TODAY: Game 152 | 84-67 | AL East: -3 GB | Wild Card: +6 Big Sexy bounces into this important series finale with an overall 6-13 record, a 6.39 ERA and 1.60 WHIP against Yankees ace Luis Severino, who was moved up in the rotation.
TONIGHT: Game 151 | 83-67 | AL East: -3 GB | Wild Card: +5 The Big Man toes the rubber for the Yankees tonight in an attempt to both clinch a series win against the visiting Minnesota Twins — and keep pressure on the first place Boston Red Sox, who’s lead remains at 3 games with 12 to play after last night’s meltdown by Baltimore pitching — who could see that coming? Nevertheless, the pinstripes will keep grinding and we’ll see what happens. For a division tie, the Yankees need to go 9-3 while Boston goes 3-9. Probability less than 1%, but that’s why they play ’em. Let’s see who’s hot and who’s not in tonight’s showdown against José Berrios.
This series — a possible Wild Card play-in game matchup — presents some interesting choices in drafting a lineup. On paper, a few key metrics (and intangibles) look to favor the visiting Minnesota Twins, but there is no quit in this Yankee team so it promises to be a hard fought showdown. Let’s see who can put your lineup in the skrilla tonight.
THEY SAID IT : GREAT QUOTES FROM AND ABOUT THE NEW YORK YANKEES
"I know what kind of pitcher Whitey was, and I know what kind of person Whitey is. It makes me feel proud to be a Yankee. We're keeping this in the family."
Mariano RiveraOne Yankee legend eclipses another as Mo broke Whitey Ford's record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched in postseason play at 33.1.
"He pitches better when he's mad, so I try to make him that way."
Jorge PosadaCore Four Enforcer referring to Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez
"They killed my grandfather, they killed my father, and now they're coming for me."
Anonymous Red Sox FanCirca 2003
"I'd like to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee."
Joe DiMaggio13x All-Star, 9x World Series Champion, 3x AL MVP, #5 Retired, Honored in Monument Park
"If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them."
Lawrence Peter 'Yogi' Berra18x All-Star, 13x World Series Champion, 3x AL MVP, #8 Retired, Honored in Monument Park
"If I played in New York, they'd name a candy bar after me."
Reggie Jackson14x All-Star, 5x World Series Champion, 2x World Series MVP, #44 Retired, Honored in Monument Park
"No, I never threw a spitball. Except when I had to get someone out really bad."
Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford10x All-Star, 6x World Series Champion, Cy Young Award Winner (1961), World Series MVP, #16 Retired, Honored in Monument Park
"At nighttime, you just try to keep him out of jail."
David Cone... speaking of teammate David Wells. Our current YES booth guru, Coney was a 5x All-Star AND World Series Champion (4 with NY), 1994 Cy Young Award winner, and pitched a perfect game at The Stadium on July 18, 1999.
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around ..."
Jim Bouton1962 World Champion, 1963 All-Star, Newark, NJ native, pitched for the Bombers between 1962-68
"Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa."
George SteinbrennerThe Boss. The one and only. July 4, 1930 - July 13, 2010. Owner of the New York Yankees. RIP, George!
"Everything looks nicer when you win. The girls are prettier. The cigars taste better. The trees are greener."
Billy Martin5x World Series Champion, 1956 All-Star, Retired Number (1) and Monument Park honoree. 1928 - 1989.
"Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa."
Casey Stengel9x World Series Champion, Retired Number (37), Monument Park honoree, managed Yanks 1949-1960.
"Why pitch nine innings when you can get just as famous pitching two?"
Sparky Lyle2x World Series Champion, 1977 AL Cy Young Award winner, 3x All-Star, 2x AL saves leader
"When you go to other parks, they hang banners for the wild-card or Eastern Division or Western Division champions. Around here, they don't hang anything unless its for being world champions."
Charles Theodore "Chili" Davis2x NY Yankees World Series Champion (1998-99)
"Have faith in the Yankees, my son."
Ernest Hemingway... from 'The Old Man and the Sea' (1952). Hemingway was a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman.
"When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join a circus. With the Yankees I've accomplished both."
Graig Nettles2x World Series Champion, 6x All-Star, 1981 ALCS MVP, 1976 AL home run leader, Yankees captain 1982-84.
"I hated the Yankees and Dodgers and wound up managing both."
Joe Torre4x World Series Champion, Retired Number (6), Monument Park honoree, Brooklyn, NY native.
"True Yankees are born, not made."
Jay MohrVerona, NJ's own, actor, stand-up comedian and radio star.
"You see, the Mets are losers, just like nearly everybody else in life. This is the team for the cab driver who gets held up … for every guy who has to get out of bed in the morning and go to work for short money on a job he does not like … The Yankees? Who does well enough to root for them, Laurence Rockefeller?”
James Earle "Jimmy" BreslinLegendary Queens, NY-born journalist, columnist, novelist, playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner.
"Playing for Yogi is like playing for your father — playing for Billy is like playing for your father-in-law."
Don Edward Baylor (1949-2017)Superstar player, coach and manager over 19-year MLB career. A New York Yankee between 1983-85.
"I never knew how someone who was dying could say he was the luckiest man in the world. But now I understand."
Mickey Charles MantleOn the day Mick's number 7 was retired (June 8, 1969) — referencing Lou Gehrig's speech.