Game 6: TB vs. NYY — The skies clear for 3 homers and a #SevySharp kind of afternoon

Another delayed game due to the rainy weather. Fortunately, the Yankees and Rays only had to wait about 90 minutes for first pitch, and at one point during the game, the sun came out from behind the clouds. The near frozen crowd actually cheered for the sun, an interesting turn of events when less than a month ago, a similar Yankees crowd cheered when the sun was hidden by clouds due to the scorching March heat in Tampa.

But as it always does, the game played on, with Luis Severino on the mound for a commanding start, throwing 92 pitches into the 8th inning. He gave up 5 hits, a walk, and 2 runs, striking out 7 Rays batters this afternoon. His allowed runs bookended his time on the mound. In the 1st, a 1-out single scored on a double to get the Rays on the board first. But then Severino held them scoreless through the next 6 innings. In the 8th, he gave up a lead-off single that moved to 2nd on a pop-up.

That would be the end of Severino’s day, as the Yankees called on Adam Warren to come in for the rest of the inning. Yes, that Adam Warren, still nursing a bit of a bruise on his ankle. Warren was a little shaky, giving up a single to put runners on the corners and a sacrifice fly to score the lead-off runner before he got a solid strikeout to end the Rays’ scoring today. Aroldis Chapman powered through the Rays in a 12-pitch 9th inning, striking out the final batter with a 100 mph fastball to close out the game.

The Yankees also gave Severino enough room to give up those runs. In the bottom of the 1st, the Yankees began their attack of the Rays’ starter. Gardner led-off with a single and then scored as part of Giancarlo Stanton’s big 1-out 2-run home run, his first as a Yankee in Yankee Stadium this year (2nd ever in the Stadium). It was also the hardest hit ball in 2018 so far, turning an 88 mph slider into a 117.9 mph power hit.

Then for a fun sort of repeat, Judge led-off the 3rd with a walk and then scored on Gary Sanchez’s 1-out 2-run home run. In the 4th, Tyler Austin led-off with a walk, stole 2nd, and moved to 3rd on a fly out. That would be all for the Rays’ starter, after 90 pitches in just the 4th inning.

But the reliever they looked to conversely helped the Yankees out a bit, giving up a single to Ronald Torreyes to score Austin (the only run not scored on a home run by the Yankees today) and then a 2-out 2-run home run to Aaron Judge to cap off the Yankees’ runs early in the game, his first homer of the season too. They spent the rest of the game easily defending their large lead.

Final score: 7-2 Yankees, Yankees sweep the series 2-0.

The Yankees officially win their first home series, albeit a short one. Like I said before, the schedule is a little weird this year, so 2-game and 4-game series are more frequent than previous years, though the standard 3-game series still dominates.

Next-up: the Yankees continue facing off with their division rivals and welcome the Orioles for a 4-game weekend series starting tomorrow night (at 6:35 pm EST).

It is worth noting that while tomorrow looks great (although still pretty chilly) for baseball, Friday night and Saturday afternoon are looking less promising, with a rainy mix making way for 1-3″ of snow accumulation in the City.

Yep, winter doesn’t want to go anywhere just yet.

Go Yankees!

Game 5: TB vs. NYY — Delayed Home Opener, rainy, wind chills, & Didi

The problem with April games is that winter isn’t always ready to give way to the boys of summer. So when it lingers long enough to drop a large amount of snow on the stadium on what should be Opening Day, the grounds crew spent yesterday clearing a layer of the white stuff off the field and resetting it for a postponed game. But it wasn’t exactly a better option, with the City spending most of the day (and tomorrow) soaking wet from the rain.

That meant the first pitch was delayed an additional 15 minutes and the pre-game festivities were modified or scrapped altogether. But no worries, rather reminiscent to the snowy start to the 1996 season, the game played on, and the Yankees powered through, despite some strong attempts by the visiting Rays to do stop them.

Jordan Montgomery got the start, a rather big responsibility for the young starter, but he continues to prove how necessary he is to the rotation. He threw 80 pitches in his 5 innings, allowing only 2 hit, 4 walks, and a run, and striking out just 4 Rays batters. In the 3rd, he gave up a single and a walk before a fielder’s choice put runners in the corners. A throwing error allowed another batter to reach base as the lead runner scored the Rays’ first run. The next batter hit a long fly ball to center where Brett Gardner fired it in to get the runner out at home for a fantastic double play. (We always say, “Don’t run on Gary!” but we should add “Don’t run on Gardy!” too.)

