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Montero soaks in breakout game

Jesus Montero, right, gets a forearm bash from

Jesus Montero, right, gets a forearm bash from Rusell Martin after his 2-run home run in the seventh inning. (Sept. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Jesus Montero knows all of his days in the big leagues won't be like Monday.

But that doesn't mean he can't try.

"I feel so happy right now," Montero said. "I thank God I hit the two home runs to help the team and I showed a little bit to the fans and the people and [hope] there's more to come. I hope it keeps going good. I'm not going to say tomorrow I'm going to hit two home runs again but I'm going to try to." 

The Yankees, by giving Montero four starts in five games since he was called up Thursday, have made it obvious they'd like to see the 21-year-old play his way onto the postseason roster. Montero wasn't biting at that question.

"I hope to be helping more the team to win," Montero said. "I don't decide that. They're going to make a decision. I just want to do my best when they give me the opportunity."

Scott Proctor, who pitched to Montero in Triple-A, said he liked what he saw from the catcher behind the plate, which is the question that's followed Montero throughout his minor league career.

"I was blessed enough to see him earlier in Scranton," Proctor told a small group of reporters that included Newsday's Mark Herrmann. "He’s just a gifted, gifted individual. Even if you haven’t seen him behind the plate—not everyone has had that chance—but he works hard, he’s definitely a gamer, he wants to win, he goes about things the right way."

Joe Girardi doesn't want to get carried way but also couldn't hide his enthusiasm for what he's seen so far.

“You don’t get too giddy on one game and you don’t get too down on another game,” Girardi said. “You want to watch him over a period of time, but we’ve always said this young man can really swing the bat. We’ll just continue to see how he does.”

 

 

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