The box score will show 0-4 with a HBP and a run scored, but Jesus Montero did more than that in his Yankee debut yesterday. Shit, he did more than I think any of us imagined he could do in a first game. He helped heal A.J. Burnett.
Sure, the media will report on the mechanical changes that A.J. showed in his delivery last night, specifically his hand placement out of the windup and in the stretch. But after 2+ years of subpar performance and all-world pitching coach Larry Rothschild not being able to make a dent in improving A.J., you're not going to convince me that last night was finally the start of all the side work paying off. Last night was fucking divine intervention, plain and simple. The Jesus has arrived, his power and glory shone down upon the unwashed Yankee masses, and A.J. Burnett, sad, pathetic Yankee sinner, was the first to feel the power of The Jesus.
So if he can make that kind of major contribution without even getting a hit, just imagine what he can do for the rest of this month. Here's hoping A.J. puts a little extra in the collection plate this Sunday.
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