Monday, May 16, 2022


And rightfully so, he deserves it. Nestor Cortes is the real deal. When it's his turn to start I am counting down the hours and minutes until game time. I haven't been this excited about a pitcher since Andy Pettitte was on the mound. He's finally getting the recognition he deserves....

There are no other words to describe what we saw yesterday other than "nasty" because it's true. He makes it look easy and he leaves everyone watching in complete awe. Nestor looks like an ace out there. No offense to Gerrit Cole at all, he just looks dialed in.

Nestor gave the performance I was hoping we'd see after a disappointing loss on Saturday. He retired 15 straight batters from the first inning until the sixth, and he got 13 swings and misses. He didn't give up a run until an eighth inning solo home run and only gave up three hits and walked no one. He's the steady and consistent gamer that the Yankees have needed for a long time. He's the guy that gets the job done and takes pride in it without the huge salary. He's the savior we have been waiting for. 

Aaron Boone knows how good Nestor was and called his outing "special" but Boone's comments aren't surprising, we all know what we saw was amazing. Boone's comments may not be interesting but someone else gave Nestor some high praise HERE.

Leave it to Pete Caldera to find the real interesting nuggets. It's nice to hear high praise from a legend like Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez who was able to recognize Nestor's strengths and encourage him to be true to the pitcher he is.

"I saw a lot of me in (Cortes)," said El Duque. "His work ethic, his professionalism – going about his craft when few people believed in him. When I saw that, I said, ‘I’ve got to get behind this guy.’ (Because) we have a similar pitching philosophy – you don’t have to throw 95-plus-mph to get batters out."

He was in Nestor's corner and helped him get to where he is now. His journey to the big leagues may not have been as fast as he wanted, but he's learned a lot to help him be successful now that he is here. I can't wait to see what else Nestor does this year.

So far, he's just plain NASTY!

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Senior Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

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