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Bombs Away … And Counting

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.


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1 rbj   ~  Sep 14, 2022 7:37 pm


2 RIYank   ~  Sep 14, 2022 7:38 pm

Hooray for the Red Sox!
Gosh, we're lucky we get to play them so many times.

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 7:41 pm

I love the phrase "little league homer." Balm for the soul.

4 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 7:45 pm

Good relay he's out by 10 feet. Hix!

5 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 7:52 pm

Harrison Bader homered for Somerset tonight. AA Yanks.

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:03 pm

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!

7 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:17 pm

I weep for the Sox. Not!

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:19 pm

Kaleb Ort..?

9 RIYank   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:44 pm

[8] Sure, he was a band leader. Kaleb Ort and the Ort Cloud. Used to open for Bill Haley and His Comets.

10 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:51 pm

⬆️ Think they make ‘Ort’ license plates? (Deep cut!)

11 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:52 pm


12 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:53 pm

Not sure I’ve seen a reliever pitch this well and get this unlucky. It’s criminal.

13 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:54 pm

You don't see that every day.

14 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:54 pm

Looks VAR might help us out.

15 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 14, 2022 8:54 pm

Looks LIKE.

16 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 9:01 pm

Anti-framing. Lol....

17 rbj   ~  Sep 14, 2022 9:10 pm

[9] heh, but it’s Oort Cloud. The extra O is for the comet that destroys earth life.

Hmm, some insurance

18 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 14, 2022 9:13 pm

How complicated might this be?

19 rbj   ~  Sep 14, 2022 9:20 pm

Well, phew.

20 RIYank   ~  Sep 15, 2022 4:55 am

[17] Indeed, but it's also "Halley's Comet"! It is traditional to cut down on double letters when appropriating astronomical items for band names.

21 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 16, 2022 1:41 pm

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:

Home runs*
Total Bases*

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.

22 mhoward120   ~  Sep 16, 2022 2:20 pm

(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?

23 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:20 pm

I kinda want a Brew Crew jersey.

24 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:29 pm

(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..?

25 rbj   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:35 pm

[21] plus Judge has at times carried this team and they are still in first. Angels aren’t even playoff bound.

RISP hits?

26 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:42 pm

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.

27 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:45 pm

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?

28 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:46 pm

Who's in the both? I hear 2 voices I don't recognize.

29 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:47 pm

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.

30 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:50 pm

[21] 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.

31 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 7:50 pm

[30] I mean he "plays on the West Coast."

32 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:02 pm

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.

33 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:05 pm

Jeff Nelson is with Kay.

34 RIYank   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:06 pm

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.

35 RIYank   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:07 pm

Oh Jeff Nelson! Thanks Ara.

Oh screw you Wordpress, I am not posting comments too quickly.

36 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:08 pm

[32] 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!

37 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:08 pm

[33] Oh, good ol' Jeff Nelson. He's good in the booth, IMHO.

38 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:13 pm

Nelson is super critical and doesn't pull any punches. Fine by me.

39 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:14 pm

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?

40 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:15 pm

[38] And we all know how most of the YES crew feeds the Yankee hype machine.

41 RIYank   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:18 pm

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.

42 RIYank   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:22 pm

I miss Monty.

43 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:23 pm

Lots of base runners today.

44 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 8:23 pm

Does Montas make the playoff roster?
If it's between Schmidt and him, I pick Schimdt.
He and German. I pick German.

45 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:02 pm

I was hoping they could pitch around Adames.

46 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:06 pm

Cabrera looked klutzy there..

47 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:07 pm

⬆️ Boat, ever been to Milwaukee?

48 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:14 pm

[47] 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?

49 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:29 pm

Why is German relieving? I don't mind, but is he out of the rotation now?

50 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:31 pm

This game is tied? Sheeaht.

51 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:32 pm

[39] What about Delgado? Is he still around?

52 rbj   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:33 pm

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.

53 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:34 pm

I thought Albert was cooked (and maybe he is), but this late season resurgence is impressive.

54 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:41 pm

Amazing Albert! Hope he gets to 700
[48] 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?

55 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 16, 2022 9:49 pm

[53] 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.

56 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 10:01 pm

Adames is killing the Yanks today and has had 2 men on the last 3 times that he has been up.

57 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 10:05 pm

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.

58 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 16, 2022 11:05 pm

Blue had a small strike zone all night and then screws Gleyber. Fucking

59 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 16, 2022 11:42 pm

Tough loss. Blow a five run lead. They had their chances.

60 mhoward120   ~  Sep 17, 2022 5:21 pm

Some good news and some bad news. Montas is having an MRI. The bad news is that the Jays are now 5 back.

61 RIYank   ~  Sep 17, 2022 6:21 pm

[60] Wait, what's the good news??

62 mhoward120   ~  Sep 17, 2022 6:46 pm

(62). Montas

63 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 17, 2022 6:57 pm

Well, that's a crazy turn of events. Who's gonna play first now?

