All Hail Raúl Ibáñez!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

All Hail Raúl Ibáñez!

And I'm not even a Yankees fan!

I don't think it's unfair to call 40-year-old Raúl Ibáñez a "journeyman outfielder" even though he's only played for four teams in his 17 year career.

But what he's done this week alone is the stuff of legend.

It's not just that he's the man who pinch hit for Alex Rod­riguez and hit a ninth inning home run to tie the Baltimores in Wednesday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series, and followed that by stroking the winning homer in the 12th inning.

Tonight... just now, in fact... with the Yankees down to their final out against the Detroits in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Ibáñez took top closer (88 of his last 94 save opportunities) Jose Valverde's 0-1 split-finger fastball into the right field stands to tie the score.

I wasn't near a radio for Bobby Thompson's "shot heard 'round the world" in 1951, but I saw Bill Mazeroski's World Serious-winning homer in 1960, and Kurt Gibson's "impos­si­ble" one-legged two-run homer off a Dennis Eckersley 3-2 backdoor slider in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic.

For sheer excitement, none of those match what Ibáñez has done in the past three days.


From Ibáñez' ESPN player page:

"It's unclear whether Ibanez, 40, will return for 2013, but he's proven useful when used correctly."

The response in today's argot would be "Do ya think?!," but my dear ol' Dad would've said, "Thank you for the faint glimpse into the obvious."


1. Clamqueen said...

He's been a joy to watch! So sad to see Jeter out for the rest of the season. He will be missed!

Well, guess it's time for A-Rod to step up, eh?

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