Last night’s finale in Tampa was a big win for the Yankees and a close one, but thanks in large part to Severino and Bird, we escaped the Trop by taking the series and staying three games behind the Jays. It burns me that the Jays actually lost to the Braves the night before while the Yankees were nearly getting no-hit, but I guess keeping pace is something. It’s just that the season is dwindling, along with opportunities to grab the division title. The Yanks need to keep winning as well as get lucky with a Jays loss, and without the contributions of Jacoby Ellsbury it’s going to be tough.
As good as the rookies have been, Ellsbury is the catalyst for our offense. Ellsbury is the guy who stirs the drink. Ellsbury is the one the Yankees shelled out the big money to. Yes, he was hurt – what else is new – but as long as he continues to lead off in that lineup, he needs to produce and instead he’s slumping badly. As in stinko. We lost Teixeira. A-Rod, too, has a bone bruise and will sit out the Mets series. Our big hitters are AWOL. So Ellsbury, if you can hear me, do something. Use the day off today and try some yoga, meditation, reiki healing, a hot bath with a nice glass of Malbec, whatever floats your boat, but I want you showing up on Friday night with fire in that bat and in those legs.