Well, the Yanks offense has been lousy this summer but Aaron Judge continues to astound.
What a season, with a couple more homers last night in Boston and Maris’s 61 within reach.
Hooray for the Red Sox!
Gosh, we're lucky we get to play them so many times.
I love the phrase "little league homer." Balm for the soul.
Good relay he's out by 10 feet. Hix!
Harrison Bader homered for Somerset tonight. AA Yanks.
Man the Red Sox are terrible. STILL can’t believe they traded Mookie Betts!
Any The Athletic subscribers on the Banter, really interesting ‘open letter’ by Ken Rosenthal today, to Tony LaRussa. I didn’t know our old friend Miguel Cairo was now the White Sox interim manager!
I weep for the Sox. Not!
 Sure, he was a band leader. Kaleb Ort and the Ort Cloud. Used to open for Bill Haley and His Comets.
⬆️ Think they make ‘Ort’ license plates? (Deep cut!)
Not sure I’ve seen a reliever pitch this well and get this unlucky. It’s criminal.
You don't see that every day.
Looks VAR might help us out.
 heh, but it’s Oort Cloud. The extra O is for the comet that destroys earth life.
Hmm, some insurance
How complicated might this be?
 Indeed, but it's also "Halley's Comet"! It is traditional to cut down on double letters when appropriating astronomical items for band names.
So there are people out there who are still talking about Shohei Ohtani for MVP, and I just can't.
Last year I said that not only was Ohtani the clear MVP, he was the clear MVP for years to come just because we had never seen a player like him before. BUT. We've also never seen a season like what Aaron Judge is producing this year. I know most people here would be in agreement, either because you're biased or just because you're intelligent (I'll let you choose), but here are the categories in which Judge leads the league:
The asterisk indicates that he leads all of the majors. Also, a few other notes. Much has been made of his ridiculous lead (57 to 38) in home runs, a whopping FIFTY PERCENT, but look at this.
Slugging: +85 points over Goldschmidt
OPS: +85 points over Goldschmidt
Total Bases: 46 over Goldschmidt (72 over Bichette for the league lead, roughly 25%)
We've never seen anything like this. Bonds did stratospheric things, but not only do we know HOW he did these things, there were other guys in that same stratosphere. Judge is breaking the system, and if anyone other than an Angels beat writer votes for Ohtani, it will be an absolute travesty.
(21). Agree completely. But we still don’t know the name of the putz who didn’t vote for Jeter for the HOF, do we?
I kinda want a Brew Crew jersey.
(21) Thanks for that Hank, I didn’t realize just HOW dominant he’s been over and beyond everyone else.
Just tuning in to the game, how’s the color guy tonight, I don’t recognize the voice..?
 plus Judge has at times carried this team and they are still in first. Angels aren’t even playoff bound.
I have never been a huge proponent of the MVP must be playoff bound, but if your team is terrible you have to be head and shoulders above everyone else. I am surprised the Angels aren't better with both Trout and Ohtani.
Those Brew Crew unis are butt-ugly, although I could see a sexy girl (are we allowed to say that?) as part of a urban casual outfit. Maybe a K-Pop star.
What is City Connect anyway?
Who's in the both? I hear 2 voices I don't recognize.
Donaldson's still a douche, but he always seems to have his head in the game, unlike Hicks, who appears to be on edibles from time to time.
 The push for Ohtani is straight-up MLB marketing. They have lots of plants in the media.
He's foreign. He's Asian. He's good looking. He's clean. He's from the West Coast.
That's a winning combination for promoting the sport globally and with in the USA.
 I mean he "plays on the West Coast."
City Connect is baseball’s latest attempt to emulate the NBA. Just wait until they roll out the Yankees’ City Connect unis next year or the year after. Every team will get one eventually.
Jeff Nelson is with Kay.
I've decided to ACCEPT the unearned run.
Are the Brewers really this bad at defense, or are they just having a bad day?
I assume this plate umpire isn't just having a bad day. He's particularly terrible.
Oh Jeff Nelson! Thanks Ara.
Oh screw you Wordpress, I am not posting comments too quickly.
 Merchandise Marketing. Thanks. I should look into it deeper.
