Sunday, April 22, 2018

What's this? Redsock '18 Hall of Fame Superteam of Destiny (TM) encounters speed bump en route to Cooptown

Things I was gonna write about today...

1. Let's be clear: This isn't the beginning of "the Gleyber Torres Era." It is Year II of "the Aaron Judge Era." 

2. After yesterday's skillful outing by Jordan Montgomery - with Austin Romine behind the plate - some will ask whether Romine should catch Sonny Gray? Anything is worth a try, but I say no. It's a slippery slope, linking a pitcher to a catcher, and Gray hasn't earned the right to a personalized backstop. One last note: Thus far, pitchers throwing to Gary Sanchez have a lower ERA (4.23) than to Romine (4.97.) And that's not just a 2018 small sample; last year, Sanchez had a 3.43 ERA, compared to Romine's 4.19.) 

3. Yesterday, the most frightening scenario in the Yankiverse nearly occurred. On a long fly to right center, the Aarons almost collided. Two big men on a trajectory course. At the last second, Judge got out of the way. I wonder if Giancarlo has the same instincts? 

4. The Master absolutely loves "Miggy." His HR call, by the way is: "ANDUJAR HIT IT FAR... AND HE'S GETTING MIGGY WITH IT!" This represents a great cultural time leap for Mr. Sterling - all the way to 1996. His other song-based homer-hollers generally stem from 1960s hits ("Grandyman") and ageless show tunes ("Bye-bye Birdie.) John is almost ready to join the new millennium. For whatever it's worth, the Brandon Drury may be the first to invoke another Yankee: "AARON'S THE JUDGE, BUT BRANDON'S THE DRURY." 

5. In case you're wondering, Syracuse once again won the Golden Snowball award, given annually to the upstate NY city that was most buried in snow over the winter. The "Salt City" tallied 153.6 inches - 33 above perennial runner-up Rochester. Only Erie, Pa., with a career-year 198.5 inches (far above its average) topped Syracuse nationally. (Rochester finished third, followed by Buffalo.) You want snow, it's upstate NY, baby!

6. I spent five hours yesterday crunching numbers on my analysis of whether Andujar or Torres should bat eighth or ni-FUCKME, DID YOU SEE THE NEWS? THE ALMIGHTY FUCKING SUPERTEAM REDSOCKS JUST GOT THEIR NO-HITTER BUNGHOLE DRILLED. WELL, WELL, WELL... IT TOOK NEARLY FOUR WEEKS, BUT THE JUJU GODS FINALLY WOKE UP! SO SAD. EVERYTHING WAS GOING SO NICELY... NOW THIS...

9 comments:

KD said...

It is a good day to be alive.

JJ in MA said...

Speaking of the '90s, that's the best use of "bunghole" I've seen since the Beavis and Butt-Head movie. Well done.

I'm Bill White said...

I listened on my phone while I painted the deck railing. Sterling called Stroman’s pitch to Judge a “3-0 Cripple” as Judge rounded the bases. He later recalled this same pitch a “3-0 Cookie” two or three times. The Master’s Billy Packer moment? No. But he really worked hard to make sure, just in case.

Retired Stratman said...

It’s Gleyber Day!

ranger_lp said...

So when Drury comes back Peterson goes down to Scranton first? Or is it Wade?

Tom said...

Wade goes first because it doesn't cost anything to ship him back to historic Steamtown. Then Peterson gets cut, unless he has options. Then Walker gets DFA'd for general all-around suckitude.

Drury, we hardly knew ye, and now you have a fatal head wound. Too bad. You got Wally Pipped in less than two weeks. Go lay on the beach with Jake, but remember to bring your eye covers.

In the meantime, Sanchez needs to learn how to play one or both of the infield corner positions. He's a fine catcher, and fuck Joe Girardi and his shortsighted focus on past balls. Let Gary be Gary. But if he could play 3rd or 1st, we'd have insane flexibility.

Yankee Shamus said...

Pass whatever it is you be smoking. Gary at third? 💀

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Couldn’t happen to a nicer (meaning more disgusting) bunch of fine sportsmen (meaning racist townie assholes).

I only wish I could have watched it live.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

...and Gary *would* be scary at third. At first he could imitate all the range of Ron Blomberg.