"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

If the Season Ended Today…

When I woke up on Tuesday morning it occurred to me that the first game of the double header between the Yankees and the Red Sox would be arguably the most important game of the Yankees’ season.

Sure, the Yankees’ recent resurgence had paired nicely with Boston’s regression to the mean, trimming several games off of a lead that had seemed insurmountable when the Bombers limped out of Boston last month, but this one game seemed crucial to New York’s hopes. It isn’t just that the Yankees had lost their first seven games to the Red Sox this season and 10 of 13, it’s that they were embarrassingly bad in many of those losses. So even though the Yanks had gone 15-5 since that Fenway series while the Sox were 8-20, a loss on Tuesday afternoon would have erased all of that and sent a powerful message to players in both dugouts. Same old Yankees, same old Red Sox.

And so when Boston loaded the bases with none out in the top of the softball-seventh, the Yankees’ 5-3 lead looked about as solid as a Times Square umbrella. Not only were the Yankees going to lose, they were going to lose in 2021 fashion, promising you victory before ripping your heart out and holding it aloft, beating but still dying.

But Jonathan Loaisiga, the most consistent member of the battered bullpen, cleaned up his own mess, retiring Travis Shaw on a line drive and striking out Kiké Hernández and Hunter Refroe to close things out, the last strike coming on a 100-mph heater that overmatched Renfroe and tipped the balance of power in the game’s most storied rivalry. Last month the jeering chants from the Fenway faithful carried an eerie ring of truth, but Loaisiga’s primal scream from the mound following that final strikeout sounded an awful lot like 1978.

The night cap was much less dramatic — solo homers by Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton gave the Yankees all they needed for a 2-0 win behind the historically precocious Luí Gil — and even the ending was uneventful. Chad Green’s three-up-three-down save was delightfully boring.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays are still five games clear of the Yankees, and yes, there are still 42 games left to play, but I no longer look at those 42 games with dread.

The last time the Yankees played a double header was on the Fourth of July. After they opened with a horrific loss to the Mets, I honestly hoped that Aaron Boone would be fired in between games. Only a young George Steinbrenner would’ve been bold enough for something like that, and it turned out to be a good thing that his son Hal is not as rash. No matter what happens with the Rays or the White Sox or the Astros, Boone is almost assuredly the American League Manager of the Year. There were times this season (last week even) when the players on the injured list could form a better team than the one on the field, but Boone has somehow not only kept his group afloat through one devastating loss after another, he’s had them playing their best baseball after most observers had written them off.

An entire starting rotation and a closer on the injured list? No problem. We’ll call up a kid from AAA (Luís Gil) and watch him become the first pitcher in more than a century to start his career with fifteen or more innings pitched over three scoreless starts. Not a lot of home run power? No problem. We’ll just become a running team. Since the All Star break, no team in baseball has stolen more bases than the Yankees.

When things were darkest, I found myself wishing for a firing, but even then I knew that the sky was not falling because of any decisions Aaron Boone was making or not making. I wanted a change simply for the sake of change, simply to send a message, but instead Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner chose to send another message — “We believe in this team.” On Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night, their faith was repaid.

When Aaron Judge was scratched from a lineup during the days before the trading deadline, Yankee Twitter immediately lit up with worries that the centerpiece of the team was being traded. Many voices wanted the Yankees to buy sellers at the deadline, not buyers. Less than a month later, those concerns are forgotten.

If the season ended today, the Yankees would be in the playoffs.

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1 Shaun P.   ~  Aug 18, 2021 3:10 pm

[0] Not just in, but I believe hosting the Wild Card game.

They still leave so many runners on base, but could you imagine if the pitching holds up and they put as many guys on and hit .300 with runners on the rest of the way?

42 games to go. It will be fun!

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 18, 2021 6:18 pm

(0) Great write up Hank. I’m still hoping Boone doesn’t get a new contract after the season though..

What’s the point of Andrew Heany, btw? He’s terrible, surely should
Be DFA’d at this point?

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2021 7:06 pm

Ha. Buckneresque.

4 Evil Empire   ~  Aug 18, 2021 8:12 pm

[0] Great writing, Hank

I didn't come here to complain about Boone and Cash. I just came to say Let's go Yank-ees!

