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The Houston Astros close down Yankee Stadium to open the 2015 MLB Playoffs


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Dallas Kuechel on three days rest was no problem.

For the first time since this blog has been in operation, and the first time since they were an American League team, the Astros are in the playoffs and have won a game, sending the Yankees home with a 3-0 win at Yankee Stadium. This loss comes a day after CC Sabathia announced he was entering a treatment facility for alcohol addiction. While distractions in baseball are often overblown, you have to wonder if this didn’t play a role in the Yankees coming out a bit flat.

Houston collected just five hits, two of them home runs from Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez. Another an RBI single by Jose Altuve. And now they’ll move on to continue their season in Kansas City against the reigning American League Champions.

It’s a pretty great story that this group of kids have risen from the ashes of a near 100-loss team to become one of the finest Cinderella stories in the game a year later. Phenomenal job by the Astros front office to put the pieces in place to get this done.

“It Gets Late Early Out There”

Yogi Berra

He played his final game some 17 years before I was born, but if you’re going to have a baseball website and you’re going to marry into a Yankees family, you’re going to do a post to bid adieu to the guts and glue of some of the greatest Yankees clubhouses of all time.

Yogi Berra is often remembered for his ‘Yogi-isms’ and everyone loved the guy. He was a great human being by all accounts, an ambassador if you loved baseball. You could not think of Yogi if you knew the game without a fond thought. Lost in all this is that he was a lifetime .285 hitter with a formidable .830 OPS. Pretty good numbers for a guy who caught 1699 games.

And then comes the part where; I married a New Jersey girl. Yogi Berra resided in the town next to where my in-laws live. Many times when I run on the beautiful boardwalk out there, I have my eyes up and I’m looking for Yogi. I’m told he used to take his early morning walks out there and I might see him if I’m alert. I never saw Yogi. But I still felt his heroic presence when I would eat breakfast in many of the Yankee decorated diners out there. He passed away 11 years to the day that I started dating my wife.

One of the greatest Yankees ever is now in the ballpark cathedral in the sky. Rest in Peace Yogi Berra, from 1925 to 2015 you kept it loose.

Alex Rodriguez has a three-homer game at 40 years old

I’m going back and forth now on whether what Albert Pujols is doing this year in his age 35 season, or Alex Rodriguez is doing in his age 40 season was more unpredictable or more unbelievable. I think at the moment, I’m leaning Rodriguez.

In an 8-5 Yankees win in Minnesota – a pretty hard ballpark to hit home runs – Alex Rodriguez hit three on Saturday evening. All three home runs traveled at least 420 feet. It was the 62nd multi-homer game in his career.

He’s played in over 90 games this season and has an OPS over .900, and with 23 home runs on the season I’m wondering where he’ll end up (he’s on pace for 37).

Coming into the year, I thought we would see a guy who barely hit above .230 (he’s at .277) and whom the Yankees just tried to hide all the way throughout the season. How improbable it is that the Yankees are in a pennant race becauseof Rodriguez being a key middle of the order force for the Bombers. Any talk of the Yankees wanting nothing to do with A-Rod has been quieted, and it’s clear they’re better off with him and his near 3.0 WAR.

You just have to hope Rodriguez isn’t on some type of foreign substance and is doing this completely clean as when he entered baseball. Because if he is, this is truly one of the better seasons I’ve seen an aging player have out of nowhere. The guy looked like an old Clydesdale ready for the glue factory in 2013, and didn’t even play last season.

JD Martinez has a three homer game


We always thought J.D. Martinez had some thunder in his bat. It’s easy to forget he hit .315 last season with 23 home runs. You take a pup like that and put him around Miguel Cabrera long enough, he’s going to learn a few good tricks.

Today, he hit three home runs at Yankee Stadium on Father’s Day. He’s up to 16 now on the season.

Any time a guy hits three long ones in a game, that’s enough to get some run on this blog. We like J.D. just fine anyways.

3,000 Hits for Alex Rodriguez


Alex Rodriguez joined baseball history last night, joining the 3,000 hit club with a home run. He’s only the third player in history (Wade Boggs, Derek Jeter the others) to reach the feat with a home run. Justin Verlander forever holds the dubious distinction of being the man who surrendered it to Rodriguez.

