Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Viva Javy!

Javier Valentin was kicking himself after being out-guessed by Astros closer Brad Lidge with the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday.

He made amends this afternoon by singling to right to score Austin Kearns with the game-winner helping lift the Reds to a 2-game sweep of the Cardinals and finish off a 4-1 homestand.

Most fans probably don't realize how valuable Valentin is to the local media. For one, he's quite articulate in English. Two, he's an astute student of the game who usually can provide a pretty in-depth analysis of a particular play or pitching performance.

Lately, Valentin has been the go-to guy when it comes to discussing young Elizardo Ramirez, who speaks little English. When a translator (usually Felipe Lopez) isn't available, Javy's our man!

Today, Valentin was the man for the Reds, delivering the clutch hit that helped clinch their major-league leading 19th victory.

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