Let’s think back. It was late April. He was 0 for his last 32. He was batting .161. He had 1 homer. He couldn’t handle the pressure of a looming A-Rod. The Yanks were 1-6 vs. Boston. He was dating D-list MTV host Vannessa Minnillo. He was in decline. Sound familliar? Okay. Now fastforward to the present:
BA in July: .311
NY vs. BOS: 4-6
Dating: Jessica Alba
And let’s not forget that he’s played solid defense (with some spectacular moments), and he’s starting tonight in the All-Star Game (granted, there are more deserving players). Project his numbers for the rest of the season based on his work over the last month, and you will find him hitting around .300 with 30 homers, 100+ runs, and 100 rbi. MVP? Maybe not. But nothing to be ashamed of either.