I thought it had to do with connecting two cities near where the team plays. Doh!
 Oh, good ol' Jeff Nelson. He's good in the booth, IMHO.
Nelson is super critical and doesn't pull any punches. Fine by me.
That side looks serious!
The Ol’ Jeff Nelson, I didn’t didn’t know he was doing in-game stuff. How many announcers is that now for YES: Cone, O’Neil, Maybin, Beltran, Flaherty, Nelson, Ruuco?
 And we all know how most of the YES crew feeds the Yankee hype machine.
Garrett Mitchell's OPS is half of Aaron Judge's.
He had a good AB there, but I still would have been really pissed if he'd walked.
I miss Monty.
Lots of base runners today.
Does Montas make the playoff roster?
If it's between Schmidt and him, I pick Schimdt.
He and German. I pick German.
I was hoping they could pitch around Adames.
Cabrera looked klutzy there..
⬆️ Boat, ever been to Milwaukee?
 I think I was in the airport once...on a trip to Minnesota.
It's a blur. I lost my plane ticket and my dad had to use his connections to bail me out.
Remember printed paper plane tix?
Why is German relieving? I don't mind, but is he out of the rotation now?
This game is tied? Sheeaht.
 What about Delgado? Is he still around?
698 for Albert. I’d rather he gets 700 that Judge getting 62. Aaron is going to get paid no matter what, I just don’t want to see someone hanging on for a milestone.
I thought Albert was cooked (and maybe he is), but this late season resurgence is impressive.
Amazing Albert! Hope he gets to 700
 Made a comment about Eastern Airlines and JFK tha for some reason went to moderation..hmm..the auto-censore doesn’t like references to defunct bankrupt airlines?
 A-Rod was cooked. He could got have got to 700 if they just let him play for no reason, which is Albert's case.
Adames is killing the Yanks today and has had 2 men on the last 3 times that he has been up.
I love this robot ump discussion. The idea is to make it consistent, not to move the game along if the pitcher can't throw strikes. The pitchers don't have to get used to a different umpire every game.
Blue had a small strike zone all night and then screws Gleyber. Fucking
Tough loss. Blow a five run lead. They had their chances.
Some good news and some bad news. Montas is having an MRI. The bad news is that the Jays are now 5 back.
 Wait, what's the good news??
Well, that's a crazy turn of events. Who's gonna play first now?
Mind-boggling Judge stat of the day:
Since July 16 (two months) he's hitting .378!
 Which doesn't include the double he just whacked into the corner.
 Well, the good news is that at least a 3-1 deficit doesn't feel insurmountable anymore.
Oh, *that* Aroldis Chapman.
 Hm. Why is it good news that Montas got his shoulder MRIed?
 Because he sucks and now Boone won't be compelled to pitch him anymore to justify another Cashman debacle.
 Good one. Without a hint of irony, I totally agree.
They are getting killed with 2 men on by the Brewers. Maybe it isn't just Adames.
I was hoping Cole would have a shut down game, but nope.
Every time Judge comes to the plate, I expect a home run.
Every time Cole pitches, I expect a home run.
 Prefer the 1 run variety, not the walk 2 guys and then give up one.
Just checked in. Is Cole going to make the post-season roster? 3-1 already. Wtf!?
Cole has now yielded more home runs (29) than anyone in baseball except for Washington's Josiah Gray (37). But it's only the second inning.
Cole shits the bed…again
He's the most frustrating Yankee "Ace" this century.
 You see what I mean.
(79). Is Cole really an ace?
Here's a serious question. If it's Game 7 of the World Series, which Yankee pitcher would you choose to start? I still think I'd choose Cole, but I can think of five or ten pitchers on other teams that I'd choose over him.
Yanks have more homers than Brewers have hits.
 I might choose Nestor, but it really depends on the other team's strengths.
The other night they were talking about the Nestor Cortez bobble head that featured a right leg that bobbled. The Aaron Hicks bobble head should have a head that sags in defeat after a fruitless at bat.
2 out rbis. Outstanding.
No lead is safe with Cole on the mound.
2 men on for Adames. I think 1/2 his plate appearances have been like this.
Cole, earned his money that inning. Well done!
