This blog has made cutting comments about Raul Ibanez. When the Yankees signed him, I expected him to fade the way Andruw Jones faded.
But, fortunately, Mr. Ibanez has proven this blog wrong. He has been a professional hitter, and provided the Yankees with 3 particularly huge hits down the stretch: the 2-run shot on September 22 that tied the game in the bottom of the 13th inning, the 2-run shot that tied tonight's game in the 9th, and the 13th-inning walkoff single.
Now Ibanez has not been great; his .239/.306/.454 slash line is OK for a platoon left fielder/DH. However, he has been a serviceable contributor, and often in baseball it is the serviceable players who give us the moments of a baseball season we remember years afterwards.
That is the sort of moment Raul Ibanez gave Yankee fans tonight when he lined one into the right-field seats.