Sunday, October 23, 2016
Wow. The history. The excellence. The bucket list. The World Series. The unlikely duo who will take us out of MLB 2016 and into the off season is the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. What an incredible October! And throughout what I am calling the Cubs Frenzy in Cubdom, I am remaining sane. Usually this time of year, I feel sad about the Yankees not making it to the playoffs but this year, I am with the Cubs fans because its been 71 years since the Cubs got to the Series and 108 years since they won. This is the perfect setting to an incredible World Series.
The climate for this historic night was so electric that in the second inning a random firework went off somewhere in the distance causing Joc Pederson to stand frozen at home plate. This isn't Hollywood's The Natural exploding lights somewhere in the heavens. No this isn't heaven, either. It's real time, it's real life and the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series.
And to make my evening even better, I have muted Joe Buck and taken on Dan Schulman and Aaron Boone on ESPN Radio. What a sigh of relief. Unbiased, clearly articulated post season baseball, finally. I am not alone, actually. The Chicago Tribune published an article on Friday entitled, "Why are Cubs fans hating on Joe Buck?"
Besides the fact that Cubs fans hate the way Buck gushes all over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers (who exited Game 6 very early by the way), this quote came about half way through the article sent to the reporter by a fan, "Playoff tickets $400. Parking $100. Ballpark food $38.75. Not having to listen to Joe Buck: priceless." Bahahahaha...Oh yea and there is now an official #DeportJoeBuck movement among Cubs fans on Twitter. So, whether it's my new radio companions, or whether it was Angels in the Outfield that caused Andrew Toles to drop the ball in the first inning or just that it's the Cubs time to shine, it's the Cubs Frenzy that is keeping me sane.
As the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday evening just before first pitch, "Fans descended on the ballpark in waves, by "L" and yellow shuttle buses, riding Divvy bikes, and spilling out of ride shares and taxis. They pushed toddlers in strollers and walked their dogs, dressing both in Cubs regalia. Hundreds of Chicago police officers looked on."
Then if you could imagine what it would be like outside of Stan's Sports Bar at the mouth of Yankee Stadium on a night like this, "The line to get into the bars adjacent to the ballpark snaked down the block hours before the game started. Vendors on the streets hawked "Ain't Afraid of No Goat" T-shirts for $25 and a fan wore a "#WaitTilThisYear" shirt. Another vendor, willing to tempt fate, proclaimed that he was selling "World Series water." Yes, it's the Cubs Frenzy that is keeping me sane.
I can't commit to watching a new television series or streaming past episodes on DVR, On Demand or on Netflix. I have to be with the Cubs, lead by the two-punch knock out of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, to the finish, with the first game of the series to commence on Tuesday, October 25th, my always faithful baseball assistant mother's 74th birthday. She proudly acknowledged this event in baseball history with this comment to me, "World Series for my Birthday? That's awesome."
Could this get any sweeter? Sure, the Cubs could beat Cleveland in the Series and end their 108 year championship drought. But that's it. This postseason has been incredible and if you didn't know it, it is the Cub Frenzy that is keeping me sane. Maybe you can relate but if not, only 117 days until pitchers and catchers. Let's Go Cubs! #GOAT
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
There 's a ton of excitement surrounding Clint Frazier. You remember, we got Frazier from the Indians for pitcher Andrew Miller.
As you all know Miller has been rolling in the playoffs for the Tribe, and America is falling in love with him. That same love Yankee fans felt for the guy before we let him go. I mean, if he wasn't under contract with the Indians, I would re-sign him and bring him back... WITH Aroldis Chapman! Anyway... I digress...
I found this interesting. NJ.com had an article about a scout that was pretty critical of Frazier, in a nutshell saying he's trying to hard to smash home runs and it will hurt him. I hate critics. Anyway, read this from NJ.com... because the best part is when Frazier dropped the scout! NJ.com writes:
"The scout's take on Frazier, a 22-year-old Loganville, Ga., native who currently is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 15th best prospect in baseball?
'I don't believe Frazier is going to be what some people think he's going to be early in his career,' the scout said. 'I think he's trying too hard to be too much of a power hitter instead of being an overall accomplished, polished hitter.'
Frazier hit .263 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs this past season in 119 Double-A and Triple-A games, including .228 with three homers and seven RBIs in 25 games Triple-A games after being traded. He thinks the scout is off base.
'To say I'm trying to hit home runs is completely wrong,' Frazier said by phone. 'I think it's been timing issues with my swing. My timing was off for a lot of Triple-A, so I tried to make up for it by speeding things up. And I speed things up by swinging harder. But I never went up there trying to hit a home run.'"
