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September 21, 2005

The Natural

I know that Aaron Small, in his last 3 appearances, has been smacked around lately (to say the least) - with 13 ER in 19 IP.

However, I still have a feeling about him - that he's going to come up big when it counts (either doing something to get the Yankees into the post-season and/or helping them win a post-season series).

Why? It's probably because of the Roy Hobbs nature of his story. He was the "nobody from nowhere" who showed up one day in the Yankees dugout like that famous "middle-aged rookie" from Bernard Malamud's classic tale.

And, on the day that Small was called up, the Yankees were a .544 ballclub. Since that time, they've played .633 baseball.

Remember, in the movie-version of The Natural, Hobbs hit a speed bump of sorts just before coming back to lead the team into the promised land. This could be one of those times where life imitates art.

With just 12 games left until the end of the season, we'll know soon enough.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 21, 2005 10:36 AM

Comments

Could be a tired arm, his location seems to be a bit off.

Posted by: Raf at September 21, 2005 12:12 PM

Or, pitching with big leads, he might have just be "letting them hit it" the past few games.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 21, 2005 12:30 PM

"And, on the day that Small was called up, the Yankees were a .544 ballclub. Since that time, they've played .633 baseball."

So- is it safe to say that we are officially playing "Smallball"?

Posted by: Philly Phil at September 21, 2005 02:31 PM

When he pitches they are!

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 21, 2005 02:47 PM

I've seen just about every baseball movie besides the Natural I think. Even crap like Little Big Leaugue. Is the Natural as good as advertised, or overrated? Just curious.

Posted by: JeremyM at September 21, 2005 10:10 PM

It's one of mine, and Scooter's, favs.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 21, 2005 11:19 PM