Season ends today and the Yanks will start the ALDS against the Twins on Friday.
Lots to digest and prepare for.
Been a fine season thus far. Never mind the boo-boos:
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
[Picture by Bags!]
This season has flown by.
(1). The “season”? I’m 68 years old - life has flown by.
Right behind you, I turn 55 in two weeks.
Damn, I'm the spring chicken around here ... I'm only 48!
Ugh, no es bueno, Masahiro ...
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH ... and Gio comes out of the game after tweaking his ankle.
And on to the postseason
 Good thing, give the results on this last roadtrip ...
See y'all Friday!
Happy New Tear for those celebrating.
It's a good thing there is a layoff before game one because if the series started tomorrow the Twins would probably sweep us.
 You old geezers, me only 45!
Absolutely unacceptable that there is no baseball today, especially given the warm, humid weather still around here in the Tokyo Metro Area..
 I’m going through withdrawal symptoms. Weird that I want the Yankees I. The post season but hate the shorten schedule. Plus Winter.
44! I'm surrounded by much wisdom. Max Scherzer giving up homers to put Nats in early 3-0 hole.
Brew Crew got to Scherzer? Ya just can't predict baseball, Suzyn..
God, I can't stand Ron Fucking Darling. Thank god for the mute button. Why are the playoff announcers always the worst of the worst?
 Does that mean....dare I say it....the Bombers and get to Cole or Verlander, if we should get that far?
 I actually like Darling. Costas/Smoltz/Verducci team makes want to wretch though. And looks like they are on the Yankees series :(
 Interesting. I LOVE Costas. Smoltz is a dope. Verducci is OK.
 Costas doing NBA is great, doing baseball seems like such a fuddy-duddy.
 But the only true NBA announcer is Marv "The Perv" Albert.
 Best there ever was!
BTW, why does anyone pronounce Washington as 'Warshington'?? I find that really annoying..like people who 'carmel' for 'ca-ra-mel'...baffling mystery
 it’s a certain Midwestern dialect, but I’ve also heard Brits say it.
Oh, and it is carmel. Next up, the pronunciation of aluminum.
My co-teacher is from near Lancaster, PA. We had do make a video last spring together. Her takeaway was, "I never knew I had an accent." My gob was smacked. I was floored that she was clueless.
 Interesting, guess like Midwesterners saying 'pop' for 'soda'. That confused me first time I heard it.
 Same, an American here from Seattle told me 'wow, you're accent is SO New York! Like a movie!' I was like 'what?? Have you ever heard a deep Brooklyn accent before???'
Hader is in, Nats look cooked..
Holy shit. Way to Buckner a routine single to left. Oi!
I mean right. I Bucknered my own comment. Whoops.
 I’m from New Jersey. I was surprised to learn I had an accent. I speak every word correctly, at least in English.
Go to the Delmarva peninsula, where the still say thee and thou. It’s oldish English.
Thise from Rochester are well aware vof their accent. Lol.. Sucks for the brewers.
 Oh no, my international feed is behind, Soto just coming up!! Does he granny it??
Ryan the liar and getting a guy fired Braun’s season is over. I don’t mind cheating so much, just own up to it when caught. And don’t hurt anyone else. And don’t fargging repeat it.
 What exit? ;>) I'm from Jersey, too. Grew up in Denville. Lived in Cranford during my post college years, up until I moved to Japan. I really loved Cranford for the town area, bookshops, sub shops, diners and an independent movie theater, and easy train access to NYC. But Denville had the forests, which I spent my youth in. Great for getting away from it all and sneaking out to snog with your girlies or smoke a doobie.
Wow. What a finish! Post season rounders is the best.
Watching my 2nd favorite tem (the Nats) overcoming their own horrendous out-in-every-deciding-playoff-game curse was a pleasure. In most years, it's the Nat who "Buckner" or the hit by pitch review gets overturned. One teeny tiny step to my dream of the Yanks vs. Nats in game 7 of the WS (with the Yanks wining, of course).
And I'm 69.
Rays - A's..can't say I know much about either of these teams except they have cheap owners and play in horrible stadiums..
Well that didn’t take long.
 Yeah, but at least Oakland's a pretty cool city.
A reminder to those in the US, ESPN2 has the game with the Statcast AI booth.
I'm imaginingg Tampa Bay is..not?
