The Yanks are down 3-0. Here’s hoping they can make us happy at least once more. One they lose, the panic about signing Aaron Judge, followed by Aaron Boone’s inevitable dismissal will set off a long, weird off-season.
Never mind hot stove:
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
Yankees’ mental coach sending videos to the current players of the Yankees collapsing against the Shit Sox in ‘04 is more embarrassing than getting swept today. Disgusting.
Oh, and Fat Liar FaceTimed with Boone, who better be dismissed as manager after we lose tonight. Ticket prices dropped down to like $18 for some seats. What a shitshow.
We’ve used 3 different players in 6 of the lineups spots, and 3 different shortstops. This team has zero plan.
Let’s hope Philthy can hear the Trash Tros
Congrats to the Phillies. If you’re going to bunt there, make sure it’s for a hit.
Rain delay already
Hear? Damn autocorrect. BEAT Houston.
Yeah, that bunt with 1 out was ridiculous.
Harper sure cadillaced that HR.
Tiny silver lining in case tonite is seasons end. At least we'll be spared from THAT FUCKING TV SHOW ON TBS in the event of a possible rain delay
Anybody have an update on game time?
Thanks ... enough time to run out for Sour Patch Kids, then.
But I predict a Yankees win tonight, to salvage some respect, at least.
Just think of the words of Syrio Forel, There is only one thing we say to Death, not today!
They’re shooting for 8:30pm
well I guess I'm watching. Glutton for punishment.
Win or lose I'm not seeing game's end tonight. sigh....Go Yankees!
Be nice if they could make things annoying for the Astros.
AB in the house!!!
Guess I’m another glutton for punishment too
This is it, indeed.
Here we go, Team.
Nice job with the slop, Nestor.
I love Nasty Nestor!
I hate that little f*ker.
I'll take the gift strikeout!
(Hate Altuv, love Nasty
Ok, need a fast lead
I can't join today. Work and all.
If just for one year the front office would admit that the team is simply going for a winning season or to win the division, or even gasp, rebuilding, it would make things a lot easier on the fans and players.
To continually say, "winning the World Series is the only option" and then not actually trying to do that (or giving the players enough ammo to do that), is what makes this team so insufferable.
It's not fair to the players or the fans.
Anyway, enjoy the game folks. I hope Nestor and Judge go out on high points and the rookies have some fun.
Perfect timing, back with the Sour Patch Kids
Bader gets the first SPK!
I really like Bader
(1) That’s beyond embarrassing! Pathetic. Great ‘leadership’ from
Boone, what a complete loser
Nice hitting, Bader.
Uh, moderation? I didn’t say anything or even curse!
Curveball pitcher throwing a lot of 93 fastballs
I left out a word or two and it worked. Maybe it was the abbreviation for miles per hour? Who knows…
Good start, keep it going!!
Stanton always shows up in big games!
I don’t believe!
What I just saw!
Beautiful hitting, G.
SPK for Frankenstanton, extra SPK for the RBI
 The silver lining to losing is that Boone should be canned. Nevertheless, let's go Yan-kees!
As Johnny Damon said we've won 4 in a row before.
Can Gleyber take G's go the other way note?
I’ll take that!
Take it any way we can!
OMG a bloop that helps us!
2 more for Torres.
I eat SPKs for Donaldson, you will know it is our night.
Et tu, JD?
I'll have the Donaldson. Watch 2 strikes. Then look stupid on strike 3.
Starting to draw the ire of Yankees fan?
Thought just for a second….
Nice swing, though.
 Et voila the problem with national broadcasts.
It's all on you now, Nestor!
You can do it!
 That is what he has done most of the time. He should just come up hacking.
Christ, we're playing Falafel in an elimination game?
If he was going to play? I wish it was at 3rd and Peraza at SS.
Bad start to this frame
Solid first inning. One step at a time.
Paging Mariano Duncan.
“We play today. We win today. Dat’s it.”
