Game 109 // Eighth Inning // The Aaron Hicks Game

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: YANKEES 5 (0) – 3 RED SOX

 

It’s August. It’s Yankee Stadium. Boston vs. New York. It’s a soldout ballpark and a hell of a lot on the line.

The Red Sox have won eight straight. The Yankees slipping farther behind by the day, toward that crossroads that says: Accept your Wild Card fate!

Red Sox up 3-0. Four and a half games up in the A.L. East.

And, then, the beginnings of a rally. From the tip of Brett Gardner’s toe, center of Yankee Baseball Universe, for just a moment. Continue reading “Game 109 // Eighth Inning // The Aaron Hicks Game”

Game 61 // Ninth Inning // The Yankees Ballet

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: YANKEES 5 – 4 INDIANS

 

There’s an occasional sense watching baseball, that what you’re seeing steps into another category altogether, into the absurd, the cartoonish—where sport falls behind spectacle, the score and standings go blurred out and silent, for a moment, and you’re left only with an image.

Prince Fielder belly-flopping onto the Fenway Park dirt, a beached fish some 20,000 leagues short of third base. Continue reading “Game 61 // Ninth Inning // The Yankees Ballet”

Game 58 // Ninth Inning // Yankee Didi Dandy

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: YANKEES 9 (3) – 7 RANGERS

 

“Pain is inevitable,” said Haruki Murakami, the great Japanese novelist. “Suffering is optional.”

The Yankees are no longer the Yankees Yankees. Pour one out. The Red Sox are in first place. Gone are the days of the sure-thing AL East crown for New York, with all other comers fighting for a Wild Card spot. Gone are the days of Jeter, Rivera, Continue reading “Game 58 // Ninth Inning // Yankee Didi Dandy”

Game 47 // Seventh Inning // The Darwin Barney Game

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH: BLUE JAYS 4 (1) – 1 YANKEES

 

It’s yet another classic hit from the greatest of this baseball generation, leaping and bounding his way through the record books, into the hearts of fans, his face on every billboard across Canada—the one, the only… Darwin … Barney?

He’s (at best) the fourth best known Barney in recent history, behind Continue reading “Game 47 // Seventh Inning // The Darwin Barney Game”

Game 46 // Seventh Inning // Starlin Light, Starlin Bright

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: YANKEES 2 (0) – 1 RAYS

 

Jake Odorizzi is throwing a no-hitter. Six innings on the books. His last name appears to be Rougned Odor’s rap name. Drizzy. Weezy. Odorizzi.

The cowbells are at full clang inside the Trop, locked in tight battle with a strong New York contingent, chanting Continue reading “Game 46 // Seventh Inning // Starlin Light, Starlin Bright”