On June 20th, Joe Torre sat Melky Cabrera down for a game.
From that time, coming into tonight, Cabrera has hit .311 (in 106 AB) with an OBA of .354 and a SLG of .453.
Tonight, Melky went 3 for 4 – just needing a homer to hit for the cycle.
Torre made a comment about Cabrera in the YES post-game tonight that went along the lines of ‘He likes to be the one that you’re counting on.’
Back on June 6th, I wrote:
You know, superstars post the sexy numbers – but, play-makers win games. Melky Cabrera is a play-maker. I’m so glad that he’s on this team. So many play-makers from the recent ring-run are gone. And, it’s good to see more come along.
I still stand by that statement.
In the YES coverage tonight, Ken Singleton said that the Yankees have the longest current streak of having a player start in an All-Star game: 2000 through 2006.
Think about that: 2000 through 2006. This is when the Yankees added Mussina, Giambi, Matsui, Sheffield, Johnson, A-Rod, etc. It’s also the time where the Yankees have lost in the post-season every year (with the exception of 2000).
If the Yankees win another ring soon, it will be because of players like Melky Cabrera – just like it was because of players like Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, etc., during 1996 through 2000.
The “Team of All-Stars” didn’t work in New York during the days of Winfield-Baylor-Smalley-Griffey-Kemp-Mumphrey and it’s not working, with respect to rings, today either.
Scott Brosius might have had an OPS in the .700′s, but, he was a winner in New York when it counted the most.
I’m looking forward to the day when the Yankees get back to having a “team” – where the Melky Cabreras on the team out-number the guys who have it in their contract that they get a hotel suite on road.