Now that Greg Bird has expectedly been named starting first baseman for the New York Yankees, it’s about the right time to unleash the endless bird jokes. This move was pretty much a no brainer for the Baby Bombers, as the 24-year-old cornerman is finally healthy and ready to explode – or Bronx bomb – onto the scene.
Unsure of how Bird would bounce back after losing last season to a shoulder injury, the Pinstripes picked up 2016 homerun co-champ (41 four-baggers last season) and average killer (.218 in seven years) Chris Carter to compete. Yet everyone expected/wanted Bird to pull away and cement his role as head honcho. Carter’s .118 average in 34 at-bats this spring certainly made the decision even easier, as did Bird’s .421 in 38 similar at-bats (four bombs and a 1.447 OPS). I’d say he’s ready.
In case you’ve forgotten what Greg Bird (whose sports meme reference was included in our 2016 edition of funny fantasy baseball team names) can do with a bat, just remember that he hit .261 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 46 games for the 2015 Yankees – as the heir apparent to Mark Teixeira. We can endure his 53 strikeouts, thanks to his balanced production elsewhere.
For what it’s worth, Bird’s hairless cat is actually related to Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers. Seriously.
Wait … What? Greg Bird’s cat is actually related to Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers? pic.twitter.com/Q4gm1prebS
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This is the first time in a while the Yankees have been likable. And once again, the Greg Bird is the word.