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Nats All, Folks.

Robbie Cano is a Met and Patrick Corbin has picked the Nats over the Yanks, Phils and every other team.

Hot Stove is heating up.

Comments welcome.

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Waiting for Lefty No Moreski

So, the Yanks make a splash—giving up their numero Uno pitching prospect and a couple of others for James Paxton, the tantalizing, though physically fragile, left-hander. Like a guy named Paxton, that’s for sure.

Bitchin’.

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I Love it When You Call Me Big Poppa

The Big Fella is coming back one last time. And we are happy to have him.

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Gardy State of Mind

Welp, apologies for the time off. It was all just too disheartening. The Sox running the table and all, from April through October, is just about as bad as it gets, especially with former Yankee scrubbinies turning from pumpkins into 1998 Scott Brosius.

Gardy returns next year. Everyone I talk to would hate to have Manny Machado in pinstripes. You guys feel the same way?

 

You’ Still Here?

Well, there is life after the Yankee season after all and the true baseball junkies will likely be following their antics at this point, so here’s a thread to get your fix on. I hope that a few of us will come through with individual post-season observations about what the Yanks have done so far and intend to do for next season. I’ll be waiting after the “fun” is over, but in the meantime feel free to scoop or speculate while watching the cream rise to the top. One thing I notice already, the umps aren’t gonna make this easy...

If This is It

Goodness, what a beating. Funny how the game speeds up in October and it got ahead of Boone last night in the 4th, leaving Severino in too long, replacing him with Lance Lynn, oh, man, was got ugly to the tune of the worst playoff loss in team history, 16-1. Suck on that, Bronx Bummers.

Dag.

And so the Yanks turn their eyes to the Big Fella, ol’ C.C. to save their season tonight. C’mon guys, nobody likes watching a rival celebrate on your own turn. Find a way to get it done. At least don’t go down easy. Make ’em earn it.

Never mind the inevitable:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

 

What’ll it Be in Game Three?

The Yanks did what they needed to do in Boston and that’s swipe a game. They are back home tonight with their ace, Luis Severino on the hill. He’ll face former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, who has looked good in his outings vs the Yanks this year. I have high expectations for Severino. Hope he can give them 6 solid innings and keep the team in the game. And I hope the worm turns and the Yanks can touch up Eovaldi—nothing personal, of course.

Porcello is the guy that makes me nervous so it’d be great if the Yanks find a way to win tonight.

Never mind the bromo:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Let’s Try this Again

Think David Price will get his first career playoff win tonight? In Boston, they are holding their breath. And some Yankee fans might think he’ll roll over. But I expect he’ll be tough tonight and the Yanks will come back home down 0-2.

Hope I’m wrong—again:

Never mind the late night:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Bombers Away!

How did we end up here?

Well, if you ask Boone and the Bombers, it all went according to plan. I was wrong, I admit that right away; Yankees did get the home field for the wild card. After that, they punched their ticket emphatically and now are invading Boston to continue their quest for the expected: a trip to the Whirled Serious and a chance to make good on the promise they showed last year, not to mention to justify all the moves and deals they made to get there.

And maaaaaybe just a little revenge for 2004? Not that anyone on this roster would recall that series (nor should they try), but some of us would just love to get those games back, and this is the first time since then that the two teams have had a chance to hash it out again in the playoffs. And look who’s leading those teams to this fancy reunion: rookie manager Alex Cora and equally-rookie manager Aaron F***in’ Boone.  Of course, neither were part of that series, but both had contributed to their teams in important ways when they were playing for the teams they now manage.  And both won at least 100 games in their first year at the helm.  Trivial, but fun facts heading into this showdown, which promises to be Very Interesting Indeed.

Lots to take into this series in terms of expectations; Boston sprinted past the Yanks early on in the season and held tight or stayed close through the mid-season, then turning on the afterburners after the ASB and leaving the rest (especially the Yanks) to fight it out for second place. If nothing else, having two 100-game winners in the same division has begun and interesting discussion about what teams should actually qualify for the playoffs; had the Yanks won their hundred games, yet failed to reach the post season while a team with maybe fifteen less wins was automatically in because they won their division, there certainly would have been a lot of outrage among fans if it were not the Yankees (but definitely outrage if it were from MLB and their television partners).  But that’s for a later debate. For now, let’s revel in the chance for fireworks and Score Trucks and who knows what.  Both teams are coming in with chips on their shoulders, so it oughtta be “lit” as the young players would likely say.

As for me, I’m feeling the Yanks in five; now that Brother Judge is up to speed and has brought life back to the lineup and clubhouse in general, it’s up to the starters to get the job done. Scientific Happ leads off, followed by Major Tanaka and The One (Whom Most Doubted) , then C-Squared ready to shut the door on Boston’s aspirations if that were actually the case. This makes sense; I think that’s the right order. I could be wrong about what we’re about to encounter (and kinda hope I am, but in a good way). Fasten your seat belts, ladies and gents, the show’s about to begin! >;)

One Night Only

Will the Yanks have a brief October appearance, one-and-done at home against the upstart Oakland A’s? Or is tonight just the beginning, with none other than the Boston Red Sox waiting next, standing in the way of a chance to compete for the pennant?