Hix using mid-game Banter comments for motivation. : )
I liked the pitcher's reaction to that one.
Once again I must quote the immortal Marcellus Wallace - Motherfucker!
Pitcher and catcher. Lol....
Double digits and 59!
And he *might* catch Arraez and Bogaerts.
(What is it with the "ae" thing, does that help your BABIP??)
What Judge is doing doesn't even make sense. Not remotely.
Wasn't he fifteen points back a week ago?
So Clarke Schmidt has the Banter seal of approval, right?
Stanton still looks lost. He has a couple of weeks to figure it out.
Hm. Okay let's withhold that seal for a little longer.
Did he stop at first so Judge can bat?
 That's what Nelson said!
And now he's just said, "He has no pop" for the double.
And he's batting .316.
It should be noted that the only time they've retired Judge was his first at bat when the centerfielder robbed him of a certain double when an absolute laser off the bat almost went over his head.
Those 2 runs may prove to be important
The problem with bringing in Holmes in this situation is that he has to face at least three batters. It could be a completely different game by then.
 I would like to think everybody in our bullpen could hold a 4 run lead, even if the bases are loaded.
 I would like to think that also. The problem is that I don't. But a win is a win.
Yeah I'm with Hank. Four run lead with the bases loaded and nobody out? I'm not confident at all.
But it's all good, we got to marvel at Wonderboy today.
And I'm going to the game on Tuesday. So now there's a chance... a small chance, of course, but there's a chance...
Touche, the way this second half has gone, every game is an adventure even with a seemingly large lead.
 Here's hoping you get to see something special. Even if he doesn't go deep, I'm sure every at bat will be electric with the whole stadium standing. It'll definitely be fun either way, and maybe you'll get to see some history!
Bader CF tonite!
The team is slowly coming together!
I couldn't pick Bader out of a lineup so it will be nice to finally see him.
Yes. Bring on Bader! Put Oswaldo and Judge out there to keep him company and tell Hix to enjoy the show.
Rookie pitcher on the PIRATES?? I call TWO taters
How about naming the newbie Darth Bader?
Bader a (kind of) New York guy? So few mlb players these days from the Tri-State area..
I read today Friday's game is on prime. If i'm around to watch I expect it to be wonky and choppy like every other gd prime game this season. Nice job, MLB.
⬆️Prime at least has the regular announcers? I read the Apple broadcasts were unlistenable..
(124). Not Prime but Apple TV. MLB ain’t gonna change that. Really sux.
They traded Monty for Bader??? We got the bader end of that deal.
2d career start and no hits through 3
Wow. Quite the read.
Welcome to the Bronx, Bader.
Booo! Pitch to Judge.
They had a video of the Pirates 3rd baseman vs. the Mets? recently standing near the bag with his glove off eating sunflower seeds while a dude was rounding third headed for home. Was that Hayes? Ugh.
One can't expect the Yankees bullpen to hold the Pirates down.
The one time Kay should say it's gone if it's fair and he doesn't. I guess it has to be 100 foot foul to break that one out. Unreal.
Heckuva debut for Bader!
Can't believe Judge didn't get a run in.
That Judge at bat was something, even though it didn’t work out. I was actually standing in my living room.
 He did! It's just the ump called that first pitch a strike when it clearly wasn't, so he should have walked, pushing in a run, on the fourth pitch, but...
 It was the first time I felt that he was almost pushing just a teensy tiny bit. Didn't make me enjoy it any less (outcome aside).
So of course the Pirates have a pitcher named Robert Stevenson.
This kid is due.
Nothing to worry about. Bader due up fifth this inning.
 I still really miss Monty, but Bader is doing some good things.
Wouldn’t you think Stanton would break his bat and dunk one in once in a while? Something?
Maybe next time.
Stanton’s ‘struggling’ swings look like my ‘48 years old with a delicate back’ swings in the 110kph batting cage here..
Stanton can't look like garbage for too much longer. Yikes.
Stanton is cooked.
 Haven't been to the cages in decades. Do they have kiddie cages?
⬆️ Depends on the center, the famous old one in Shinjuku is refurbished and they have a range of speeds. I have to stretch for like 30mins to just get through 20 swings without big pain.. sucks getting older!
