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Berkman Finally Breaks Through For Yankees

I've never been a Yankees fan until this season. You can probably guess my reasoning for that.

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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.

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SB Nation New York had some refreshingly kind words to say about Berkman following the Yankees' victory over the Minnesota Twins Thursday night.

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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.

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That same lefty swing produced a Houston-franchise best .959 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Better than Astros legend Jeff Bagwell.

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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.

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Go get 'em Lance. Make Houston proud.

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