'Boomer And Gio': 'Something Endearing' About Seeing Replacements Lift Yankees

Boomer and Gio
April 23, 2019 - 9:36 am

By WFAN.com

Talk about stepping up! 

The Yankees have produced some unlikely heroes lately as they try to keep pace while 13 players -- including most of their biggest stars -- are on the injured list. 

On their show Tuesday, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti discussed the contributions from Clint Frazier, Gio Urshela, Austin Romine and others. Despite all the injuries, the Yankees have won four straight and are 12-10.

"It really speaks to the testament of what the Yankee culture's all about," Esiason said. 

Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels in the 14th inning on April 22, 2019, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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"Now I don't know how long this next-man-up thing is going to be able to sustain itself, but now I think it's about treading water until you start to get some of your pieces back. ... But in the meantime, all these guys have what they all want, and that's a chance. And there's nobody, I think, taking more opportunity with his chance than Clint Frazier. I mean, he has been unbelieveable really since he's gotten here, and he's been a little spark plug."

Urshela provided the latest heroics, as his single Monday night lifted the Yanks to a 4-3, 14-inning win against the Los Angeles Angels.

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"Defensively, too -- the guy is an incredible third baseman. He's been clutch for them at the plate," Giannotti said. "He kind of looks like Giancarlo Stanton's out-of-shape younger brother with the way that he looks in the box. And he's just a guy who's plugged in and making the most of his opportunity. 

"And there's so many of these guys right now, whether it's (Mike) Tauchman or (Mike) Ford or Romine or Urshela or obviously (Luke) Voit, and then you think about (Gleyber) Torres how he's going to be needing to carry this team offensively at times. There's a million of these guys. But there's something endearing about a group like this going out and winning."

To listen to the open from Tuesday's show, click on the audio player above.

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