Man, it’s going to be homerun derby between the Yankees and Twinkies, isn’t it?
 Depends on how much you like heat, humidity and a population waiting to expire ...
 Umm, you just described Japan... :(
Rays 3-0 already
 The YouTube algorithm has been spitting out good stuff for me recently. A couple of days ago it suggested this and I immediately thought of you:
 Well, at least how you describe Japan! I thought about making the obvious joke, but I figured I'd just set you up with a meatball down the middle!
It's getting late early in Oakland ...
Uh.... e$@× is showing game on their 2 main channels with different announcers. Alrighty then.
 Another good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inY4r9xtacY
 see  ESPN2 is the Statcast crew.
 Oh yes! My buddy here has both those, golden age of hipness for sure.
A's radio guys are a good listen, I'll pass on ESPN's crew..
 Well, pass on the main ESPN booth for sure, the statcast crew is much better.
So it's basically Revenge of the Nerds part V.
 Or, intelligent commentary, if you prefer ...
Let's go A's!
My name is Gilbert Lowe. And I'm a nerd. Lol... I'm listening to the stats crew. Arod and his troupe can go piss up a rope.
My Android doesn't show comment numbers, Cult. Or else I'd do the fancy brackets. : )
The thought of the trop being any part of playoff baseball is nauseating. Maybe a game can be decided on a cat walk ricochet. Or maybe a Speaker snafu. Fuck that dump.
 And their cheap a$$, hedgefund a-hole owners.
 And their cheapasss hedgefund ahole owners..
Looks like Tampa is to be the virgin sacrificed to the almighty Astros.
 Uh, you just described Hal, but substitute "hedgefund" for "silver spoon"
And it's precisely why the Yanks don't have one starter they can trust with a big game.
Beware: the A's performance tonight is a good example of what's likely to happen to the Bomber Bats against good pitching in the postseason.
So now we wait. Jeez they waste a lot of time in the postseason.
 Hm, the Yanks scored 5 runs per game against the Rays this year. Not as good as their overall average, but more or less what you'd expect against better-than-average pitching. They didn't get shut down or anything.
The Twins have good pitching, but not dominating.
Of course, anything could happen! It's going to be chilly, and I am expecting the unexpected.
Growing up in NYC, I hated the Dodgers (especially when they beat the Yanks). I could never grasp why Dodger fans became Met fans after the Dodgers moved to LA. Let's go Nats!
I feel bad for CC being left off the roster, but I think it is the right move. I would not have felt good with him on the roster with his knee issues and now his shoulder hurts too.
If the Rays can bounce the Stros, that might be our only hope. Anything can happen in a 5 game series. Then again, the Yanks went to 7 with the Stros 2 years ago and it would be wonderful to face them down.
This is not to look past the Twinkies. The Yanks have shut them down so much in the postseason that it might be scarier to wear a Yanks hat in Minnesota than Boston. This club can mash and we need Paxton to have his good stuff. I think Boone is more experienced now and will go to the bullpen quicker after letting people have longer leashes last year.
I'm camping with my kid's school this weekend, and I can't believe that I'm going to be in a tent watching the archive version of the game on my phone in the tent at 10pm on Friday & Saturday instead of my comfy couch and big screen at home. The things we do for our kids.
 Boone had a longer leash last year? Last year, only Severino (191 innings) pitched more than 156 innings. This year two did, Tanaka (182) and Happ (161).
Cards-Braves all tied up! Atlanta has players fun to root for (Freeman, Acuna, Albies) but my god their fans..how can they still do that awful chop and chanting in 2019...??
Helluva top of the ninth for St. Louis
Corbin and Buehler are dealing. Can't wait for this one to end like the others with a bullpen meltdown.
Fernando Rodney is STILL in the majors. Incredible.
Dodgers are takin the skin boat to Tunatown.
Gee, JV is one hitting the Rays. What a non-surprise.
Goddamn, verlander. The ortiz/ramirez pitcher version. Yankee Killer. Beating him once would be a miracle. Beating him 2x would be pretty, pretty good. But first, the twinkies!
LET'S GO YANKEES!!!
I am sooo fucking excited!!!
Hey everybody! Any chance Smoltz will get sick and we could have Coney fill in? I don't want to watch this game on mute.
Let’s go Yanks!
I'm wearing my Fucking Savages In The Box shirt!
