Start all of blasphemous nicknames, biblical references and praise his name… Jesus (Montero) has arrived and he’s as good as advertised.
After a slow start last week versus the Boston Red Sox Montero let his presence be known this afternoon in the Yankees 11-10 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Montero broke an 8-8 tie in the fifth inning with an opposite field blast for his first career home run that brought the fans in the Bronx to their feet and earned him a curtain call. It was a mere appetizer to his main course.
With the score still 9-8 in the seventh inning and Russell Martin standing at first, Montero took a Jason Johnson offering over the left field wall for his second blast of the game and gave the Yankees an 11-8 lead.
As it turns out that last blast was crucial as the O’s scored two late runs before Mariano Rivera shut the door in the ninth inning.
Montero’s big bat overshadowed a poor performance by Freddy Garcia and another strong day for Robinson Cano who is speeding his way into the MVP discussion again. This day was all about Montero.
Montero has been a highly touted catching prospect for the Yankees for the last few seasons and they’ve made him almost untouchable when it comes to trade bait.
When the Mariners were interested in trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees last year they were adamant in gaining Montero and the Yankees did not oblige. His name has been thrown around and about in various other trade rumors but the Yankees were very adamant in keeping him.
Those theories were put to the test this year as Montero struggled in triple a ball and saw a decline in his numbers. There has also been a concern that he may be just an offensive player and doesn’t have the defensive set to be an effective catcher.
Even with these concerns the Yankees, who desperately need hitting out of the DH spot, decided to call him up and give him a shot.
At times he’s looked lost like most rookies, but this weekend he found a little confidence and ripped a few singles against Toronto…
Today however, the guy that that Yankees think he’ll become offensively arrived in stylish fashion.
His two home runs and confidence at the dish were what the Yankees were looking for when they called him up from Wilkes-Barrie. Yankee brass figured that maybe he was getting bored with the minor leagues and needed a new test, if this is a preview of what’s to come then they maybe right.
Part of me is saying that it’s only the Orioles and he needs to face better pitching to see if he truly is ready for prime-time.
The other part of me is giddy as hell. If this truly is a preview of what’s to come from Jesus Montero then count me in as a believer in Jesus.
I can’t wait to see what clever Jesus tie ins they have for this guy when it comes to memorabilia.