My Garrett Jones Editorial

Charlie Monte Verde@@COAprodCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Garrett Jones #69 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses during photo day at the Pirates spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Garrett Jones was a Rochester Red Wing for four years and honestly, was my favorite member of the team. There was nowhere for him on the Twins, so they let him go, but it's great to see him succeed.

He was a guy that you'd shout something to while he was on deck and if it was something worthwhile, he'd nod or otherwise acknowledge you. Anyone that's been to a professional ballgame can appreciate this.

He usually hit around .250 with some Adam Dunn power/propensity for the pop to second and mighty swinging strikeout. He was never going to get in that busy Twins outfield like that (or supplant perennial MVP Justin Morneau).

When he was not brought back after last year, it was a bummer, but he was quickly picked up by Pittsburgh and they sent him to Indy. So as a Yankees fan, it was equally of interest when Eric Hinske was sent to the Yanks that Pittsburgh called up Jonesy to take his spot. 

Jones might not last the year as a Major League starter, but it was certainly nice to see him burst onto the scene when given a chance to play. He single-handedly delivered both runs of their 2-1 win last night. Both were mighty home runs, and the second one was a walk-off that bounced into the Allegheny in the 14th.

So to Jones I say congratulations, you've definitely earned it.