Oh, and Rickwood Field turned 111 today. It's still the oldest professional ballpark in the nation and I will personally give a deluxe tour to any banterer, including a trip to the roof. I've got the keys!

5 Shaun P.   ~  Aug 18, 2021 8:59 pm

[4] Man, that is something I would happily take you up on, if I could take enough time off to drive to Alabama. Where's Bama Yank? He could do it!

[2] Eat innings and save the bullpen if at all possible? I don't disagree with you, but he did his job tonight.

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:30 pm

(5) I stand corrected, happily!
Oakland losing so wild card position is there for the taking..can they make a run for the division though??

7 yankintexas   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:42 pm

Chapman is just lost out there.

8 BobbyB   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:46 pm

It took four months to get a left handed bat into the lineup. I give Cashman no credit for that. Look at the history of the club. The great squads were built on left handed power hitting and left handed pitching. If he’d ever figured that out in his 23 years he’d have built a winner more than the one in 2009 which will ialways be tainted by A-Roid

9 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:50 pm

Yes, nice play, Rizzo — but let’s take a minute to think about the dream that Andrew Velazquez is living.

10 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:51 pm

But I also wouldn’t mind a relaxing win once in a while.

11 yankintexas   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:53 pm

Gleyber doesn't make that play

12 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:53 pm

Wow. What a finish. That kid Velasquez is pretty good.

13 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:55 pm

Cheers, y'all! What a run. Great write-up, Hank.

14 BobbyB   ~  Aug 18, 2021 9:56 pm

Gleaner doesn’t nor does Voit.

15 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Aug 19, 2021 11:25 am

Just looking at the remaining schedule, we start with 4 with the Twins (a winnable series), then 2 with the Bravs (who are coasting away) 4 with the A's (always a problem), 6 with the Angels (another toughie), 3 with the O's (sweep?)7 with the BJ's 3 with the Mets, 3 with the Indians, 3 with the Rangers and three with the Sox (which could be for the marbles).

16 YankInEugene   ~  Aug 19, 2021 2:37 pm

They also close the season with the Rays at home (thankfully)for three games the first weekend in October

17 Evil Empire   ~  Aug 19, 2021 6:05 pm

[5] open invitation.

18 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 19, 2021 6:21 pm

Game on in the background, did Voit lead off today? Interesting..
Twins, they only have one good player (Buxton) right?

19 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 19, 2021 7:38 pm

Ah The Twins, they're the Guinness of opponents, always welcome and soothing to see.

20 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 19, 2021 9:02 pm

Nice Guinness comparison. Ha. Another win. Sláinte!

21 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 19, 2021 9:07 pm

Nice win. 3 cheers for the Bronx Boy A-Vel.

Somebody tell Chad Green to stop throwing curve balls.

22 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 20, 2021 8:54 pm

Nobody watching today?

23 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 20, 2021 8:55 pm

Is there some holiday in America?

24 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 20, 2021 8:55 pm

It's fun to smash the Twinkies.
We needed this after a long, hard-ass season

25 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 20, 2021 9:12 pm

8 is GREAT!

Keep it going...

26 rob_smith_51   ~  Aug 21, 2021 4:16 pm

Another nice win. I like this rotation of the DH and get Voit and Rizzo in lineup together.

27 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 21, 2021 6:52 pm

Zooming through the game here over breakfast, another nice win. But my goodness Smoltz is one of the worst announcers ever. He actually said ‘Tyler Wade is a great all around player’

28 yankintexas   ~  Aug 21, 2021 10:12 pm

Maybe not a great all around player but he's been a big reason they have been winning lately, along with the other scrappy players. My fear is if they get into the playoffs and are all healthy does this team turn back into the boom-or-bust-solo-homees-only-station-to-station lineup that was easy to shutdown for most of the season?

29 thelarmis   ~  Aug 23, 2021 6:29 pm

Hey, Team!

Greetings from Yankee Stadium South!


30 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 23, 2021 7:14 pm

There appears to be lots of Yankee fans, thelarmis. Glad ya made it. : )

31 yankintexas   ~  Aug 23, 2021 8:09 pm

Stanton is like a pinball flipper just knocking the ball around the park for points

32 thelarmis   ~  Aug 23, 2021 8:55 pm

Just Fair - *always*!!! : )

Yank in Texas - amazing analogy!

