Saturday, April 29, 2017

THE GREATEST YANKEE WIN I'VE EVER SEEN!

(April 27, 2017 - Source: Adam Hunger/Getty Images North America)    
"The Yanks are getting spanked right now!" 

My buddy yelled to me as we were getting into our cars last night.  We just finished my kid's rec game, and I just figured it was one of the rare losses of the season. 

"It happens", I said as I turned the key.  At that moment it was 9-1, but when we got home I suggested we run the Applebee's, we get some chow and unwind. 

"Dad, it's 9-4!", my kid said from the backseat.  He perked up.  This is a kid that lives and dies by baseball stats and highlights from his phone.  It reminds me of the days I went all over the place with my binder full of baseball cards.  When you love the game, you just can't get enough of it.



We got to Applebee's and we sat down. I ordered the Watermelon Sangria.

I'm not afraid to admit that. I may even have had 2... I'm crazy like that.  We ate, and my kid's face was now stuck to the TV right next to our table.

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All of the sudden, it was 11-8 and Applebee's must of been full of Yankee fans, because the place got excited.  My kid wasn't even talking to us at this point. I should have taken a picture because the emotions on his face were priceless.  When Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grand slam, there was applause, not from just my table, but from many. You see, this Yankee team is something special. You can't quite put your finger on it, but you know what I mean, because it's never about one guy.  One night it could be Ronald Torreyes...

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Another it's Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman.  Maybe CC Sabathia, or Luis Severino.  Other times, it's Starlin Castro... or anyone else.  The team is unique, because there is a true blend of young and old, all consumed with turning this franchise around.  And now... us Yankee fans have bought into it more than we ever have before.  In that Applebee's last night... it was quite evident.

And then Castro comes to the plate, and a thunderous "WOOO!!!" from all the tables in the joint!

"Oh my god! He tied it! HE TIED IT!"

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My kid could no longer contain himself! This was a big deal! How do you come back from a deficit like that? Well... they did, and now it was a new ballgame.

I asked for the check.

"I can't leave dad! I need to see this!"

I looked at my wife.  We were already exhausted from the week. But when you see a smile and request like that... you cave... and so we did. 

We made Applebee's our living room for the next very minutes.  We relaxed... we watched our Yankees. We watched our 14 year old loving every minute of it.

(April 27, 2017 - Source: Adam Hunger/Getty Images North America)
In the Bottom of the 10th inning, it was Matt Holliday crushing a 3 run homer. The place went nuts! It was the most incredible thing I've seen from the Yankees in a long, long time! And the celebration was on! Not only in the Bronx, but in my small town late last night from not only my family... but from all the folks in that restaurant. I think I high-fived the waiter... I can't be sure. 

(April 27, 2017 - Source: Adam Hunger/Getty Images North America)
And like clockwork, from over 10,000 miles away and to top off my night, my phone buzzed.

Australia was calling.  My brother from another mother, Joey Moses sent me this text.


And all was right in the world.

If anyone doesn't understand what it's like to be a true Yankee fan... they never will.  Because the thrill is unbelievable when they win big... and the bond between fans is like no other. Joey and I are an example of that.

Yankees win BIG, folks.  It reminds me of the late 90's!

Be excited, because this team is something special.

Final: Yankees 14 - Orioles 11


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Friday, April 28, 2017

THAT TIME JOSH DONALDSON WAS AVAILABLE

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I mean, it's only April 28th and the Blue Jays are rumored to be trading Josh Donaldson to the Mets already? Man oh man.

Quick note and small nugget about Donaldson and what appears to be a rumor...or something.  Thanks NJ.com...

"Prior to Thursday's loss to the Braves--the sixth consecutive defeat for the Mets, dropping them to last place in the NL East--ESPN's Baseball Tonight podcast talked about the team dealing for help at third base.

Host Buster Olney and insider Keith Law had this exchange.

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Olney: Two of the possible sellers this year could be the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, which means you could have two third basemen on the market: Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas.

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To me, either of those guys would be a really good fit for the Mets. And this decision to invest in one of those two guys would mirror the Cubs' decision to go after Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. Do you go after the guy that's going to be less expensive, shorter term or do you go after the guy that will be there for a couple years?

Law: If the Mets wanted to go all-in this year--which I would totally support given the big league roster and where they've been the last couple of years--they could try to acquire either of those guys."