Those MLB "Baseball Zen" commercials are really cool.
(Even though I think the MLB, as an organization, is evil)
This bullpen is suspect.
 I'm going to see a sports doc about my knee next week.
What a drag it is getting old...
This is Pittsburg, FFS.
They should be crushing these guys.
This game fucking sucks.
Yes, love the little Baseball Zen interludes! Very cool.
(151) Yep, I’m at the ‘always get an aisle seat a the movie theater’ stage too now. Stretch the legs and have easy bathroom access..
I’m guessing the average Banterite age is somewhere between me and you Boat so everyone hear knows what we’re talking about :(
This does not look like a playoff ready bullpen.
This is a weird one. If I’d told you Judge wouldn’t have a hit, that he’d be up with the bases loaded and none out and wouldn’t get a run in, than Rizzo would have a critical error to allow the Pirates to take a lead in the eighth, you probably wouldn’t have believed any of it.
Not sure I’ve ever seen a bat flip with a look into the dugout on a ball that landed in the first row, but that doesn’t really matter, does it?
I'm off to the chiro on Thursday. I used to only go when I was in dire straight. I've been going at least once every 6 weeks for about 2 years and feel like I'm 36 again!
 Even watching it I don't believe it.
I guess Holmes is getting all the HRs out of the way before the playoffs? Grasping at straws here...
The Pirates have done everything they could to give this game away. It’s a shame.
They are going to lose in the 1st round.
8 runs to the Pirates, ugh! The Yanks have 200+ more runs than the Pirates this season.
The hoopla about Judge's amazing season is all good fun, but I don't see this team winning a single playoff game. Certainly not a series.
Whenever they plug one hole another opens up.
At this point, in what way are the Yankees are a better team with Marwin Gonzalez on the roster, IKF playing shortstop, and Volpe in AAA? Seriously. Call the kid up, ditch Gonzalez, and send IFK to the bench to be a super utility guy until DJLM returns.
There it is!
 He did it!
60!!! What a season!!!!
HE DID IT!!!
I guess Stanton figured something out, huh? Now THAT is a way to end the game Judge hits #60 in!
Greatest inning of the year, the centrury and maybe ever!
WOW..!!!!!!!!! Just amazing
Well that’s unexpected. I’m going to sleep now.
Judge IS baseball
RI is at the stadium!!!
Heard about 9th via texts in bed from wife. Oh, well. Go Yankees. Zzzz...
RIYank is there?? Expect a full recap when he sobers up!! What a game, and what a season!!
 RI is AT the Stadium?!?!? Holy mackerel!!! What a game to see in person!!
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Naturally, it all started with Judge.
That was insane.
So I’m stuck in a Zoom meeting, so I kind of watched the ninth on my phone. I saw Judge’s homer, then saw that Rizzo had doubled, then suddenly everyone was bouncing around at home plate. Crazy.
He’s also leading in the Triple Crown right now!!!
Outside shot at Bonds?
It is thrilling when we see records fall. Do we play under the same rules as when Maris was so stressed out in '61 that he was losing his hair because he couldn't eat for the hate he took from Yankee fans? Did Aaron, who along with Jack Robinson was the most pilloried player ever to hold a bat? Did Bonds, regardless of whether or not he used substances to play the game longer than he could have, but he was the best in a league of cheaters. Did he do it for his own gain (hopefully), or was it just a game played by McGwire and Sosa and Giambi and Pettitte and Clemeens and Canseco, and any other person we might want to understand why a game that had poor rules just fell into a graft where baseball owners made money hand over fist and screw the health of the players.
Whatever your choices are, go for it. But the winners were always the shareholders, not the players.
Had to get up early for a flight so I went to bed at 5-4. Should have foregone another 40 minutes sleep apparently. Wild ending.
Will be fun to see where Judge ends up. I’d imagine Toronto and possibly Baltimore will avoid pitching to him if they can avoid it. And maybe Boston out of spite.
I was indeed *at* the game!
It was really disappointing for 8 1/2 innings or so.
But Hank, I guess I did get to see something special, even if it wasn't a record homer!
 I think Alex Cora is too cocky to pitch around Judge. I bet he gets 61 AND 62 against the Sox, which is just perfect.
