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Slide, DiMaggio, Slide!

Wait—Didi, no…don’t—aie.

Yanks playing for home field in the WC booby-trap game a week from this Wednesday. They’ve got 4 against the Rays, 3 in Boston. Meanwhile, the A’s play the Mariners and Angels.

Never mind the nuthin’—

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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We Cut Heads

When the schedule-makers had the Yanks and Sox playing twice in the last 2 weeks of the season, you figured these games could be enormous. Instead, they are nothing but a warm up for the playoffs, that is if the Yanks can squeak past the A’s in the dummy Wild Card game.

Our boys have not given us much encouraging news of late. But things change, and change quickly.

Never mind the back-to-school blues:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Lil’ Help?

Jeez, I know I’ve been remiss but dag, go away for a week and see what happens. Yanks drop 2 of 3 to the White Sox and then a ball-buster last night to the lowly Tigers. Poor Greg Bird can’t get himself right, though at least Mr. Voight, who looks like an extra from Eight Men Out, is making up for it. The news on Aaron Judge seems to be worse than originally expected as the Yanks went out and traded for none other than Andrew McCutchen. I know he may be past his prime but I have always liked him and am pleased to see him around these parts even as a short-term rental.

Lots going on. Including three more games against these lousy Tigers. Yanks need to run the table this weekend. Starts tonight with Luis Severino.

Never mind the aches and pains:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Dog Days and Dumb Asses

And by dumb ass I am thinking mostly of Kendrys Morales, who couldn’t get out of the baseline the other day when Didi Gregorius crashed into him. Didi shot the big oaf a quick look when he first hit the ground, the same look you shoot at the dumb ass in the middle of Costco who cuts you off blindly. There was no bad blood between them but Didi is now on the DL and he might be there awhile.

Dumb asses.

Otherwise a good weekend as the ’98 team was feted at the Stadium. Oh but don’t it make you feel old. Ha.

But the Yanks won all three games. They are down in dumb Jeterville, Miami for a pair and then up to Baltimore for the weekend. The games they are expected to win.

We’ll be watchin’—and rootin’!

Never mind the beach:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Back in the New York Groove

After the Yanks took that beatin’ in Boston they’ve gone 6-1, thank you very much. That guy Stanton has been on fire, and what style! He’s like Dave Winfield and Karl Malone had a kid.

They got the make-up game with Los Mets tonight—deGrom vs. Severino. Could be a long night.

But we’ll be there rooting.

Never mind the rain drops:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Ow!

Damn, that smart. Not only did the Yanks get swept in Boston but the way it unfolded, especially last night, was just painful. Up 4-1 in the 9th, they blow a lead—an error by Miguel Andujar extended the game—and lose in extra innings. It was long and brutal, a mid-summernight’s dream for the home team and nothing but misery for the visitors and their faithful. Which is us. Who are presently irked. Or pissed off, whatever you want to call it.

But there is more baseball to play tonight.

In Chicago.

We’ll be there rooting for our fellas, hoping they put an end to this losing business.

Never mind the Division:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Sox it to Me?

Holy crap, did the Sox—who are having a ridiculously good year—ever lay it on the Yanks last night. Just leveled them. Which prompted ESPN to run a headline today calling this the greatest Sox team of them all. Which then prompted a Red Sox pal o mine to leave me a message trying to make me feel better by complaining about ESPN putting a hex on his team … after they beat the shit out of the Yanks last night … during a virtually flawless season so far….

Ever thus to deadbeats, as the saying goes.

Anyhow, the Yanks have played like doo doo lately. No better place than Fenway Park to break out of a slump and show some fight.

Never mind the standings:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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In the Boom Boom Room

Even minus Chris Sale and E. Rodriguez this weekend, the Sox are in the driver’s seat in the AL East division race. Yanks need to win 3 of 4, a tall order, in order to feel good about themselves, particularly given how uneven they’ve been recently.

We’ll be there, root-root-rootin’ them on:

Never mind the nonsense:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

S’Long, Fellas and Thanks

Can I just say something? Even though I still watch or listen to every Yankee game I have lost connection with how things work—why players can be lost to the rule 5 draft, things like that. I just don’t care that much. Which sometimes lets me just react to trades from an emotional point-of-view without really being too tied into whether or not the trades are solid or terrible.