33 BobbyB   ~  Aug 23, 2021 9:18 pm

So can Chapman get through an inning without giving up a dinger?

34 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 23, 2021 9:23 pm

[33] Apparently he can.
10 in a row. Keep it going Bombers.

35 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 24, 2021 6:42 pm

Team been playing so well! Why give a game away starting Heany?

36 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 24, 2021 6:46 pm

Stanton when he’s hot is scary..what a laser!

37 BobbyB   ~  Aug 24, 2021 6:47 pm

I wonder what the exit velocity of that rocket was?

38 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 24, 2021 7:21 pm

Who's this Gary character?

39 RIYank   ~  Aug 24, 2021 8:17 pm

As I was watching, it suddenly hit me: thelarmis could be in the stadium! So I came here to see... and I was off by a day.

40 yankintexas   ~  Aug 24, 2021 8:22 pm

How many hits does Gallo have as a Yankee? 2? 3? Does the defense even need to be out on the field when he bats?

41 RIYank   ~  Aug 24, 2021 8:30 pm

[40] 12, with 5 doubles.

42 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:10 pm

(41) Hey RI! Quite the up & down season, I’m in and out following the team, here for the big games though

43 RIYank   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:39 pm

Now I remember why I stopped watching the ninth innings.

44 RIYank   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:41 pm


45 RIYank   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:42 pm


46 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:43 pm

Does Chapman dunk his hat in water before pitching? It’s dripping wet! This is just horrendous to watch, he can’t close in the playoffs if they make it..

47 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:49 pm

Jesus Fucking Christ!

48 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:49 pm

Dreadful. And OmG the fans there still do that revolting chant??!!! %#*+<!!!

49 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:51 pm

This has brutal walk off loss written all over it.

50 yankintexas   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:54 pm

Sanchez' framing is terrible

51 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:57 pm

Hot Damn!

52 yankintexas   ~  Aug 24, 2021 9:59 pm

In Wandy we trust.

53 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 24, 2021 10:00 pm
54 rob_smith_51   ~  Aug 24, 2021 10:11 pm

My DVR stopped recording with 1 out in the bottom of the ninth and nobody on. Glad I didn't have to sit through that half inning. I saw that Yankees won 5-4, but Peralta got the save and wondered how that happened.

55 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Aug 25, 2021 10:21 am

Seems to be a terrible chain of events with Chappie. He comes in and throws 100 off the plate once or twice, then realizes he can't control the fastball, so he goes to the slider, which he also caan't control. Larry Rothschild was just fired as Padres' pitching coach; maybe he can be brought in as a "consultant" for Chapman.

56 yankintexas   ~  Aug 25, 2021 12:59 pm

Is Rothschild going to bring him some sticky stuff because I suspect that's the real reason Chap fell off a cliff.

57 RIYank   ~  Aug 25, 2021 7:19 pm

I know nobody is looking today, but...
RIP Charlie Watts. :(
I read that his first love was jazz drumming, so thought of Mr. OK and, of course, thelarmis.

58 thelarmis   ~  Aug 25, 2021 9:40 pm

RI - I actually ended up going to both games! Saw the news on Charlie Watts

Jazz - much agreed on that chant. My daughter was livid every time it happened.

It was once again Yankee Stadium South. Freddie was safe, Chappy wasn’t good, but I’ll take the W!!

59 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:00 am

[57] Thanks for mentioning it RI. Been watching Stones videos all day. Stumbled across one of Charlie explaining the drum kit he uses and getting very specific about the cymbals. Great human.

[58]Fantastic that you got to the games. Not sure when/if I'll ever be at a Yankee game again.

60 RIYank   ~  Aug 26, 2021 2:48 pm

[58] Oh nice!
[59] When I was trying to watch the Olympics live but had to turn the tv on before breakfast to do it, I thought, "This must be how Boatzilla feels about Yankee games."

61 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 8:55 pm

[60] True. My favorite baseball snacks now are coffee and muesli.

Kenny is in the house tonight!

62 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:01 pm

Stanton is unstoppable

63 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:05 pm

Gardy Party!

64 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:06 pm

Hot damm. Get the fireworks in early. Need to see 7 a.m. for the first time in a while.

65 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:16 pm

Oh, Hey. Kenny on the Mic like he never left. Just realized.

