From eight-under to three-over in three weeks. From 14-and-a-half desperation to 8-and-a-half confidence. From a seemingly lifeless, aging ballclub to a cohesive, well-blended powerhouse, both at the plate AND on the mound.
A lot of things. One, Torre’s much-needed team meeting in Toronto, just before the “Ha!” play and the winning began. Two, A-Rod’s extremely clutch two-out, two-strike, game-winning home run off of the seemingly unbeatable Jonathon Papelbon. Three, Wang and Mussina rounded back into form around stalwart Andy Pettite, and the Rocket returned to the Bronx. Four, Bobby Abreu rediscovered how to play baseball, and really well I might add. And five, the substraction of Jason Giambi allowed for the addition of Melky “Leche” Cabrera, infusing the club with much-needed youth, athleticism and spark, not to mention allowing Johnny Damon to regain his legs.
And last but not least, Mr. Rodriguez regained his patience at the plate, and wow… have you ever seen a player with 27 home runs and 73 RBI’s on June 18? I know I haven’t. That’s a good season for the majority of players in Major League Baseball, and this guy is just getting started. Not only has Alex proved he could shrug off his May slump like a true New Yorker, but he’s showing us all just how true he is as a ballplayer. Take notice.
Good things come to those who wait (i.e. those who have patience). His numbers have recently been aluded to as “Ruthian”, among other things. Sit back (or stand up) Yankee fans, relax, and enjoy this unbelievable ride with A-Rod. I’ve got this strange feeling that we haven’t seen anything yet.
A-Rod is back, and – surprise – the Yankees are back. Where are all my haters now?