Vazquez can't shake ghosts of 2004

His confidence was up, but poor velocity and a lazy pop fly doomed Javy in the Bronx

Updated: August 7, 2010, 2:25 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- If Javier Vazquez's image from 2004 wasn't permanently emblazoned in the psychosis of New York Yankees fans, he could easily get a pass for Friday night. But that is not Vazquez's lot in life as a Yankee.

The 2004 ALCS Game 7 grand slam by the Red Sox's Johnny Damon put the worst postseason collapse in baseball history on the most prestigious franchise's ledger. No matter what Vazquez does, that little bit of trauma is always one bad start away from resurfacing; especially when ...

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