 Yeah. agreed!
 thelarmis, whazzup!! Breakfast treats all ready here, Let's Go YANKEES!
Well Paxton got #obligatoryhomer out of the way right quick.
unfortunately, the twinkies are up...
Paxton making me very nervous. Throwing too many pitches.
crap. need a 1-pitch dp right here.
gritner's going yardy in the foist.
nice soft stuff, big maple.
That was better!
Sano is a scary hitter.
strikes out the side. not in order, of course...
shit, i don't have a DJLM baseball card for my superstitious stuff! he's so fucking good, he doesn't need me...
fuck. couldn't hold up.
judge with a very nice AB
Nice at bat
Judge is such a good hitter, great eye.
This game would be better if Costas was talking to himself. Where's our Cone game app?
i'd say the parrot's side is feeling fine!
Uh oh. Rats
I think out.
oh, shit. that's gonna be overturned. crap.
No es bueno on a 3-0, Giancarlo.
He's got the A-Rod disease.
Stanton did look a bit slow there. That’s ok. So long as he stays healthy.
Great play by Sano.
Smoltz hasn't been too bad yet..
it's because of the graphic they just showed of gold glovers and they didn't include DJ. i wonder if it's coz he's playing 1st and his GG are from the keystone.
Paxton keeps throwing out of the zone early in counts.
Nicely turned DP.
Pitcher's Best Friend!
That dp made up dor it. Phew. Now runs.
Would feel more comfortable if Paxton was our #3.
Gardner batting third? I thought this was the playoffs. I hope Boone knows what he is doing.
Well, uneven so far. We need to keep the fans loud. Runs will do that. Please.
Good to see Eddie back, though.
What'd Gary do? My goddam AtBat froze! Grrr.
This fucking sucks!
Bleh. Working his pitch count at least.
very nice catch! what's there to check?
Really prefer Judge wouldn't dive like that. Remember when Matsui broke his wrist that way
and, why don't people constantly talk about cruz's PED suspension? they would if it were A-Rod...
Maybe I should take a walk. I need some soy milk.
. I didn't know he was suspended.
i'll take it.
 years ago. i think he was still in texas.
 You mix soy milk in your Metamucil?
Word! Whistles it is right.
nice liner, judge.
wish gleyber was up now...
Berrios has wicked movement..
That will work, Gardner
Damn, just too quick.
edwin is pretty fucking great!
EE with another BB 2b!
EC is just dangerous, Parrot Attack!
Now would be a good start to stay off the shit list, Stanton.
Way to lay off!
working him hard. gleyber needs to make him pay now.
I’ll take that walk
Love the BB Bat Flip!
Good. C'Mon, Gleyber! Make it happen.
It's only the 3rd inning of Game 1 and I'm spent...playoff baseball!
And that error.
 me fucking too, man.
Can't predict baseball.
Before that error (and actually, before the Stanton walk too), the Yankees were trailing but had a < 50% Win Probability.
thankfully it didn't hit him. unlike when GI Joe didn't review...
ARGH YOU IDIOT.
I meant, a greater that 50% Win Probability.
Hi, RI !!!
Oh hi thelarmis!
 hey, no name calling to my friend! ; )
Not even self-name-calling?
 that was the joke!
Hm, well, maybe you're wasting your best material on an idiot, did you ever think of that??
We are getting closer to bully time.
Hi gang. I’m ready for Costas to shut the fuck up about right field at YS. Grab a bat, son
very nice frame, james!
 Yeah, although maybe not if Pax is really getting stronger, as he seems to be?
 Why thank you, Eric!
 i didn't say jamie!
 I'm just noivous. More runs would solve that.
 That's what SHE said!
 Costas is really not fun, and Smoltz is indeed terrible..
 Don't forget Verducci and All-Star Twit.
another K for RI!
would be cool if the booth were R2/coney/paulie!
clint frazier could've done that
beautiful bender, big maple!
Last batter for Paxton??
please strike his ass out right now. i'm rather on edge...
Hanger., Fucking hanger.
Lucky that wasn't a long tater..
Same as it ever was. Meh.
Stanton plays like an ironing board is welded to his back. For a guy in the shape he is in he has terrible flexibility.
krazy kahnle koming
Bye, Zero. Nice batter. Yeesh.
Why Ottavino for only one batter? Me no understand this..
