From non-roster players this spring to pivotal starting pitchers this season, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon have been two of baseball’s biggest surprises through the first two months. In the past two days, each one has outpitched a guy much younger. They’ve gone head-to-head with two of baseball’s best, and the old guys have won.
“I don’t know where we are without them, I really don’t,” Joe Girardi said. “They both have given us a chance to win in almost every game that they’ve pitched, their numbers are outstanding and they just continue to do what they’ve done. They’ve pitched at a very high level.”
Think back to that first day of spring training, the day pitchers and catchers showed up and the biggest story was CC Sabathia’s weight loss.
If, on that day, some magical ghost of baseball future had offered the Yankees this much production — and nothing more — out of Colon and Garcia, would they have signed up? On that day, when absolutely nothing was certain, would the Yankees have been content with two very good months out of two very unknown commodities? I think they might, especially out of Colon.
“It’s amazing to watch them go out there and continue to try to prove everybody wrong,” Curtis Granderson. “It’s amazing how many questions I received in spring training up until now, either these guys don’t have it, or are they too old to do it? They’re going out there, and each start out there, giving us an opportunity as an offense and as a team to win games.”
Colon has admitted to being surprised. Garcia has said the exact opposite.
“I’m not really surprised,” he said after last night’s win. “I’ve been in this game a long time and I know how to go out there and do my business. That’s more important for me… I’m having a lot of fun. You do your job. My position, I came to spring training, I don’t have a spot, but I worked for it and I’m really happy to do what I’ve been doing.”
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