Jonathan Holder came on in relief in the 6th but really struggled his way through. After a quick strikeout, he then gave up a double and a single to put runners on the corners. A single scored one run and another single loaded up the bases. Now in a jam, the Yankees turned to Tommy Kahnle, who got a strikeout before giving up a 2-RBI double. Kahnle’s 7th inning went better setting up the rest of the bullpen — Robertson and Shreve — who blasted through the Rays’ lineup to close out the game.

In the mean time, the Yankees faced the Rays’ starter, who clearly had a less than ideal day thanks to a very particular Yankee, a Yankee who has Rays’ pitchers’ numbers today. Didi Gregorius led-off the 2nd with a double, moved to 2nd on Walker’s 1-out walk, and then scored on Tyler Wade’s 2-out single. Then, in the 3rd, Gardner and Judge each singled, and then Didi Gregorius smacked a big 3-run home run to put the Yankees in the lead.

But with the game tied in the 6th, the Yankees found another opportunity to advance in the bottom of the 7th. Tyler Austin led-off with a double. Brett Gardner hit into a sacrifice bunt, but made it safely all the way to 2nd thanks to a throwing error that also scored Austin. Judge then singled to get on base, and 1-out later, it would be Didi Gregorius to hit his 2nd 3-run home run of the game to put the Yankees back in a commanding lead.

That wasn’t all. With 1 out, Wade and Austin both worked walks, and after a pitching change, Gardner singled to load up the bases. A walk to Aaron Judge scored Wade, before a 2-out single to (who else?) Didi Gregorius scored Austin and Gardner to ensure the Yankee victory.

Not a bad way to start the Yankees’ home season.

Final score: 11-4 Yankees

Injury update: Jacoby Ellsbury’s comeback is now pushed back thanks to a hip injury. Ellsbury was recovering well from his oblique injury incurred during Spring Training, but now, it looks like he’ll be sidelined a bit longer now. We’re likely to see Aaron Hicks about April 10 if he can stay healthy. Fingers and toes crossed, everyone.

And minor league reliever Ben Heller was moved to the 60-day DL (effectively taking him off the 40-man roster) due to a bone spur in his right elbow. This made room for the Yankees to claim outfielder Trayce Thompson off waivers from the Dodgers. If there’s any further setbacks, calling up Thompson is a real possibility.

Happy Home Opener, Yankee Universe!

Go Yankees!

Spring Game 31: NYY vs. TB — Routed in the Florida finale

That was definitely not how you want to end your time in Florida for Spring Training. After a big double win yesterday, the Yankees just couldn’t seem to find their footing in Port Charlotte (about 90 minutes down the Gulf Coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers) in today’s game against the Rays.

Brian Keller had a rough start and set the pace for most of the Yankee pitching today. Throwing just into the 3rd inning, he gave up 8 hits and 5 runs, getting just 1 strikeout in his 8 outs. He gave up a lead-off walk in the 1st that stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a ground out, and then scored on a sacrifice fly to get the Rays on the board first. In the 3rd, he then gave up a single that scored as part of a 2-run home run. Then a 1-out double scored as part of a 2-out 2-run homer to keep the Rays advancing. Two singles later, Keller’s afternoon was done.

Brady Lail came on and ended the threat with a solid strikeout. With 1 out in the 4th, he gave up a double and a walk to allow his own threat before a strikeout ended his afternoon. Adonis Rosa’s relief began with an RBI single. And his 5th inning sealed the game for the Rays — a single, a 2-run home run, a fly out, 2 solo home runs, and then 2 more outs.

Trevor Lane’s 6th inning was less dramatic. With 1 out, he gave up a solo homer, a walk, and a wild pitch before getting out of the inning without further damage. That improvement was picked up by Raynel Espinal in the 7th whose 3 outs were 3 solid strikeouts, and Andrew Schwaab followed suit in the 8th with his own 3 strikeouts. Collectively, the Yankee pitchers gave up 16 hits and 4 walks, and earned 11 strikeouts.

On the other side of things, the Yankee batters worked 12 strikeouts and just 4 total hits. This reflected the mass of zeroes by their name that stretched across the scoreboard for most of the game. It wasn’t until the 9th inning that they determined they weren’t going to be so badly shut-out of today’s game. Diego Castillo led off with a nice double, and 2 outs later, Trey Amburgey’s easy single scored Castillo to end the shut out. Despite a walk to Jorge Saez, the Yankees were unable to chip away at the Rays’ large lead any further.