Over-managing starting earlier than I expected.
Only limited damage.
Time for the bats to come alive.
Damn, just foul
game of fucking inches. : /
I'm pleased with Judge's OBP.
I didn't know the Twins had an elf for a pitching coach.
fucking hell. DON'T HIT GRIT!!!
Lean into it, Stein.
 i see what you did there...
This is getting interesting.
Who do we have to kill at MLB TV to stop all those annoying fucking commercials?
I could have had that at bat.
A three run jack would be nice here, Stanton. Just saying.
 Minus the foul tip? :P
 i was thinking the same thing, rbj.
I accept that walk!
gleyber up with the bases juiced and 1-out one more time.
go yard, kid.
Gleyber Day! C'mon. Dude!
what are you looking at???
This is tense..and it's still only the 5th!
That was FUCKING awesome.
Kid can hit. Hot damn!
Locked Gary up. Shite!
You coughed up two runs Duffey, you douche. Don't be mouthing now.
Fail. That. Is. Garbage.
 Yelling at himself?
I dunno, it seemed like he was pumped because he struck out Gary and Didi.
Good thing I have low blood pressure. Five runs is not enough to win this.
motherfucker. really need to plate those two other runs.
Costas is babbling.
NYS giveth, taketh away..
 A shock! He's the Ken Burns of sports announcers
Yeesh. Moar runs pleeze. For the Yankees I mean.
chad green for the 6th & 7th.
"There's need for such patience on both sides of the club."
Does Smoltz have brain damage?
That's why you have to Fucking cash in when it's 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Now homer walk. Bollocks.
Bob. It's true that the Yankees might have to beat three 100-win teams to win the WS. But did it occur to you that the Twins are in the same situation?
 Wekk, he's a golfer so..
Is Chapman going to get 11 outs tonight?
I can see this ending up with Happ having to pitch 6 innings in extras.
 Yeah but he'll walk six guys in the process.
Nice job, Gary.
kind of a weird play. 2 outs though.
"He got that before the ball... looked like it was gonna stay fair..."
going to crack my first beer of the night soon. cheers, savages!
 yeah, i caught that too. the line, not the ball.
Okay that's six.
Yes! Cheers, thelarmis.
 well, i'm gonna start with one. but, yes, i imagine i will certainly drink 6.
really nice to have the team together again here : )
 Okay I'm gonna grab a whiskey.
britton warming. still need 9 outs. green stays in, then britton, then chapman. i guess...
fuck it - MORE (YANKEE) RUNS!
Now we're talking.
"One of the taller middle infielders, if you will."
I'm collecting the inanities.
 11:00am here, that's ok for a wee beer?
DJ's hair is awesome. that's gonna be a GIF.
wait. that can't be a strike!
manny was doing so well behind the plate until that...
 it's the playoffs, why not?! says the guy who wouldn't be awake at that ungodly hour and doesn't day drink!
i was 5 innings late on my prediction! hopefully, i'm still Nostra to cult!
LET BRETT BANG!!!
i'm drinking out of my Yankees pint glass!
Got my Irish whiskey in time for a Gardy Party!
Did I miss out on a home run? Because I had to walk the dog.
dellin for the 8th??? (ooh, how i wish!)
nice play, zacK
 gritner went upper deck!
ah, that was meant for , obviously...
 Is Dellin allowed in the dugout while on the DL?
let's follow that 4-pitch walk with a 1-pitch DP. thank you, please.
 DUUUUUDE! You are outta control. I just switched from coffee to JP Cola. (which is Japan's version of Diet Pepsi)
 not positive. i mean, cc and nestor are in the dugout. not sure it's safe for dellin's foot though...
 CC is there. He's been on the double-secret DL all year.
Sweeeeet. 2 out.
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!
Gold Fucking Glove JUDGE!!!
Judge rules that an out. Dayum.
There Go Da Judge!!
That looked like a hit. Phew
Hell yeah! The Judge rules!
What inning is it? Seems like the 19th.
Was that a bottle of TUMS on the bench next to DJ??
The only one not allowed in the dugout is German as he’s on administrative leave.
Excellent, we need more chatter about stomach ailments.
Low and outside. Shoulda been ball 4. There it is. Ball 5.
Happy to see Stanton taking his walks.
 I vaguely remember a time when I actually liked Bob Costas.
