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?
  • Yeah, okay.
  • Someone is salty.
  • Someone should probably pitch better.
  • Here's the quote: "The other one was a very good pitch, out and way, and he just hit it very good," the pitcher said. "I know, probably in another park that's a double. But here, it's a joke."
  • Get over yourself, Ervin.
  • Both of Bird's home runs would have been out of most stadiums.
  • Anyway...I really like this team.
  • They're a lot more likable than 2013 and 2014's teams.
  • They also hit and score more which is nice.
  • Those two things are related: likability and scoring.
  • I know I mentioned this the other day but I'm mentioning it again: I love HOPE Week. I really do.
  • I love the background stories, I love the honorees, and I love that the players are so into it.
  • Let's get back to A-Rod.
  • That grand slam on Tuesday night was so great: The slight pose, the look toward the dugout, the fact that it was nearly identical to the one he hit against Joe Nathan in the 2009 ALDS...
  • Oh, and the whole 'clutch' thing.
  • You know who else was impressed by the home run? Barry Bonds. He tweeted about it yesterday morning.
  • I, of course, retweeted him.
  • Can you believe the Phillies actually held on to beat the Blue Jays last night?
  • I can't.
  • Our overload Jason was there with his family. Maybe they're the reason why the Blue Jays didn't break out and score 12 in an inning.
  • I was really convinced that would happen.
  • I mean, honestly, can you blame me?
  • Everyone watching that game was thinking the same thing, that it wasn't a matter of if the Jays would score but when. And thankfully, we were all wrong! Hooray!
  • It's nice to be wrong about things like that.
  • That's the only time I like being wrong.
  • Nine years ago, the Yankees were in the midst of that five-game series in Fenway.
  • Nine years ago tonight, they'd go on to beat the Sox in 10 innings thanks in large part to Jason Giambi, who was 3-4 with five RBI - including two home runs and a double.
  • That game was great because it was a Sunday Night ESPN game and, of course, they were all over the Red Sox even though the Yankees had beaten them in three straight heading into the game.
  • I remember being so annoyed about that series before it began and being really worried about it because the Yankees looked awful against the Orioles in the previous series.
  • Turns out I had nothing to worry about.
  • Sweeping a five game series in Fenway?
  • That team should have made it out of the Division Series.
  • Stupid Tigers.
  • Actually, stupid rain delay screwing up Game Two.
  • Ugh.
  • Now I'm mad again about a playoff series from nine years ago.
  • GAH.
  • I was at Game Two. I sat through that rain delay and then had to convince my boss to let me out of work early so I could go to the makeup game because they had to schedule it earlier in the day.
  • I also got sunburn on my chest because I was sitting out in the left field upper deck and even though I'm Greek, I'm also Irish and as pale as Conan O'Brien.
  • Seriously, who gets a sunburn in October?! Me!
  • I was also burned one time while riding the Staten Island Ferry at 6:30pm. I was on the way home from work. When I got home and saw how red my face was, I just laughed.
  • Getting to and from Yankee games when I was living in Staten Island was quite an adventure.
  • In 2002 I was heading home after the Yankees lost Game Two to the Angels in the Division Series and missed the 2am ferry and had to wait until 3am.
  • I was sitting there with my neighbor and bus/ferry buddy, watching guys fishing in the harbor.
  • I called my boss and let her know that I may be late for work that morning.
  • I made it in by 9:15.
  • She was impressed.
  • Wow, that was quite a tangent but at least it was related to baseball.
  • How about we turn our attention to this upcoming series against the Indians?
  • I believe we're skipping Kluber which is a good thing.
  • We're skipping Kluber. Haha. Like I'm part of the team.
  • I would like to see another series sweep but it's a four-game set and that seems like too much to ask for.
  • So maybe three out of four?
  • Please and thanks?
  • I really just want a series win.
  • It would be an early birthday present.
  • A nice early birthday present.
  • I'm going to the game on Sunday afternoon because it's Andy Pettitte Day and my mom LOVES him. The tickets are a belated Mother's Day present.
  • I'm also looking forward to watching Jorge Posada Day on Saturday afternoon.
  • I wonder who will be there.
  • I'm expecting Jeter to show up both days because of the whole "Core Four" nonsense.
  • Yeah, I called it nonsense.
  • COME AT ME, BROS.
  • Okay, I think it's time for me to end this post because I addressed you all as bros.
  • Oy.

Happy Thursday!

Song playing when I finished the post: "Paper Gods" by Duran Duran

UPDATE: Hey, look, both of #GREGBIRD's home runs would have been out - by a lot - in Target Field. No doubles. Sorry, Ervin.

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