 This isn't good enough. I think I speak for the Banterites when I say that we need a full recap of what the Stadium was like during that ninth inning.
As I said earlier, I was stuck in a Zoom meeting, so I wasn't really able to watch. No problem, I thought. The game is still on in the other room, I can just rewind it back and watch it. But then I quickly realized that the unattended TV had turned itself off after four hours of inactivity. Crushing. I obviously saw the highlights and soaked up the postgame show, but it wasn't the same. Hopefully it'll show up on Yankees Classic sometime soon.
So first of all, the general feel around the stadium was, of course, that the flaws in the Yankees were glaring. The bullpen in particular, but also Stanton and the power outage in general. (Well, sure, I'm probably projecting my own attitudes into the 50,000, but NO DOUBT ACCURATELY.)
The place was only maybe 60% full in the top of the first, but much fuller thereafter -- it looked like maybe 80%, with only the really cheap sits thin, and the Areas-Where-An-Important-Homer-Might-Land particularly jammed. (We were in Section 225, just behind the third baseline cameras, which is a really good spot to watch a game.)
The only moments when the place really rocked were when AJ came to bat. And each deflation left the overall energy a little lower, until...
A whole lot of people left in the eighth inning. Serious. Maybe half. Remember, in the bottom of the eighth Judge was to be the fourth batter, so people were still hanging around, but we went 1-2-3 and the expensive seats just drained and even some of the bleachers. The bunch of 20-somethings in the row behind me declared that they would go watch the rest of the game from a bar; one woman pointed out, "Look, it's not a Red Sox game, it's a Pirates game."
But Chapman was good! And then Judge would lead off the bottom of the ninth, so some were hanging around just for that. Onto the mound strode Wil Crowe. His great great great uncle was Red Ruffing -- the Stadium Disembodied Voices made sure we knew the mystical connection to The Babe. Clearly History had something in mind tonight.
Judge slammed his mighty gavel, and there was an explosion of joy, relief, vindication. Even the bullpen didn't seem like pure garbage anymore! And of course Wil Red Ruffing Crowe couldn't leave. He was chained by rule and destiny to the mound. The late-stayers congratulated ourselves and stood.
The rest happened so fast. Rizzo's double got another roar. The comeback possibility had gone instantly from Unrealistic to Inevitable. Gleyber walked. The benighted Josh Donaldson rifled a single. The crowd stood and watched Giancarlo Fuckin Stanton step into the box. The odd Wil Crowe was still perched in his nest.
I don’t see how you could doubt that Judge's 60th homer reorganized the mess in Stanton's brain. Until that moment he’d looked utterly, hopelessly lost, staring at strikes, flailing at sliders in the dirt, starting his swing so early he was simply guessing or flicking the bat so late it was an afterthought. But this time he was locked in. His 116 mph line drive got into the seats in the blink of an eye, and the Stadium roared one last time in his absolution.
On the 4 train I stood between a Jewish couple in their 70s and a young black man, and we listened to the Jewish guy wax poetic. He let us know that with the homer, Judge had moved into first place in the AL in batting average, and assured us that this was even more important than the 60th homer. Then he asked the young guy whether he knew who was the last Triple Crown winnder – he did, although he’d forgotten Miggy’s year. I smiled and asked our sage who was the most recent before Cabrera… yeah, he knew that too, and he knew Mantle was in ’56, and he was really pleased when I reminded him that Frank Robinson did it between Mick and Yaz. The young man told us that five seconds after Judge homered, tomorrow’s game (that is, today’s!) sold out. (He tried to buy tickets on his phone.) Then other riders suggested strategies for getting a ticket.
But I’m back in Rhode Island, because my son, who was with me at the game, is getting married this weekend, and we have to get on with life. You can bet we’ll watch the games until #62 is in the books!
 You’ve been holding out on us! Man, that was fun to read. The Crowe in his nest! I’m a sucker for lines like that. Thanks so much.
Here’s a really cool highlight package, a nice pairing to RI’s beautiful recap. Guaranteed goosebumps.
Awesome, RI! I’ll try to stop by Friday, if I can.
GO JUDGE!!! GO YANKS!!!
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