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The Yankees re-sign Marcus Thames

Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Marcus Thames yanks

Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.  Well, sometimes you can live life backwards too:

The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

I’d be shocked if Thames had any meaningful at bats for the Yankees, but you never know when one of your outfielders might get hit by a bus, mauled by a bear or taken up into a spaceship by a bunch of rogue grays trying to make human-alien hybrids.

(h/t to River Ave. Blues)

  1. aburns77 - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    sadly, thames probably has a better chance of getting significant playing time with the yankees than montero because he’s the all important “proven veteran”

  2. yankeesgameday - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Please, please, please tell me all they want is for him to provide guidance and experience on a peer level to vazquez, Monterey, romine et al.

    Most likely they’ll bring him up in September to pinch hit against lefties. But its like replacing Andrew Jones with Andruw Jones.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Pretty soon we’ll be buying dormitory space at John Sterling’s Hebrew Home in Riverdale.
    Marvelous rooms overlooking the Hudson

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      I didn’t understand a word of that, but it made me laugh out loud.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        It’s just Sterling gushing over a sponsor of retirement homes during broadcasts. Follow “FakeJSterling” on twitter, the guy’s a hoot!

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Laughingly, I did predict this.

    • ditto65 - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      It ran through my mind in this fashion: “Well, he can always sign with the Yankees.” 😦

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        If my memory is right, I wrote “The Yankees could use him.”

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Meh, it’s a minor league deal. No harm, no foul. If he comes up and pops a couple out against lefties, then who cares? It’s not like they can lose in this.

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      Except those POP outs will be we a pinch hitter in game defining/game changing situations when Giradi wad looking for a homer.

  6. seanmk - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    remember that story back in paril or march about the LA beat writer openingly hating thames? yeah that was uncalled for

    • seanmk - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM


  7. pisano - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    He’s an improvement over Andruw (strikeout) Jones. He played well for the Yankees last year, unlike Jones this year. I can’t believe the Yankees have kept Jones this long, it must be his fielding they feel safe with, because he can’t hit his ass with both hands.

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