Like a lot of other Phillies, Raul Ibanez was powerless to stop Johnny Damon from stealing second and third on the same play in Game 4 of the 2009 World Series, which the Yankees won.

Standing in left field as the play unfolded, Ibanez had a difficult time believing what he saw.

"It was unbelievable,'' Ibanez said yesterday inside the George M. Steinbrenner Field clubhouse on the first day of full-squad workouts for the Yankees. "I was pointing and yelling and I was helpless. It was a great play by Johnny Damon.''

Ibanez, not Damon, landed the Yankees' left-handed hitting DH gig because the Yankees believe the 39-year-old Ibanez has more left defensively than Damon.