Final score: 11-1 Rays

Up next: the Yankees play their final pre-season game against the Braves in Atlanta, a repeat of last season that helped inaugurate the Braves’ new stadium. Tomorrow night’s game will feature Sonny Gray on the mound.

Injury news: Greg Bird will be one player not making the trip to Atlanta. He’s on his way to New York for more tests on that sore foot after feeling some discomfort during pre-game batting practice yesterday. He was examined by team doctors yesterday, given an MRI and CT scan, which revealed inflammation but nothing further. He will see a foot specialist tomorrow in the City who will hopefully have a clearer diagnosis and time-table for Bird’s treatment, recovery, and return to baseball activity.

We’re still waiting on a finalized 25-man roster, but that’s pretty much set based on where they’ve optioned everyone over the last week or so. Technically, nothing is set until they make the announcements on Opening Day. And I have a feeling they are waiting on the results from Bird’s appointment before determining who they might need to pull up, like Tyler Austin (who is currently on the 40-man, but not the 25-man), who could certainly cover 1st base while Bird recovers. Beyond that, there is still a question mark on Jacoby Ellsbury’s readiness and whether the 12-13 split will favor the bullpen or the bench.

In other words, there’s still time to sort out details. So be prepared for an onslaught of information once there is information to share.

Go Yankees!

Spring Game 24: TB vs. NYY — 9th inning heroics… by the other guys

Look, tonight’s game was going really well for most of the games for the Yankees. They held off the Rays’ batters for most of the game consistently, their pitchers dominating the ironic “hometown” visiting team. And things looked great for setting up the Yankees for a win. Right up until that 9th inning under an unlikely reliever.

Sabathia was to start tonight, but instead was pulled this morning to throw a simulated game. Many of the regular starters seem to be doing this or pitching in minor league games to hone their skills leading up to next Thursday’s Opening Day. Instead, that leaves the game to minor league starters and a plethora of relievers to show off the depth of the Yankees organization. One of those, David Hale, got the start tonight, going 3 full, scoreless innings, and getting 5 great strikeouts (of his 9 outs).

Tommy Kahnle continued this momentum through the 4th and 5th innings, handing things over to Chad Green for a flawless 6th inning. Dellin Betances jumped in for two strong innings he’s more comfortable with — the 7th and 8th — and added 4 strikeouts of his own. (The Yankees pitchers would get 10 total strikeouts tonight off Rays’ batters.)

Leading up to this point in the game, the Yankees chipped away at the Rays’ pitchers in small ways, working 7 walks and getting just 6 total hits. In the 2nd, Gregorius led-off with a walk, moved to 2nd on Tyler Austin’s single, and then to 3rd when Romine hit into a fielder’s choice out at 2nd. So with runners in the corners and 2 outs, Ronald Torreyes singled and scored Gregorius to get the Yankees on the board. But then they started a familiar song — Gardner walked to load the bases, but the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on that opportunity with a little grounder to 2nd to end the inning with those bases loaded.

They got another shot in the 6th. Hicks worked a lead-off walk, and Gregorius singled. Austin’s ground out moved both runners into scoring position, and Austin Romine’s sacrifice fly scored Hicks to double the Yankees’ score. But that was it for the Yankees tonight. Plenty of opportunities, but nothing that was tangible on the scoreboard.

Anyway, so the Yankees pitchers and defense had completely shut out the visiting Rays going into the 9th inning. Literally, they just needed 3 outs, and everyone could go home. So turning to reliable Adam Warren to close the game seemed like a logical step. Except he wasn’t so reliable tonight, in a weird turn of events. He gave up consecutive singles that scored as part of a big 3-run home run to suddenly put the Rays in the lead with a single swing.

He gave up another home run, a 1-out solo shot to roughly the same outfield section to add one more Rays’ run. After another out and a single, the Yankees had seen enough and called on another fairly reliable reliever, Chasen Shreve. Fortunately, Shreve wasn’t having a flukey night like Warren and was able to wrap things up quickly with a nice strikeout. But the Yankee batters got a quick 3 outs in the bottom of the 9th, handing things over to the Rays in a single inning.

