Happy Birthday, Leche My Love
Today, August 11th, is Melky Cabrera’s 25th birthday. Melky has come such a long way as a Yankee. I remember back in ’05 when he was just a rookie. He was so nervous, and kept dropping balls in the outfield. What a cutie. And now look at him. He is such an important player to this team. I’m going to reminsice about some of my favorite Melky moments.
My most prized card: Melky’s rookie card.
When he was just a rookie and was dropping balls, I immediately fell for him. But after that, he got good. I remember on June 6th of 2006, in the 8th inning in a game against the Red Sox, Manny Ramirez hit a ball DEEP to centerfield, and it looked like a home run. But Melky had other ideas. He leapt over the wall, stealing a home run from Manny. This was known as “The Melky Catch,” and went down as the most outstanding catch of the season in ’06.
“The Melky Catch.”
On June 15h of ’07 Melky became the second youngest Yankee to hit a walkoff home run, second only to Mickey Mantle. Many more walkoffs followed for Melky, as he leads the team with 3 this year. Melky has been the clutchest Yankee this year, and has proved to be quite a threat from the #9 hole. In my opinion, Melky can bat in many places in the lineup, probably everywhere but 3rd, 4th, or 5th. He is a very versatile player.
A mob ready to greet Melky after a walkoff win.
Melky made Yankee history recently this year. On August 2nd in Chicago, Melky hit for the cycle, the first Yankee to do so since Tony Fernandez (I’m sure you all knew that!). I was so proud of him.
Melky being goofy on the day he hit for the cycle.
Melky always finds a way to make me laugh. On July 24th of this year against the Oakland Athletics, Melky had a typical Melky moment. In the 7th inning, he led off with a single.Then Jeter hit a ball to short, and Orlando Cabrera flipped to second, but a hustling Melky beat it out, giving Jeter a hit! But after being called safe, Melky started losing his balance, and dancing around trying to stay on the base. He fell over, but kept his foot on the bag! He was safe! That had me hysterically laughing for a good 10 minutes.
Another Melky walkoff.
There was another thing this year that was typically Melky. I think it was some time in May. I don’t remember the date, or who the Yankees were facing, because it was before I had my blog. But this was funny. Melky hit a foul ball that bounced and hit him in his….uhh…you know where. He winced and fell to the ground, the poor baby was in pain! The trainer had to come out and give him smelling salts. The whole dugout was laughing at him, and I was crying for him! Melky finally recovered, and continued his at-bat. After every pitch, poor little Melky stepped out of the box and jumped up and down, fiddling…uhh…”down there”. He wound up getting a hit and reaching base. When he got back into the dugout, his teammates were teasing him.
A random picture of Melky. He looks pumped up!
Whether making a great play, or getting a clutch hit, doing a crazy handshake in the dugout, or just being himself, Melky has become a great player for the Yankees. Melky is my favortite Yankee, because he is a great player with a unique personality. I hope he remains a Yankee for the rest of his career, because I know this team will not be the same without him. Melky, if you ever stumble across my blog and read this, I just want you to know that I think you are amazing in so many ways. I hope the Yankees win for you tonight.
Happy birthday Melky!
This is for you!