Yankees: Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, and me - Lady Loves Pinstripes Yankees: Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, and me - Lady Loves Pinstripes Yankees: Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, and me - Lady Loves Pinstripes
 

Yankees: Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, and me

Good things come to those who wait. 

Pitchers Dellin Betances (l.) and Manuel Banuelos will head for Double-A Trenton after spring training, no matter how well they perform during the Yankee camp. (Image courtesy of NY Daily News)

Pitchers Dellin Betances (l.) and Manuel Banuelos will head for Double-A Trenton after spring training, no matter how well they perform during the Yankee camp. (Image courtesy of NY Daily News)

The question is does this praise of the art of patience pertain in baseball?

I promise that Yankees Universe hopes so, as everyone from the front office to the New York fans has awaited the arrival of pitchers Michael Pineda and Manny Banuelos for what feels like an eternity.

But times up, as the 2014 Yankees do not want to be remembered for redefining what is considered old for a veteran roster.

Directly, the arrivals of Pineda and Banuelos hit home for me big time.

Individually, I could not get enough of either one before both succumbed to arm injuries. Pineda ending up having serious shoulder surgery, and Banuelos requiring Tommy John.

The crazy thing is that was two years ago, something my trainer, who happens to be a big Yankees fan, reminded me of just this past week.

In between sets of push-ups, I was huffing on about 23-year old Banuelos and what talent this southpaw had…blah, blah, blah. Recalling how Mariano Rivera told ESPN that ‘little Manny’ was, “the best prospect I have ever seen,” as if it was reported yesterday and not back in Spring Training of 2011.

Well, he cut me off mid-rant and said, “I know, I got it. You have only been raving about that one for three years, and I am still waiting…. let it go.”

Well I am not ready yet, as why can’t what I thought back could pay off now?

The Yankees have waited patiently, maybe not by choice but it never is.

My trainer’s comment motivated me to reread what I had written about Pineda and Banuelos. And it reminded me that I had fallen in love with two men.

The bottom line here is if good things come to those who wait, the Yankees should get the Pineda and Banuelos I wrote about.

Here are six popular flashbacks (three on each) for you to read:

PRINCE PINEDA:

New York Yankees: Keep This Seattle Pitching Prince On Your Radar - 05/03/2011

New York Yankees Hot Stove: Patience Got Pineda  - 01/14/2012

Yankees: Seattle’s ex-pitching prince Pineda - 05/04/2013

MANNY BEING MANNY:

MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees Cheapest Cliff Lee Back-Up Plan - 11/14/2010

New York Yankees: Manny Mania, Manny Rules  - 03/16/2011

New York Yankees: Do you know who to watch this spring? - 02/28/2012

“Good things come to those who wait greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.”

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2 Comments

  1. Richard says:

    I know Pineda and Betances are the same size but they don't look alike.