Written by: J
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma sucked. There’s no question about it. Harvey went to Houston and fucked shit up, then Irma saw his snapchat story, said, “hold my beer,” and made her way to Florida to one up him. My heart goes out to all those who were affected by it. Unless you live under a rock, you already know that these storms caused some serious damage as they ripped through some areas – which is far more important than what I am about to talk about – but they also had a relatively unique impact on the sports world, causing games throughout Texas and Florida to be postponed, cancelled and relocated. In Miami alone, Dolphin fans were forced to wait for their inevitably disappointing Jay Cutler-driven season to start. University of Miami fans were robbed of a marquee matchup against the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Now, I get that football season is back, but as a washed up baseball player who was cut from my high school team (not to brag/fuck you Coach Sheedy), I think its important to remind everyone that playoff baseball is right around the corner, and a few baseball series with playoff implications were relocated as a result of the storms, which was far more important to me. Most notably, a three game set between the Yankees and the Rays was moved out of Florida and up to New York.
Normally, Yankees vs. Rays games in Tampa Bay are filled with New Yorkers who retired to a senior development in Florida, where the key to getting laid is to simply have the physical ability to get it up or enough mental awareness to drive places. So, moving the series to New York really didn’t seem like that big of a deal, but to preserve some type of home field advantage for the Rays, this was moved to Citi Field instead of Yankee Stadium – an interesting development. As a Yankee fan, I am not afraid to admit that Citi Field is far superior to Yankee Stadium, a place that kicked me out for wearing a judge costume the first week of this season and where the consistent answer you get when you ask for honey mustard sauce in the left field bleachers is “we used to have it, but we don’t anymore.” For starters – what does that even mean? Where the fuck did it go? Did someone break into Yankee stadium and steal all the honey mustard from that section? If they did, they should make an Ocean’s Eleven style movie about it staring the Fast and Furious cast – because that’s a movie I’d watch. Anyway, this series was a big one for the Yankees, who are in the midst of a playoff run and are notorious for casually getting swept by the bottom-of-the-standings Rays when it really matters. That, and the fact that they were offering best available seats for a $25 flat rate, prompted me and some buddies to go to game two of the series. Here are some takeaways:
“Holy shit these lines are unreal” – This was a reoccurring theme of my night at Citi. Who would have thought that everyone and their uncle would show up to a Yankee game at Citi Field for $25 tickets, right? It was an impromptu game and Citi Field was clearly understaffed, which is completely understandable based on the circumstances. I heard from a completely unreliable source that the average wait time at a concession stand was roughly 45 minutes and I’m not ashamed to admit that I missed an inning of the game so that I could shove two Kosher hotdogs down my throat and wash them down with a $6 water. At one point, I overheard a guy talking about the wait for Shake Shack in such a concerned tone that you would have thought the Wilpons kidnapped his family and were holding them for ransom to dig themselves out of the hole that Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme left them in. Great kosher dogs though.
“Get Sonny some runs!” – Now for some actual baseball talk. Sonny Gray was the Yankees big trade deadline acquisition. If you ever watch an interview with him, he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but damn can he pitch. I personally had some doubts about Sonny when we made the trade, but since then, his stats have been as advertised. In 8 starts for the Yanks, Sonny has put together a 3-5 record with a 2.66 ERA and .206 BAA. People immediately look at his 3-5 record and say he hasn’t lived up to the hype and those people are idiots. The man has gotten zero run support from the Yankees offense when he pitches. In five of his eight starts, the Yankees have scored one or less runs to back Sonny up – all 5 resulting in losses, Tuesday’s game at Citi included. You can’t win if you don’t score runs – bottom line.
“Sittin’ Pretty” – Overall, we took the series at Citi 2-1 – I have to admit, it was nice to win a series on the Mets turf this way after the whole “Take Back NY” stunt they tried to pull, as they blue balled their entire fan base with an honestly impressive collapse following their World Series appearance two years ago. We head into a four game weekend set against the Orioles, three games back in the division, but three games up in the wildcard. Even though we have been playing well lately this team just does some stupid shit. With the third best run differential in baseball of +155 our record should be better than it is. We are either winning by 9 or losing by 1 and have lost too many close games from either a bullpen collapse (which I think we figured out) or a no show offense. Despite some shortcomings, the Yanks have won their last four series and I think we are in good shape. We have the talent and depth to compete with any team; it’s just a question of whether we can put it all together when it matters. We’ll see what happens comes playoffs, but I think its safe to say that we have officially taken back New York Citi (see what I did there?).
Written by: J