Random baseball thoughts on a World Series off day

This is going to be a little different than the usual random thoughts post. Instead of one or two sentence thoughts, I figured I’d behave like an actual writer for a change and compose full paragraphs.

I know, wow. Here we go.

The Relentless Royals

We are two games into the 2015 World Series and the Kansas City Royals find themselves up two games to none heading back to Flushing. They were able to beat Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom and got a tremendous pitching performance from Johnny Cueto last night. And I mean, tremendous. He’s one of only seven pitchers to pitch more than eight innings and give up only two hits in a World Series start in the past 60 years. The last guy to do it was Greg Maddux in 1995. He’s also the first American League pitcher to throw a complete game in the World Series since Jack Morris did it in 1991.

With the way Cueto pitched, the Royals didn’t need seven runs but they got them anyway.…

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To root, root, root, or not to root, root, root for the Mets, that is the question

The 2015 New York Mets have shocked nearly everyone, including their own fanbase by winning the National League pennant and making it into the World Series. And a lot has been written this past week with regards to Mets fandom, Yankees fandom, bandwagons and rooting interests, so I figured, we could do point/counterpoint type of post the morning the World Series begins, which also happens to be the 29th anniversary of the Mets clinching their last World Series win and the 30th anniversary of the Royals clinching their last World Series win.

Funny how that worked out for everyone, right?

This originally started as a solo post, but then I got the bright idea, thanks to our many IIATMS email trails, to have someone else join me to write the opposing viewpoint and voila! So without further adieu, my colleague Scott Moss will be giving you a few reasons why he will be rooting for the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, and I will be giving you a few reasons why I will not be rooting for them.…

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The House Is Not A Home

The New York Yankees are now only one game over .500 since the last day of July and it has been tough watching the team crawl to the finish line. This really isn’t the way you want to watch a team eek into a playoff spot (if you still consider the wild card game a playoff spot). And just two things are on my mind this morning:

  1. I remember Buster Olney doing a column on favorable schedules after the All Star Break and the Yankees having one of the most favorable because of the number of home games..
  2. I have to watch Yankee games against the Red Sox on NESN because of blackouts and one of the text questions on their broadcast last night was: “Does the new Yankee Stadium give the Yankees the same home field advantage.”

Olney’s conclusion did not work out, obviously, because of the nearly .500 clip the Yankees have played the last two months. And if I would have texted my answer to NESN’s question, I probably would have said no.…

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A year ago tonight or why I can’t watch Jeter’s last walk-off


Me holding dad’s hand

[Throughout the course of the day, you may see a lot of stuff on social media about Derek Jeter’s last at bat at Yankee Stadium because if you can believe it, it happened a year ago tonight.]

A year ago tonight, I was with my father in his hospital room, watching the Yankee game. I made it a point to be with him that night because I figured who better to watch Derek Jeter’s last home game with than my dad. He was the one who introduced to baseball when I was a little girl, and he was the one who turned me into the rabid Yankee fan I am today. Dad wasn’t feeling well that day and had a fever, but he was able to see Jeter’s double in the first inning. He even pointed at the TV as Jeter made it to second base. He fell asleep sometime in the second inning and didn’t wake up again until about 30 minutes after Jeter’s walk off, but I held his hand almost the entire time.…

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Sorry, Mets fans, but New York isn’t yours just yet

When this weekend’s half of the Subway Series began, I was actually pretty irate. I thought it was absolutely ridiculous that the Yankees would have to play in an National League park while in a division race and while trying to lock down a playoff spot. It was clear from the first night’s lineup that the Mets would have an obvious advantage head to head at Citi Field because the Yankees couldn’t start their team leader in home runs. On Friday night, I actually wanted to find the person who made this season’s schedule, drive them to the Bronx Zoo, and throw them into the African Plains exhibit to see how they fared against the lions.

Saturday was a rough day for me. It was my dad’s birthday – the first since he passed away last October. I went to the cemetery and when I was left alone at his grave, I filled him in on what was happening in baseball.…

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Daily News layoffs could affect how sports fans get their information

Before yesterday’s Yankees game, much of the news was focused on the layoffs at the New York Daily News. A number of people got let go from the New York City newspaper, including several people from the sports department.

This isn’t a post about celebrating someone getting laid off or talking about the future of these employees. Personally, I wish those people affected the best and hope to land on their feet quickly. Instead, this is a post about the future of sports coverage from news outlets.

The New York Daily News was one of my go-to news sources for several years when it came to reading about the Yankees. I would check the game recap, read quotes, consider columnists’ concerns and opinions. It would provide fodder for my conversations whether we were praising and downplaying the article in question.

Now with the likes of Mike Lupica, Teri Thompson and others from Daily News gone, I wonder how that is going to affect coverage of the Yankees.…

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Quick hit: 5 off day observations after a 5-1 road trip

The Yankees completed a successful 5-1 road trip and while they’re still in second place – because Toronto is ridiculous and won’t lose, and when they do lose the Yankees lose – they have a few things to be happy about.

1) Didi Gregorius is on fire! I wrote about how well Didi has been doing since the All-Star break and he continued his hot hitting in Boston. He hit a home run yesterday, went 2-4 on the day and raised his season BA to .272.

2) So is Stephen Drew! Can you believe it? Drew is now batting .211 on the season which seemed like an impossibility just a week ago.

3) The Yankees did what they needed to do. They beat bad teams. Sure, they dropped that frustrating game on Monday night and lost the chance to gain a game on the Blue Jays, but they came right back and beat Boston two out of three after sweeping Atlanta.…

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Thursday Morning Thoughts After a Sweep and Before a Four-Game Series

Song playing when I started the post: “You Kill Me With Silence” by Duran Duran

I feel like I haven’t done one of my infamous random thoughts posts in a while so here it goes…

  • It’s amazing how good the Yankees are against the Twins.
  • I feel slightly bad for Twins fans because it’s as if there’s really no hope for their team to win against the Yankees.
  • Well, okay, not really. I don’t feel bad. I like winning.
  • How about #GREGBIRD‘s performance yesterday?
  • That was awesome.
  • I also love the whole helmet removal thing the Yankees do to each other whenever someone hits a home run.
  • A-Rod did the honors both times for #GREGBIRD during yesterday’s game.
  • I’ve seen Gardner, Gregorius, and McCann do it for A-Rod.
  • Now I’m going to be watching for it all the time.
  • Oh, did you hear that Ervin Santana called Yankee Stadium a joke and said that Bird’s second home run – which was measured at 420 feet – would be a double in other parks?
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Monday Morning Musings: I will not quote Meatloaf

Although it is very tempting to do so, I will not, I repeat, I will not quote Meatloaf in this post.

You all know the quote. The extremely overused, cliche, uttered since at least the summer of 1977, that usually comes after a team wins two games in a three game series.

But I will be good and I will not use it. It’s lazy to do that. It’s lazy and predictable, and who wants to be that? Not I!

I do want to gloat a bit because I did predict that this (taking two of three in Toronto) was going to happen during the IIATMS podcast on Thursday night. If you haven’t listened yet, what are you waiting for? Anyway, I was a bit fired up on that particular night because Blue Jays fans were becoming a tad too obnoxious for my taste, and I had to knock them down a peg or three in my rant. I also commented on Mets fans and how gloating in August is never a good idea, and what happened to that team this weekend?…

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