66 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:17 pm

Ratzo Rizzo!

67 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:26 pm

Gallo pours it on.

68 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 9:27 pm

Rain maker!

69 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:14 pm

Wow. This rapidly turned into a shitshow.

70 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:16 pm

I can't get Kay's call of Gallo's homer out of my head. Acting like it was 16-0.

71 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:19 pm

Marte is going to crush this ab.

72 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:39 pm

And just like that…

73 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:39 pm

It's just like starting over.

74 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 26, 2021 10:40 pm

Here’s something to wonder about. Has a team with a double-digit winning streak ever had that streak end by losing a game in which they’d held a six-run lead? Only the 2021 Yankees could pull off something like that.

75 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:38 pm

Actually, due to the blown lead, this game has become a lot more interesting.

76 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:39 pm

Gardy has to be the Yankee you really trust with the bases loaded.

77 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:42 pm

Fucking Bollocks, Brett! Grrrerr......3-1.

78 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:43 pm

Can I take that back?
At least he made him throw a few pitches.

79 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:43 pm

Balk! Wild pitch! Noonan!

80 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:45 pm

Well that sucked.

81 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:45 pm


82 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 26, 2021 11:57 pm

Murphy got drop-kicked.

83 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:02 am

I see what you did there, Boat. Well played.

84 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:05 am

Should the Yankees end up losing this, there will be talk about failing to tack on runs when they were up early, but six runs should’ve been enough. Six runs should ALWAYS be enough.

85 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:08 am


86 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:09 am

The thing that not enough people are talking about it how much better Judge has been this season. Yes, he’s been healthier, but he’s been a much better hitter.

87 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:09 am

I like this kinda baseball. Stolen base. Bloop single.

88 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:09 am

[86] Yes. Less of a slugger, more of a hitter.

89 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:13 am

This is NOT what the review was meant for. Ridiculous.

90 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:14 am

If their gonna do that they should review balks or balls and strikes.

91 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:15 am

Oops. "they're"

92 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:15 am

Totally agree. I guess you could argue that guys should just stay on the bag, but the replay wasn’t meant for ticky-tack stuff, just egregious errors. Oh, well.

93 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:16 am

So here we are with a one-run lead in the ninth. This team has won eleven straight, but I still don’t feel remotely comfortable.

94 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:16 am

Who wants to see Chapman pitch the 9th?

95 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:22 am

Feeling nauseous.

96 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:25 am

Dirty dozen!

97 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:26 am

Fingers bleeding. Good thing I have low blood pressure.

But a win is a win.

98 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:27 am

[96] So tomorrow we go for a Baker's Dozen.

99 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 12:29 am

The Yankees only lose in cornfields.

100 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 27, 2021 6:12 am

Checking the game now on MLB.com, when Stanton is hot he's really something..how can he look so bad other times? Analysis: baseball is hard..

Nice to see some RIYank and thelarmis sightings in the game thread!

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101 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 9:35 pm

[100] Paulie gave a good analysis on Stanton, when he's out of sync, once. Something about too much movement in the box, bailing, etc. For a guy that got hit in the face, it's amazing he's still the force he is

BTW, the talk about the A's moving to Vegas is everything that's wrong about baseball (and pro sports) in a nutshell. They can stage a game in a cornfield, but they can't keep the A's in Oakland. Grrrr.

102 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 9:43 pm

This Higgy catching for Cole nonsense needs to stop at some point. Nobody wants to watch Higgy play in important games.

103 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 9:53 pm

Wow. Double Wow.

104 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:05 pm

This Kenny Williams Boys/Girls Club spot cracks me up. The kids are way better actors than him. I wonder if they are pros.

105 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:19 pm

Judgement Day!

106 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:21 pm

Hey Boat! I’m listening to the A’s radio guys now, they’re so dispirited: ‘You just can’t make ANY mistakes with these Yankee hitters..’

107 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:21 pm

Whoa, Stanton went 472..!?

108 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:28 pm

This game is going too well and it's too early. Something bad has to happen.

109 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:31 pm

[106] The Rep is back!

110 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:36 pm

BTW, Jazz, Kenny is on YES on the MLB feed. He's doing this series.

111 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 10:59 pm

Oh, what fools these A's be. They have Puk pitching.

