Hi all, Sam here. Just wanted to mention something that stuck with me while listening to Johnny Damon after Saturday’s game. At one point, Damon was asked about the difference between what was happening with the Yankees right now vs. what they were doing a year ago. When he heard the question, Damon’s eyes got wide; a year ago, the Yankees closed down the old Yankee Stadium on the second-to-last Sunday of the season and were eliminated from postseason contention two days later.
This year? They enter the second-to-last Sunday of the season with the Champagne on ice, in preparation for a celebration of the franchise’s 16th division title. Joe Girardi even admitted on Saturday that he’s allowed himself to get excited about finally managing in the postseason. “I’ve had a chance to do it as a player, I’ve had a chance to do it as a coach,” he said. “But never as a manager.”
This season, he will. Not a bad turnaround for a year, no?
I’m off the next two games so that I can spend Yom Kippur with my family, but I’ll return on Tuesday for Pete’s finale. Then on Wednesday, we’ve got the “official” re-launch. Enjoy the next couple of days and, to all who are celebrating: May you have an easy fast.