Final score: 4-2 Rays

O2W: Once again, there wasn’t much playing time for the farm team players. But with Bird solidly at 1st for the regular roster, the chances we’ll see the likes of Tyler Austin for much of 2018 are slim. (If Bird stays healthy. Fingers crossed.) That makes Austin on my radar consistently. They’ve played him a lot this Spring, and rightly so. He is a stellar ball player, great on defense, contributing to the offense, and (most importantly) consistent. And that consistency makes him worth watching once again and for the rest of this season. I have no doubt he’ll make a Bronx appearance at some point in 2018 because that’s how things work. But he’s already earned the spot and the consideration.

Next up: The Yankees head back to Lakeland again to face the Tigers. However, there is a cold front (hallelujah!) on its way tomorrow night, so heavy storms will be ushering that front in, making tomorrow afternoon look rather unplayable and could be the first (and only) cancelled game for the Yankees this Spring. Like Sabathia this morning, the Yankees originally scheduled Sonny Gray for the game, but he will pitch in a minor league game instead. They haven’t announced a replacement just yet.

On a lighter note: the Yankees released their first commercial for the 2018 season, they cheekily called “Little Toe Has Big Dreams“. It stars Torreyes and features Stanton and Judge and a very special jar of pickles. Enjoy!

Go Yankees!

{Media note: no broadcast, no highlights. Sorry!}

Spring Game 10: TB vs. NYY — The home team won… no, the other home team…

It was a beautiful day today in Tampa — clear, sunny blue skies, and a dip in the weather topped off the temperature in the mid-70s with a slight breeze. And a sold-out crowd to watch the hometown Rays visit the Spring hometown of the Yankees. Like most Rays-Yankees games at The Trop (the Rays’ MLB stadium across the Bay in St. Petersburg), the crowd was split pretty evenly between Rays and Yankees fans in what can only be a strong dual-hometown crowd.

And I still can’t figure out at what point it was blatantly obvious the Yankees had no chance of winning today’s game. Was it the second time Giancarlo Stanton lost the ball in the sun? Was it the lack of solid hits by the Yankees’ offense? Or was it just the slow pace of the first half of the game? No matter how you swing it, the Yankees didn’t have control of any part of today’s game.

Chad Green got the start in today’s game and got off to a pretty good start — a lead-off single was caught stealing (“you don’t run on Gary!”) before he breezed his way through the next 2 outs. But his 2nd inning gave up a single and double to put runners in scoring position. Fortunately, he got lucky and got back in command with a solid 3 outs to keep those runners from scoring.

Unfortunately, Aroldis Chapman’s Spring debut in the 3rd certainly did not go as planned, hitting the lead-off batter with a 97 mph plunk on the back and giving up a single. A ground out got the runner at 2nd, leaving runners in the corners. But Chapman wasn’t in command today, and the Yankees turned to Ben Heller for relief. A sacrifice fly scored the Rays’ first run of the day, but Heller got out of the inning with a strikeout. Heller continued in the 4th with 2 more strikeouts, but then got into his own trouble, putting runners in scoring position with a walk and ground-rule double. A throwing error on the next play allowed another run to score.

So the Yankees called in reliever Raynel Espinal to try to calm the Rays. It didn’t work. A single scored another run before another ground-rule double scored one more. A pop-up in foul territory ended that messy inning. Espinal was given the full 5th inning to try to redeem himself a bit. But he continued to struggle. With 1 out and a runner on 2nd, a double scored yet another Rays’ run.

It is worth noting that up until the 5th inning, the Yankees had minimal breakthroughs off the Rays’ pitchers, getting only 3 hits off the first 3 pitchers in 4 innings. A new Rays pitcher in the 5th gave the Yankees a much-needed opportunity to do more than hit into ground outs. With 1 out, McKinney was hit by a pitch before flying all the way to 3rd on Torreyes’ single. Tyler Wade’s long sacrifice fly scored McKinney to finally get the Yankees on the board.

But down 5-1 at that point, there was certainly not a whole lot of hope to cling to for the Yankees. Reliever Wade LeBlanc, who is a fairly reliable middle reliever, got into his own trouble in the 6th thanks in part to more messy defense. With 1 out, a batter hit the ball to 3rd where it was mishandled, and the out never made. That runner moved to 2nd on a ground out and then scored on an RBI double. But LeBlanc had a much better, cleaner 7th inning.

