This was a great show from the Yanks in all aspects of the game which is well needed. I am loving whst I see from the Kids. They are really turning this season around with their joie de vivre and hitting. Keep it up Yankees.
The rivalry had been somewhat nonexistent for a while. The players who had fired it up in the 90s and the 00s had grown up and retired. The Yanks had slipped to mediocrity when the Sox were doing well, and when the Yanks did well the Sox were mediocre. But with the infusion of new blood coming into the teams, there are seeds of a new edition to the rivalry.
We saw that when Headley and Porcello went at it over an attempted triple. It was completely out of the blue kind of stuff, but it saw the benches empty and the fans went wild. Why not. It is about time we have some fire in the team and if the kids get into it then we can get stoked for these games even when nothing is at stake.
Sure we lost the first game. But sometimes it takes a thing like the antics of Porcello to wake up the players and the win last night is something that we should take delight in. However, I think the next thing would be beating them tonight.
On a side note, does anyone else think that Benintendi looked like Dr Zira, the woman ape in the 1960s Planet of the Apes? I mean I know it’s almost a point of principle that when a guy goes to the Sox he has to grow his hair, and maybe bust some hipster style facials. It’s a lame attempt at being the “Anti-Yankees” but seriously, sometimes it just doesn’t work and this guy while playing a good game for his debut, looked wrong. Welcome to the rivalry Benintendi.
So Mark did announce he was retiring from the game. All the pre-conference hype was right. All the talk about trading him, about how unhealthy he is, how he is not hitting, blah blah bladdy-de-blah can finally stop and now we as fans can celebrate the career of a man who quietly went about playing the game he loved and being a consummate professional. He was never a problem, never a distraction, but always a good decent man who contributed to the team with bat and glove.
He was a big part of the team that won the 2009 World Series, and a big part of every other team, being the clutch player who carried the team. How often was it said that when Mark hit then the Yanks would win?
There will be a lot said about the career of a great player, and how he could have been greater had injury not robbed him the last five years. But I shall not go into that now. What I will go into is how even in retiring he is helping this team and showing just how selfless and how much of a team player he is. I would love his last game to be a World series game. Just like it should have been for a number of the recent great Yankees. But it won’t be. However we can do something, we can send him off on a winning team, we can send him off with the cheers and celebrations that we did Jeter and Mo, let’s show Mark Teixeira that what he did for us, we appreciate.
Thanks Mark, for being a true champion, and a gentleman of the game.
The Yanks have announced that there will be a press conference today at 3pm involving Mark Teixeira. The rumours, of course, are that it is to announce the retirement of the first baseman who in the past was an explosive part of the Yankees lineup, but the past five years have seen more OW! that POW! from him.
But until we hear what he has got to say there is no point in speculating about retiring. There are lots of people who have said that he is going to retire, though how they could know that is beyond me given the conference has not happened. For all we know he could be announcing that he has extended his contract another one, three, or five years. We just don’t know. So I am laughing at other bloggers who have already announced that he is retiring, before saying the conference to announce it will be held later. I admire their crystal ball.
If it is the end of his career then it is a sad one. He was robbed of a better end by injuries and a poor training staff that could have helped keep him on the field playing. The numbers he put up were good, but they could have been better and it is sad that as the Yanks limp through a terrible season, one of our finest players could be limping out of the game after a lame duck year. Still, if it is an announcement to retire, what a better time to do it than after that Mets series in which he played such a massive role in a great game. I for one am grateful to him for helping us win the 2009 World Series, and for being such a good Yankee. If it is to announce that he is extending his contract with us for a few more years then I wish him well, because when he plays well the team does well.
But for all the speculation and early declarations… get a grip. Let him speak first before you declare to all that he is going to retire. It is just bad journalism to tell people something before it has even happened.
Can we really be talking about how the Yanks are at the point where they face a knockout punch? I mean really? In July? But that is where we are. Heading to Texas to face the Astros who broke Yankee hearts last season. Can they do the same thing again this year?
They are not as good as they were last year. They are definitely a lot less of menace as now they were last season but you should not be complacent. As Joe says time and time again that if you play badly against any major league players they will defeat you. That has happened against such teams as the Rockies who are a lot better than they are made out to be. If you go to their ballpark and act like you have already won then you deserve to lose. That is what happened to the Yanks against Colorado. They should not think that because the Astros are not as dominant as they were last year, that they will win these games. I don’t think the players are doing that.
