Thursday, June 09, 2011
Please have Berkman be a NICE Tony LaRussa comeback story
In the last few years, Lance Berkman's stats have been falling off. He was a part time player for the Yankees in the playoffs last year, pressed into starting duty after Mark Teixeira's injury.
Well now he is in St. Louis and is putting up All Star numbers again.
Among the leaders in batting, he knocked his 15th homer tonight and drove in his 45th run.
It's a terrific comeback.
Tony LaRussa has had a lot of players comeback for him.
Dave Stewart in Oakland became an Ace, as did Chris Carpenter in St. Louis. Jim Edmonds refound his stroke and countless pitching reclamation projects.
But there have been other kind of comebacks.
The Mark McGwire comebacks... the lots of players who played for him being connected to stuff kind of comebacks.
Remember how quickly the Rick Ankiel story turned from the feel good baseball story of the decade to "Oh dear..."?
I so hope this is a NICE comeback on a LaRussa squad. But my guard is up.