I will give it to Giovanny Gallegos, who easily pitched his best inning thus far this Spring, a super quick, super strong 1-2-3 8th inning. But reliever Cale Coshow repeated a few of his predecessors’ struggles with some of his own in the 9th. A lead-off single moved to 2nd on a 1-out walk before scoring as part of a 2-out 3-run home run to cap off the Rays’ scoring today.

Yankees’ pitchers gave up 13 total hits and 3 walks, and due to far too many errors, they only gave up 5 earned runs (of the 9 total). On the other side, Yankees’ batters only managed 6 hits and 1 walk. And really, both teams were hitting, so to speak. The Yankees’ batters were just hitting into easy ground outs, while the Rays were finding all the defensive holes.

And those sunny skies that made it difficult for first-time left fielder Stanton to miss two long fly balls out there.

Final score: 9-1 Rays

One to watch: I’m going with Giovanny Gallegos. Seriously, in this game of a lot of messy defense and good offensive hits from the other guys, a single flawless inning that helped moved the pace of the game up felt like the most refreshing thing this afternoon. Gallegos has had mixed results this Spring, but today, he reminded us all why he was a good replacement in that bullpen last year and worth considering for the job again this season.

Next up: An off day! Yep, Monday is no baseball day for the Yankees, so enjoy your Monday. I know I will. But after that, on Tuesday, the Yankees take a 30 minute bus ride east to Lakeland to face the Tigers, tabbing Jordan Montgomery for the start there.

Okay, I promise not to talk about standings again. Because every time I do, they lose the next game. So I’m done until the end of the Spring. I don’t believe in jinxes or anything like that, so I’m thinking it’s more expectations. Let’s just see where we are in 3 1/2 weeks and hope for the best.

Go Yankees!

Game 159: TB vs. NYY — Division hopes get pear-shaped

You know how you have one of those days where everything is working out in your favor, and then suddenly, everything goes pear-shaped and you just can’t do anything about it. Yeah, that was the Yankees’ Thursday night in the Bronx tonight. Much to the chagrin of basically everyone in Yankees’ universe.

Sonny Gray actually had a pretty good night for a good portion of his outing. Through his first 4 innings tonight, Gray threw just 58 pitches, gave up 2 hits, a walk, and a run. In the 1st, he gave up a 1-out solo home run to get the Rays on the board early. But he really reined it in and pushed the Yankees through a solid next few innings.

But then, Gray just kind of collapsed in the 5th inning. With 1 out, he gave up 2 singles to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch scored one run and a throwing error moved the other runner to 3rd. After a nice strikeout allowed the Yankees to hope the inning was almost over, it was not to be. Gray promptly walked the next batter and then gave up a big 2-run home run. After yet another allowed single, that would be it for Gray tonight.

Jonathan Holder came on in relief of Gray, but just couldn’t find that final out either. He hit his first batter with a pitch, gave up a single that scored one runner, and a big triple that scored the remaining 2 runners. That would be it for him too.

It would Chasen Shreve to get the final out of the 5th inning, a sigh of relief in the form of a strikeout. Shreve was breezing through the 6th until he gave up a pinch-hit solo home run, followed by a walk. Girardi wasn’t about to see a repeat of the previous inning, so he went back to the bullpen for Heller. Heller was very strong through the 7th and 8th innings as well, before handing the game to Gallegos who breezed through the 9th in just 12 pitches.

Remember, when I said things were great for the Yankees at first? They really were. Brett Gardner liked the 2nd pitch of the 1st inning and sent it into the 2nd deck of the right field seats for a lead-off home run. Aaron Judge followed that up with his own solo home run (that landed really close to where Gardner’s landed) to get the Yankees on the board early.

In the 2nd, with 1 out, Ellsbury singled, moved to 2nd on a passed ball, and then scored on Todd Frazier’s single. Greg Bird added to the score with a lead-off solo home run in the 4th inning after the Rays pulled their starter.

With another pitcher in the 5th (after the disastrous top of the inning), the Yankees were looking for a big comeback. Gardner led-off with a walk, moved to 2nd when Sanchez was hit by a pitch, ended up a 3rd on a fielder’s choice, and then scored on Starlin Castro’s single.

The Rays were able to piece together a better bullpen again, which didn’t help the Yankees in their efforts to reduce the deficit of runs. In the 9th inning, with yet another reliever on for the Rays, pinch-hitter Aaron Hicks jumped in and smacked a 1-out solo home run that bounced off the bench in the Yankees’ bullpen to get the Yankees back in the game. But 2 outs later, the game was done.

