Game 133 // Sixth Inning, Texas // Gleyber v. Elder

TOP OF THE SIXTH: YANKEES 6 (5) – 4 RANGERS

 

Emily Jones is on Fox Sports Southwest saying:

“I walk into the clubhouse and try to talk a little Spanish to the guys, it’s always, you know, ‘Como estas?’ ‘Bien, y tu?’ And, for Bartolo, every day it’s just one thing: ‘Tranquilo’.”

“Tranquilo, indeed,” the guys say up in the booth. “No better way to describe Bartolo than tranquilo.”

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Game 123 // Fourteenth Inning, New York // You’ll Always Have This, O’s Fans

TOP OF THE FOURTEENTH: ORIOLES 7 (3) – 3 YANKEES

 

Week one of the 2018 baseball season, done. Back to a world where standings matter, where the contenders emerge.

Where the Orioles, in some sort of universe where five-month-long spans of luck exist, just might be able to stick around for an AL East race. Continue reading “Game 123 // Fourteenth Inning, New York // You’ll Always Have This, O’s Fans”

Game 120 // Eighth Inning, Toronto // The Smoak Show

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: BLUE JAYS 7 (3) – 4 YANKEES

 

The last words of yesterday’s post were these: “Baseball fun in Toronto is going nowhere.”

Flash forward a day. Again, Blue Jays vs. Yankees. Again, bottom of the 8th. Again, the Yankees bullpen breaking down, and the Jays coming back. The Rogers Centre going wild.

As the great Yogi Berra used to say:

It’s like déjà vu all over again.

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Game 119 // Eighth Inning, Toronto // Kevin Pillar, of Hercules

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: BLUE JAYS 5 (3) – 3 YANKEES

 

There’s one sole man keeping Canadian baseball within the Axis of Fun.

One man putting seats in the stands.

One man on base, in the 8th inning in Toronto, year two of the Blue Jays’ era of greatness having passed. Continue reading “Game 119 // Eighth Inning, Toronto // Kevin Pillar, of Hercules”

Game 117 // First Inning, Toronto // Giancarlo Day

 TOP OF THE FIRST: YANKEES 2 (0) – BLUE JAYS 0

 

Baseball Eve, you’re on the phone with a friend talking about the season beginning.

“Well, I used to watch a lot of the Yankees,” they say. “Who do they even have now?”

“Well,” you say. “They kind of just got the best hitter in baseball.”

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Game 110 // Eighth Inning, New York // The Aaron Hicks Game

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: YANKEES 5 (0) – 3 RED SOX

 

It’s August. It’s Yankee Stadium. Boston vs. New York. It’s a soldout ballpark and a hell of a lot on the line.

The Red Sox have won eight straight. The Yankees slipping farther behind by the day, toward that crossroads that says: Accept your Wild Card fate!

Red Sox up 3-0. Four and a half games up in the A.L. East.

And, then, the beginnings of a rally. From the tip of Brett Gardner’s toe, center of Yankee Baseball Universe, for just a moment. Continue reading “Game 110 // Eighth Inning, New York // The Aaron Hicks Game”

Game 104 // Eighth Inning, Houston // The ‘Stros at Night Are Big and Bright…

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: ASTROS 7 (3) – 6 YANKEES

 

Red white and blue uniforms. Fourth of July weekend. Betances on the mound throwing 98mph. Texas and New York. Stars and pinstripes. Baseball, at its very American best. 

And those Houston Astros, in full sprint toward the best record in baseball. Their best season since… have they ever been this good before? Continue reading “Game 104 // Eighth Inning, Houston // The ‘Stros at Night Are Big and Bright…”

Last Game Yankees Rays Rain Sketch Rodriguez

Game 75 // First Inning, New York // A-Rod’s Last Dance

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


BOTTOM OF THE FIRST: YANKEES 1 (0) – 1 RAYS

 

A president’s term near over. Letterman gone. Stewart gone. Colbert Colbert gone. And in the sports world Jeter gone. Mariano and Kobe and Peyton gone. Phelps, he insists, gone too. Papi’s last months flying by in a blur. The Wheaties-box heroes of a childhood now retired and gone within a year, their on-field ashes scattered among the montages and the career statlines, highlight reels and storylines. And the last, the very last of the holdouts from the days of ‘90s/00’s fame longevity—the great, the loathed, the historic, the only: Alex Rodriguez.

Tonight was his last game in the major-leagues.

 

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Game 61 // Ninth Inning, Cleveland // Yankees Ballet to the W

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: YANKEES 5 – 4 INDIANS

 

There’s an occasional sense watching baseball, that what you’re seeing steps into another category altogether, into the absurd, the cartoonish—where sport falls behind spectacle, the score and standings go blurred out and silent, for a moment, and you’re left only with an image.

Prince Fielder belly-flopping onto the Fenway Park dirt, a beached fish some 20,000 leagues short of third base. Continue reading “Game 61 // Ninth Inning, Cleveland // Yankees Ballet to the W”