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Bill de Blasio
Oxiris Barbot, MD
BY ALEX MITCHELL
Ahead of Tuesday night’s win over
Atlanta, Yankees designated hitter Mike
Ford said he was confi dent in his abilities
to step up at the plate in replacement
of the injured Giancarlo Stanton.
One can imagine that confi dence exponentially
increased after the 28-yearold
punched in three crucial RBIs in
that 9-6 victory over the Braves, one that
come after the team’s rough 1-3 skid on
the road against Tampa Bay.
“Right now I feel like I’m seeing the
ball great,” Ford said, adding, “I’m a
very confi dent hitter, I know I can help
this team win given the chance.”
Now in a starting role as the Yankees
ready for eight straight at home games
followed by three in Queens against the
Mets, it seems that those chances will
consistently arise in the upcoming days.
“Once I was getting regular at bats
last year I seemed to kind of settle in, it’s
a big opportunity for me,” Ford told reporters
He also said that despite the lack of a
raucous 40,000 plus at Yankee Stadium,
there is still an element to home fi eld
advantage that the Yankees intend on
making use of.
“Just being able to be in your own
bed in a place where you’re comfortable
you’re routine is much easier,” Ford said,
mentioning that there’s also a consistent
routine with COVID-19 testing that isn’t
experienced on the road for players.
Ford not only spoke of confi dence in
himself for the remainder of this odd
and shortened season, but also that of
“Speaking for myself and everyone
in that clubhouse, the sole goal is to win
28 this year,” he said, adding how exciting
it is to watch Aaron Judge bat this
So far on the year Ford, has come
to the plate 22 times, batting .227 with 7
RBIs and an OPS of .734.
Aug 11, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Mike Ford (72) hits a
two run double against Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint (62) during the third
inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Ford confi dent at plate
‘I know I can help this team win’: Designated
hitter, replacing injured Stanton