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About Last Night: Crossroads

by Paul Semendinger

August 3, 2023


About Last Night:

The Yankees won last night 7-2. Giancarlo Stanton went deep. Anthony Volpe went deep. Gerrit Cole pitched great as did Tommy Kahnle and Clay Holmes...

As a Yankees fan and blogger, I am at a crossroads...

Quick Stats:

  • Gerrit Cole: 7ip, 4 hits, 2 runs, 8 strikeouts

  • Tommy Kahnle: 1 ip, 3 strikeouts

  • Clay Holmes: 1 ip, 2 strikeouts

  • Gleyber Torres: 3-for-4, 2 runs

  • IKF: 1-for 3, 2 runs, 1 walk

  • Anthony Volpe: 3-for-4, Homer (#14)

  • Giancarlo Stanton: 2-for-4, Homer (#!5)

Big Story:

After losing the first two games of the series, the Yankees came back and won the final game. The Rays have not been playing their best baseball of late. They went just 8-16 in July.

The Yankees needed a win, and they went out, behind their ace, and got it done. Of note, the Rays went up 2-0 in the first inning. There was every reason for the Yankees to pack it in at that point. But, they did not. They battled back and won an impressive game.

Player(s) of the Game:

Gerrit Cole

Anthony Volpe

Better to Forget:

Today we are going to celebrate the win!

My Take:

As a fan, I am at a crossroads and, as I listened to last night's game, I crossed the Rubicon. (Only I went a direction opposite of what most readers might imagine.)

It is no secret that I am down on the Yankees, from top to bottom. These last few weeks, there was part of me that was somewhat glad they kept losing because I felt it was the only way they would sell to make the team better for the future. There is a lot wrong with the Yankees right now, we could be looking at years of bad baseball, and a sell-off at the trade deadline could have helped. I was rooting hard (because it was the right move) for a sell-off.

The Yankees did nothing, as we know, and here we are...

There is still part of me that believes that a terrible second half and a last place finish might force the Yankees to make the necessary changes to correct the mess they are in. I always felt Brian Cashman was a good GM, until recently. I now believe he lost his effectiveness. I have never believed in Aaron Boone. (He's never given me reason to believe in him.) On and on... I have to wonder - if the Yankees end up under .500, might the rebuild actually begin?

But, now that the trade deadline has passed and the Yankees went their way, much opposed to the direction I would have taken this team, as I listened to the game, as balls went "high and far and gone," I still took joy in hearing the good things that were happening. It was fun listening to the Yankees winning. (That needs to be repeated.)

It was fun listening to the Yankees winning.

I could watch and listen to the Yankees and be miserable the rest of the season, or I can "root, root root for the Yankees," knowing that if they don't win, it's a shame...

And, even though I sincerely believe that the best thing for the future of this franchise is for the 2023 team to crash and sink and flounder and struggle (etc.), I decided that since this is what we have, since this is what the team is, while I'll still be critical and honest (I have a GM article coming at 10:00 today), I am going to enjoy the games and the winning (hopefully it is often).

I can't spend the second half of the season hoping for the worst. On the other hand, I am also not going to hope for a miracle. The Yankees aren't winning anything this year. I am realistic. But, I'm going to hope for wins, and when they come, like last night... I'll enjoy them.

Let's Go Yankees!

Next Up:

The Houston Astros come to the Bronx...

Game time is 7:15 p.m.

Clarke Schmidt gets the start.

(We might be waiting a while for the next win...)


Andy Singer
Andy Singer
Aug 03, 2023

Paul, totally agree with your sentiment. I would have pursued a hybrid approach at the Trade Deadline, as I think Buy/Sell is a false dichotomy (particularly in light of what was available at the deadline), and was very frustrated on Tuesday night.

However, now that the dust has settled, I completely agree with your approach to watching the Yankees for the remainder of the year. I'm not confident we'll get a good result, but I'm going to root hard for them to make a run. :-)

PS - I still think Stanton is about to go on a run and that Bauers is the guy I thought he'd be at the plate...let's not talk about my Sevy predictions, though!!!

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 03, 2023
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All good stuff.

I'm going to enjoy the games, but not dream or hope for any championships. I'm not going to get invested in the 2023 Yankees, but I'll hope they win the games and we'll go from there.


Aug 03, 2023

Cole is the ace and this is what you expect from him.... lights out against a good team to stop the bleeding, Stanton gives you a highlight blast from the past and Volpe a glimpse of the future. Nice win and bring on the Astros! Hope springs eternal!


Aug 03, 2023

Paul I admire your attitude concerning Yankee wins but as for myself I am very tired of the BS always being told by Hal the beancounter and his little buddy Cashman. All they are good at is flat out LYING

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 03, 2023
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This is a problem - when the fans don't believe the stuff the team says.

When Boone says after a game where his batters strike out 18 times, "Yeah, we had good at bats" it damages his credibility and the brand.

When Cashman says results matter less than the process, the result is that I can';t believe anything he says.

It would be better for honesty. Absolutely.


Aug 03, 2023

I'm sorry I didn't enjoy the Jerry Kenney years & I can't accept this from an organization that practically rapes you every time you go to the ballpark. At least when Jerry Kenney played Box Seats were 4 bucks!!!!!!! The crap the Yanks are pushing....keep it!!!!!! Changes must be made...Hal calling Hal, Hal you awake. Hal get off your yacht & do something!!!!

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Aug 03, 2023
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I hope neither you nor anyone you care about is ever raped. You'll long for merely being overcharged for poor quality.


Alan B.
Alan B.
Aug 03, 2023

Cashman's biggest fault is his stubbornness to change how he looks at things, and his reliance in kids as a solution to the Yankees roster issues. Outside of some more power by Jake Bauers, Everson Pereira had come up to AAA just mashing, and is a better defensive OF. Say what you want about Florial, but it totally baffles me why he refuses to give Florial a chance. Put those 2 guys together and there you have your LF, and RF defensive caddies, and 2 guys that can legitimately spell Bader in CF.

Aug 03, 2023
Replying to

Alan…. You gotta stop with these common sense approaches to Yankees roster construction!😀✅

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