Yanks’ stirring understudies drop in on the D’Backs for a couple games as the unprecedented number of stars continue their run on the injury list…
This is a beautiful title.
RAB is done.
Pours one out.
Quoted in full, because Mike fucking EARNED it:
I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. There has never been a moment — not once — where I felt like I deserved the recognition or praise that came my way for RAB. I’m not oblivious to the site’s success and to this day I have a hard time wrapping my head around it, but I don’t feel I’ve earned it.
To me, I’m just a guy who had an internet connection and met the right people at the right time, has a love of dingers and Mariano Rivera frontdoor cutters …
… and a curiosity about baseball. When we launched RAB, it started as a passion project, and I did my best to keep up with Joe and Ben. We’ve added writers over the years to reduce my workload and also to bring different perspectives to the site, and I felt the same way. I’ve just been trying to keep up.
I never expected RAB to become what it did or last as long as it did or lead to where it did, and I feel I played only a small part in that. RAB was at its best with multiple voices and different opinions, and I am only one person. Everyone here made me better. So did all the other baseball bloggers out there, Yankees or otherwise, though they may not know it.
No one pushed me to be better more than you folks though. Through mailbag questions, emails, social media, and our comments (RIP), RAB readers pushed me to be better. You helped me broaden my horizons, helped me come up with post ideas — I couldn’t possibly tell you how many topics I “stole” from the comments or random Twitter interactions over the years — and kept me on my toes.
The Yankees provide great subject matter and a dedicated fan base, and that made RAB all the more fun. More demanding, but also more fun. Building a successful blog is almost impossible nowadays. Building one in the New York media market about this team? I look back and wonder how we managed to do it, and I know I couldn’t have done it without everyone who read. Your passion pushed me.
RAB has led to some pretty cool things, including my current spot with CBS Sports. Eventually I became credentialed — I am forever grateful to Marc Carig for showing an overwhelmed blogger the ropes in a big league clubhouse (you can all Marc thank for talking me into keeping RAB alive as long as I did) — and now I’m in the BBWAA and halfway to a Hall of Fame vote. This was not the plan, but here I am.
The best part of RAB has been the friendships, both the new ones I’ve made and the existing ones that grew stronger. I’ve put a lot of time into RAB and the friendships make it all worth it. There are things I would change if we could go back and do it again — we were jerks to people unnecessarily in the early going, which I blame on youthful know-it-all-ness — but not that. I have friends for life because of RAB.
RAB started as a hobby and evolved into a life-changing journey. I’m sad the site is shutting down but I also know it’s time. Part of me is sad to see RAB go and the rest of me is excited to figure out what’s next. Whatever it is, I know it won’t be as rewarding. Even though I never met most of you, you were part of my life for 12 years, and you helped me get to where I am today.
Thank you for reading, thank you for the thank yous and the stories about what RAB meant to you, and thank you for pushing me to make RAB the best it could possibly be.
Thanks for posting. I'm out of the country and did not have access. It's a real loss, part of my usual daily routine. Thanks so much.
And congrats to Luke being named AL player of the week.
CC goes for 3000 Ks tonight.
Day 1 without RAB has sucked balls, as will all the rest of the days without it. I signed up for his patreon weekly “thoughts” post. Hell, I even joined twitter, just to keep up with Mike’s - and the other writers’ - posts. Unfortunately, Domenic Lanza’s information wasn’t shared. He quickly became my favorite non Mike Axisa writer there.
GO CC!!! GO YANKS!!!
Gah, just realized CC has to hit. Three weak swings each time, please. And can we get rid of pitchers hitting?
Hey Guys. RIP RAB. I miss it already. I gotta get those Twitter accounts lined-up.
 CC loves to hit. I hope he gets those Ks early, though.
 Your lips to god's ears, please ... Still remember what happened to CMW rounding 3rd ...
I LOVE that CC already has a giant sweat stain on the front of his uni ...
Not our projected starting infield.
Who's the guy in the booth with Kenny?
 Ruined his career. It’s stupid to continue with pitchers hitting, especially whe a hundred years ago they realized pitchers suck at hitting on the professional level.
 No bloody idea
 It's just the dumbest thing. It's bad enough in the NL, but asking AL pitchers to hit? Remember that they use the DH in the minors, there are guys who have literally not swung a bat since playing in Little League. Just. Fucking. Stupid.
That's not what you want.
 I'm afraid that was a mid-80s Camaro Maybin ...
 And we have CC leading off next inning!
 I hear Kay mention "Nelly" or "Nellie" in his last broadcast. I can only think of Jeff Nelson?
