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The Pinstripe Post; Thumbs Down? I Think Not…

The recently acquired “mascot” for the New York Yankees is the “thumbs down guy,” a lifelong Mets fan who made this gesture when the Yankees recently played the Rays at Citi Field due to hurricane Irma. Obviously he wasn’t supportive of the Yankees’ performance. Yankees players have now adopted the thumbs down during games. Didi Gregorius, who tweets after each victory, included this picture in his tweet a couple nights ago following a win vs the Baltimore Orioles.

That same win proved historical for Baby Bombers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Back to back homers, hit in the sixth inning by the duo was Judge’s 43rd of the season which leads the AL. He is now 6 shy of the MLB record for a rookie held by Mark McGwire. It also broke Curtis Granderson’s record of 27 homers by a Yankee at home since the opening of the new Stadium in 2009.

With Sanchez’ 31st of the season, he became the Yankees catcher with the most homeruns, previously held by Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada. Sanchez was also sidelined for a month early in the season with a bicep injury. Regarding the record, Sanchez stated, “To be able to set that record, it’s an honor to me. We’ve had many good catchers here on this team, and to sum it all, it’s just amazing and I feel proud about that.”

The Yankees seem to be peaking at the right time. With under 20 games remaining in the season, and a 3 game lead in the first AL wildcard race, there are lots of thumbs downs being seen on the field. Adopted by Todd “The Toddfather” Frazier, who had a three run blast in the game a couple nights ago, it seems to be a unifying sign. Haters are always going to hate, but those that love the Yankees are adoring what they’re seeing now and will “thumbs down” them all the way to the wildcard and beyond if they advance.

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The Yankees pitching has been anything but “thumbs down” lately, Tanaka had a recent strong 7 inning outing, Severino is Severino, who leads the team SPs with a 2.96 ERA, (which is third lowest among AL SPs) Chapman seems to have overcome his woes as well. Winning is contagious and when the pitching is right the rest of the batters start contributing up and down the line-up.

Under 20 games to go in this marathon and then the season begins anew with a berth in the playoffs if the Yankees can hold their lead. Thumbs down!

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