CC’s big heart needed a little help

In our last post, there was a paragraph about a promotional tour of the upcoming grounds for a special series in the United Kingdom. The Yankees and Red Sox were to send a veteran player to do press, tour the playing field, see sports games, and generally promote good will with the host country, drumming up anticipation for the late June series between the longtime American rivals.

While the Red Sox were proudly represented, for the Yankees, it was like the whole weekend never happened. And today, we found out why.

The Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman released this statement:

“We are thankful that CC was smart enough to convey his symptoms to our medical staff, and in turn they immediately engaged New York-Presbyterian Hospital, who quickly determined the root cause of what ailed him. We are also encouraged that the procedure CC underwent was performed as planned. He is such a dynamic person beyond his excellence on the field, and we will proceed with his health at the forefront of our priorities. We will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of the doctors — who have conveyed that CC will report as scheduled to Tampa in February to prepare for the 2019 season.”

A few days prior to this planned international tour, Sabathia was working out at his home gym and just felt off. He was smart enough to listen to his body, knowing something was wrong, and got checked out by team physicians. The eventually detected a blockage in one of his arteries leading to his heart. On December 11, doctors at New York-Presbyterian performed an angioplasty, or commonly a “stent” in the artery to allow for blood to flow properly to the heart.

He is recovering and will return to regular athletic activities at the beginning of the year before reporting for duty in Tampa for Spring Training. Our best wishes are with him as he recovers and enjoys the holidays with his family. We look forward to seeing him back in pinstripes and dominating from the mound once again. This time, with a healthier heart. He’s always been known for his big heart, and we’re certainly glad that he was smart enough to make sure it stays healthy for more years of generosity and showmanship.

No word on any kind of make-up trip to the UK for the Yankees’ side of press promotion, but I’m pretty sure there’s already a lot of buzz and excitement leading up to the inaugural series. And I don’t think ticket sales are going to be a problem. The Brits love sport of all shapes, sizes, and kinds. They’re kind of known for their passion and quirky traditions.

Anyway, hope everyone has a happy, healthy holiday to close out 2018, looking forward to all that 2019 has to offer us!

Go Yankees!

Game 35: BOS vs. NYY — #SevySharp & Multi-Stanton, but late inning offense rescues again

The Yankees continue their home stand, opening this mid-week 3-game series against the Red Sox tonight. Going into this game, the Red Sox were just a game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East, and both teams know that they both need to win to advance their team’s strength in the standings. But only one team can come out on top. (It’s kind of how this thing works.)

So it was to Luis Severino that the Yankees looked to lead them in this opening game. Severino threw into the 7th inning with 109 pitches, giving up 6 runs, no walks, and 2 runs, while striking out a solid 11 Boston batters. Severino held off the Red Sox until the 5th inning, when a lead-off batter struck out but then made it safely to 1st on a wild pitch (I still hate these, by the way). Two legitimate strike outs later, a single moved that runner to 2nd before another single and long throw allowed that lead runner to score the Red Sox’s first run.

Severino gave up a lead-off single in the 7th, and that runner would be his responsibility as he headed back to the clubhouse for the night. David Robertson came on for 2 quick outs, but then he gave up a long triple that scored that runner. Green needed just 11 pitches to get out of the 8th, and Chapman threw an efficient 15-pitch 9th inning. And in total, Yankee pitchers collected 14 strikeouts (and no walks!).

Meanwhile, the Yankees rode on the wings of Giancarlo Stanton early on with his lead-off solo home runs in the 2nd to left field and in the 4th to right. So after the Red Sox tied up the game in the 7th, the Yankees answered back in the bottom of the 7th. With 1 out, Walker doubled and Torres walked before a balk moved both runners to scoring position. Gardner’s walk then loaded up the bases and had the Red Sox headed back to their bullpen again. Aaron Judge promptly singled to score Walker, but a quick, strong throw home got Torres trying to score an insurance run.

They didn’t need it in the end, thanks in part to the Yankees’ strong pitching.

Final score: 3-2 Yankees

There’s been a lot of chatter about which teams will face off in a short series during the 2019 season in London, bringing America’s pastime to Great Britain. MLB announced yesterday that the two teams that will be making the trip will be the Yankees and Red Sox, bringing the best rivalry in all of sports across the pond. The NFL and NBA have traveled to England in previous seasons, and British fans and American ex-pats enjoy these special games.

The MLB has traveled outside of the US and Canada periodically over the last 22 years — in 1996 and 1999 to Monterrey, Mexico; in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 to Tokyo, Japan; in 2014 to Sydney, Australia; and 51 times since 2001 to San Juan, Puerto Rico, including last month when the Indians and Twins faced off (and dealt with a local power outage and the continued local hurricane recovery). Later this year, the Dodgers and Padres will play in Monterrey, Mexico, and next season, the Mariners and Athletics will travel to Tokyo. But the Yankees-Red Sox games in England will be the first regular season MLB games in Europe ever.

That leaves me to wonder if the Brits will embrace baseball with the same kind of enthusiasm as their football (or soccer for Americans) or perhaps cricket, a more similar sport. If anything, the Brits love their sport regardless of what kind of sport it is. I imagine they’ll love it like the Americans love soccer, with the same fervency of the moment (like the US gets during the World Cup) before moving on with other sport and fan bases once the Yankees (literally and figuratively) are flying back across the pond.

Go Yankees!