When Stephen Drew hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning which propelled the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles, I tweeted my thoughts on Drew by comparing him to a simple analogy:
Stephen Drew is that puppy your kid asks for but at first you say no. Then he does an awesome trick and you say, “Okay, he can stay.”
Little would I know, many fans quickly agreed. In 2014, the Yankees acquired Drew from the Red Sox in exchange for Kelly Johnson, and many believed Drew would get out of the first-half slump he had while with Boston. Unfortunately, Drew never lived up to expectation and hit .150 in 46 games with the Bronx Bombers. While Drew’s batting average isn’t anything to write home about this season (it’s still pretty early), he seems to have found his power stroke, hitting two home runs with six RBI’s in his last six games.
During the course of those six games, Drew had been thinking about his approach against opposing pitchers and ultimately decided he wasn’t going to do too much or over analyze at the plate.
“It’s one of those things where I feel a little more comfortable trying not to do too much,” Drew said. “Trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I know what kind of player I am, and I’ve done it for a long time, so in regards to that, it definitely helped with the at-bats in spring training and taking it into the season.”
Not doing too much in his pinch-hit appearance earned Drew the respect of Yankees fans, at least for one night.
“(It) turns out Stephen Drew was the guy for that job.” ..read more