Lunchtime Links: Yogi Berra Edition

With a loss like Yogi Berra’s, there’s bound to be a lot of articles and obituaries about a man who meant so much to the game of baseball.

We’ve decided to highlight some of the best ones we’ve read today, just in case you hadn’t seen them yet.

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Rest in Peace, Yogi Berra

01 Oct 1962, Probably New York, New York, USA --- Lucky 13. So Yogi Berra holds a ball numbered 13.  So it will be his 13th World Series. So what else in new, says Yogi's sunburst? --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

As most of you probably know by now, the world lost Yogi Berra last night at the age of 90.

And I’m sure most of you, like me, are very sad about his passing so I thought it would be nice if we could talk about Yogi and how much he meant to us as Yankee fans. Obviously the majority of us never saw him play, but he was around the team enough for us to have some stories.

My Yogi story is that I called him Yogi Bear until kindergarten when a classmate finally corrected me. That was embarrassing. I’ll blame my parents who loved when I messed things up like that and thought it was adorable but who didn’t want to correct me.

And I saw this story a little while ago on Twitter and legitimately laughed out loud, because I pictured it and thought it was so funny. Then I cried because I realized it could never happen again.… Click here to read the rest

Game 150 Recap: Yankees 6 Blue Jays 4 (10 Innings)

Bird HR vs TOR

I wish I was Joe Espada’s right hand in this picture. Courtesy of Getty Images

My days of staying up ’til the end of every game are much fewer and farther between than they used to be, but I didn’t nod off once watching last night’s game.  That was awesome.  Even if you weren’t a fan of the Yankees or Blue Jays, you had to be entertained by that game.  It had a little bit of everything – as in a ton of huge hits and big pitches by both sides – and the Yankees came out on the winning end to even the series thanks to their 22-year-old stud rookie first baseman.

But we’ll start with their 21-year-old stud rookie starting pitcher, because he pitched a very nice game.  The last time he faced the Blue Jays, Luis Severino got clobbered.  He said he was throwing too much in that game and that he was going to “pitch” more in this game, and I’d say he did an excellent job of that.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 150: Severino vs. Estrada

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Ben Revere, LF
Brett Gardner, LF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Jose Bautista, RF
Brian McCann, C Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Justin Smoak, 1B
Greg Bird, 1B Dioner Navarro, C
Chase Headley, 3B Ryan Goins, SS
Dustin Ackley, 2B Kevin Pillar, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
Luis Severino, SP Marco Estrada, SP

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Going Back to the Trade Deadline

“Yankees Twitter” was filled with its normal outrage and cynicism after the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki and David Price among others at the trade deadline and the Yankees only acquired Dustin Ackley.

We can get a little better picture of what has happened since then. Obviously, this season it has worked out better for Toronto. They went on a huge run to pass the Yankees in the division and they haven’t really looked back since. David Price has been amazing for them, while Tulowitzki struggled and got hurt.

Even though the Blue Jays have clearly gotten the better of the Yankees this season we can see why Brian Cashman did what he did. Yes, if the Yankees had Price they would likely be winning the AL East this season. It still would not have guaranteed anything in the playoffs. However, if Price would have left as a free agent anything less than a championship would be a failure.… Click here to read the rest

The four stages of baseball grief

After the events of last night, I felt it was important that we explore the stages of baseball grief together. (All four stages were stolen from the five stages of grief.) Of course, different people will have different reactions while going through baseball grief. Some baseball fans tend to wear their baseball emotions on their sleeves, while others tend to grief over baseball in private. But most of us will experience all four of these stages at some point, and I wanted to let you know that you are not alone, and that we can all get through this rough time together.

Stage 1: Denial and Isolation

The first most common reaction to your team not being able to pass the team ahead of them in the standings is usually denial. A lot of Yankee fans are going through denial right now. I even witnessed it last night when I was looking at my Twitter feed and seeing the reactions to how David Price was performing against the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Game 149 Recap: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 2

Gardner K vs TOR II

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It always blows when you lose games early.  It especially blows when you lose games early in pennant races and that’s exactly what the Yankees did last night.  A tough 1st inning, a bunch of missed opportunities, and a comeback that was too little too late cost them the first game of this all-important final series with the Blue Jays and pushed the division deficit back up to 3.5 games.

Adam Warren was the starter and he was working on an 80-85 pitch limit last night, a step up from his previous start.  He used a boatload of those pitches up in the bottom of the 1st and gave Toronto all the runs they would need.  Ben Revere singled to lead off the inning, Warren hit Josh Donaldson with an 0-1 fastball, and Jose Bautista singled up the middle to score Revere and make it 1-0.  3 batters, no outs, 1 run.  One of the worst ways to open the game imagainable.  … Click here to read the rest