and wants to get paid as a closer. Not be a setup man for Mariano.
    To be clearer, I don’t think many 34 year olds who already signed their big contract turn down a chance to go anywhere to win something.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Whichever pitcher it was who threw that lethal home run pitch against Cleveland in 1997?
    Notwithstanding, you have to admire a knuckledragging redneck right-wingnut superstitious neofascist like Berkman for being such a realistic stand-up guy about his intro to megalopolis. He might even pitch Gotham into a headlong case of culture shock. This is the guy you want to make sure that mosque doesn’t get built, Islamophobiacs of New York!

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