Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did, looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid. I’m still standing after all this time. Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind. -Elton John
Guess whos back, back again. Izzy’s back, tell a friend. That’s right sports fans, Jason Isringhausen is back. Back with a vengeance. Like my main Jack Kennedy always says, “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” Jason Isringhausen is back from whence he came. Back on the hill. Back on the hill when the game is on the line. Last night Jason Isringhausen was back on the hill when the game was on the line and recorded the 294th save of his major-league career. Hooray Jason Isringhausen! For those of you keeping score at home, that was Izzy’s first save since August 1, 2008. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a span of two years and 352 days. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the longest span between saves for a player who already had at least 250 saves to his credit. The previous most: two years, 273 days, by Troy Percival (2005-08). Pretty neat huh?
Who says you can never go home again? Oh? Thomas Wolfe said it? Big deal. What does he know? Clearly, Thomas Wolfe doesn’t know about Jason Isringhausen. In the mid-1990s, Isringhausen, along with the imitable pitchers Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson, were widely hyped as the next generation of New York Mets’ superstars. You might remember them. You might remember them as Generation K. You might also remember that all three of the players who comprised Generation K succumbed to pitching-related injuries within a year. But still. But still it was during that time that Isringhausen recorded his first career save. How about that? How about this: Last night the big right-hander needed only 11 pitches to retire Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman and David Freese. Wooo doggie! He’s still got it. Still got enough to get his 294th of his career. This doesn’t mean Isringhausen will close the final 10 weeks of the season, but it does mean that the 300 club is right in reach.
Peace out homies. Six two and even!