Strike, Loainsida!

7-5-05

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P Martinez — L (9-3, 2.80)       E Loaiza — W (5-5, 3.61)       C Cordero — S (30, 1.22)

Yes, Yes, I’m a Yankee fan. 

But there’s no hiding the feeling I get when Esteban Loaiza pitches.  It’s not quite nostalgia  — he wasn’t with the Yankees long enough.  (more on that later)  But well before then, I must have read something, because I was always searching through the Box Scores for his name, from his first days with the White Sox and onward.  I was at Yankee Stadium the day he made the jaws of the Yankee brass drop to the sticky concrete beneath their feet.  He shut us DOWN.  There was wonder in the voices of John Sterling and Charlie Steiner, and even Joe Torre was mystified beneath his complacent, comforting tones.

More to come.

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