Dammit ... leadoff walk?
I thought Dusty Baker was older than that.
So giving the terrorists their bed time walk and taking out the trash worked this time.
Great start! But the last four spots in the lineup in an elimination game.. whether on Cashman or Boone, that’s not a winning lineup
Too many pitches. Grrr.
Too many pitches.Need a DP
Atta boy, Nestor!
Oops had 2 outs. Guess it’s this dark liquid I’m imbibing
Whatchya drinkin’ Gary? Cheers!
There’s our franchises favorite shortstop!
Beautiful piece of hitting, Izzy!
Alarmis - Dalton
Did Falafel double?
Trevino should have been bunting
Trevino has been terrible at hitting.
Don’t waste this leadoff double
Frankly, we should have had Trevino bunt.
94 down the dick and he swings right through it
How does Judge just keep missing these meatballs?
Let's go Ratso!
Thanks Blue for the gift
A 2 out hit with a man in scoring position? Holy shit!
Stanton needs a hit right niw
Look at him keeping that head down.
Three SPKs for Ratso!
Missed on both of those pitches
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH ... that was the one, Franky
Terrible on that last pitch
Every hit has been the other way.
It's not rocket science.
Ok guys, let’s get a fast inning
At least they didn't waste the leadoff double.
Sigh, that would have been very welcome.
The bastards are still in it.
 What did he think he was swinging ... a shovel ... a sand wedge?
Another lead off walk damnit
Geez with the lead off walks again.
Another leadoff walk. Argh!
No no no. Don’t be hurt
Nestor seems to be laboring. I mean, obviously.
Back to back BBs
Please don’t let them tie the game…
We finally fucking hit the ball and...
Well that was bad.
I called it here on my couch. Sorry…
There are a depressing number of Houston fans in the house.
I guess Boone should have trusted his instincts there.
This is fucking sadistic.
What the fck. Can’t be bothered to hold a lead more than one inning.
Velocity way down
Jesus. Where the hell do they go now?
Yup, of course.
FUCK!!! I hope it’s not a serious injury that keeps him out all of next season… :_(
Lucas Luetge for 5.
Really sad Nestor had to leave after a fabulous season. Maybe the “injury” was that he ran out of gas, pitching way more innings this year than ever before
Awwww ... I leave to take a crap and Nestor decides to take a dump as well?
I HATE the fucking astros.
Good sign he’s in the dugout and not the trainers room
They held a multiple run lead for all of 1 freaking inning.
They’re taking the lead this inning. Waaay too many Houston fans in the stands
This is farce.
Almost as farcical as losing due to gnats.
Here we are, Wandy in the third, tie game, now go-ahead run in scoring position, no outs.
We literally have zero chance of winning this game.
He should have tagged up on that.
So Nestor walks back to back guys, Booney suspects he's got something wrong and leaves him in to give up a HR on a 3-1 count to tie the game.
Doing a heck of a job there, Booney.
I want Booney tied to a car engine and dropped into the Hudson.
Boone should have had multiple pitchers warming up the moment they checked on Nestor the first time.
 I'm in.
. That is a little morbid. He can go back to announcing on ESPN. I thought he was pretty good at that.
 also this is so obviously true. He didn't?
Are they gonna lose TWO pitchers to injury in one inning? Gotta be a record.
It’s Cashmans fault that this guy is pitching now
I feel like my call that the Yankees would win this game should be declared null and void in the face of Acts of God or Gross Booney Stupidity.
I bet no one is warming up now
I remember a time in this game where the Yanks had a 3 run lead. Seems so long ago.
(Tony Soprano once said that to someone too and it was just as hilarious. Christopher, maybe? Or Paulie? In the bathroom. I can't recall.)
Did you see that Donaldson? Amazing what you can do when you don't fucking strike out.
Needed Stanton to come through before. Just call the game now. No way we’re coming back. This team has no fight.
Also, fuck that fucking racist.
