LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Having Fun During Current Hot Stretch

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Yankees Having Fun During Current Hot Stretch

During the bottom of the 2nd inning, with the Houston Astros highly touted prospect Alex Bregman at the plate and CC Sabathia on the mound (on his way to an excellent 6.2 IP, 2 ER start), Bregman sent a chopper right back to Sabathia, who barehanded the ball on the bounce and tossed it to Mark Teixeira for the out.

In describing the play Ken Singleton (my favorite non-David Cone Yankees announcer) had this to say: “CC goes after this one like it’s the last biscuit in the basket and he comes up with it…somebody pass the butter, here it comes.” I kid you not.  Here’s the video for proof.

It was hilarious. It’s things like this that make baseball fun (and part of the reason I still enjoy listening to the schtick of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman). Quirky baseball-isms on great plays. I point to things like this when people tell me baseball is boring. It’s hard to be bored when you’re laughing.

It’s also hard to be bored when the Yankees are playing the way they have over the past week. The offense got to Astros starter Doug Fister in the 2nd inning, and didn’t let up until they had six runs and Fister was out of the game.

Even the Yankees seemed to be having a good time. After Sabathia gave up his 2nd home run of the game, this one to Evan Gattis, Chase Headley strolled over to the lefty and said something that left the big man chuckling heartily.

There were no tense players, silent benches or frustrated fans after last night's game. This is the team we love to watch. We know they won’t win every game but we just need them to show up. Need them to recover some swagger or, if they don’t have the swagger, then fake it until they make it.

Aside from Dellin Betances doing his best to add some suspense to the game by loading the bases in the bottom of the 8th inning before striking out Jason Castro on three pitches, and Headley trying to pull a poor man’s Derek Jeter in the bottom of the 9th inning, there wasn’t too much to worry about. It was a sit and relax kind of game. (Well, Joe Girardi still seemed tense in his post-game conference on the YES Network, but that is par fpr the course.)

The Yankees are now 4 games over .500. As Joe Torre used to say in his post-game conferences on YES, worry about getting 5 games over .500, then worry about getting 10 games over. I still tuned out all the Division and Wild Card talk between Michael Kay and Singleton on the broadcast because the Yankees have quite a ways to go before that becomes realistic.

But it is fun to watch now. We watch whether it’s fun or not but when the team is playing like this, 8-2 over their last 10 games, it’s a much better experience. Like adding butter to a biscuit.

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