Wednesday, October 4, 2017


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The first inning of last night's eventual Wild Card victory was a disaster. Luis Severino just did not have it and no one expected him to perform the way he did, least of all Joe Girardi.  He gave up three runs and Girardi had had enough.  What happened next actually ignited a Yankee team that I have not seen since 2009.  The Yankees used all of its moving parts to battle back and beat Minnesota in an 8-4 win.

Source: John Munson | NJ Advance Media for

"We haven't seen this kind of thing since 2009; I guess we aren't used to this," said an usher as the 9th inning was coming to a close and Aroldis Chapman struck out the final batter to close out the game and the AL Wild Card. The Stadium was electric; perhaps that's not even enough to describe the atmosphere surrounding this incredible game.  "It's October in the Bronx again," said a fan in close vicinity to my seats.  

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The crowds roared "We want Cleveland," as it became clear that we were #NotDoneYet.  The bullpen had endurance and accuracy like I have never seen before.  David Robertson, who we acquired in that shell-game of a trade back in mid-July, was absolutely awesome, throwing over 50 pitches to keep the Twins' bats quiet.  Followed by Tommy Kahnle who has never been in a playoff game, let alone one as intense as this one, the bullpen pulled off what seemed to be improbable perhaps earlier this season. They were sensational.  I have never seen a performance like that.

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Not to be outdone, the offense certainly had sparked as well, with Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge all taking the ball deep and piling on the runs we needed to not only win, but build back the confidence we lost after the first inning.

The Yankees head to Cleveland for the first game of the ALDS on Thursday night.  #NotDoneYet folks and that means more baseball for us in 2017 as we continue our journey toward #28.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Follow me on Twitter: @suzieprof

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