All of which to say, I really liked Adam Warren and Tyler Austin. Especially after reading that Warren is one of the all-time good guys in the sport. I spent a couple of days in the Yankee clubhouse last summer on an assignment for Esquire and let me tell you, Tyler Austin is built like a fullback—his thighs were enormous, he was all trunk. He had a few nice hits for the Yanks, was right in the mix against the Sox earlier in the season. Now, the Yanks are headed up to Boston for four huge games this weekend and Austin isn’t even a Yankee anymore. That must be hard to wrap your head around if you’re Austin. Yes, he is a professional, and perhaps now he’ll even get more playing time, but he won’t be a Yankee, even though he’s been part of these Yankees, and that will take some getting used to.

We wish him well. And Adam Warren too, who was a very solid Yankee. And also Chasen Shreve, the pointy-faced lefty out of the pen who looks like a bad guy with a gun from an old movie, but always seemed like a good enough sort. I never trusted him and each time he came into a game I worried that he’d shit the bed, but he’s battled and hung around a competitive Yankee bullpen for a few years. Certainly hope he keeps pitching long as he can.

Yanks get some pieces back, including Lance Lynn, who will likely now be minus the beardski.

Couple of few against the lousy Birds as a warm-up for the weekend. But the games still need to played and won. So never mind looking ahead:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Big Ouch

Oh, man, our dude Aaron Judge got hurt last night. Hit in the hand, fractured, can’t swing a bat for at least 3 weeks: totally blows.

Great reaction from the crowd—sure to be the start of a new trend.

But the game goes on and we’ll be here root-root-rootin’.

Never mind the blues:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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What’s Happening?

I suppose “What’s the Haps?” has already been taken. Anyhow, the Yanks picked up J.A. Happ in exchange for a minor league outfielder and Brandon Drury, a guy who was just expendable. I feel for Drury, he never really got a chance to show his stuff for the Yanks.

Yanks lost again yesterday. They host the Royals at home tonight.

Never mind the slump:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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I Haven’t the Foggiest

Gary Sanchez got everyone good and mad at him last night by jaking it not once but twice, both costly, both painful to remember, as the Yanks lost by a run in Tampa. To make matters worse, turns out Sanchez is headed back to the DL. Now, it didn’t seem like an injury kept him from just giving up on the play in the 9th inning, but man, talk about some bum luck. Now he’s got the growing perception that he is some kind of a chump. Is he a great young talent or the next Joba? Just another over-hyped young New York Yankee?

Stay tuned. In the meantime, Yanks have to get out of their own way and start winning again.

Tonight gives our pal Masahiro.

Never mind the chatter:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Climate Control

The Yanks lost one, won one and then had the final game postponed on the count of rain, a theme of sorts this year. Out on the road now, starting in Tampa.

Never mind the bloomin’ Onions:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Back to Work

Yanks host Los Mets for the back-end of the Subway Serious. Always a booby-trap series against the Metsies. Hopefully, the Yanks are rested and ready to roll:

Never mind the Queens birds:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The All-Stud Game

Welp, the Yanks had a good first half, with room for improvement, in a league where the top teams are all lethal.

Tonight gives the All-Stud game. All these years watching and I rarely make it through the whole game, no matter what’s at stake. Maybe this year will be different—after all, it’s a long week with no baseball.

Never mind the raindrops:

Let’s Go Base-ball!

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Four More

The Yanks end this long first half of the season with four against the Indians in Cleveland. No easy task. And they both get right to it tonight with a nice duel—Kluber vs. Sevi.

Never mind the upcoming holiday:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Setting the Table

As the trade deadline gossip heats up, the Yanks are in the mix. They split the double header yesterday dropping the the first game (ugh). Tonight, gives the return of Masahiro Tanaka, our guy!

Never mind the frontrunners:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Double ’em Up

Yanks are playing a pair this evening in Baltimore after taking 2 of 3 from the Jays in Toronto over the weekend.

Long push here before the All-Star break (with congrats to the Bombers who made the squad). Since the Red Sox have decided, you know, not to lose anymore, it behooves our boys to have a strong showing this week—first in Baltimore then, four in Cleveland.

Never mind the the vacation plans:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Who Says You Can’t Win ’em All?

The Yanks coughed one up last night—couldn’t cash in on all those men they put on base—and well, sometimes, that’s just gonna happen. Doesn’t mean we have to like it. And hey, at least Belgium won, and seeing how my Ma is Belgian, that made up for it.

Here’s hoping the Yanks can snap back to it and still take this series.

Never mind the rain drops:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Sleep Not

Welp, that was a fine way to end the weekend series. After Sonny Gray got banged around on Saturday it was gratifying to see the Yanks return the favor to David Price last night. Good enough for a lot of loud, beautiful sounding hits, and a series win.

It is still hotter n July hot here at the start of July with the Braves in town for three. These guys have been good. No time for the Yanks to get complacent.

Never mind the thermometer:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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