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Afternoon Art

Dairy Queen

Painting by Will Rafuse. 

Taster’s Cherce

sour rasberry float

Sour raspberry float with marshmallow creme. Uh, d’okay.

To The Surprise Of Absolutely No One, Yanks Beat The (B)uck Outta The Orioles


“Oh Look, it’s the Score Tru–“NEEEYYOWWWW!!!!

No, that would be the right fielder. Let’s just call him Score Truck so everyone can get out of his way. This guy is amazing (in the good way, not the Northern Blvd way). And the best part is that it seems like it hasn’t gone to his head yet.  Here’s hoping that it remains that way for the entirety of his career and whatever follows. But I’m not here to anoint a new Chosen One; all things considered, Aaron Judge has been better than anyone could imagine so far, but that’s the thing: did anyone really expect this?

Well, later for that; what’s even more amazing is that he’s far from the only one doing major damage for this team. Everyone in the lineup from lead-off to the nine-spot has the potential (and pretty much has in this series) break out with a moonshot or two: ask the guy whose been playing serious catch-up lately, Gary Sanchez (thank goodness they wised up and put him back in the middle of the lineup instead of the two-spot? Really?) Ask Brett, Ask The Other One >;), Starlin, Matt, Didi, well not so much Chase though he could and has before… but Chris Carter is probably the home-runningest guy hitting ninth and that’s not getting into the nicks-and-scratches guys on the bench. These guys got that swing.  The Mostly Baby-Faced Bosses were last seen making chicken pot pie out of the visiting Baltimore Orioles to the tune of 38 runs to the Orioles’ 8 over three days in the Bronx.  Talk about a critical beatdown…

So yeah, that’s all I wanted to say for now.  This team is pretty much speaking for itself and is constantly leaving people speechless. I suppose some folks are busy stuffing bad pizza in their orifices due to that unfortunate promotion offering half off anything when the Yanks score six or more runs in a game… but we won’t speak of that either. Chicken Pot Pie is a nice alternative for the time being. Starting pitching is still a hold-your-breath kind of issue, but so far I enjoy what I’ve seen for the most part. Happiness is a win in front of the home crowd, after all). Next up: 31934


P.S.: 495 feet… I mean, who does that?

Bronx Bombing (Duck Alert)

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I don’t remember who around here came up with the concept of “The Score Truck.” Was it Hank Waddles or Chyll Will? Or someone else. Man, I don’t recall but I know it was created because the Yanks were having trouble scoring runs.

These days, not so much. Feels like every game they win is a blowout.

Yesterday, it was over before it started. Though Chris Tillman retired the first two batters, Aaron Judge followed with a rope into the left field seats, the kind of home run Dave Winfield and Gary Sheffield used to hit (and the kind that lights up the Exit Velocity Meter these days). Before the inning was over, the Yanks scored 6 runs. And a long night ended with a lopsided, 16-3 final score.


More this afternoon on a scorcher in the BX.

Never mind prosperity:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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A-Aron—No, the Other One

Blue Reflection Bags

Aaron Hicks continues the greatest season of his career with a couple of homers on Friday night as the Yanks breezed to an 8-2 win over the visiting O’s. It was close for awhile and Jordan Montgomery was excellent again. My pal Glenn Stout is a pitching fanatic and he thinks Montgomery is a unique blend of Andy Pettite’s size and motion, Jimmy Key’s approach, and Dennis Rasmussen’s stiffness.

Good one. 

More tonight with our guy, Luis Severino on the hill. I like him more than any Yankee starter right now.

Never mind the heat wave:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags


Moving On

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Yanks beating the Sox, especially when they blow them out, never gets old and so Thursday’s 9-1 romp was a pleasure. David Price took a beatin’, led by Gary Sanchez who hit a couple of homers and had 5 RBI.

The Orioles are in town for the weekend and with it the weather has turned warm, positively summerish.

Never mind the climate shock:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

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The Yanks poured it on last night and beat the snot out of the Sox (8-0), backed by another stellar outing from ol’ C.C. Sabathia.

Nice be nice if they can take the series with a win tonight.

David Price—who is at odds with the Boston media—goes against our dude, Big Mike Pineda.

Never mind the chill (what month is this again?):

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Don’t Look Back

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There is a growing sense of concern about what is wrong with our man Masahiro, who was smacked around again last night. He’s been horseshit for too long now. Maybe it’s an extended slump but it has everyone’s attention now, Lord save us.

Drew Poweranz faired better but was just as horseshit, going to 3-2 on virtually every batter, throwing 498 pitches in 5 innings, and generally boring the bejesus out of the masses. Yanks had plenty of chances but did not cash in. Aaron Judge had two big whiffs late after a single, double and crashing defensive play in right.

5-4 was the Final and there was plenty to curse and moan about from where we’re sitting, right gang?

More tonight. The Big Fella. Not Jackie Bradley Jr.’s bud. You know him as C.C.

Never mind the creepers:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Other Guys


The Sox are in town for a 3-game series on a damp week in New York. Most the the citizens I’ve encountered lately are cranky that we’re in June but it still feels like April out there. I’m pleased that there has been plenty of water at least. The green is brilliant in these long days.

Yanks hold a 2 game lead over the Sox.

Our man Masahiro gets he nod in the opener. That is usually a good thing. But he’s been so inconsistent these days you don’t know what to expect. Here’s hoping he works it out and has a good outing.

Never mind the footsteps:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!


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Yeah, that is how it went in Toronto—a split. Which is a drag because the Yanks held a 2-0 lead yesterday with Luis Severino pitching well. But the Jays rallied late, on two home runs, to pull out a 3-2 win (this after the teams exchanged blows— 7-5 Jays, and 7-0 Yanks, on Friday and Saturday, respectively).

Supposed to rain in town all week. Day gives a day off and then the Yanks host the Red Sox for a 3-game series.

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Boomtown Rats

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Yanks put a hurting on the Blue Jays last night, led by two substantial taters by Gary Sanchez. C.C. looked good and the Yanks romped, 12-2.

Big Mike takes the hill tonight.

Never mind the Bad Guys:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags (cropped).


Ugh. These Guys.

Bags sunshine NYC

The O’s repaid the favor and put a beatin’ on the Yanks last night to the tune of 10-4. Masahiro got roughed up again, Yanks left a ton of runners on base.

I don’t know about you, but there wasn’t one of those three games in Baltimore that was worth half a shit from a fan’s perspective. Really boring baseball.

Yanks are up in Toronto for a long four-game series against the dreaded Blue Jays.

Never mind the chumps:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

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