Joe Girardi announced today that bench player Eric Hinske has been taken off the ALCS roster in favor of Freddy Guzman. Hinske, upon hearing the news, did not take it well. "'You have made a powerful enemy,' that's what he said to me," explained Girardi. "Then, as he walked out of my office, he knocked over a cup full of pens and pencils."
Hinske could not be reached for comment. An attempt to contact him by phone was unsuccessful, but he had changed his voicemail message to the following:
Hey, you've reached Eric, leave a message at the beep . . . Unless you're calling from the Yankees. Unless you're ready to apologize, go #*&^% yourself.
Also of note is that Damaso Marte is still on the Yankees ALCS roster. "We just wanted to make sure we had someone to load the bases in key situations, and also, with two lefties in the 'pen I have much more of an opportunity to overmanage the game," said Girardi.