The nightmare season for Greg Bird continued on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old first baseman cracked the lineup for just the second time in the last six games. Luke Voit, of all people, displaced him for a little while there.
One would think that Bird would use this game as an opportunity to show the Yankees and fans what they’re missing. And he still has a chance to, as I write this in the top of the third inning. But he did not get off to a good start, making an unbelievably laughable error to start the game.
It started with Yolmer Sanchez hitting a routine groundball up the middle. Ronald Torreyes fielded it cleanly, then tossed the ball to Bird at first base. The throw was right on the money, hitting the mitt like a bullseye. Bird couldn’t hold on to it, however, and the runner reached on the error.
Greg Bird has probably caught thousands of baseballs at first base over the course of his baseball career. This was not one of them. pic.twitter.com/2yP7pNDUuS— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) August 28, 2018
That is so bad. A major league first baseman has to catch an easy throw like that. The Yankee Stadium crowd let him hear it. It’s almost hard to blame them.
After his first at-bat of the game, Bird is hitting .198/.287/.389 on the season. He has 11 home runs and an 82 wRC+. He’s not hitting, and he’s not playing defense. It’s getting real ugly out there for him.