jon is awesome. As are all the Yankee fans who post here. I'll say it again --- being a Sox fan requires you to pay attention to the Yankees. Whenever I have a dumb question about the Yankees, these guys know the answers.
This is going to help my own enjoyment of the sport so much.Robo umps are going to help a lot, when they come.
What baseball is becoming is a concern. But right now I needed to see a game like that because it was the first time I’ve felt something approximating playoff tension. It was the first time baseball felt familiar and normal to me this year because even without fans and in a neutral park in a crazy shortened year, that transported me to Octobers past.General consensus is we watched a great baseball game tonight. It was tense, for sure, but the modern game lacks the action of prior generations because of all the strikeouts and emphasis on balls and strikes over fielding and running the bases. 24 strikeouts tonight out of 51 outs. Just one DP. No doubles or triples. Six hits in the entire game, three of them solo homers. Is that exciting? Yanks made two errors in the infield and Judge might have caught Meadows’ homer if he got back to the wall faster and didn’t hit his head on the protruding top of the wall. He had all week to practice snatching balls at the wall.
Can’t blame Yankee pitching in those two games. On offense, Yanks still lead key AL playoff hitting stats, thanks to the Cleveland series. But they did not hit when it mattered. Tampa’s gang of relievers shut them down. So you can credit the Rays’ bullpen for saving the series. Let’s see how those relievers fare against Houston. Maybe Tampa is just better than anyone in the AL. They proved it over 60 games and then proved it over 5 games against NY. Now they got to prove it one more time. And one more after that.Can't believe NY held TB to 3 total runs in games 4 and 5 and didn't win the series, TB went hitless for 10 straight innings at one point, from the 4th in game 4 to the 5th last night, 0-32.
Jon's a great guy and I'd like him to be sad at the end of every single baseball season.
That’s a good sign for these pandemic times. We’re all a little sad about one thing or another. Unlike you, the end of the Yankees’ season did not linger for me because the Rays deserved to win. I will root for them but fear their bullpen will wear down if they go 7 with Houston, with no off-days. Sweep Houston and LA could be in trouble.
I am actually sad, which is something I haven't felt about sports for many years. I'm not sure why it is exactly and I don't expect it to last too long, maybe it's partly because my personal vow to try to completely ignore football (both college and pro) this year means that sports will be over in a few weeks until spring training (I like the NBA but the season is way too long so I no longer pay attention to most of the regular season).
On the bright side, at least I am not a Red Sox fan (looking forward, not backward) because the AL East is only going to get tougher.
Great summation, written objectively, even though you obviously are a fan of the Rays. A lot of sports writers are covering a team they grew up rooting for but when it comes time to write their story, they can stay neutral. Abbey is good at this, too.This was a winner take all game for the ages. Cole was an absolute beast. Rays team approach to pitching on full display. Drama, tension, storylines, karma. Nobody blew it, Rays just had a few more feet on their fly balls. Even in the epic, game-deciding at-bat, Chapman was nasty and Brosseau had to battle for foul ball after foul ball until he got the timing locked in on 100mph heat. You really couldn’t ask for more from a play-off game. Kirk Gibson, Bill Mazeroski type stuff if you’re the Rays fan. You gotta have a little luck along the way to be a team of destiny, but it feels like this Rays team has that gritty quality you need to hang in there and make the most of your chances. Yankees seemed to not have Yankee swagger, reinforced by Cashman’s folly in game 2.
I think there is a good chance we’ll find ourselves back here again next year. Hopefully abbey and I will be able to rep the game thread in person in the Legends by then.
I wouldn't fret too much for Sox fans. We've been pretty content over the past couple of decades, and things are actually looking quite bright going forward. Sleep on the Sox at your peril; they will be in the mix.On the bright side, at least I am not a Red Sox fan (looking forward, not backward) because the AL East is only going to get tougher.