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The End of Summer

The Red Sox arrive with the Yanks reeling. Our boys need to sweep this weekend and that is just unlikely. Let’s just hope Boston doesn’t bury ‘em with another series of beatdowns.

Never mind the other guys:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Double Dutch

A rainout last night gives a double header today. It is gorgeous, sunny and brisk in New York.

Gonna be a long one.

Never mind the picnic:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Tribe Vibes

Yanks host the Indians. First of three tonight. Kluber vs. Severino. Luis has a chance to really step-up. This is a big one.

Never mind the nonsense:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Mariners kicked the ball around in the first inning to the tune of 5 errors. The Yanks scored 6 runs and that would be more than enough for Masahiro Tanaka (10-1 was the final). Coupled with Saturday’s win and the weekend turned out okay, particularly with the Red Sox on a 4-game losing streak.

Will only get more intense this week: First, Cleveland, then Boston.

Get your Bromo ready.


Look, Up in the Sky…It’s a Bird

Greg Bird—my Dude!—returned yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 3-run home run—and had 4 RBI in all—as the Yanks downed the Mariner’s 6-3. Thank you for your support, Sonny Gray.

With the win the Yanks gained ground in the Wild Card and the Al East—they are only 3 behind Boston in the loss column. Let’s not give it all back today, huh, fellas?

Never mind the sunshine:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Gone Fishin’

Last night baseball was terrible. Today it might be ice cream and gravy and all sorts of other wonderful things. So we’ll be watching and rooting.

Get over yourselves, guys, and get right, right away, would ya, hah?

Never mind the spilt milk:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Baseball Stinks

C.C. Sabathia was great and the Yankee bullpen held their own but the offense was horseshit and that’s why they lost a ball-breaker to the M’s, 2-1. Sure, it was Aroldis Chapman who got tagged with giving up the game winner but the Yanks had a million men on base all night and couldn’t do dick. They had fat pitches to hit all night and didn’t do dick. By the end of the game every damn one of them was jumping out of their shoes trying to hit a home run.


They played tight. And on a night that the Red Sox got pounded, the Yanks suffer a regrettable loss because it seemed so avoidable. Baseball is stupid.

Back in the New York Groove

So Gary Sanchez gets a four-game suspension and Romine gets two. That sounds about right. Alex Wilson gets four and the instigator of it all, Miggy Cabrera, is nailed with a week. Naturally, he served up a hot dish of Crybaby Souffle to reporters after he got the news.

Mike Axisa has the lowdown, as alway.

Never mind that, now duly bonded in brotherhood, let’s see how our boys handle the Mariners this weekend back home in the Bronx. It is uncommonly lovely here in New York, a slight chill in the air hinting at the fall ahead of us. Beautiful night for a ballgame with our old pal C.C. on the hill. Not only that, but Starlin Castro makes his return to the lineup.

Never mind the lumps (or the goofy-ass jerseys):

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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That’s Gonna Smart

The Yanks got themselves good and galvanized yesterday in an old-fashioned boys-will-be-boys series of bench-clearing interruptions yesterday in Detroit. Who was to blame? The umpires for one. Miguel Cabrera and Gary Sanchez, too. You could throw in some other folks for good measure, like say how about Michael Fulmer, who started it all by plunking Sanchez after the Yankee DH homered against him in the previous at bat.

It got out of hand. That goes on the umpires. After that, everyone’s pride got in the way and nobody wanted to back down. The Yanks came together as a team—as many of the players alluded to postgame comments to the press—but it will cost them. A big suspension is looming for Sanchez, who would have made Mickey Rivers, Craig Nettles and Darryl Strawberry proud with his flurry of jabs.

Oh, and the Yanks lost the game, too—10-6.


Summer Breeze

Well, that was nice, a 13-4 beatdown. Gary Sanchez hit a pair of home runs—the first one was a whiffle ball BOMB—and after 4 productive at bats (3 walks and an RBI base hit) Aaron Judge was yanked, thus ending his strike out streak. Done and done. He can start a new one tonight. Last night he was smiling. And so were we.

Tonight gives Luis Severino:

Never mind the accolades:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Room Service

The Yanks limp to Detroit after dropping the weekend series in Boston (5-1 was the sorry final on Sunday afternoon). They hope recover against a mediocre Detroit team before returning home to face the Mariners, Indians, and Red Sox.

Tonight gives the return of Tanaka.

Never mind the complaining:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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One Game Makes a Difference

The Yanks jumped on Chris Sale early—thanks to a 3-run homer by Tyler Austin—and hung on for dear life to walk away with a 4-3 win.

This afternoon, Sonny Gray is on the bump for the Yanks. Here’s the reason you were traded for, my friend. Go git ‘em.

