I remember the first time I saw Edwar Ramirez. July 3, 2007. I called my brother and said, "I have seen the future of the New York Yankees."
Sent in to close with a safe 8-0 lead against the Minnesota Twins, this odd looking newbie mowed down three batters like a hot knife going thru butter, one of them being Justin Morneau. First big league effort, three straight strikeouts. How do you top that?
Keep in mind, this was before anyone had heard of Joba Chamberlain. I remember thinking, "What the heck is that pitch?" Was it a change, splitter? I guess the Twins were wondering that too. As the game ended, I thought Cashman was on to something.
Then came July 20. Four walks and a grand slam later, things aren't looking so good. Those pesky Devil Rays had their way with the youngster and the Yankee Nation was wondering what the hell had happened. Whenever one of these wizards comes out of the woodwork with their bag of tricks, the old school guys start saying, "Wait til they start timing him." They did that later with Joba.
Now here we are, a year later. Edwar went back to the minors and is now back to the big show. He's a good pitcher. He'll probably go on to have a good career. He might be the next Mariano Rivera. Who knows? The one thing I'd like to see is the jaw dropping effort he gave in his very first trip to the major league hill.