112 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:07 pm

Really glad I’m not the only one who thought of Shakespeare as soon as Puk came in!

113 yankintexas   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:18 pm

Why is Rodriguez on this time but Gil isn't? What exactly does Rodriguez provide besides suckage?

114 yankintexas   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:19 pm

Team not time

115 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:22 pm

Jaysus, I step away and somebody shits the bed.

116 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:24 pm

Green. Stop throwing curves FFS.

117 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:52 pm

Way to step on their necks.

118 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 27, 2021 11:58 pm

Is an 8-2 lead safe?

119 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 28, 2021 12:22 am

Can’t believe the Rays keep winning. Yanks have gone 35-11 since July 6 and gained TWO GAMES on Tampa.

120 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 28, 2021 5:23 pm

Well, winning thirteen of every fourteen games isn’t a bad thing.

121 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 28, 2021 5:25 pm

This game has been kind of an adventure for Gold Glover Rizzo.

122 yankintexas   ~  Aug 28, 2021 11:21 pm

Outside of that first Marlin series Rizzo has been terrible. So has Gallo for that matter. He has a .146 BA and an equally abysmal .299 OBP. Granted, Gallo has played better in the field than Rizzo and takes a lot of pitches before eventually striking out so there's that. That said, apparently having those guys in the lineup has made Judge better and woke up Stanton.

123 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 29, 2021 6:50 pm

The Stanton commercial where he mashes a Little League pitcher look like his recent games. Holy moly.

124 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 7:13 pm

This is smelling like "one of those games." RISP wise.

125 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 7:14 pm

WOW. Gardy. That play was unbelievable.

126 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 29, 2021 7:18 pm

That Gio clank was also unbelievable. Sigh.

127 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 29, 2021 7:23 pm


128 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 7:51 pm

Gio giveth. Gio taketh away.

129 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 7:53 pm

What would be Monty's record if he ever got some GD run support.

130 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 29, 2021 8:19 pm

Anyone listening to Ma and Pa Kettle right now? It’s almost like they don’t even know there’s a game going on. They’ve been rehashing the Mets “thumbs down” fiasco, in full disbelief, and occasionally mentioning a pitch here or there.

131 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 29, 2021 8:20 pm

Sterling isn’t even bothering with the count. “There’s a pitch outside. And let me tell you another story…”

132 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 29, 2021 8:21 pm

I mean, these games are fairly important. Sterling just went on a rant about how they’re all there to serve the fans. No hint of irony.

133 rob_smith_51   ~  Aug 29, 2021 8:22 pm

Rays are 18-1 vs. the O's this season. Win the games that you are supposed to.

134 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 8:37 pm

This is an exciting game. Although, it's more exciting that it should be considering all the men the Yanks left on.

135 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 9:22 pm

Does anyone trust Green in a big moment anymore?

136 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 29, 2021 9:26 pm

why am I still watching?

137 yankintexas   ~  Aug 29, 2021 9:39 pm

When has anyone ever trusted Green in high leverage situations? He's not that guy.

138 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 8:45 pm

Jogcarlo Stanton

139 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 8:46 pm

I hope he's not hurt.

140 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 8:49 pm

I honestly don’t know any of these Angels players except Otani..
Hank W, you at the game?

141 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 8:56 pm

[140] Fletcher is one of the best hitters in the AL. I think he's 1st or 2nd in hits. On a skid recently, though.

142 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 8:58 pm

Howya doin' Jazz? Do you have to go to the office these days?

143 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:17 pm

Hel-LO, Yankee offense. You're not done.

144 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:22 pm

Yo Boat, Only in the office once a week these days. Kids about to return to online classes from tomorrow, they’re not happy about it..
You up to your neck in Zoom presentations?

145 yankintexas   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:22 pm

When Kluber is done pitching tonight he needs to put his arm in a hyperbaric chamber.

146 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:35 pm

Andrew Wantz Gets.

147 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:37 pm

[144] I have to do a live orientation meeting next week. I knew it was coming as one of the key players hates Zoom. Grrrrr.

P.S. Sachi might have live uni sessions in September...or maybe hybrid.

148 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:50 pm


149 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:51 pm


150 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:53 pm

[140] I had been hoping to go to tomorrow night's game with my son, but he's got a mild knee injury that will likely keep us home. (Too much walking, too many stairs, not enough leg room.) It's just as well. First day of school is tomorrow for me, and weeknight games aren't the best for that.