We thought we would see it Thursday night but Rodriguez lined out to right field in his final late at-bat against Miami. We were at the park when this happened, so we didn’t get to tune in.

An interesting footnote, Zach Hample caught the ball. We once interviewed him on this blog. He made a cool entry to his blog about it.

Yankees win 7-2 on a Friday night in the Bronx. And all worked out pretty perfectly for the former Centaur Man Rodriguez.

Bryce Harper gets home run number 20 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx


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Bryce Harper never had the chance to homer at historic Yankee Stadium. But today, in his first game in the Bronx, he added Masahiro Tanaka to his wall of Big Game pelts. He added Yankee Stadium to his list of parks homered in. His blast to center tied the game at 1-1, and was the only run the Nationals would score off Tanaka.

And my father in law called tonight, he’s a Yankees fan. He was with my wife and daughter about an hour from Yankee Stadium on the east coast. He said he was going to watch the game and take a good look at Harper – and he mentioned that Harper may someday be a Yankee. Although Harper was non-committal at any stance in this New York Post article, he has stated many time before that he hopes to be a National his entire career.

Bryce Harper checking out the monuments before today's game.
Bryce Harper checking out the monuments before today’s game.

You can’t blame the guy for loving Mickey Mantle and the history surrounding the Yankees though!

I watched the entire Yankees game last night


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It happens once a year, and whenever Mike Trout is on display at Yankee Stadium for the entire baseball world to see; I feel like something epic is bound to occur.

I was happy to get home last night right around first pitch between Nathan Eovaldi and Jeff Weaver, and to see that the MLB Network Friday night game was the Angels and Yankees.

Trout went 0 for 3 with a walk, and he snapped by Beat the Streak hitting streak at 12. The game was pretty uneventful until I started to doze off with the Yankees holding an 8-1 lead they built on the strength of two Stephen Drew homers and a Mark Teixeira home run.

Mike Scioscia pulled all of his starting players and the Angels scored six in the ninth with a bunch of scabs. Dellin Betances had to be involved in the game and locked down his second save of the year.

It was the perfect relaxing ballgame in the middle of a season where nothing too exciting occurs but it occupied my time for three hours. That’s why baseball is so great.

Bryce Harper homers against his favorite team, the Yankees


How do you begin the week after you have been named National League Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks (he’s just the 10th player in Major League history to achieve this feat)? You hit a home run against your favorite boyhood team.

Bryce Harper was clearly looking fastball from Nate Eovaldi, but it didn’t matter in the end. It wasn’t the longest home run Bryce Harper has hit, but it definitely was impressive. Harper gets bat to the ball on an offspeed pitch down in the zone, and the pitch lands in the front row of right-center field at Nationals Park.

This was the 15th home run of Harper’s 2015 season. My daughter, who is six months old today; sat calmly on my lap just before her bedtime to watch this at-bat of Harper’s against who my wife says is her favorite team, the Yankees. In the first baseball season of her life; through 40 team games played, Bryce Harper is on a 61-home run pace.

The Nationals won the game 8-6 in extra innings on a Ryan Zimmerman walk-off home run.


Michael Pineda had 16 K’s and Zero walks today

Yeah, this is a pitching performance worth getting excited about and mentioning. Michael Pineda spent his Mother’s Day in the Bronx keeping the pink bats of the Baltimore Orioles spotless.

He struck out 16 hitters, and walked no one.

The Yankees won the game 6-2, and I have absolutely zero problem saying Pineda could be the best pitcher in baseball at the moment with the way that Kershaw, Sale, and other frontline guys are throwing. He’s right there with Felix *the the moment*.

Here are the last five 16-plus strikeout, zero walk performances in baseball; along with the box score. The last one was the year we started this blog. It just doesn’t happen that often

Johan Santana (August 19, 2007)
Mark Prior (June 26, 2003)
Randy Johnson (May 8, 2000)
Pedro Martinez (September 10, 1999)

Alex Rodriguez and Home Run no. 661

Let it be written that Alex Rodriguez hit home run number 661 to pass Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time milestone list last night to dead center field at (New) Yankee Stadium in the Bronx off Chris Tillman.

And it’s weird; he’s what, 53 home runs from Babe Ruth now? And then next up is Hank Aaron. Last night when he was rounding the bases – in my mind I am thinking ‘that guy has hit more home runs now in the game outside of two men’. But how oddly I didn’t remember atop the mountain is Barry Bonds at 762.

