I've never been a Yankees fan until this season. You can probably guess my reasoning for that.â†µ
Next to the Rangers (we're rooting for the entire state of Texas, here), I'm pulling for the Yankees to come out of the AL, just so Berkman can have a chance at a ring. He deserves it more than anyone else on that team. It's the reason why he's there. To win a championship, nothing less.â†µ
When Berkman is on -- and many know he hasn't been for much of this season or last -- he's extremely fun to watch. Pouncing on an outside fastball, one similar to what Carl Pavano threw to him in the fifth inning on Thursday, and uncorking a moon-shot into the outfield seats was the norm in Houston. It happened 326 times.â†µ
That same lefty swing produced a Houston-franchise best .959 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Better than Astros legend Jeff Bagwell.â†µ
However, for at least one night, Yankee nation got to see how great Berkman was and still can be. It's also a refreshing reminder that even Fat Elvis -- another Berkman nickname in Houston -- can entertain an audience and produce a few good shows in the twilight of his career.â†µ
Go get 'em Lance. Make Houston proud.