Fans have been upset that the Yankees are not a good baseball team right now. But like my co-host Stanzo says, there’s a lot of reasons to be positive. The big guys will hit, we should get some length out of our starters as time goes on, and the defense should get better when Voit comes back.
We shouldn’t be that upset (yet), I can settle for disappointed right now. But if there’s one person who absolutely SHOULD be upset, it’s a guy who actually plays for the Yankees…at times. Clint Frazier.
We were told this off-season, as was he by Aaron Boone, that he is the starting left fielder. He “earned” it. On top of his electric bat and his hustle on the bases, his defense has gotten better and he’s greatly matured as a person (although I never really saw that as an issue) into what people consider a “Yankee”.
And now, with the Yankees offense stalling he is getting pinch-hit opportunities and getting his spot taken by Brett Gardner. That makes no sense to me, and it should make no sense to him. He can make a difference offensively and when our guys are hitting noticeably bad, he’s on the bench?
We’re getting a platoon in left field between him and Gardner, and that’s not what we or he was promised. And it’s not like he’s even played bad enough to lose his spot. He’s not Jay Bruce or Tyler Wade. He had a tough stretch from April 6-9 where he went 0-13 with 6 Ks, granted. But if we’re giving everybody else the benefit of the doubt, why does he not get the same treatment?
I hope he sees consistent playing time soon because I like really like Frazier and his potential, but the Yankees haven’t shown they want to do that for him. If not, all the trade deadline rumors around Frazier will start swirling again. This time though, it wouldn’t be for the Yankees benefit…it would be for his.
On Wednesday, Governor Murphy just made it mandatory to wear a mask in outdoor spaces in New Jersey where social distancing isn’t possible. A lot of people lost their minds about it, but it honestly makes sense. If you find yourself in a big crowd, just throw one of those suckers on. No one’s asking you to wear one while you go for a run or eat dinner with your family.
As someone who is painfully addicted to Twitter and suffering from a lack of sports content, I’ve noticed every little thing become politicized the past four months. I guess that’s probably always happened to a degree, but I usually drown out any “real world stuff” on Twitter by debating how good Aaron Judge is with strangers and laughing at memes. But without sports, I find myself reading through threads where Earl from Louisiana (MAGA in bio) is arguing that masks violate his rights, while Becky from California (pronouns listed in bio) insists she won’t be coming out of her house until AT LEAST June of 2021.
But this is not a political blog. It’s Below the Belt SPORTS, after all. However, I do want to talk about those polarizing pieces of cloth. In New Jersey, masks are required in indoor public spaces, and outdoor spaces where distancing isn’t possible. Just one mask grants you entry to those areas. But if one mask makes it safe enough, why stop there? What about two masks? Or five? Even ten? I’m not a science guy, but that has to be safer, right?
The Yankees’ long-standing hair policy was making waves on Twitter on Monday after some comments from former Yankee Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen was only here for the second half of 2018, but he’s an awesome dude and quickly became a fan favorite.
Giancarlo Stanton has not reached expectations so far as a Yankee. Injuries really have set back Stanton and hindered his play throughout his tenure with the Yanks. I know many Yankees fans have become restless when it comes too Stanton, however, I still love the guy. Stanton can do no wrong to me, even after drilling Tanaka in the head with a piss missile off his bat this past weekend. I don’t know how Tanaka is alive let alone how he was smiling later that day in the hospital.Of course when Stanton is healthy, he takes it into his own hands to pass his injury bug on to his teammates.
Brian Cashman is the longest-tenured GM in baseball. After starting as an intern in 1986 and being promoted to assistant GM in 1992, Cashman was named the General Manager prior to the 1998 season. He was reluctant to take the job, as he knew that George Steinbrenner had a history of firing people in power positions any given moment. Luckily for Cashman, the Yankees went on to win the World Series in his first three seasons at the helm.
In the twenty seasons since the Yanks’ 2000 World Series victory, Cashman’s teams have experienced multiple phases with varying levels of success. The 2001-07 seasons were littered with playoff disappointment. The free agency splurge ahead of the 2009 season produced a title immediately, but that core failed to win it all again. The 2013-16 teams were a pathetic group of aging veterans that appeared in only one playoff game. And finally, Aaron Judge helped usher in the “Baby Bombers” era with a team that came within one game of the World Series in 2017.
Boston Red Sox: Will the Rivalry Be Renewed in 2020?
After the Sox handled the Yankees in the 2018 ALDS, they were a completely different team in 2019. A combination of injuries and an ineffective pitching staff led to the Sox winning 24 less games than they did the year before, as the Yankees coasted to a 14-5 regular season record against them. After trading Mookie Betts and David Price and losing ace Chris Sale to Tommy John surgery, will this year’s group be able to bring back some firepower to the rivalry?
There’s absolutely no place for this anywhere, let alone at a baseball game. Yankee fans pride ourselves on making the Stadium a hostile environment for opponents to play, especially in big games. It gets insanely loud, and fans heckle away players. Here’s what Twins’ pitcher Tyler Duffey said after his team came into the Bronx for the ALDS last year.
If our country wasn’t currently imploding, we would be about two months into baseball season at this point. Instead of watching people argue on Twitter about coronavirus, racism, or the upcoming election, it should be ME getting into Twitter fights. I’d be defending Gary Sanchez to Yankee fans trying to trade him after a three strikeout game, or battling an Astros fan who still tries to claim “everyone was cheating.” Maybe I’d even be having a nice argument with a Mets fan about how Aaron Judge is clearly better than Pete Alonso, while still admitting that Jacob deGrom is the superior pitcher to Gerrit Cole.
“My boyfriend is not in a spot where I should be, like, having this happen,” Bracksieck said. “He’s like a public figure. So, like, me being arrested for, like, having two glasses of wine is not OK.”Bracksieck continued, “My boyfriend is in the spotlight of New York media in general. And, now here I am handcuffed here in Arizona … like, that is not good.”The cop clearly didn’t care all that much … and eventually took Bracksieck to the station, where officers say in the police report they tested her breath two more times — claiming she blew a .169 and .181.Prosecutors ultimately hit Samantha with five charges over the incident, including extreme DUI — which is classified as a BAC of .15-.19.Samantha — who’s due in court for a hearing on the case in June — is facing jail time and fines if she’s convicted.
On days like today, I wish my job was writing the backpage headlines for the New York Post, because that headline was the perfect amount of corny. But really, what are we doing here, Aaron? Derek Jeter played two decades in New York and kept out of the tabloids. Judge is in the middle of rehabbing his broken rib and his girl blows a .18? You just can’t have that shit. Continue reading All Rise: Aaron’s Girlfriend Will Be Facing Different Judge After DUI→