151 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:54 pm

Back to the baseball, was anyone else surprised Boone left Kluber in after he loaded the bases? I guess someone has to get the outs, but he seemed to be unravelling quickly. The Angels announcers were itemizing all the hard hit balls, and the grand slam came right on cue...

152 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:55 pm

Kluber not to blame there, was left in too long..

Boat: we all hate Zoom, tell your client to get a grip!

Hank: is it easy to get to the Big A from central Los Angeles?

153 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 9:59 pm

[151] I guess I'm alone in thinking he would get out of it.

154 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:01 pm

Who has faith in the Yankees coming back?
Not me.

155 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:01 pm

From central Los Angeles? That would be a haul given the typical evening traffic. I’m in Long Beach, which is just up the road from Anaheim.

156 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:02 pm

I have some faith. There are more runs out there for the Yankees, but they don’t tend to do well against teams employing the bullpen strategy, do they?

157 yankintexas   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:10 pm

Boone doesn't like taking anybody out prior to the 5th, but afterwards, he becomes captain hook.

158 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:14 pm

DJ could have scored there, IMHO.

159 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:21 pm

[156] Your faith was rewarded.

160 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:23 pm

[155] My sis in Lake Forest, hard core Angels fan, found a way to take the train right to the stadium, which sounds amazing considering it's SoCal.

161 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:25 pm

Anyone surprised that Heaney gave that up? Not me. Not one bit. I’m in the car listening to the Angels announcers, and they’re saying they’ve never seen a ball hit where Ohtani just hit it.

162 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:27 pm

Boone must have money on the Angels. Heaney? Really?

163 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:27 pm

There’s an Amtrak station in the stadium parking lot, believe it or not. The most un-SoCal thing ever.

164 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:29 pm

I’m really struggling to see why Heaney is getting innings and Luís Gil is not.

165 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:30 pm

Because I like pitchers who don’t ever give up runs. But maybe that’s just me.

166 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:33 pm

I missed the Otani tater because of the dog! Shocking given yo by Heany..?

167 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:41 pm

Have you guys noticed the Yankees are starting to play more station-to-station since some of the regulars came back? Less aggressive running.

168 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:50 pm

Well, Mayfield has made some big Impressions tonight.

169 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:54 pm

Boone has done his best to take the Yankees out of this game.

170 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 10:58 pm

(168) Hah! Nice one
Game kind of dragging now..

171 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:07 pm

I stand corrected, Booooom!

172 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:09 pm

Every time Stanton hits it in the air you expect it to nearly leave the stadium.

173 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:10 pm

If Heaney comes out again, I'm calling for Boone's execution.

174 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:21 pm

Jazz if you are watching the telecast all the ads behind the plate are J companies. NEC. Kura. Yakult, etc.

175 thelarmis   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:35 pm

I love the west coast games, 'coz it's easier for vampires to watch! I, however, cannot stand Flaherty. He knows his baseball, but irks me something fierce. Especially, after having the pleasure of hearing Ken Singleton in Oaktown.

Battle of the back of the pens right now. 7 Up!

176 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:39 pm

[175] I wholeheartedly agree. Flaherty gives off a smug, pedantic vibe that is insufferable.

177 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:39 pm

No encore for Mayfield.

178 thelarmis   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:41 pm

well, fuck.

179 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:42 pm

In case you’re wondering, the Angels announcers are sophomorically obnoxious.

180 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:43 pm

Shit. Impotent performance by Holmes.

181 thelarmis   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:44 pm

top of the order in the 9th. iglesias is a very good closer.

really don't wanna lose 3 in a row . . .

182 thelarmis   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:45 pm

[179] ugh. wasn't wondering. the crowd is like Yankee Stadium West!

dj down swingin'...

[180] that was unfortunate. i like holmes. legares has had a great game.

183 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:45 pm

They can’t hit this closer..

184 thelarmis   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:46 pm

crappity crap.

here comes the judge. tie it up, insanely large human.

185 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:46 pm

C’mon Judge, make em rise!

186 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:47 pm

[179] That "Big Fly" HR call is annoying.

187 thelarmis   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:48 pm

fuck it all to hell.