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Now, truth be told... this isn't a rumor, this isn't even an idea, it's a spit ball by 'Baseball Insider' Buster Olney who hasn't predicted a trade successfully since his buddies flipped baseball cards behind the school in the 70's.  And truth be told, you shouldn't believe a word of it.  But that being said, it's fun to think about Donaldson going anywhere... he's a dynamic player.

Will this happen? Hey, who really knows, although, Law's pretty legit, so I'd sit on the edge of my seat for it.  But before we get nuts... let's just keep it in the back of out minds for now. We'll revisit at a later date.

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EVERYONE LOVES THE YANKS RIGHT NOW


This man sat in front of my this morning.  He couldn't stop talking about the New York Yankees and all they have done so far and how Masahiro Tanaka is the real deal.

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Now I don't know if Tanaka's the real deal, but I do like him a helluva lot and was very impressed with his performance last night. A 3 hit shutout.

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The Yankees won again, and all is right in the world. Things appear to be clicking, and this is without some key elements in the lineup.  A Gary Sanchez. A Didi Gregorius. A slumping Greg Bird. Those guys will be key into how the Yankee continue their wins this season. 

I want to mention one thing that I mentioned yesterday in SEVY WAS STELLAR. JUDGE IS A GOD! I made a statement that Bird will be OK. That brought comment. I want to share this one:


I loved this comment, and I get it.  My point was merely that sometimes kids just need to figure it out.  If you think about it, Bird really doesn't have a big resume in the Bigs.  Sometimes it takes alittle time and sometimes slumps happen. 


I get what you're saying about Castro and Headley, Thomas, but they have the experience... and they need to deliver. There is a difference. 

Things will start to go Bird's way... I truly believe that.

Anyway... last night was great! The Yankees win... maybe Chris Sale should go cut up his jersey... I kid... I kid.

Final: Yankees 3 - Red Sox 0


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

AFTER THE WIN, A WORRISOME WINCE

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Aaron Judge homered like Superman and made a catch trying to fly like him. Luis Severino pitched a 7-inning beauty. Greg Bird drove in a crucial insurance run.

The opening game of the 2017 Red Sox series was memorable for its key contributions from the team's younger members.

I'm just hoping it doesn't become remembered for something worse.

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As NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reported last night: "Chapman grabbed his left elbow immediately after he closed out the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

The fireballing closer fanned Josh Rutledge with a 98-mph fastball and as catcher Austin Romine put a congratulatory arm around his shoulder, Chapman briefly clutched the crucial joint.

Afterward, however, Chapman said it was nothing.

"I feel fine," Chapman said, via team translator Marlon Abreu. "Thank God, I feel fine."

There seems to be reasons to worry, though.


Chapman, whose fastball had averaged 100 mph in seven outings this season, touched the century mark just once. Instead, it averaged 98.7 mph, according to Brooks Baseball. He also got just two swings and misses.

Chapman needed a season-high 33 pitches to get through the inning, in which he allowed a run and then put runners on the corners for Rutledge. Rutledge put a scare into the Yankees when he lifted a slider for a long fly to left field, but it stayed foul. On the next pitch, Chapman ended it.

Manager Joe Girardi said Chapman's recent lack of action could have been why the closer struggled. He had only pitched twice since April 17, his last appearance coming Saturday.

"He hasn't had a lot of work and that could have something to do with it," Girardi said.

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Chapman didn't allow any excuses.

"I would not blame not throwing for a couple of days or blame the weather at all. It's just sometimes you're not as sharp. That's it," the 28-year-old said."

We've heard that one before.  I hope the team won't take his word for it and plans to scope his shoulder to be sure.



 --Barry Millman
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SEVY WAS STELLAR. JUDGE IS A GOD!

(April 25, 2017 - Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images North America)
No way around it, last night was a foggy, weird Yankees-Red Sox game, but it was nice to see the kids dominate.  The win was nice... seeing the youngsters get opportunities and perform like we've been waiting for was truly delightful.

This is not a full game recap, this is just me saying I loved what I saw from Luis Severino and Aaron Judge.

(April 25, 2017 - Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images North America)
Luis Severino... 7 innings strong, allowed 3 hits and no runs.  He struck out 6 against a statistically better pitcher in Rick Porcello.

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Aaron Judge, on his birthday, 1 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBIs. For Judge, it was his 7th dinger.

I need to smile... it's a wonderful thing folks. Not much more to say...

Oh yeah, there's this... Don't worry about .118 Greg Bird. He'll figure it out.  Every player is different. Slumps happen, and that's what is happening here.

Yanks win... the kids blossom.