And add to that, what the hell does a scout know about what's going on in the dude's mind when he comes up to the plate? Obviously with speed changes, a higher level of play, adjustment is apart of it. And any scout would know that. That one didn't have a clue. I'm thrilled that Frazier went after him a bit. I like his spunk... I dig his emotion there!
Clint Frazier will be just fine. The kid will look great and play great in pinstripes. That's because he already understands what needs to be done.
Anyway, I had to share it. I dig this dude!
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Was anyone rooting for the Dodgers today? Everyone I spoke to said they wanted to see the Cubs "go all the way". Well, tonight, the Cubs made history and they are now headed to the World Series where they will play the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night.
Kyle Hendricks was incredible. I gotta tell you, I didn't know much about Hendricks before tonight because I just never thought about him, but the guy is just outstanding in every way. I mean, the biggest stage and he just delivers with such calmness. Truly incredible job.
Guys like Rizzo, Baez, Bryant... guys like David Ross, Arrieta, Lester. It's one of those teams that has such balance and energy young and old. So much fun to watch. So much excitement for the city of Chicago!
Seeing Aroldis Chapman close it out just gave me goosebumps. I'd like to think that the Yankees had a part in that and us fans are all rooting for guys like Chapman and Miller of the Indians hard because we know them... we saw them in our colors and now they move on the bigger and better things! How do you not get romantic about this sport??
Watching the post game, seeing the energy from the fans, it is such a relief considering all the aggravation and stress of our Presidential Election. For the moment, We all stand with Chicago and are excited together! Thank God!
By the way, BYB will have an incredible piece coming out early tomorrow morning about the Cubs and this season by Suzie Pinstripe. You NEED to read it and you need to share it. It sums the whole thing up beautifully.
Final: Cubs 5 - Dodgers 0
No one knew exactly what to expect from Gleyber Torres when he came to the New York Yankees. We all just knew he was a very good prospect. Well, now that he's over in the Arizona Fall League... he's able to truly express himself, and I would suggest that right now for Torres... life is good!
YES Network has the story:
"Entering play Thursday, Torres has gotten five games of experience in the Fall League to compete alongside the stiffest competition from around the league (plus Tim Tebow), and is already proving himself to be a cut above the rest. Though the 17 at-bat sample size is undoubtedly small, Torres ranks first in the league in slugging (.882), tied for second in batting average (.412), tied for second in home runs (2), and third in total bases (15).
Again, he's played just five games for the Scottsdale Scorpions. He's only 19 years old. There's plenty left to deduce about his talents and consistency beyond a very brief stint in the Fall League. But factoring in his hot start out west, along with his strong 2016 season in High-A (125 G, .270/.354/.421, 11 HR, 66 RBI, 21 SB), Torres looks to have the skill-set that Major League teams covet."
You have no idea how excited I am to see Torres, Bird, Sanchez, Judge, Williams, Austin, Frazier, Severino and all the other kids just kick ass in the near future for the New York Yankees. We have turned the page ladies and gentlemen.
Youth is coming. Get excited!
Everybody loves Scott Brosius and when we interviewed him for Bleeding Yankee Blue a few years ago, it was one of our most read interviews ever.
Scotty made a name for himself when he came to the New York Yankees after what appeared to be a pretty lame time in Oakland with the Athletics. With the Yankees, he won championships, MVPs and true recognition as being a terrific team player and excellent Yankee!
Well, I got news. Brosius is back in Major League baseball! No, not as a coach or player for the Yanks, but for the Seattle Mariners. MLB Trade Rumors has the story:
"Scott Brosius is joining the Mariners as an assistant coach, per a team announcement. Now fifty years old, Brosius spent eleven years in the majors with the Athletics and Yankees. It’s not clear precisely what his duties will be — his title is simply “assistant coach” — but Brosius served last year as the hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma."
Now when we spoke to Brosius, he was working as a coach at a college:
BYB: Many fans don't know you haven’t left baseball. You are in your fourth year as the manager of Linfield College Baseball team. Fans also might not know that you played for Linfield College for three years until being drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1987. How do you like being a manager and is managing in the Major Leagues something you would like to do one day?
Scott Brosius: I have been very fortunate to get the opportunity to coach at Linfield College, the school I played at. I knew I didn’t want to give up baseball altogether, so coaching gives me the opportunity to pass on some of what I learned along the way. I enjoy coaching tremendously, and doing so at Linfield also provides me with the balance to see my kids play as well and coach my son’s team in the summer. I am having a great time with it, and right now I don’t see myself moving back into the professional ranks, at least while my kids are still at home.
Read more at EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SCOTT BROSIUS. That interview happened in 2011. Wow. Time flies.
Anyway, this is great news, and we obviously wish Scott well!