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Perspectives: Oh My!

By Paul Semendinger

September 26, 2021

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These darn Yankees. They are killing me.

Oh, but it is so fun.

So fun.

We have a few readers here chomping at the bit, eager, and ready, to say, “I believed all along. I told you so!”

They might be right.

I might be crazy.

And it just might be a World Series we’re looking for. (Apologizes, there, to Billy Joel.)

I would love to write an article, or a series of articles on how great the Yankees did down the stretch and through the playoffs.

Those darn Yankees are making this exciting.

Very exciting.

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I do not believe that tonight’s game is one where the Yankees can rest easy. Pedal to the metal guys.

Win. Win. And win again.

The Blue Jays won last night. A Jays win tonight and a Yankees loss would make the Yankees’ lead just one game.

That’s too close. Far too close.

Also, a Yankees win would put them in first for the Wild Card. That’s the better spot to be.

Better to be chased than be the one chasing.

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The Blue Jays had it in their hands. They had the easier schedule. They were rolling. And then, they stopped winning.

As the Yankees have won five in a row, the Blue Jays have lot three out of four and four out of six.

Tonight is such an important game for the Yankees. If they can win. (Pause, for a deep breath) If they can win. And if the Blue Jays lose, the Yankees will be up by three games in the loss column.

If that happens, the Yankees will have just about made the critical series in Toronto virtually meaningless.

The Blue Jays would have to sweep the Yankees just to tie them. That’s a tough spot to be in.

Give credit to the Yankees for winning.

Give those darn Yankees lost of credit for winning.

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The Yankees have broken my heart many times. It pains me to watch them lose. I hate season-ending loses in the playoffs. Crushing loses. Painful loses.

They kill me.

There are seven games left and the Yankees are in position to reach the playoffs. With their two wins in Boston they have even made the Red Sox “home field advantage” seem meaningless. If the Yankees win tonight, they’d be in position to play that game in the Bronx anyway.

The Yankees’ destiny is in their hands.

At this point, reluctantly, I have to buy in. They’ve come this far and now control their own destiny.

The Yankees really can do it.

This is fun. It’s a lot of fun. It’s scary and frightening and frustrating and, well.. it’s everything.

Those darn Yankees.

This is fun.

It’ll be much more fun if they make this a real run.

I just hope they did not do this, to get this close, only to blow it.

It’s possible that with a big win tonight, they can have some (just a bit) of breathing room to make the season-ending series with the Rays much less important.

The Yankees have surprised me, big time.

Now I just hope they aren’t a mirage. That great white whale is seen on the horizon…

Oh boy!

***

Just win Yankees.

Just win.

Keep it going.

Please.

Don’t break my heart.

Win.

Let’s Go Yankees!!!

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