…especially when he gets his first career “W.” On a normal day, I would be gush-gush-gushing it up about my sweet Francisco Cervelli and his career-high 4-hit game yesterday, AND that he threw out a runner trying to steal. Don’t get me wrong, I am SUPER proud of Cervelli. He needed a game like that. But unlike so many Yankees fans, I knew Cervelli was capable of success like that (even when he struggled, I still believed in him).
I love you, Francisco.
But what I really love is when I watch a game, and grow pleasantly surprised by a certain someone’s effort out there on the field. Mmmm…and I’m SUPER proud of my SUPER Nova….
On Ivan Nova’s debut, I was more excited than anything else. I had heard so much about him, and was elated to finally see him pitch. I thought I loved him then – especially after he threw “at” Bautista. Nova pitched very well that night, but the Yankees lost. So my admiration for him was pushed aside, because I was angry about the loss. But yesterday, it was all Nova….and we won…and HE won….
Now I have this little fantasy of Nova being this rookie sensation who carries the Yankees on his shoulders, and helps them repeat as World Champions. Oh, Ivan! In his postgame interview, he said he is never nervous. Oh, how macho! His confidence level is through the roof, and yet he doesn’t even come off as arrogant. Nova is quite the guy. Maybe my fantasy will become a reality – maybe Nova really CAN carry my Yankees!
Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself.
Or maybe not.
Okay, okay…I know Ivan Nova has had just 2 Major League starts. But he pitched against two of the hottest hitting teams in the AL. The Blue Jays have hit more homers than any team in baseball (even if they aren’t all legit…ahem Bautista). And the White Sox have a better team batting average than the Yankees do, at .270. So I don’t think his success is a fluke. The Jays and White Sox are quality hitting teams. I can see Nova succeeding in the postseason against even better hitting teams….
The Yankees’s starting rotation has been pretty icky this entire month, aside from CC. The Yankees need a guy they can depend on to give them a real chance at winning every 5 days. And with the rotation now being “reevaluated,” I think Nova will be that guy.
Franciso Cervelli is used to me gushing about him for entire blog posts (actually, he probably doesn’t even know I exist…but please don’t say that…it’ll break my heart). I don’t think he, or any of the other Yanks, would mind if I talk about Nova all day long.
And if Ivan Nova really can carry the Yankees, then EVERYBODY will be talking about him.