Gotta have the bull pen working NOW
The one benefit to having these games in New York, I thought, was that I wouldn't have to look at celebrating Houston fans. So good of the TBS cameras to show them to me anyway.
Well, good luck to the Phillies, the Alabama Hammer is playing for them.
What, stepped away for a work call and now we’re losing??
Was Nestor injured???
Yes, GO PHILS!
The Yankees are to the Astros what the Twins are to the Yankees. The Astros just know they are going to win. It is just a matter of how it is going to happen.
 yep injured. Peralta also hit in his right hand but playing through it.
. Apparently lost his ability to strikes or throw it over 90 mph.
Yes, Nestor walked back to back batters to start the inning and his velocity was way down.
Boone and Blake checked on him, left him in, and inexplicably didn’t get anyone up in the pen. 3-run homer followed immediately. FUCK!
So they came to check him on the mound but he was left in to face two more batters? I’m confused..was he hurt or not??
 But healthy enough to stay in long enough to give up a 3 run homerun.
⬆️Thelarmis, they checked him but DIDNT get anyone warmed up?? Wth??
I guess I hope Donaldson merely strikes out here.
The Boss would fire everyone from team president on down. Bring him back.
Coming up hacking doesn't work for Donaldson either. Maybe they can put in Peraza for offense.
No shit. JDK’s again and is somehow surprised by it.
Ball 3 should have been strike 3. Strike 3 was ball 4.
2 bad calls on Donaldson, last pitch a ball, but pitch before a strike. Can’t wait for robo umps
 Even as a zombie ... ESPECIALLY as a zombie, scare the crap out of people.
Jazz - Yup. Boone is the worst. Didn’t get anyone up after Peralta got hit on the glove hand and was obviously bothered.
Also, F.U. Douchelson
I can't wait until they outlaw the shift.
Gotta hope for another PB
Left groin injury for Nestor
Sometimes I see IKF and I think of Roy Smalley (because of #12).
 Another guy I'll be beyond pissed if I ever have to see play on this team again.
Time for Judge to take over this game.
Boone has not covered himself in glory in this series, but whether or not he had someone warming in the bullpen after checking on Nestor didn't make a difference in anything at all. You can criticize him for believing Nestor when he told him he was okay, but that was after the second batter. The third batter hit the home run, then Boone pulled Nestor for injury and Wandy had as long as he needed to get ready.
We’ll, at least Donaldson can throw
⬆️That’s true, Hank. If Nestor was hurting though, shouldn’t he have not taken the mound? I know athletes are ‘wired differently’ but sometimes playing hurt really only hurts the team..?
#12 should be retired for Odor! ; )
I did not the former as an issue, mine is clearly the latter.
I'm also VERY pissed at Nestor. He wasn't truthful and it absolutely hurt his team. He deserves plenty of criticism as well.
Well, at least the umpire is consistently inconsistent.
Better than I hoped from Wandy
Here's the thing -- we'll never know what conversations were had. Boone just said that Nestor was pitching through the groin issue throughout the playoffs. I'd assume they were constantly checking in with him. Maybe Nestor lied and said he felt fine, maybe he was honest but Boone and Blake decided to roll the dice. We'll never know.
#12 should be retired for Gil McDougall. ( just kidding)
 I'm not sure how that excuse Booney in *any* way ... if ANYTHING it makes it worse.
Nice consistent approach from Bader.
I like it a lot.
I don’t care about the pitching, this is all on the offense. Judge may be tired from the season, but others need to pick up the slack.
Johnny Lasagna warming up. Will probably try to throw two innings
Should have closed the roof…
Was that the wind?
Catcher can’t catch
111 mph. Had to be the weather.
Rizzo is the man!
Knotted @ 4!!!!
This series has been doomed since game 1.
That's the way to hit, Rizz!!
They are torturing us.