It’s like Bonds record didn’t even count in my mind. It was nothing intentional. I just wonder how we disparage Rodriguez’s accomplishment. I don’t really know that either. I just know this guy has been putting balls over the fence for most of my lifetime now.

Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays with 660 Home Runs Last Night

We were telling a friend at work on Friday afternoon that this was going to be the weekend that Alex Rodriguez met Willie Mays at that legendary, iconic number of 660 career home runs.

It was always meant to go down at Fenway Park, since the day Alex Rodriguez was born.

When it happened last night, there was no ESPN Alert text (come to think of it, I don’t get those anymore); there was hardly the tweets or notifications or headline news alerts to my phone.

It was just another quiet event that seemed largely passed over in baseball. We won’t be in silence about it here. It’s a milestone.

What Rodriguez has done this season has been nothing short of impressive. He’s hit six home runs. It was a pinch-hit home run off Junichi Tazawa; typically a pretty tough righty to go yard off of. It tied the game the Yankees eventually won 3-2.

Maybe the bigger milestone is A-Rod actually passing Mays. Maybe that will bring about more raucous and noise.

We’re not sure exactly how to feel about Rodriguez. How many of those home runs were steroid-aided and how does it all compare and matter? We’ll never have the right answer. But he still reached a number that sticks in your mind forever, and that’s a lot of trips around the bases no matter how you arrive at it.

It deserves recognition of some sort.

Alex Rodriguez slugs two more homers; is two from Willie Mays 660


Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs last night in a 5-4 Yankees win in Tampa. He drove in four runs, and now has an improbable four home runs on the season and 658 for his career. He also had the most notable amount of white, chalky shit on his helmet that we’ve ever seen on a guy in a game. What the Hell is with that?

And these words never felt like they would be written here again. What a story this really is, what A-Rod is doing. He’s doing it right in the face of his team’s ownership and fans, and really the entire world has tried it’s best to forget about the guy.

The reality of it is, A-Rod looks to be in pretty good shape. His swing looks pretty good, as it has all spring. There’s no reason to think that he won’t pop 20 or 25 home runs this season cleanly for the Bronx Bombers. But to think that it’s this quiet when a guy is two home runs from Willie Mays is just crazy.

The Yankees Played 19 innings of Baseball tonight, And Lost

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This was the longest game in Yankees franchise history in terms of time – we actually had a friend at the game – for at least some of it.

This game had a little bit of everything, and it’s the kind of unpredictable little lottery that buying a ticket to a baseball game can provide. It’s honestly the type of game we’ve always wanted to be present at.

There was a 16-minute power outage at the game, making the official time of the game six hours, 49 minutes. With the power outage factored in, officially it was not the longest game in franchise history.

We started watching this one somewhere around the 13th. It was a game that just wanted to stay tied. The Red Sox led with two outs in the ninth when Edward Mujica surrendered a home run to Chase Headley to send it to extras.

Then the Red Sox grabbed two leads in extra innings that the Yankees came back to tie; one on a home run by David Ortiz and the other on a single by Pablo Sandoval.

The winning run in the top of the 19th scored on a sac fly after a Yankees passed ball allowed by John Ryan Murphy.

Baby Don Zimmer Wins the Day


Everyone has seen Baby Andy Reid and Baby Mark Mangino. But to celebrate Opening Day, my wife dressed up our daughter as former Yankees Pitching Coach Don Zimmer. It’s pretty good – she even has Don’s steel blue eyes – but my wife went and ruined it with that headband.

They’re out of town for the week somewhere in Yankee-land, but I’ll have it known that my daughter is NOT a Yankees fan but a Cincinnati Reds fan and this was done by my wife against my will. Because my kid is cute in that puffy jacket, and chubby like Don Zimmer in the jowls, I was okay with it this once.

Also, my daughter is named after a baseball player which my wife hates to admit but her name was not picked off the internet and shall she see this post; and she will because she likes to check up on exactly what I’m up to; I just want it to serve as a reminder.

Baby Don Zimmer? Baby Don Zimmer. Someday my daughter will look back on this and laugh about her first Opening Day. If only we had a little Baby Pedro with a grease curl to sit next to her, we would have been internet famous.