188 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:49 pm

Time for a dog walk..
How’s it swinging, thelarmis! All ok in Hotlanta?

189 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:50 pm

I mean, in their defense, this is the closest the Angels will get to an important game, but the Angels announcers have proclaimed this the best game of the season. Meh.

190 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:50 pm

Sheeaht. I was hoping to see Stanton again.

191 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 30, 2021 11:52 pm

Yankee games at Anaheim are tons of fun. So many Yankee fans, probably the biggest road Yankee crowd anywhere, especially when the Angels are down like they are now.

192 thelarmis   ~  Aug 31, 2021 12:06 am

[188] drummin' away, jazz! i hope all is well with you and yours in tokyo!

193 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 12:09 am

Ten home runs allowed as a Yankee for Heaney.
Less than ten home runs allowed for Luís Gil.

194 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 8:52 pm

That was not what you want.

195 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 8:56 pm

So John Smoltz & Al Leiter will no longer be in studio on MLB TV because they refuse to get the vaccine. So predictable would be those two morons, hopefully we don’t need to hear from them again. (And prayers for their families well-being they get the damn shots.)

197 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:04 pm

Urshela looks like he's still rehabbing. He should be at Scranton.

198 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:07 pm

[195] I always thought Stammering Al Leiter was a douche bag. Smoltz is just a bumpkin.

199 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:17 pm

Looks like tonight's theme is GIDP.

200 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:47 pm

Smoltz sucks on air. Good.

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201 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:48 pm

(198) The selfishness is just beyond belief. Why do their employers make allowances for such disregard of workplace safety?
Angels radio feed on here..

202 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:50 pm


203 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:52 pm

[201] Bring on the Scarlet Letter.

204 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:57 pm

Made it out to the game tonight. Pretty much hate this place. Also, it’s crazy how many two-strike homers this staff has yielded.

205 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 9:58 pm

One more thing — this is a night the Yanks should’ve scored seven runs minimum. But instead, three double plays in four innings.

206 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:01 pm

Kraken is back!
Hank, where is the best place to sit at the Big A?

207 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:02 pm


208 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:04 pm

[206] Not in the sun for a day game. My elderly dad and I nearly got boiled alive once.

209 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:08 pm

(208) The bleachers look very far away as well.

210 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:16 pm

Get him out of there, Boone!

211 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:24 pm

Boone, it's too later to take him out now, you boob.

212 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:24 pm

All five runs scored on two-strike hits.

213 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:26 pm

My favorite place to sit here is down the right field line, from the visitors dugout to the foul pole. It’s like being in the Bronx down there. We’re up high tonight, though. Beautiful sight lines. Don’t like what I’m seeing, but beautiful sight lines.

214 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:29 pm

This is a fucking embarrassment.

215 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:33 pm

Did Ohtani steal home? I had to step away for obvious reasons.

216 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:44 pm

Double steal, and yes, it was Ohtani stealing home. I don’t think people are talking enough about him. The poor Angels are cursed.

217 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:54 pm

[216] Wow. Ballsy.
I'm done for today.

218 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 10:58 pm

That’s five double plays, kids! In seven innings!

219 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 31, 2021 11:08 pm

I’m going to venture that this could be a record — Angels five stolen bases and five double plays.

220 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 11:17 pm

[219] Nae winning baseball on our part..!

221 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 11:18 pm

Little rally coming on late..?

222 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 31, 2021 11:45 pm

Not enough, and now Iglesias to close it..oh well.

223 yankintexas   ~  Sep 1, 2021 12:55 am

Ohtani steal of home should have been an easy out. Why do fielders always try to reach for the runners body rather than bring their glove down to the base and then tag the body part that tries to touch the base?

224 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 1, 2021 2:43 am

The throw home on the double steal was on the first place side of the plate and Sánchez had to catch it and then dive across the plate to reach for the tag. He made a great play just to make it close. In no way was this an easy out for him.

225 thelarmis   ~  Sep 1, 2021 3:08 am

[200] smotlz also sucks on land and sea : )

226 yankintexas   ~  Sep 1, 2021 12:45 pm

Hank, I agree it wasn't an easy play, especially since Sanchez had to reach back. I just don't understand the genwral approach fielders have when trying to tag a runner. Move your glove to where they are going (ie the base) and meet the runner there.

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