Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vazquez gives Yanks, himself a big lift

Javier Vazquez showed me something last night. He put aside his obvious disappointment at not starting against the Boston Red Sox to come into a tough spot in a tight game and needed only four pitches to get a critical out for the New York Yankees. The comeback magic would not have been possible if he wasn’t able to keep the Red Sox from scoring again.

“It’s a great feeling in the dugout,” he said of the comeback. “I was watching from afar last year all the pies in the face from AJ (Burnett) so I was glad to finally see one.”

The relief was evident on Javy’s face. He called baseball a funny game and say it was funny getting a win in only the third relief appearance of his career. He had a huge smile on his face because instead of answering questions about his struggles, he was fielding queries about making an important contribution to a big victory.

Manager Joe Girardi was extremely pleased by Javy’s outing. And his teammates, particularly Phil Hughes, who got the start in his place, were happy for him. “It was a big out right there and good for Javy to get the win,” Hughes said.

So a day that started with disappointment and frustration ended with pure joy for Vazquez. Between his start last week and getting the victory last night, Vazquez has a strong foundation to build on going forward, hopefully starting against the Mets on Friday.

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