64 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 17, 2022 6:59 pm

Mind-boggling Judge stat of the day:
Since July 16 (two months) he's hitting .378!

65 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 17, 2022 7:00 pm

[64] Which doesn't include the double he just whacked into the corner.

66 rbj   ~  Sep 17, 2022 7:21 pm

Aw crud.

67 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 17, 2022 7:55 pm

[66] Well, the good news is that at least a 3-1 deficit doesn't feel insurmountable anymore.

68 RIYank   ~  Sep 17, 2022 8:28 pm

Oh, *that* Aroldis Chapman.

69 RIYank   ~  Sep 17, 2022 8:29 pm

[62] Hm. Why is it good news that Montas got his shoulder MRIed?

70 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 17, 2022 9:47 pm

[69] Because he sucks and now Boone won't be compelled to pitch him anymore to justify another Cashman debacle.

71 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 17, 2022 9:48 pm

[62] Good one. Without a hint of irony, I totally agree.

72 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:35 pm

They are getting killed with 2 men on by the Brewers. Maybe it isn't just Adames.

73 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:36 pm

I was hoping Cole would have a shut down game, but nope.

74 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:40 pm

Every time Judge comes to the plate, I expect a home run.
Every time Cole pitches, I expect a home run.

75 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:46 pm

[74] Prefer the 1 run variety, not the walk 2 guys and then give up one.

76 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:48 pm

Just checked in. Is Cole going to make the post-season roster? 3-1 already. Wtf!?

77 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:53 pm

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.

78 mhoward120   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:54 pm

Cole shits the bed…again

79 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:57 pm

He's the most frustrating Yankee "Ace" this century.

80 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:58 pm


81 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:58 pm

[74] You see what I mean.

82 mhoward120   ~  Sep 18, 2022 1:59 pm

(79). Is Cole really an ace?

83 rbj   ~  Sep 18, 2022 2:02 pm


84 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 2:02 pm

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.

85 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 2:09 pm

Yanks have more homers than Brewers have hits.

86 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 2:12 pm

[84] I might choose Nestor, but it really depends on the other team's strengths.

87 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 2:33 pm

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.

88 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:04 pm

2 out rbis. Outstanding.

89 mhoward120   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:11 pm

No lead is safe with Cole on the mound.

90 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:13 pm

2 men on for Adames. I think 1/2 his plate appearances have been like this.

91 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:20 pm

Cole, earned his money that inning. Well done!

92 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:48 pm

Hix using mid-game Banter comments for motivation. : )

93 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:49 pm


94 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:51 pm

I liked the pitcher's reaction to that one.

95 mhoward120   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:52 pm

Once again I must quote the immortal Marcellus Wallace - Motherfucker!

96 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:52 pm

Pitcher and catcher. Lol....

97 rbj   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:52 pm

Double digits and 59!

98 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:54 pm


And he *might* catch Arraez and Bogaerts.

(What is it with the "ae" thing, does that help your BABIP??)

99 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:55 pm

What Judge is doing doesn't even make sense. Not remotely.

100 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 3:56 pm


Arraez .317
Bogaerts .316
Judge .315

Wasn't he fifteen points back a week ago?

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101 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:01 pm

So Clarke Schmidt has the Banter seal of approval, right?

102 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:08 pm

Stanton still looks lost. He has a couple of weeks to figure it out.

103 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:14 pm

Hm. Okay let's withhold that seal for a little longer.

104 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:25 pm


105 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:34 pm

Did he stop at first so Judge can bat?

106 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:35 pm


107 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:36 pm

[105] That's what Nelson said!

And now he's just said, "He has no pop" for the double.

And he's batting .316.


108 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:41 pm

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.

109 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:49 pm

Those 2 runs may prove to be important

110 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:49 pm

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.

111 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 4:59 pm

[110] I would like to think everybody in our bullpen could hold a 4 run lead, even if the bases are loaded.

112 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 5:03 pm

[111] I would like to think that also. The problem is that I don't. But a win is a win.

113 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2022 5:13 pm

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...

114 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 18, 2022 5:27 pm

Touche, the way this second half has gone, every game is an adventure even with a seemingly large lead.

115 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2022 7:25 pm

[113] 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!

116 mhoward120   ~  Sep 20, 2022 3:13 pm

Bader CF tonite!

117 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 4:34 pm

The team is slowly coming together!

118 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 20, 2022 5:25 pm

I couldn't pick Bader out of a lineup so it will be nice to finally see him.

119 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 5:45 pm

Yes. Bring on Bader! Put Oswaldo and Judge out there to keep him company and tell Hix to enjoy the show.

120 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:18 pm

Rookie pitcher on the PIRATES?? I call TWO taters

121 mhoward120   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:38 pm

How about naming the newbie Darth Bader?

122 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:40 pm

Bader a (kind of) New York guy? So few mlb players these days from the Tri-State area..

123 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:48 pm

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.

