Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Edwar Ramirez finally got a chance to show his stuff. Holy guacamole! The kid is amazing. He's so skinny it's hard to believe he can throw the ball like that. He's got a "bugs bunny" changeup that looks just like his fastball until it's too late. He mowed down the heart of the Twins' order, sending them down swinging at that changeup.
Even Torre seemed impressed. Which means maybe Edwar will get a chance to pitch, and not be buried on the bench like young players so often are under Torre.
I know, it's early. It may be harder once they start scouting him. But both the stat-heads and the scouts love this kid. I hope to see a lot more of him.
And the Yanks picked him up from an independent league. He played in the Angels minor league system for awhile, but they cut him a few years ago. He apparently learned that changeup after that. Credit the Yankees scouts. They seem to have found a diamond in the rough.
Fun night all around tonight. The Bats beat up Indianapolis. Harang kind of struggled for the Reds, but Brandon Phillips bailed him out with a grand slam. Chien-Ming Wang struggled for the Yanks, but somehow the game ended up a shutout.
Peter Abraham wrote tonight in his blog:
Andy Phillips is 6 of his last 17 with three RBI. The Yankees are begging for him to claim first base.
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