Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Gotta Love Melky

Of all the players on the New York Yankees roster this year, has anyone been more exciting and fun to watch than Melky Cabrera? Melky is the new Shelley, or Bernie depending on how you look at it.

Cabrera's numbers so far are similar to those of Yankee great Bernie Williams, but what really catches my eye is his enthusiasm on the field. At the end of an inning, Melky always has a spring in his step when he jogs toward the dugout. When the camera pans over to the dugout during a Yankee at bat Melky is frequently seen fist bumping a teammate or making a joke with a big smile on his face.

You have to love the enthusiasm shown by Cabrera on a regular basis. Even when the clubhouse seems to have a dour mood, you can count on the Melkman to deliver a few smiles.

I'm impressed with his play this year as well. He currently leads the team in home runs, has a solid bat and has delivered in the clutch. It's amazing how much ground he covers in center field and he definitely has an arm. It's quite a contrast from guys like Matsui who is probably better suited as a DH.

It's becoming more and more apparent why the Yankees didn't make the Santana deal and why they were reluctant to give up on their budding center fielder.

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