Adios, Melkman

December 22, 2009 – 12:55 pm

Melky Robs MannyAnd so yet another key part of the 2007 World Champion New York Yankees has been traded away. Of course Melky Cabrera was always expendable, being not all that much better a center fielder than “league average”. But dammit, he was extremely fun to watch and cheer for, and that means a lot to me. And yes, I know I’m in a small minority here, where most Yankee fans aren’t truly happy with any player who isn’t All-Star and future HOF material. But I would have been completely content to have Cabrera play center field well in to the future, and let the guys like Derek and A-Rod and Tex do all the heavy-lifting. But alas, that wasn’t to be.

So here’s to you Melkman. Thanks for lots of great Yankee moments — the three walk off hits in the historic 2009 season, becoming the first Yankee to hit for the cycle in 14 years in a critical win against the White Sox in August, and of course one of the greatest plays in the outfield I’ve ever seen in June of 2006 when he robbed Manny Ramiriz of a home run. You will be missed.

Photo: Bleacher Report

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