The New York Yankees won the first game in Chicago 3-2, as Ozzie and his White Sox just couldn’t muster much even against off a so-so CC Sabathia.
An off night for Sabathia was still good enough to earn him his MLB leading 15th win, with just enough help from the Yankee bats to make sure that it happened.
So one SOX down and six SOX to go, as the Yankees have three more in the Windy City before heading to Boston for a three-game weekend series against the Red Sox.
This is not just any old road trip because their team and fans' pride will be on the line against the Red Sox. Remember, the Yankees are now 1-8 against Boston, and the last two series were sweeps in the Bronx.
It makes me sick to even type the above, and it doesn’t help when every media outlet has preached how overmatched the Yankees in comparison to their division rivals.
Look no one can negate statistics, as they clearly confirm that Boston victimized the Yankees like you read about, and that is just not going to fly in Yankee Universe.
Add that to the Yankees just acted so out of character by standing firmly at the trade deadline that they are confident with what they already have.
Whether GM Brian Cashman was acting sensibly or stupidly has Yankee fans spilt down the middle.
Being an outsider, while other teams improve themselves is clearly not something that Yankee universe is used too. Especially with teams like the Phillies behaving so Yankee-like by nabbing Hunter Pence from the Astros. I mean, wasn’t getting Cliff Lee during the offseason enough?
I am intrigued and proud that the Yankees are going to see what these youngsters can do instead of making some desperate trade in a panic.
A few days before last Sunday’s deadline YES Jack Curry tweeted that Cashman said:
“We aren’t going to do anything stupid.”
Personally, this new attitude of sticking with the homegrown talent could be just what the doctor ordered in the Bronx.
Is it enough for the Yankees to get in the playoffs?
In my opinion, Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Austin Romaine bring an unpolluted enthusiasm that the Yankee players are not accustomed too.
It is the kind of eagerness that can’t be unmatched, no matter the clubhouse but something the Yankees have craved for years.
These players are also uber-talented, and trust me, get to know their names now because they are the future.
I can’t verify that all Yankee fans agree with my sentiments, but for some reason the way Cashman has handled this, just feels very right.