Does Joe Torre have another minor miracle in his trick bag? After winning the division in 2005 with starting pitchers from the minors (Wang, Small) and a Colorado washout who renewed his life in NYC (Chacon), the Yanks lost part of their soul yesterday when Hideki Matsui broke his wrist attempting a sliding catch of a looper hit by Mark Loretta (the newest Yankee-killer). Matsui is a no-complaint player who lives up to the professionalism standard that was the hallmark of the 1996-2000 Yanks. He is one of the most productive hitters in baseball and a man who could be counted on to come up with hits in clutch situations -- one of the few Yanks with that knack.
Now Godzilla is on the shelf for 3+ months and may be out until 2007. And Torre will have to pull another minor miracle out of his ear for the Yanks to win again.