Yankees slumping first baseman Greg Bird: ‘It sucks to suck’

As people in basketball like to say it’s a game of runs, the season for MLB hitters is one of momentum. Almost every hitter swing their way into to slump with the same ferocity as it took to get into a hot hitting streak.

For example, Miami Marlins rookie left fielder Austin Dean went 1-for-11 in his first three games with his only hit being a home run, but then went 6-for-15 with a home run with a homer.

In the case of young first baseman Greg Bird, his hitting slump means more because he’s the first baseman of the New York Yankees.

The 25-year-old is hitting .127 in the month of August and went 0-f0r-10 in the two-game series against the Marlins over the past two days. When asked if the slump is perplexing to him, he responded with, “Perplexed? No. Frustrated? Yes.”

“It’s frustrating,” Bird said. “It sucks to suck.”

Bird is batting .202 with a .293 on-base percentage, 11 home runs and 35 RBIs this season. When asked if there was anything that’s encouraged him recently, he said, “That I’m on a great team and we’re right where we need to be.”

The Yankees are 79-47, which is good for the second best record in the American League and have a 3.5 Wild Card cushion. They have nine hitters with double-digit home runs with catcher Austin Romine being only two away from making it 10 hitters. Even with all that, they will need Bird to snap out of this slump come crunch time if they are going to compete in the playoffs.

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