Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The last boat to the play-offs

(Xavier Nady was immediately inserted into the line-up in New York's second game at Fenway this weekend.)

The New York Yankees have reentered the race for a slot in the American League play-offs. Breathing down Boston's neck, the Yanks took the first two games of the series -- their eighth straight overall -- for a two game deficit behind division leader Tampa Bay.

They're starting to play well and have made some good trades to help their final campaign in the old Yankee Stadium -- Sidney Ponson, Richie Sexson, Xavier Nady, and Damaso Marte. Manager Joe Girardi is suddenly getting better pitching out of his starting rotation and everyone's hitting. Maybe in the one season where expectations went down after an extremely slow and disappointing start, things might turn out differently. But there's a lot of baseball left to be played. So we'll see how tings go this September.

If they beat the Sox this series, maybe Hank Steinbrenner can learn to relax even if only a bit.

On another note, congratulations to Richard "Goose" Gossage for being the latest Yankee to make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame. If current Yankees' closer Mariano gets by on guile, Gossage overpowered batters with a 100mph fastball or slider that was pretty much hard to hit. He helped the Yankees win in the 1978 World Series against the LA Dodgers and led the league in saves thrice.

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