Ever since the Yankees reacquired Javier Vazquez fans have been cool to the once former Yankee. Quite a few have remarked how he isn’t a good enough pitcher and some think he brings less value than Melky Cabrera would have.
That was before the season. Since the season has started and Vazquez has had a bad couple of starts even more fans have jumped all over him. Instead of remembering the years of consistency Vazquez had thrown from 2005-2009 all anyone remembered was his last three starts in Yankee pinstripes going back to the Johnny Damon grandslam in 2004.
As unfair as it is to him to block-out all of his success fans will continue to do it until Vazquez turns it around. His last start wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. If he has another outing like that this afternoon the boo-birds will still be littered throughout Yankee stadium during his next start.
If only to make things easier for himself his next two starts are really important for Vazquez. If he can win today, and not just win, but go out and have a real strong performance, people will go to Yankee Stadium for his next start with an open mind.
That start is important too because those fans might have open minds, but if he goes out and lays an egg they’ll still be pretty quick to turn on him. There may be a few unrealistic fans that may never accept Vazquez until he has his own World Series ring, but with a pair of strong starts, more importantly a pair of wins, and Vazquez will hear a lot less from the birds in the rafters.
If Vazquez loses today though, fans are going to be going to the Bronx out to let him hear their dissatisfaction.