LADY AT THE BAT: Wang Mixes It Up Against The Mets

Monday, June 18, 2007

Wang Mixes It Up Against The Mets

Well into his perfect game bid earlier this season, Chien-Ming Wang decided to mix things up and throw a change-up. Willie Bloomquist wasn't impressed with it and hit it over the right-centerfield wall. Last night the pitch seemed perfected, as Wang mixed it in with a slider and his trademark sinkerball, and the Yankees beat the Mets 8-2.

The right-hander from Taiwan struck on 10 Mets, a career high. At one point, he even had speedster Jose Reyes on his fanny after swinging through strike 2. Wang eventually struck Reyes out, and managed to keep him off the base paths for most of the evening. The only time Reyes was on base was earlier in the game. The Yankees pitched out, gunning him down at second base.

My favorite Yankee continues to work his way back to the ace status he earned last season. After a stint on the DL and a couple of rough outings to start the year, he is now 7-4 with a 3.33 ERA. That makes me very happy.

You know what else makes me happy? ESPN actually treated him like a person last night. As much as I love YES, they never, ever say anything about what kind of person Chien-Ming Wang is, other than the fact that he can't speak English and keeps to himself. Seeing him interact in the dugout with his teammates made that hard for me to believe, and last night ESPN proved that most of it isn't true. They chose one player from the Mets and one from the Yankees to give Father's Day greetings to the viewers. David Wright did it for the Mets and Wang did it for the Yankees. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Wang spoke! There was hardly any trace of an accent at all. Later in the broadcast John Miller mentioned that Wang had been adopted as a baby, and when he found out about it he decided to accept both his adoptive parents and his biological parents as family. Now he sends most of the money he makes back to Taiwan, supporting all four of his parents. Maybe that's a cultural thing and anyone from that part of the world would do it. I don't know, but it was nice to learn about all the same.

The Lady

[Photo of Chien-Ming Wang: AP/Kathy Willens]

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