Some random baseball (and life) thoughts on a Wednesday afternoon

I really love this Yankees team right now. They're not exactly world beaters and outscoring everyone by five runs a game and there are times, like last night, when their hitting failures are tough to watch, but they did win the game and that's what matters.

They also look like they're having fun, they're relaxed and they're enjoying each other. They're not tight asses or businesslike anymore.

You know what else is great? It's quiet. You're not seeing as many stories about the Yankees as you would in the past. There isn't a sideshow happening off the field. The only things happening off the field are group outings and birthday parties. Everything the media is concerned with right now is happening on the field.

Like friend of the blog Craig Calcaterra said yesterday after A-Rod sent his tweet with the picture of the guys at CC Sabathia's birthday party, "I cannot recall a Yankee season in the past 20 years that has had less controversy or drama about it than this one. They’re just a baseball team. For the first time in years, just a regular baseball team. That happens to be four games up in the AL East."

My father has been gone over nine months and for the first time in a while, I was really itching to talk to him last night about the current state of baseball. And the other day, I nearly asked my mom if I could talk to him when I called her. It was as if I had forgotten that he was dead. It was so strange. And when I realized it, I bawled for a while. I miss him so much. I think he'd be enjoying this team as much as I am right now.

I also think he'd be enjoying the Red Sox's current death spiral. I know I probably shouldn't do this, but isn't this a great picture?

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It's pretty amusing that the death spiral happened right as everyone was declaring the Red Sox as "back" and that the Yankees should worry about them only being five games out. Of course, things can change quickly in baseball, and the Red Sox could go on a crazy winning streak while the Yankees and the four other AL East teams go into their own spiral, but for right now, I'll sit back and laugh at this.

As most of you know, I'm on Twitter all the time and I follow a lot of people from a lot of different fan bases across baseball and last night, Tigers' twitter (the fan base as a whole, not the team account) was on fire. As was their bullpen. Woof.

Cubs' twitter was also on fire last night but for a different reason. They had a rookie named Kyle Schwarber pull a Raul Ibañez. He hit the game tying home run in the top of the ninth and then hit the game-winning home run in the 13th (on the road so it wasn't a walk-off) to beat the Reds. Sure, it wasn't a playoff game, but that's a fun matchup between two Division rivals and boy, were Cubs fans excited. Wouldn't you be?

Back to the Yankees: How great is Andrew Miller? And how great is it that he doesn't look like this anymore? Ick.

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I'll never understand why people find that cool or attractive.

And finally, Happy Anniversary to Chase Headley. On this day last year, you were traded to the Yankees and made your impact immediately by hitting a walk off single in the bottom of the 14th inning against the Texas Rangers that night.

This next picture is from that same game. It was tied 0-0 going into the 13th, then both teams scored a run in the 13th and Headley won it in the 14th. I use it when I'm going to bed and say good night on Twitter. I think it's perfect, don't you agree?

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Enjoy your Wednesday!