I get the feeling that the very well endowed girl who is strategically sitting directly behind home plate and standing before anyone or action is going to flash, like those girls did a few years ago during the WS. Cole started that game…
Wandy still in! 35 pitches
Oh, probably just to face Alvarez. If he gets him, maybe he stays in for Tucker. But, Bregman is in between…
 I didn't mean that as a defense of Boone, I was just pointing out that we'll never have even a fraction of the information that the coaching staff has. So maybe Boone knew Nestor was compromised; if so, that's a problem. Maybe Nestor lied to him; if so, that's also a problem.
Crap. Yet another leadoff walk
Another lead off walk
Nice work, Wandy, and thanks for a fine, fine season. We see you.
 Fair enough, we'll find out more in good time, I imagine.
Here here, weeping!
All righty, time for Lasagna.
Just as it was designed DP!
Lasagna and Falafel go well together.
I guess Lasagna’s toe/foot is fine!
 Hmm, falafel lasagna? I’m not a chef, but that could be a dish.
Ugh. Douchelson is up
There’s the first strike looking
Strike two swinging. Will it be a forward or backward K?
At least he didn’t strike out
A popup ... huzzah!
Don’t strike out, kid. Probably Lance’s last inning
Keeps spoiling pitches
What are you looking at???
Lasagna sawing bats into splinters!
Yeah, after all the tough pitches he fouled out ... to strike out looking on that one?
Nice work, Johnny.
Lasagna is cooking. Time for some run support
that was a beautiful inning from Lasagna!
Way to make the new lurched work.
Astros just seem tj have one unhittable reliever after another :(
It's pathetic how useless our lineup is from Donaldson on down.
Boom goes Bader!!!!
Jinx! Bye Bye Bader with the Tater!
Who is this kid?
BADER! OH HENRY!
Lurched? Wtf is up with the autocorrect? *pitcher*
Nice bat flip from The Bronxville Bomber!
That's 5 SPKs for Bader on 1 swing!
That’s LOW, blue
the bs low strike
Pretty amazing. If I'd have told you that 5 of the 12 Yankee home runs in the postseason would be hit by the centerfielder, you'd have wondered why Bader wasn't playing.
Good luck, gents. Going to bed. Go Yankees!
We’ve s scored in 4 different frames!
Johnny is *dealing*!
Come on! Challenge it
Did I mention that I hate Altuve?
I'm having bad thoughts.
There's zero clear evidence to overturn the call.
1-run lead is not safe
Unbelievable. Currently thinking worse thoughts.
That’s it. We’re losing right here. That’s the season right there
I’m blame my IKF for that!
That throw was fine
Bad situational awTeness there by Gleyber…
That's on IKF, in my opinion.
High school level nonsense. Tonight and last.
31 pitches. 7-4 incoming
Well, that was not unexpected.
Way to hang Johnny out there guys.
I agree it was on IKF.
Runner on third, 1 out. Holmes coming in. Floodgates about to open…
Damn error! That might be all she wrote. Thinking about making dinner reservations for tomorrow nite
Loaísiga was brilliant, and this is what happens.
The ball will always find you.
(Especially if you happen to be the shortstop.)
Peraza would have turned two
Altuve beats his hit out by an eyelash.
IKF botches the double play exchange.
Realistically it could easily be the eighth inning by now.
Poor Gleyber. Poor Lasagna
There it is. 1,000% predictable.
Bergman is just to effing good
Been fun season over all. End sucks
Soon to be 8-5…
I sure hope the Phitin’s can win…
We're going to lose because Booney can't quit playing Falafel at SS.
Can we just keep it at 1 run, please???
If it's not one thing, it's another. Five runs should realistically be enough to win a game. But an injured starter, sketchy defense, an unlucky call at first... and here we are.
This fucking racist better not plate these runners
Well... at least we put up a fight.
I still don't think that was a bad flip.
I’m with you, Hank
Actually lucky. Should have walked their hottest rbi guy.
Keeping it at one run just makes the torture last longer.
I agree with both, Gary!