You’d be fool to pick a one-game playoff with any degree of certainty and part of me has a bad, bad feeling about this game. Been feeling that way for the past couple of months. So, let’s hope I’m wrong and our Dudes survive the A’s and push on to a heart attack city series against the Sox.

Either way, we’ll be here, root-root-rootin’ our guys on:

Never mind the nerves:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Flip of the Old Cern

That’s what it amounts to. The Yanks host a very tough Oakland A’s team on Wednesday. Winner heads to Boston to face the Red Sox of Friday. It would be a bummer if the Yanks lost in the WC game but would anyone really be surprised?

Let’s hope they can outlast Oakland and then go give the Sox a pain in the ass.

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This Is The Way We Walk In New York

Mural by Crash c.2013 NYC

In appreciation of Our Dude CC Stickyfingaz, an old school brotha who chucked half-a-million aside to stand up for his peeps and inspire a tired team and irritable fan base as they sprint the last few days of the season to home field advantage that looked suspect no more than a week ago. And yo, if you’re gonna walk a dude, put an exclamation point on it.

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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Slip ‘n’ Slide

Are we watching a James Cameron blockbuster in the making or something? Or is he producing and Michael Ray Richardson is directing?

The Yanks have been playing like horseshit freshly baked meadow muffins for much of the second half of the season (they are playing tag with the Mutts for Most Mediocre Record to date), which has caused all kinds of ennui among the rational fans, while the real fans are all-like, “we’re GOING to the playoffs, modammit!”, to which one has to wonder as to what they intend to do there. Rodeo clowns are forbidden from entering the field of play, after all.  For all that matter, you might as well see the grounds crew in the lineup the rest of the regular season while the regular suspects perform “Y-M-C-A” during the seventh. At least when you’re drunk out of your mind trying to erase the past couple of months from your memory, you’ll find that dynamic to be a keeper.

My no-fault prediction (aka wild guess) is that Yanks will lose the home field for the wild card, come close to falling out of the playoffs before turning on the boosters to save face and win the one-off, but then fall back and get swept by whomever they face in the divisional series.  Then the real fun will begin. I almost think this has to happen in order for the organization to wake up from the nagging sense of complacency that seems to have befallen them recently.  Bad baseball has bum-rushed the Stadium and the team plane.  You know bad baseball when you see it, so don’t kid yourself.  Just hope that the Hail Mary that is Aaron Judge returning to active duty before he’s actually finished healing lands in good hands. Other than that, everything else I speculated could be bullshit pons de la rue (a la mode).

Won’t Somebody Please Think Of The Children???

Ugh.  I’ve purposely avoided Yankee ball (or at least bantering about it) for the last couple of months as I’ve found myself doing a lot more griping and complaining than enjoying, and I can’t imagine anyone around here would care to read what they’ve already written in comments during that same time period, so I will not add more dung to the pile…

Oh, whom am I kidding? Regardless of how the Yanks do the rest of the way, changes are needed and likely imminent.  The starting rotation needs an overhaul, the infield needs mending and reconfiguring and the outfield needs to be refurbished.  Cashman gambled away his outfield depth and the remains of the day immediately went kablooey, so now he has to figure out what to do with whom not only in the post-season, but beyond. Here are a list of possible bullet-points for him to hash out…

  • Does Gardner stay a little longer than expected? (like to 2050 perhaps?)
  • Will Clint Frazier ever get a full season to show his worth without having to deal with his bully, the outfield wall?
  • Is Aaron Judge rushing back to save the lineup really a good thing?
  • Is Stanton really a backup outfielder forced to play everyday at this point?
  • Does McCutchen actually exist? Or is he just a story made up to scare impending free agents?
  • Is it a sin to not hit a homer in every at-bat? Do you get sent to baseball purgatory for bunting against the shift or hitting for the cycle?
  • Would it help if we put an extra row of seats between shortstop and third base?
  • Would Ritalin improve the infield defense?
  • Is Gary Sanchez really just Jesus Montero trying to sneak back into major league baseball?
  • Do you think CC would look good as a pitching coach next season? Yeah? Huh?
  • Would it have helped some if Tanaka had gotten that surgery he’s needed for the last two or three seasons right after the slight tear in his UCL was first noticed?
  • Does saying “We don’t necessarily need Chapman” three times automatically wipe away his 5 yr/$86 mil (17+Mil per) salary?
  • Did Pedro really cover all bases while he was mentoring Severino over the winter, or was that a sample since he wasn’t paid (as far as we all know)?
  • Do you think Lance Lynn would do well to appear for a couple of seasons on Westworld rather than on the mound?
  • Could he take Sonny Gray with him?
  • What’s the over/under for J. Happ bolting the Yanks within minutes of the end of the Whirled Serious? And will that be him saying he “can’t get with Da Bronx” or Cashman and Co. low-balling him?
  • What is the purpose of the Yankee coaches, really?
  • Is Aaron Boone @#$%ing crazy? Or is he just @#$%ing right for this job?

I know, a lot to take in. You don’t have to think about it now, just enjoy the game(ssssss…).  These things always have a way of working themselves out. If I’m lucky, I’ll come back with more by the end of the, er… month.  >;)

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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