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David Aardsma mocks Jose Valverde after blown save

Yankees relief pitcher David Aardsma missed most of the season recovering from elbow surgery, but he didn’t miss a chance to mock Tigers closer Jose Valverde after Detroit blew a 3-1 lead during Game 4 of the ALDS against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday.

Aardsma wrote the following message on his Twitter account shortly after the Tigers lost 4-3:

Valverde’s final stat line for the night: 0.2 innings, four hits, three earned runs, a blown save, a loss, and one zinger.

And one question: Why didn’t Tigers manager Jim Leyland replace Valverde after he allowed three hard-hit balls to start the inning?

If you haven’t seen the flamboyant closer’s antics, check out these videos.

Jose Valverde’s unique bullpen entrance on display in ALDS (Video)

Jose Valverde’s unique bullpen entrance was on display for Game 1 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s on Saturday.

The Tigers closer recorded his first save of the postseason by preserving a 3-1 win, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Before he stepped onto the mound at Comerica Park, he did his usual quirky bullpen entrance.

The superstitious closer, nicknamed “Papa Grande,” which means big potato in Spanish, has a routine involving a bottle of water. Valverde takes a chug from a bottle of water when he gets the call in the bullpen to begin warming up. He then sets the bottle down beside him on the bullpen mound. The 6’4″ 254-pound reliever then takes another chug when he is called into the game, and he spits the water out — first to the left, then to the right — as he exits the pen.

What’s the story behind the routine?

“If I told you right now where that stuff comes from, you’d never understand,” Valverde said last October. “I’ve done all that stuff for a long, long, long time. I swear to God. I’ve been the same for almost 20 years.”

Valverde also has an elaborate save celebration that rivals his entrance:

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Jim Leyland Was So Happy with Jose Valverde He Kissed Him (Picture)

Defeating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in a clinching game is an overwhelming experience.  New York has a lineup that is nearly impossible to conquer, so when your pitching staff holds the Yankees to three runs over the nine most important innings of the year it’s understandable to be overcome by emotions.  Believe it or not, that even goes for the MLB’s toughest manager.  Check out this picture of Jim Leyland kissing Jose Valverde after Game 5 of the ALDS:

Hopefully Jimmy has changed his socks and underwear by now for Valverde’s sake.  I’m sure the closer doesn’t want to risk being soiled after his 51-for-51 performance in saves to this point in the season.  You know you must have done something right for that guy to plant one on you.

2011 MLB All-Star Game Snubs: American League

Compared to the National League All-Star team, the fans did a poor job voting on the American League team. Most of the reasonable complaints regarding snubs are from the AL team. We already gave you the All-Star Game snubs from the National League.

Here are the American League All-Star team snubs:

Jhonny Peralta over Derek Jeter at SS

This is a no-brainer. The fans vomited on themselves with this one, probably because a) Jeter is so popular and b) most of them don’t know who Peralta is. Asdrubal Cabrera made the team as the backup shortstop and he should be starting. Peralta should be the backup.

Paul Konerko over Michael Young as 1B/INF

Paul Konerko being left off the team is the biggest snub of MLB. He has a .954 OPS which is fourth-best in the entire AL. It’s a joke that he’s not on the team and it’s criminal that Ron Washington stuck him in the fan vote. Instead of carrying three catchers, Washington should have put Konerko on the team over either Martin or Wieters. At the least, he should be there over Young who is good but can’t mash the way Konerko can.

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