I'm tired of all this gushing about Peña. Yes, he seems to be pretty great -- but that's a play that a shortstop should make.
Hey look, the ROOKIE the Astros let play just made a lovely play.
Wonder what happen if the Yankees tried something like that?
NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, can't do anything like that!
 Would you trust Falafel to make it while playing in a shift?
Hot take (don’t kick me off the Banter!), but if it’s Astros - Phillies, I’m pulling for Houston? Reasons: Dusty Baker, their horrible ex-GM is expelled and disgraced, they are clearly one of the three best teams during the regular season. I like Bruce Harper but the Phil’s have no place in the WS after winning inky 87 games
I’m at a loss if I root for either team in the WS. As a Nats fan(too) I love Dusty and hope he can win. But the Astros? As for Philly, they took our best player( now a legend after today) so I can’t root for them. Maybe just wait for the WBC.
I always love shots of The Lizard in the Astros' dugout with his toothpick and tongue poking; much more interesting than shots of Booney spitting sunflower seed debris like a cow chewing its cud.
 Note that I said it was a play a shortstop should make. I don't trust IKF to make the plays that a shortstop should make.
Fuck that, GO PHILS!!!
Bryce deserves a ring, we beat Philly in ‘09, and I went to college in PA.
WTF are you looking at??? Get the fuck off this team.
Philly. The Hammer is on Philly and I still resent Dusty for 2002.
Can't pinch hit for JD?
What is Donaldson even complaining about? He's an embarrassment.
Of course he strikes out looking. He better not be on this team next season
Hey Joshy ... if all you DO is K?
You don't get that call.
Sit down and SHUT UP.
The Yankees benched IKF in the deciding game because of his defense. Now, they insert him in an elimination game against a better team. Unreal.
 He is.
JD’s “Jackie” moment toward Tim Anderson was nauseating. His teammates didn’t support him. Get him gone.
Are you kidding me? ks
Magic Carp Ride. Get that bottle of lightning back.
But that was a pitch to clobber.
Amazing, the Porn stash didn’t strike out!
NOW Peraza is in.
Fuck that little fuck
I still hate that little xxxxxx
Rizzo on the D
YES shorty is out!
Well done, for once Donkey.
Here we go. Season on the line. Does Judge come through? Go back-to-back with Bader?
Last chance for the Judge
This is it, Team.
I'm gonna be honest. What I'm hoping for now is that Judge doesn't strike out to end the season.
love Rizzo- so calm on that throw over to third.
 That had to put Carpenter on the roster even though this is essentially Spring Training II for him?
Because we've got no one better?
Yeah, that's pathetic, but that's on Cashman and the org, not the 'stache.
If Altuve stayed on the bag at 3rd ... he was safe.
Really, don't PH for Trevino?
Need a bloop and a blast
Please don’t strike out to end the season.
There’s no g ear factor with him right now…
 Well, no K at least.
And that's that.
well that's that. Alas.
Ah, we’ll. As the Brooklyn Dodgers used to say, “wait till next year.” Night all
Pathetic showing all around.
Alex, thanks for keeping the lights on in this join for yet another year.
Better team won, no shame. Fire Boone & Cashman, trace Douchelson and get a lot of new blood in
The better team won.
What else can you say, really?
Well gents ... it was fun to spend time with you again.
I'm sure I'll stop by when big news happens.
Until next spring!
yep thanks Alex for keeping the banter open! Hope we can get a new manager for the team though...
Just to make it grosser, Ted Cruz is at the game tonight. Feel like puking
 I know.
 Cheers, my friend. Likewise.
Ugh. That’s nauseating he was there. Gross.
I'm watching the highlights on the postgame. I didn't notice Ted Cruz all game, but there he is right behind the plate. It's good actually. All the evil is consolidated.
[362,364,365] Great pic on Twitter of six separate fans giving him the finger as he stood up with a smarmy smile for the cameras
 All the evil is consolidated.
I’ve gotta find that picture.