Go, Hammerin Cameron!
I ACCEPT THESE WALKS.
(It's important for someone to do the official acceptance.)
 Not since the NBA on NBC days.
Nats up 3-0 on the Dodgers..
 Costas was good in the beginning, but there cropped up two flaws, over exposure and he read his press clippings.
Show a replay. Didn’t look like he went
Yes. Feeling good about the team and its chances because of what they possess. Exactly. It's a matter of possession, John.
Ooooh. Old school, double steal!
Maybe that's one of the Little Things.
God, I LOVE the double steal!!
I'd like to offer you some insurance, Mr. Bomber.
Wow, a double steal. Way to mess with the Twinkies, and every other playoff teams’ heads. Excellent managing.
Must. Score. Runs.
Shut up, Bob. STFU!
Gio - you’re due, bud
Hello, opportunity. Don’t fuck it up. Hey, Costas. Quit Fucking complaining you asshole. If you don’t like your assignments then go away.
"In and of itself". Come-on Costas.
I was really expecting at least a run from that AB.
Been bad at getting that runner home from 3rd with less than 2 outs.
Come through again, DJ
Whoa, Happ for the eighth!
 It's just so obvious Costas and Smoltz hate today's game. And they're not necessarily wrong, but for the playoffs shouldn't they get more enthusiastic announcers?
I LOOOOOOOVE 3-rbi doubles.
DOUBLE FUCKING DIGITS!!!
The Amazing D.J.
Le Machine! Double Digits. Woot, woot!
I guess it's safe for Homer Happ now?
DJ is a fucking monster! French for MVP!!!
That one hit makes the whole post season a success, as far as I'm concern. Base-clearing double with two outs. I'm in ecstasy.
 Picked a bad week to give up Ecstasy?
Hoo yah to 10 runs!
 they are indeed wrong!
Didn't some Banterer say the other day that we could expect the Yankee bats to go quiet against good pitching in the post-season?
I don't wanna call anyone out on that, but... yeah no.
Nice Breaking Bad reference by Costas.
. It’s outrageous. It’s the MLB network ffs. It’s Yankee Stadium on a Friday night. Every stupid fucking nfl game is 3/12 hours of penalties, injuries, bad calls, non-calls, concussions, and beer and truck commercials. I’ve never heard an announcer bemoaning the fact that there is 11 minutes of action in that time. /rant
Rocco Baldelli is a Rhode Islander, by the way. In case anyone was wondering. I remember when he was playing high school ball. Bishop Hendricken, I believe.
"These series are all part of the statistical gymnastics of what I call five-game swings."
That was not a promising beginning to a speech, and Smoltzy certainly delivered.
[337,334] Oh, I agree completely! I didn't mean about the length but more the three-true-outcome type games can get boring.. NFL is unwatchable, without gambling no chance it would get suh ratings
Pasta Diving Didi
Strasburg No-No through 4 over in LA..
 Yes. Surprisingly, the Super Bowl, which always used to suck, has become the only watchable NFL game any more. Luckily it's the only game we get live in Japan.
Okay, this lead finally looks safe!
I'm gonna need a nap after this one.
Johnny Lasagna for the 9th?
Who is this Punky Brewster dude?
Why Chappy??? Rusty, I guess. But, they don’t need to see him...
 Good idea, but it looks like Chappie. Why?
. It’s all good. I’m just bitter that Cone isn’t announcing. : )
They best keep starting all east games at 7ish or else they are incapable of rational decisions.
 I want Kay. And the games in Minnesota start at eight.
That was strike three!!!
That was bollocks. Manny was having a very good game earlier...
100% opposed to using Chapman here. Why waste 25 pitches up by 6??
Phew. Drive your enemies before you and hear the lamentations of their women.
10 wins to go..
I like it. Cheers, y'all.
One down. 10 more to go.
Kershaw down 3-0...
if i were interviewed post-game and posed the question about seeing 193 pitches in 8 innings, i'd have answered: we're fucking savages in the fucking box!
Morning after thought; I may like this team as much as the 98 Yankees. True Grit.
96 to 98 are my favorite. Clemens always soured me a bit to the later teams.
I really don’t like Gardner batting third. He as an OPS of around 900-1000 batting 5-7 and around 600-700 batting 1-3. Hopefully he proves me wrong.
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