It has to hurt them that we are already at a must win series before July is even over. But that is what happens when you have played so badly that you lose the way the Yanks have. They can turn it around for sure. But will they? Already there is talk that Chapman will go to the Cubs for two prospects, with the hints that he will be back next season. But I am sad to think that he will be on another team and I hope that he is going to be back next season. It is a pity that they team is in such a state that they are having to get rid of guys instead of bringing someone in to help the team win. I hope they can turn it around. But I also hope that we don’t see Chapman coming into a game in the World Series this autumn. These are the kind of decisions that can bite you in the ass.
I am a pitching fan. I love that aspect of the game of baseball more than I do seeing home runs. Give me a good pitching display, and some outstanding acts of fielding brilliance over the continuous litany of balls going over the wall any day. Hitters get all the glory, despite the fact that sometimes they do little more than bat flip antics.
Although that is not fair on the hitters. Because guys like Ichiro who are clever and aren’t all about hitting for power and just sock the ball over the wall or swing out, but use skill and guile to hit the ball to the opposite side and get hits when hits are hard to get. That kind of hitting is brilliant. But I am a pitching nut. I love it.
“I am a pitching fan. I love that aspect of the game of baseball more than I do seeing home runs. Give me a good pitching display, and some outstanding acts of fielding brilliance over the continuous litany of balls going over the wall any day.”
The Yankees have not had so much good pitching from their starting rotation this year. When they do get great stuff from the guy on the mound, it is often ruined by a bad ball or a bad inning that just kills us and takes away from whatever good thing they managed to pull off.
Our three-headed bullpen monster has been great, in fact, Andrew Miller has been such an amazing pitcher that I think he is the highlight of the season for us. I want him kept in the Bronx and despair when I hear people talk about selling him to this club or another when he is just as needed where he is now and will be a big part in our winning next year or the year after and is definitely not someone we should jettison from this team. Betances is another pitcher that has been great. While Chapman was a great get for this team, and his pitching 105mph balls was exciting stuff to watch, for sure. But he is wild and hurling that fast often means he lacks control of the ball. The other night he flung a ball at 104mph that missed the plate in clattered into the backstop. Great to watch, not very effective. He will be a good trade if it comes to it. But I still like the idea of not getting rid of him.
I digress wildly there. But the point is that I am excited to see some great pitching. Mad Bum is one of the best in the game right now and the chance of him playing in the Bronx is amazing. I am excited, even though I know that we don’t need this kind of pitcher coming to the Stadium at the moment while we hope to gain ground on those in the division and try and bump up the Wild Card slot. Playoffs are not out of reach, but having to face a guy like this will be a challenge and a test of the teams resolve to get out of the rut that this season had fast become.
Let’s just look at what Mad Bum has done off this current Yankee lineup right now, thanks to the wonderful website Baseball Savant.
“… guys like Madison Bumgarner are the cream of the crop. I hope he lives up to the expectations of what he is going to bring to the game come Friday, even marginally. Then we will be in for a great game of baseball.”
For most this chart will mean nothing at all. But it only serves to wet my appetite when it comes to what is going to go down on Friday night. The Yanks need to win. They can hit the mediocre middle of the road pitchers as they did last night against Baltimore. But guys like Madison Bumgarner are the cream of the crop. I hope he lives up to the expectations of what he is going to bring to the game come Friday, even marginally. Then we will be in for a great game of baseball. And if the Yanks are able to stand up and beat the Giants against someone like Bumgarner then they will have a boost to their confidence. We have done well so far since the failure of the start of the post ASG break. Since then we have turned it around. Long may it continue.
Who said baseball is rubbish? Who said there is nothing to look forward to or be excited about this year?
Did anyone see that pitch Tanaka threw to Brock Holt? The movement on that thing? Look there has got to be a big deal made out of that pitch. It was amazing. It was such a work of art that they should stick a frame on it and put that thing in the Museum of Modern Art. It was a beauty. Simple as that. Have a look at it on the link below and tell me you don’t think it was out of sight!