Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Orlando Hernandez Born
That's El Duque's story, and he's sticking to it. And he doesn't know anything about that photo of him and Che shaking hands. Today is, officially, Hernandez's thirty-sixth birthday, although some (including BaseballReference.com) would tell you that the next time El Duque takes the hill he'll actually be over the hill, a fact which is probably closer to the truth. But really, who cares? Whatever age he is, as Game Three of the ALDS demonstrated, El Duque can still come through in the clutch, a trick he perfected for the Yankees. A case could be made, actually, that Duque pitched, and pitched brilliantly, the most crucial game of the entire season for the 1998 Yankees, the Greatest Team of All Time: ALCS Game Four.
The Yankees regular season legacy was complete, but without a World Series title, they would be doomed to the 1954 Indians Scrap bin of History (since renamed the "2001 Mariners Scrap bin of History"). The Yankees had swept
El Duque was masterful however, pitching seven shutout innings against a
So Happy Birthday Orlando, however old you are, and thanks for the memories.