2,998 for the Big Man!
The D-Backs uniform jerseys look like Japanese unis, with the graded tone.
Thanks for nothing, Blue ...
Also: FUCK YOU, BLUE!!!
Party like it's 2999!
Should have been 2,999 ... BUT STILL IS!!!
 Great minds think alike!
Now that we got the #obligatoryhomer out of the way, one more K please.
Luke Voit ... a lovely DH playing 1st ... blech.
Damn. I hope Luke is okay
Next stop, Cooperstown
WAHOO!!!! Yay, CC!!!
 He dove way too early.
I loves me some Carsten Charles ... that is all, carry on.
Yes, thank you for striking out
Early morning, night all.
Double doh from Voit!
Help yourself, CC.
My 8 month old lab is named Yogi. He is currently sedated at the ER vet getting a paw sewn along with X-rays for a possible fracture. Sigh. Add one more to the injured list.
So that's 6 Ks for CC now. ;>)
just tuned in from Lima. Peru. Thank God for MLB TV and the internet. congrats to CC, niw let's try to get him a win with this AAAA team behind him
I suppose this is "one of those games."
 Cool. I remember watching the Yankees on my iPhone during downtime in our trip to Italy last summer. It was both weird and comforting.
Well, that was garbage.
Well done CC! Love the big guy.
Losing to Greinke is no shame. They'll get 'em tomorrow.
Well ... bah.
Ah, didn't realize it's an afternoon game.
Pinella’s tirades were much more entertaining
And another off day tomorrow
When you’re hoping DJLM comes back this weekend, um, I’m not sure.
I feel better about hoping for that than feeling glad that Gio Urshela is back in the lineup ... and batting 6th.
We’re getting Miggy Jr. back
Nice eye from Voit to come back and draw that walk.
Terrible eye from Sanchez to flail away at sliders down and away and strike out ...
I approve of RISP hits
 Mike Ford better watch his ass ...
 I do not approve of RISP hits when they fail to score runs because the 3rd base coach sends Luke "piano-on-his-back" Voit around 3rd to get thrown out by 20 feet ...
Nice hitting from Gio, though.
Sweet turn for TWO!
Huh ... Voit isn't actually as slow as I thought he was:
League average for all positions averaged is 27 ft/s.
Voit clocks in at 26.1, which is below average for 1st base and the league, but compared to Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez he's a sprinter.
Of course, maybe the sending of Voit was based on ... Mike Tauchman being up next.
How about another hit with a RISP this inning?
Damn, Buxton redemption.
He can fly.
Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke ... and double fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh:
another out on the bases AND Voit came up wincing.
Uh oh, why is Voit grimacing?
Seems ok ... whew.
Big Maple doesn't have his command so far tonight.
Could have been much worse.
Oh great, injury of some sort to Paxton.
Of fuck, Paxton?
Seriously. That would be fucking wonderful. Oi!
Another good start to an inning. Let's tack some on here.
Bunt here from Wade?
I guess Tyler’s bunt is ok.
A play ... a run!
Bottom 3 has wheels, which is in their favor.
Great communication there on the 3rd out. Yeesh.
Gary goes boom!
Kablammo! That slo-mo shot was sweet.
Bloody Buxton ...
Better a knee than an arm I suppose.
Leg injury for Big Maple? At least it’s not his elbow
I like this Gary kid.
Go go Gary
He’s tied Kiner? So in another thirty years he’ll be broadcasting from Kraken’s Korner?
Gleyber for number two
Strike three! Night all.
Chapman with the gas for 3!
Good win. Cheers, y'all.
nice to catch nice highlights from Machu Pichu. hope we haven't lost another starter but happy about ny boy Gary.
Mike Ford optioned down for Miggy's return.
And now Paxton on the DL
Oh, Miguel. Welcome back. : /
Sweet catch, Cameron. You shoulda had the last one, too! Lol....
Game saving catch from Maybin!
Wheeeeeeeeeeeee......goes Miguel's throw. Fucking Bollocks!
That was one thing nice about watching Urshela at third, nice, strong, straight throws.
Take that RBJ ... DJ strikes again!
I really dont think i knew wtf DJ LeMahieu was before the Yankees signed him. I'm glad they did.
That might be it for Voit's streak.
Well, white flag time, Tarpley's in.
So much for a nascent rally ...
I've had enough of this for a day.
Gary is scary. Wow.
Had to go help my parents clean up their front yard. Looks like I picked the right game to miss.
Good start for German
Thank you Twins
Official game, let the rain come
Good job, German
Call. The. Game.
Bout damn time, Yankees don’t need another injury.
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