For perhaps the first and only time, I am genuinely afraid for the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick.

Michael Kay often tries to leave his mark by speaking in super-duper superlatives, thus becoming a victim of his own excesses. Friday night, during Yanks-Red Sox, Kay said, “Larry Bowa has had a great season as Yankee third base coach.”

He might’ve left it at that, but then added, “If you think about it, and you’re a Yankee fan and you’ve watched all the games, have you ever gone away from a game going, ‘Wow, I don’t believe Bowa sent that guy?’ ”

Well, yeah. In fact, Bowa got off to a poor start. In April he sent Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada. Both were called out at the plate. And, recognizing that both are slow, yeah, both times we said, “Wow, I don’t believe Bowa sent that guy.”

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