I was mesmerized by the woman in the white hat behind home plate. ; )
 I think she's the reason I didn't notice Ted Cruz.
Hank - most definitely!!!
Dude's talking about mountaintops like he's MLK.
 That has to be Boonie? May the Music Gods spare me from 'folksy nice guys' like him, give me a redass manager, please!
 Sure is! They're still not to the mountaintop but they're trying!
Coney referred to Judge as the pseudo Captain.
I think he meant quasi. :)
 FOr reasons unknown the YES app is not available in Japan, but later tonight I'll check the clips on YouTube.
Thanks for all the fun during a lameass series, everyone! New thread please when Boone is canned?
Having the 3-0, 4-3, and 5-4 leads made me happy, so that was good. The rest sucked. Has Boone been fired yet? I can't imagine what this offseason will look like but to be honest I am worried they are stupid enough and cheap enough to not re-sign Judge and if that happens...
What I want this off-season:
1. Cashman Fired -- Hire Theo Epstein
2. Boone fired -- Hire Don Mattingly
3. Don't resign Judge
On the last one, I know some folks will disagree and that's fine, but Judge will be 32 years old next year. Rather than pay him a long-term huge contract for what he's done, let him walk and get cheaper. He just had the best year of his life, and we still lost in the ALCS to Houston.
 Fucking YES. I stopped following the team somewhere around 2015 or 16 for no reason other than that YES and my local cable provider (I was in Jersey at the time) failed to come to an agreement. Yes was summarily dropped from my cable package and of course, the only reason I got the cable package in the first place was to watch the Yankees. So I stopped watching in a minor fit of rage.
It's like they don't actually want the fans to watch the games. It's outrageous.
I mean, I grew up turning on Channel 11 and watching reliably every night, no complications, no rigamarole.
Evil- not sure I agreed. If we can get Theo, sure fire Cashman. If not, don’t. Not sure firing Boone is right either; considering how few guys reliably get to the he playoffs, not many more able guys around, especially balancing kids and injuries. I’d resign Judge because he’s the best there is, and look what happened to the Nats when they let Soto and Sherzer leave. Make him the official captain, too. We need a 3rd baseman with a stick, a good starter, and a closer. We got swept by a team with a deeper line up and better pitching.
If you agree with the idea of replacing production rather than players, I don’t think Judge is replaceable very easily, unless you’re content to sit out a year and make a gigantic run at Ohtani, or Soto if he eventually becomes available. Then you’ve wasted a year of an aging Cole. Thus I think you have to back up the Brinks truck and keep Judge. Need another starter. Bring back Rizzo on one or two years. Dump IKF and JD for whatever you can get.
Sign another starter and look for another bullpen option or two.
I wonder if the Yanks will be net beneficiaries of the shift rules or if rising tides and all that…seems Rizzo and Stanton at minimum will see an uptick in singles
I would love to see Boone move on and Bam Bam get a shot or Mattingly if he’s up for it. Could risk sullying his legend though, because even if the Yankees get better this winter, there’s still a big gap to Houston and LA.
It feels like it’s been fifteen years now we’ve been bemoaning the fact that the Yankees are built for a 162 game season and not the playoffs.
There’s a good article in The Athletic today about how they wasted parts of September by not settling on a lead off hitter (letting Judge chase 62), failing to prep Taillon to come out of the bullpen, and letting IKF run out there too often despite the cracks in his defense.
Looks like Boone is coming back.
 Unlike many participants in this Yankee family, I think bringing Boone back is a good idea. Does he make mistakes? Sometimes (most managers do). OTOH, he gets the team to the playoffs annually, and he really managed the injuries and switching talent around alot. (Like moving Oswaldo to LF). I blame Cash much more for failing to provide sufficient manpower (especially a 3rd baseman who can hit (maybe move LeMayhew there?) let the kids play, and get some arms - a starter and a closer).
Can’t root for the Astros, but it would be nice to see Dusty get a ring as a manager.