Never mind a letdown:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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White Heat

The Red Sox keep reminding the Yanks that the Baby Bombers are not yet ready for Prime Time. The bullpen rightfully gets the blame for blowing a 6-3 lead but watching it live, I got the sense that the Yanks blew it when Aaron Judge whiffed with the bases loaded and just one out in the 7th. He had a couple of good pitches to hit, put good swings on them, but fouled the balls off instead of putting them in play. Because that’s the way it goes and that’s the way it’s been going for Judge, who has now whiffed in more consecutive games than just about anybody ever.

Then the pen was horseshit, too—Aroldis Chapman looked especially mortal again.

9-6 was the sorry-ass final.

Tonight gives Chris Sale, aka Dr. Doom.

Yanks have their work cut out for them. Let’s see what they got.

Never mind the pressure:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Up North Trip

The Yanks were cruising last night and but for a mortifying mop-up performance by Bryan Mitchell it would have been an easy win (had to feel bad for the kid). They hung on for a 7-5 win because even on short notice, Dellin Betances is unfair when his curveball is on.

This weekend takes our boys to Boston for a tough three-game set against the Sox.

I gotta bad feeling about this.

All the same, I will be root-root-rootin’ our boys on.

Never mind the humidity:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Get Out of Town

The count was 3-2 as it so often is with Aaron Judge. Top of the 9th and here comes the breaking pitch, darting out of the strike zone, and there goes Judge swinging and missing as he sets the mark for consecutive games with a strike out for a non-pitcher. On the other hand, earlier in the game he a ball so far that it reached the third deck, and it took awhile for everyone to wrap their head around what they’d just seen.

Oh, and the Yanks won—dancing around a competent performance by junk-ballin’ Jamie Garcia—5-3.

Is it too much to ask for a sweep? Perhaps. Baseball has a way of punishing you when you ask for such things. But it is not too much to ask Luis Severino to go out there, not mince around and put heads to bed.

Never mind the gluttony:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Borough to Borough

Sonny Gray was terrific, Jacob deGrom, less so. And Aroldis Chapman—who came up gimpy—did not look good once again but the Yanks held on for a 5-4 win.

Thank you, Fellas.

Tonight, the Subway Serious shifts to Queens. Yanks are going to need to score a bunch tonight I figure.

We’ll be there root-root-rootin’ them on.

Never mind the Shake Shack:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Thank You For the Love You Brought My Way

A few loud crack of the bats and we were finally able to let out a sigh of relief. The Yanks didn’t hit much but a trio of late homers—Judge, Hicks, Sanchez—along with a stellar job from the bullpen was enough to down the Mets, 4-2.

Tonight offers a good match-up—young Sonny Gray, looking for his first win with the Yanks (and a little help from his offense), against the formidable Jacob deGrom.

Never mind the flowing locks—and devastating stuff:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Not Ready For Prime Time

Luis Severino and the Yanks took one on the chin on Saturday and then last night, the Yanks held their own against Chris Sale and took the lead in the 8th, before Aroldis Chapman gave it up in the 9th—and to be fair he surrendered a home run on a 102 mph pitch. The Yanks blew it in the 10th and dropped 2 of 3 to their rivals.

Our boys just ain’t good enough right now.

What a frustrating weekend it turned out be. And if you look at the glass half-full, got to figure the Yanks will go out and fuggin’ lose 3 of 4 to the Mets this week, right?


Okay, never mind the gloom:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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And For My Next Trick…

Our boys looked dead in the water again last night for 7 innings. Ass dead, dead ass. Then in the 8th, down 3-0, Aaron Hicks hijacked an inside pitch and launched it just fair down the right field line for a 2-run home run. A rally of walks and base hits followed and the Yanks had a 5-3 lead.

Not happy to leave well enough alone, Aroldis Chapman promptly walked the bases loaded to start the 9th. His ass got saved when a fly ball out to Hicks left turned into a double play thanks to aggressive base-running by our old chum Nunie. When the final out was made we all breathed a sigh of relief. What a huge win, especially with Dr. Doom, Chris Sale looming tomorrow night, all of a sudden the Yanks have a chance to steal the series with a win today.

I know Drew Pomeranz has been damn good this year but Luis Severino needs to act like the Ace we hope he can be, especially with Tanaka joining C.C. on the DL.

Never mind the southpaws:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Send in the Clowns

Wow, what a crappy night for the Yanks who lost the game (4-0) and the series to the damn Jays.

Now, they are back at home for 3 against the Red Sox and Boston is on a roll. The Yanks are not. Let’s hope they can turn this around.

Never mind the standings:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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