New York Yankees Newsbeat
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
This is the fourth year of the double-wild-card system, and, for the losing players and fans alike, these harsh sudden endings impose a quietus upon the pleasures and recollections of a season, and cast the winning pitchers as executioners. Nothing will be done about this—the arrangement is there to disguise too many teams competing for too few slots in October—but the gimmick makes for harsh feelings not common to the pastime. I unhappily recall an undue coolness or amused hauteur in my own brief description of the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner shutting down the Pirates, 8–0, in last year’s National League wild-card event, before a silenced and horrified home crowd of Pittsburgh loyalists.
The hangman this time was the Astros’ twenty-seven-year-old lefty starter Dallas Keuchel, who had yet to give up a run to the pinstripes this year, over two games and sixteen innings. He throws cutters and sliders to the outermost corners, and is otherwise notable for the clinging marmoset or shoeshine buffer attached to his lower chin. The Houston coaches had noticed that the Yankees’ starter, Masahiro Tanaka, likes to set up his excellent split-finger stuff with something faster and higher beforehand, which accounts for the home runs struck by Colby Rasmus in the second inning and by Carlos Gomez in the fourth, each on the first pitch of the inning.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Greg Bird, the 22-year-old lefty-hitting first baseman just called up from Triple-A six days ago, smacked the first two home runs of his major league career. Better yet, he drove in all four runs in a 4-3 New York Yankees victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Will he be as good against Toronto & Baltimore? Or St. Louis in the World Series?
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Some staggering stats have been sent by Sportsnet since the Blue Jays’ huge trade-deadline moves, but nothing as mind-boggling as this: 3.14 million people tuned in on Sportsnet’s broadcast of the game against the Yankees at 10:19 pm on Friday, when Troy Tulowitzki was engaged in a 12-pitch battle against Andrew Miller.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, a day like no other:
Stottlemyre, who had to convince his oncologist to let him fly to New York, sat in the Yankees’ dugout as Randolph received his Monument Park plaque. He watched as his fellow Old-Timers were introduced, a history of the club unfurling in front of him. He waited for his name to be called until he was the last one left. “I was sitting there by myself, and I actually thought they forgot me,” he said.
As Stottlemyre sat in the dugout, he saw his family come out and line up in the middle of the diamond. He saw the veiled plaque in front of them, the bouquet of roses in his wife’s arms. The ‘30’ was his, too. Much to his surprise, the Yankees had a spot for Stottlemyre in Monument Park, as well. His plaque was already sculpted, his honorary ring already crafted. All that was left was to tell him.
. . .
Stottlemyre pitched 11 seasons for the Yankees, returning as a coach in 1996. He won four World Series under Joe Torre before resigning in 2005. Months after the first of those championships, a routine blood test showed Stottlemyre was at risk for multiple myeloma, a plasma-cell cancer that accumulates in bone marrow. He was diagnosed with the disease during Spring Training in 2000, underwent treatment and spent a decade healthy. The cancer returned in 2011, and Stottlemyre has spent the past four years fighting it. A series of side effects and medical complications ranging from heart conditions to thyroid deficiencies have followed.
. . .
“If I never get to come to another Old-Timers’ Game, I will take these memories that I have today, and I will start another baseball club, coaching up there whenever they need me,” he said.
Mel was the best part of the unfortunate CBS years. If he’d played on the Yankee teams before or after, and stayed healthy, he’d likely have been in Hall of Fame territory.
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