Monday, May 31, 2010

U The Man! Rockies' Jimenez Dominates to Magnify Lifeless Landscape


He reminds us of an endless movie, the grandest baseball script of the season.

It’s stunning to see a pitcher bring enthralling scenes to a fragile game in an age when baseball is contaminated with performance-enhancers, horrified by all the steroid scandals and dirty crimes.

Such is difficulty to grasp America’s Pastime in an era known as the Steroid Era, disgusted and burnt out from all the continuous frauds betraying the positive images of integrity.

Because the majors are constantly dispraised for its shameful revelations that poisons the beauty of the game, we have been downplaying the values of baseball and have neglected applauding Ubaldo Jimenez, the one pitcher celebrated for becoming the majors’ first 10-game winner this season.

The most powerful and strongest pitcher in the game would be U’s the Man, a nickname given to Jimenez when he had a flawless outing in April by pitching a perfect game, the first no-hitter in the Rockies’ 18-year history.

Within a lifeless sport known for its stereotypes and depravity, Jimenez, a 26-year-old star pitcher, has emerged into an ace and has brought on a conversation with his dominance of late on the mound.

It’s unbelievable that he’s the best and hottest pitcher, a savior in the lamest sport with his craftiness and creativity, not allowing earned runs, normally finishing an outing hitless and scoreless.

He’s focused on chasing batters early, attacking aggressively and mixing up his pitches in the strike zone, fiercely pitching and attacking with vigor and visual perception, realizing his relentless pitching is needed amid a fraudulent era.

Years after the major leagues declined, we never acknowledged a pitching sensation with all the shams, transforming the way people viewed the game.


But now, it seems the fuss in sports is the growth of an emerging Jimenez, who suddenly has invited recognition, erasing any dreadful thoughts of corruption that has disparaged the features of a distressed sport.

If there weren't any regards that he’s the purest thrower, maybe there’s much assumption now that he’s the front-runner for the National League Cy Young award.

If there weren’t ever much promise after he has thrown 26 consecutive scoreless innings, a franchise record as a starting pitcher, maybe there’s an understanding that he could one day be enshrined in Cooperstown.

He seems like a 10-year veteran, calmed and focused earnestly, roughly symbolizing that the poisoning aspects of the game could be cured.

Once again, Jimenez verified that baseball is still relevant in many ways by popularizing the game and reducing the ill-awareness, regenerating purity among a competition bothered by an oblivious crisis.

When the buzz engendered over Memorial Day weekend, an event created a conversation involving two primary right-handed pitchers. In what was quickly divulged as a Memorial Day pitching duel, Jimenez was impeccable and unbeatable.

Not until he pitched a complete game four-hitter, as the Rockies shut out the San Francisco Giants in a 4-0 matinee at AT&T Park, fantasy owners and casual fans clearly had no clue they were witnessing the potential Cy Young award winner and idealistic right-hander who outshined pitching sensation Tim Lincecum at a premium in his domain.

It’s barely approaching June and still there’s plenty of baseball left in the regular-season, but it’s not too early to admit that Jimenez is a journeyman, suddenly turning into a high-profile ace with monstrous numbers.

And since the majors are obsessed with numbers more than wins, Jimenez is 10-1 with a 0.78 ERA.

If he wins one more, he would tie the franchise record of 11 wins by the All-Star break. For his foe, Lincecum, his throwing mechanics weren’t anywhere near a reigning Cy Young winner, horribly allowing four runs, three earned in 5 2/3 innings.

It’s incredible how a pitcher can magnetize the perception of an unsteady game, impelling all followers to embrace the gratifying development of a big-name pitcher.

Keen to succeed at the highest level, he’s resilient and durable, normally lasting longer than the average ace, pitching until the late innings or either for the entire contest.

What’s fascinating about baseball is that a spectacular outing by a pitcher magnifies one’s curiosity, just as does Jimenez, a phenomenal ace absorbing the thrills with his incomparable and overwhelming achievements.

It’s easy to assume that the staggering numbers place Jimenez as the favorable pitcher to be named for the momentous award.

The results speak for itself, such as a no-hitter and one-hitter, scoreless streaks of 25 and 17 innings, seven earned runs allowed in 71 1/3 innings. Also, it’s not every day you hear a pitcher yielding merely one home run.

Without argument, he’s a prolific starter with impressive pitches. Over the years, high altitude seemed burdensome for many pitchers, but has yet affected the excellence of Jimenez’s powerful arm.

Just recently, Rockies manager Jim Tracy insisted that he’s the greatest pitcher. “He’s the best pitcher in the game,” he said. “He is as quality a human being as you would ever want to be around. He is humble, soft-spoken and accountable. He has all the attributes to be a star in this game for years to come.”

Ahem, I believe he’s already a star?

Apparently, when you are unbeatable, you are a star.

Let’s anoint U’s the Man.