- Last Updated: 11:48 AM, July 1, 2012
- Posted: 12:55 AM, July 1, 2012
The subtle smile on Dewayne Wise’s face was more expressive than anything he could have said, as the Yankees do-it-all journeyman outfielder stood in front of his locker after yesterday’s 4-0 win over the White Sox at the Stadium and tried to recap the past week of his life.
“It’s been crazy, man,” Wise said after he went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a RBI double. “I’m comfortable. I felt that way coming into spring training. A lot guys on the ball club I know. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
Wise first made headlines (including The Post’s Back Page) when he was credited with making a diving catch into the stands during Tuesday’s 6-4 Yankees’ win over the Indians — a play in which Wise not only didn’t make the catch, but he didn’t even leave the stands with the ball.
He followed that up on Friday night when he came in to pitch to the final two batters of a 14-7 White Sox win, retiring both on just seven pitches.
In the first six games of this seven-game homestand for the Yankees, Wise is 7-for-11 with five RBIs and a 0.00 ERA.
“I’ve had a lot of family and friends texting me, laughing about the catch, laughing about me pitching,” Wise said. “It’s been great to get an opportunity to play the last couple days. I’ll try to keep it going.”
Playing in left field for the whole game, the 34-year-old has now played in six of the past seven games after playing in just 34 of the team’s first 64 games to start the year.
“Just some opportunity and he’s taken advantage of it is what he’s doing,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We like the way he’s swinging the bat and he got two outs for us [on Friday], so he’s doing everything for us.”
Wise is also no stranger to perfect games. He made a miraculous catch to save Mark Buehrle’s perfect game as a member of the White Sox in 2009. It was one of six major league stops in Wise’s career, one that he’s appreciating more and more as the years tick by.
“I’ve had a crazy career,” Wise said. “But I’m just happy to be here, happy to be a Yankee.”Follow @NYPostsports