124 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:49 pm

⬆️Prime at least has the regular announcers? I read the Apple broadcasts were unlistenable..

125 mhoward120   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:50 pm

(124). Not Prime but Apple TV. MLB ain’t gonna change that. Really sux.

126 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:52 pm

They traded Monty for Bader??? We got the bader end of that deal.

127 mhoward120   ~  Sep 20, 2022 6:54 pm

2d career start and no hits through 3

128 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 7:33 pm

Wow. Quite the read.

129 rbj   ~  Sep 20, 2022 7:34 pm

Welcome to the Bronx, Bader.

130 rbj   ~  Sep 20, 2022 7:36 pm

Booo! Pitch to Judge.

131 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 7:42 pm

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.

132 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 7:55 pm

One can't expect the Yankees bullpen to hold the Pirates down.

133 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:06 pm

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.

134 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:08 pm

Welcome to the Bronx, Bader.

135 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:10 pm

Heckuva debut for Bader!

136 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:17 pm

Can't believe Judge didn't get a run in.

137 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:19 pm

That Judge at bat was something, even though it didn’t work out. I was actually standing in my living room.

138 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:28 pm

[136] 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...

[137] 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).

139 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:29 pm

So of course the Pirates have a pitcher named Robert Stevenson.

140 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:32 pm

This kid is due.

141 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:34 pm

Nothing to worry about. Bader due up fifth this inning.

142 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:41 pm

[141] I still really miss Monty, but Bader is doing some good things.

143 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:43 pm

Wouldn’t you think Stanton would break his bat and dunk one in once in a while? Something?

144 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:45 pm

Maybe next time.

145 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:47 pm

Stanton’s ‘struggling’ swings look like my ‘48 years old with a delicate back’ swings in the 110kph batting cage here..

146 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:51 pm

Stanton can't look like garbage for too much longer. Yikes.

147 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:51 pm

Stanton is cooked.

[145] Haven't been to the cages in decades. Do they have kiddie cages?

148 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:52 pm

⬆️ 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!

149 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:53 pm

Those MLB "Baseball Zen" commercials are really cool.
(Even though I think the MLB, as an organization, is evil)

150 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:55 pm

This bullpen is suspect.

151 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:56 pm

[148] I'm going to see a sports doc about my knee next week.

What a drag it is getting old...

152 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 8:59 pm

This is Pittsburg, FFS.
They should be crushing these guys.

153 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:01 pm

This game fucking sucks.

154 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:02 pm

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 :(

155 BobbyB   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:03 pm

This does not look like a playoff ready bullpen.

156 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:05 pm

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.

157 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:06 pm

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?

158 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:06 pm

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!

159 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:07 pm

[156] 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...

160 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:08 pm

The Pirates have done everything they could to give this game away. It’s a shame.

161 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:10 pm

They are going to lose in the 1st round.

162 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:10 pm

8 runs to the Pirates, ugh! The Yanks have 200+ more runs than the Pirates this season.

163 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:12 pm

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.

164 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:19 pm

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.

165 rob_smith_51   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:31 pm

There it is!

166 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:32 pm

[165] He did it!

167 rbj   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:32 pm


168 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:33 pm

60!!! What a season!!!!

169 thelarmis   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:36 pm


170 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:36 pm


171 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:42 pm

I guess Stanton figured something out, huh? Now THAT is a way to end the game Judge hits #60 in!

172 mhoward120   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:43 pm

Greatest inning of the year, the centrury and maybe ever!

173 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:43 pm

WOW..!!!!!!!!! Just amazing

174 rbj   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:44 pm

Well that’s unexpected. I’m going to sleep now.

175 mhoward120   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:44 pm

Judge IS baseball

176 thelarmis   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:45 pm


177 thelarmis   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:46 pm

RI is at the stadium!!!

178 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:46 pm

Heard about 9th via texts in bed from wife. Oh, well. Go Yankees. Zzzz...

179 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:47 pm

RIYank is there?? Expect a full recap when he sobers up!! What a game, and what a season!!

180 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:48 pm

[177] RI is AT the Stadium?!?!? Holy mackerel!!! What a game to see in person!!

181 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:49 pm

Wow. Wow. Wow.

182 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:50 pm

Naturally, it all started with Judge.
That was insane.

183 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:56 pm

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.

184 thelarmis   ~  Sep 20, 2022 9:57 pm

He’s also leading in the Triple Crown right now!!!

185 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 20, 2022 10:23 pm

Outside shot at Bonds?

186 attackgerbil   ~  Sep 20, 2022 10:28 pm

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.

187 knuckles   ~  Sep 21, 2022 5:29 am

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.

188 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2022 6:53 am

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!

189 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 21, 2022 11:06 am

[187] 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.

[188] 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.

190 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2022 2:52 pm

Well, okay!
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!

191 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 21, 2022 4:50 pm

[190] 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.


192 thelarmis   ~  Sep 21, 2022 10:59 pm

Awesome, RI! I’ll try to stop by Friday, if I can.


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