LIVE YANKEE IN-GAME CHAT: TONIGHT AT 5

LIVE YANKEE IN-GAME CHAT: TONIGHT AT 5

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Is this real? Are the Yankees THIS good?

Didi Gregorius tweaks a wing in spring training. We go on a tear.

Gary Sanchez tweaks a wrist in the first week. We go on a tear.

Now, Greg Bird is on the DL, and Jacoby Ellsbury might follow. Last night, five home runs.

It's too early to start growing playoff beards. But great teams show a common attribute: When somebody gets hurt, their replacements shine. This spring, the Yankees lost nothing when Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine were called upon. And last night, Chris Carter and Aaron Hicks made the losses of Bird and Ellsbury inconsequential. 

Right now, the Yankees look like a potential great team. 

Right now, Aaron Judge looks like the best player in baseball. 

Right now, the juju gods are giving us everything. 

Which leads me to one conclusion.

Bevare.

It's a trap. They are planning something horrible. I don't know what - you can't predict baseball - but I do know a cottage made of candy when I see one. The Yankees could be good this year, but this good? Hm-mm. 

Or... this may be a fantasy. It may have finally happened. You, me, one of us, all of us... we went over the edge. We're gone. We're in dreamland. Trump isn't president, the Cubs aren't reigning champions, we are in a padded room with glass tubes in our crotch, the Matrix machines are in control, and this isn't happening. 

It's time to ask some essential questions, to take stock.

Did you do a lot of drugs as a youngster? Do you talk to the TV? Do you have imaginary conversations with Suzyn Waldman? When you're in a building, does the elevator occasionally stop at a floor, and nobody gets on or off?


Is this real, or is it Memorex? I don't have the answer. If the Yankees' streak is imaginary, then so is this blog. But I do have one suggestion: If Ellsbury is hurt... Mason Williams should be ready. 

Let's ride the juju pony for as long as we can. When the dam breaks, it's not going to be pretty.

5 comments:

Tom said...

It's my right not to self-incriminate so I refuse to answer the Essential Questions, except I know it was definitely Memorex because I saw the commercial with Ella Fitzgerald.

Yes, the Yankees could be a mirage, a hall of mirrors all about to be cracked by the sudden emergence of a black cat ... or a Black Swan. But perhaps the Baseball Gods are on our side again? Maybe they've seen the news out of Boston -- racist heckling, persistent beanball attacks -- and decided that the Superteam of Destiny and their fans are not worthy. Gotta be careful with this line of thinking, of course, because New Yorkers and the Yankee brass have been known to show their heinies a time or two. But this Yankee team does seem to be populated mostly by some genuinely humble guys, or at least students who got good grades in Public Relations 101 at the Jeter School of Saying Nothing.

As a sports fan, I frequently fear losing the good times, and right now we've got a hot team with a good record. Yikes! It could all come crashing down in three weeks of miserable baseball. It could, but it's hard to see how that happens right now. I mean, I was composing a Chase Headley diatribe in my head last night, but before I could get to the keyboard, he hit a hard liner to center to bring a run home. (He did airmail another throw to first. That's 2 in 3 games.) But if Chase Headley can be a consistent contributor, anything is possible.

Anonymous said...

LOOK AT IT THIS WAY......
LAST YEAR, WE COULD NOT HIT, WE COULD NOT SCORE, OUR STARTING PITCHING WAS BELOW AVERAGE AND OUR BULLPEN WAS VERY GOOD....WE WERE CONSIDERED AN "OLDER" VETERAN TEAM.

THIS YEAR, WE ARE HITTING, SCORING, OUR STARTING PITCHING IS WAY ABOVE EXPECTATIONS, AND OUR BULLPEN IS STILL VERY GOOD..... WE ARE NOW CONSIDERED A YOUNGER, "ON THE RISE" TEAM, WITH A DOSE OF VETERANS.

LAST YEAR WE STUNK, AND WON 84 GAMES AND WERE IN THE BULLSHIT WILD CARD RACE UNTIL THE FINAL WEEKS.

I KNOW IT'S EARLY, BUT WATCHING US PLAY THESE OTHER TEAMS, NO ONE IS STANDING OUT, EXCEPT MAYBE US!

GET READY GUYS, "THE VERDICT"? ... THIS SEASON LOOKS TO BE A LOT OF "BIG FUN".

John M said...

"Did you do a lot of drugs as a youngster?"

Well, uh...yeah.

"Do you talk to the TV?"

Well, sometimes.

"Do you have imaginary conversations with Suzyn Waldman?"

And they're great, by the way.

"When you're in a building, does the elevator occasionally stop at a floor, and nobody gets on or off?"

How do you know these things?

JJ in MA said...

I will gladly trade Castro's unreal numbers, Headley's resurgence and semi-reliable starts from CC if we can manage to get Bird straightened out, keep Judge healthy and get Sanchez up to speed. Also want to see Ronald Torreyes continue to get time, because I think he's great for team chemistry.

I don't know what juju god might be in charge of that bargain, but yeah. Games like last night are a lot of fun. Games like the two nights prior, considerably less so.

joe de pastry said...

Last night was a lot of fun because Girardi wasn't as dumb as he was the two prior nights.