The Yankees’ offensive might was on full display in Games 1 and 2 of the series against the Royals, with a combination of small ball, big ball and really big ball. I love the combination of power and speed, but what I really love is this team’s ability to take the extra base. Remember how frustrating it was when we had all those older, slower veterans who lumbered to get around the bases and often didn’t even try? Not anymore. The 2017 Yankees are athletic and frisky, and it’s paying dividends.
Last night’s finale was a bit of a bummer, as the KC pitcher stymied the hitters and the sweep was lost, but overall I was happy with the way they played.
And let me spend a second on Aaron Hicks. I thought I’d be talking about Gary Sanchez and then Aaron Judge relentlessly this season, but Hicks has really been an eye opener. He gets his hits, is fast, makes good plays in the outfield, does it all. Impressive. One of the broadcasters – maybe O’Neill? – compared him to Bernie Williams, and I agree to a point. Let’s see what he does over the course of his career and then we can pin the “Bernie” label on him. Still, I’m excited to see what he can do.
Next up: the pesky Rays. We should beat them every time we play them but somehow The Trop proves bedeviling. It’s tough to even watch games there. I always feel as if they’re playing inside a gym. But maybe the Yanks will overcome and mute the cowbells.