Yankee prospect-in-waiting-no-more Jesus Montero knocked in the last 3 RBIs of the Yankees' wild 11-10 win over the Orioles yesterday on 2 home runs hit deep to the opposite field. Both were off 94-mph fastballs thrown by Jim Johnson, the first a touch up in the zone in the 5th inning that traveled 399 feet over the grandstand and into the right field bleachers which – according to ESPN's home-run tracker – would have been a HR in every stadium in the majors, and the second down in the zone in the 7th that traveled 396 feet landing almost in the same spot, both having pretty much split the plate down the middle on their way in.
Little can be judged from two at-bats in isolation and the odds are probably just as good that Montero goes 0 for his next 10 as they are that he continues yesterday's display of power, but suffice it to say that as someone who has watched all but a handful of Yankee games each of the past several seasons, I don't believe I have seen in recent years anyone on this team other than A-Rod hit to the opposite field with that much power.
Whether Montero performs well enough in the coming weeks to earn himself a full-time DH spot come October is yet to be determined, but it's great to finally get a look at what he can do with the bat. And with all due respect to Jorge Posada and Andruw Jones, I don't think you will find many Yankee fans clamoring for the DH spot to be handed back to the veterans any time soon. Jones has gotten a fair amount of playing time as a right fielder since Montero was called up and has done quite well there in the early going. And to say that the Yankee offense has done well since Montero was slotted into the lineup would be an understatement.
So as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera continue to demonstrate that greatness can age well, and Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon demonstrate that late-career-comebacks are still possible, it's refreshing, energizing, and more than a little exciting to see new talent finally getting a shot and delivering.