It is easy to forget about the Arizona Diamondbacks, as a fan of the New York Yankees who are an AL East team.
The last time the two faced each other was back in 2007, at the old Yankee Stadium.
Looking at the bigger picture, the D-backs pose no real threat to the Yankees, whose hopes are to repeat as champions.
Even with last nights win of the first game against the Yankees, does not change this fact for the D-backs.
The D-backs are currently in last place, in the NL West, with a 27-43 record. It is not entirely finished, but the chances of the D-backs making the post season are pretty grim. Still, Arizona has a budding, talented ball-club with an average age of 27.
The D-backs possess one player in particular that could potentially become the best player in baseball. If this player’s progress continues, he could be one of greatest ever.
He is only 23 years old but is already in his fourth season in the majors. He has a brother who is 25 and plays for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Do you know who I am talking about?
If you guessed D-backs right outfielder, Justin Upton you would be correct.
Justin, along with his brother BJ are both ridiculously talented. It was the first time brothers have been drafted 1st and 2nd in the first round of their respective drafts.
The obvious difference between the Upton boys is that Justin has filled out more, making him more powerful than his elder brother. His biggest downfall is at the plate. Justin lacks consistency, as it is either feast or famine, considering as he already has 92 strikeouts in 2010.
Regardless, this kid is as natural a baseball player as Robinson Cano. Remember, Cano used to swing at everything and could not hit with runners in scoring position to save his life.
Now look at Cano, leading hitter in the majors, with the batting title and MVP talk swirling everywhere. Fans have to be patient with Justin because the hints of greatness make his future surreal. It was the same with Cano.
Watching Justin hit, against the Yankees last night made me drool. Then the dreaming of how beneficial this kid would look in pinstripes were dancing in my head.
In 2010, Justin has hit 10 doubles, two triples, 13 home-runs, 38 RBIs and drawn 30 walks. Justin is fast on the bases, as he already stolen 11 this season.
Tonight, Justin Upton feasted on the World Champions Yankees hitting two home-runs, with four RBIs. It was an absolute delight to watch, as Arizona games are rarely nationally televised and non-Diamondbacks fan do not care that much.
My guess is that baseball fans are witnessing rarified air, as Justin Upton continues to expand into a mega-star right before our eyes.
Yankees should not have lost this game, as first place will be gone so fast because not only the Rays, but the Red Sox are ready to pounce.
Andy Pettitte will do his job, as he has all season, but the Yankee hitters have to drive in runs to win. Pettitte deserves it after his last start, which he should have won easily but lost due to cold bats.
Yankee fans deserve first place for longer than 48 hours, thank you.
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