Pear-shaped hit rock-bottom.

Final score: 9-6 Rays, Yankees win series 2-1

Postseason Prep: What makes tonight’s loss even harder to swallow is that the Red Sox were so dominated tonight by the Astros (12-2), keeping the Red Sox at 3 games ahead of the Yankees in the standings. The Yankees host the Blue Jays starting tomorrow for the final series of the season. Basically, in order to win the AL East at this point, the Astros need to sweep the Red Sox (go Astros!) and the Yankees need to sweep the Blue Jays.

On this day in Yankees History: on Sept. 28, 1968, Yankees icon and legend Mickey Mantle played his final career game actually at Fenway. He started the game and hit 3rd in the order. In the 1st inning, he popped out and was promptly replaced (at his request). He just wanted one final game, one final at-bat. He was almost 37, at the height of his alcoholism, and still dealing with a lingering terrible hip injury. He was done with baseball that day nearly 50 years ago, but he spent the next 27 years of his life becoming a better man personally and cherishing the memories he made on the field. So a tip of the cap in memory of old #7.

Go Yankees!

Game 158: TB vs. NYY — #SevySharp, offense upswing continues, community matters

For much of tonight’s game, the Rays and Yankees were pretty much locked into a pitching duel, with both starters giving up minimal base runners for the first 4 innings. In fact, both teams didn’t score until the 5th inning. From there, it was back to being a Yankees-dominated game once again.

Luis Severino got the start for this middle game of the Rays’ series. He threw 91 pitches through his 6 innings, gave up 4 hits, a walk, and a run, and struck out 9 Rays batters (because he’s Severino). That lone run was a lead-off solo shot in the 5th inning. It would be the lone allowed run by the Yankee pitching staff all night.

Shreve came on for the 7th, but with just 2 outs and 2 baserunners, the Yankees turned to one of their best middle relievers in recent history (let alone this season) — Chad Green, who only needed 3 pitches to get the final out of the 7th inning. Betances and Chapman closed out the game, with an inning and a strikeout a piece. Basically, being the Betances-Chapman duo we’ve come to expect for the backend of the bullpen.

Now, going into the 5th inning, the Yankees only had minimal offense in the game, just 2 hits and a walk for the first 4 innings. So, the Yankees found their opportunity in the 5th to advance. Ellsbury led-off with a walk and moved to 3rd on Hicks’ single. With 1 out, Aaron Judge’s double scored both runners to get the Yankees on the board and in the lead with one swing.

Then in the 6th, Starlin Castro led-off with a solo home run. That would be the end of the Rays’ starter’s night, despite a pretty good outing overall. Of course, their bullpen hasn’t exactly been in the best shape, so the Yankees continued pouncing. Greg Bird followed up that with his own solo home run into the right field seats. Headley then singled, and after 1 out, Aaron Hicks got in on the fun and hit a 2-run home run to solidify the Yankees’ win.

With another new reliever, the Yankees gave up a double and walk before getting shut down with the 2 outs needed to close out the inning. The final 2 relievers were infinitely better against the Yankees tonight (including a former Yankee, by the way), and shut down any further attempts by the home team to advance their lead.

Final score: 6-1 Yankees

Postseason Prep: More of an FYI… the Red Sox won tonight, so they remain 3 games ahead of the Yankees in the standings. And there’s only 4 games left of the series. They begin their 4-game closing series against the practically unbeatable Astros tomorrow, and the Yankees wrap up their series against the Rays tomorrow afternoon before welcoming the Blue Jays to close out the season. (Go Astros!)

Okay, I know you’re probably already doing your part to help those affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. The most recent one, Hurricane Maria certainly devastated many of the Caribbean Islands, including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which really took the brunt of the storm. In response, many fundraisers are currently underway to help the devastated people, especially those basically trapped in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican MLB players, alumni, and associates have provided several options for you to get involved, including former Yankees Carlos Beltran and Jorge Posada and EPSN broadcaster Marly Rivera.

Our prayers continue to be with those still recovering from this summer’s storms. However, the outpouring from people all over has been amazing to see such kindness, generosity, and love in action. Keep it up, as community still matters even when we’ve recovered from the storms!

Go Yankees!