Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 4/11/18

And just like that it is game time in historic Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox play host to the New York Yankees in the second of their three-game set. The first game last night was a battle of the aces as Luis Severino and Chris Sale faced off head-to-head and tonight is another potential matchup of aces as the Yankees send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to square off against David Price for the Red Sox. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Fenway Park in Boston and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11 and MLB Network. You can also follow along with the game on MLB TV, with the MLB At-Bat app or by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with legendary John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

Follow us on Twitter, @GreedyStripes, and “Like” us Facebook, The Greedy Pinstripes, to follow along with us and the team all season long. Enjoy the game renew the rivalry with a victory and Go Yankees!!

A Yankees Day in the Life: Aaron Judge

We have only released one of these Yankees Day in the Life posts and the view counter went crazy on it. Now while I am not sure if that was because it was showcasing the life of Didi Gregorius, because the post is new and unique because you don’t see things like this on any other site, or if it was a combination of the two but with that said I wanted to get another one out there as soon as I could. Today we will follow around Aaron Judge and see what it is like to be in his shoes for a day. Enjoy the post and if you like these and want to see more be sure to show your support in the comments section or on twitter by sending @GreedyStripes a tweet.

Enjoy, and get ready for tonight’s game.

ORIGINS: Justus Sheffield

Another day and another ORIGINS story here on the blog, this time we will be showcasing young Yankees left-handed starter Justus Sheffield. We are receiving great feedback from these posts on the site, on the view counter and on Twitter and such so we will continue rolling them out as often as we can. Enjoy!

SPECULATION: The Didi Gregorius Extension is Coming

The New York Yankees positioned themselves this winter to get under the luxury tax threshold for a few reasons. Obviously, the main reason is because Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner is a cheap bastard and a coupon clipper, but another reason is because of the financial gains the Yankees would enjoy if they are able to stay under the luxury tax threshold for the entirety of the 2018 season. The Yankees would no longer have a tax levied on every dollar they spent via trades and on the free agency market and the team would no longer be penalized for going over the cap if they were to sign a free agent who recently declined a qualifying offer. The final reason the team wanted to get under the luxury tax threshold, and maybe the most important reason for many Yankees fans, is so the team can go absolutely crazy spending money after the 2018 season, both on potential free agents like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but also to keep a few of their own in the Bronx for the rest of their careers.

New York is going to spend their money in 2019 just like they do every single offseason, but this offseason we may see a few more players locked up that are currently employed by the team and less players being added via free agency. I am talking about players like Sonny Gray and specifically Didi Gregorius, who I think will receive a contract extension barring any production or health concerns that arise during the 2018 season. Didi is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career after his last arbitration eligible season in 2019, so New York has one year beyond the current 2018 campaign to get Didi locked up long-term.

Didi is possibly the best pure hitter on the team, yes, I realize what I just said and it wouldn’t be the first time I have been killed on the internet for saying so, and is also a stellar defender at shortstop. Didi is a key guy in the clubhouse and he probably owns the best Twitter account on the team, which shouldn’t count for anything but it does for me anyway. It shows his character and it shows his willingness and ability to relate to his fans, something that is not always so easy in a huge market like New York.

The Yankees will extend Didi after the season once the financial restrictions are gone and the resets have begun, just be patient. It doesn’t matter if Manny Machado is about to hit free agency and it doesn’t matter if he grew up idolizing the Yankees, it is not a given that he will sign here and honestly, I’d prefer Didi anyway. Sue me, unbookmark the site and burn me at the stake. I stand by my words and I stand by my feelings. I’d rather see the Yankees allocate that money into their starting staff while keeping Didi rather than having another surplus and luxury of infielders. Sorry, not sorry.

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 4/11/18

Rivalry renewed. Now while some publications were seemingly worried about the New York Yankees heading into Bean Town at the “worst possible time” I was not one of them. It is generally teams like the Red Sox that make you bring your best because you know you will have to in order to beat them, and the Yankees will look to do that once again tonight against a familiar foe to the Yankees faithful. The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound looking for some Red Sox blood while Boston will counter with our old friend and comrade David Price. I love beating David Price maybe more than any other starter in the league, so make it happen.

Tanaka is coming into this start fresh off a loss to the Baltimore Orioles where the Yankees right-hander allowed three runs in 6.1 innings of work. Tanaka won his first start of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays allowing just one run on three hits in six innings of work and will have to pitch like that again tonight in Fenway if he wants his second victory of the young season.

Price on the other hand has been spectacular for the Red Sox in his two starts this season and has yet to allow an earned run in 14 innings of work here in 2018. That ends tonight, because the New York Yankees offense is not on the same level as the offense Price has faced twice thus far this season in the Tampa Bay Rays. Price has a career 15-11 record against the Yankees in 37 starts including a 4.36 ERA, but a lot of that success came early on in his career and not lately.

The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Fenway Park and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11 in New York and MLB Network for all those displaced and out of the Yankees market. You can also follow along with the game using MLB TV, the MLB At-Bat app or by tuning into the Yankees radio broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Enjoy the game, David Price sucks, and Go Yankees!!

Hello… Giancarlo Gets a Second Home Run Call

Well, he has to actually make contact for us to all hear it, but I digress. When John Sterling revealed his home run call for Giancarlo Stanton in his first at-bat as a Yankee the call was met with a bag of mixed reviews. When I say a bag of mixed reviews, I really mean that everyone hated it. “Giancarlo, non si puo de stoparlo! It is a Stantonian home run” was the call, and while it wasn’t even grammatically correct, it left much to be desired by the Yankees fans, if I may speak for us all.

Have no fear Yankees fans for Sterling has reportedly come up with a second home run call for Giancarlo, according to an interview with the New York Post. Sterling will now sing, saying, “Non dimenticar… that ball sure traveled far.”


“Non Dimenticar” was written for the 1951 movie, “Anna,” which was later recorded and sang by Nat King Cole in 1958. “Non Dimenticar” means “Do not forget” in Italian. I say again…


While these home run calls are not great or even “okay” by any stretch of the imagination, we my dear will always be. Ups, downs, highs, lows, and even when things get a little sideways… we will always be okay. I love you, and I hope everyone has a great day.

This Day in New York Yankees History 4/11: Bob Sheppard Takes a Vacation Day

On this day in 2006 Bob Sheppard misses his first Yankee Stadium home opener since 1951 due to a hip injury he suffered the day before at his home. The injury wouldn't keep Sheppard out long as Bob was back for the next Yankees home stand behind the microphone.

Also on this day in 1954 the New York Yankees traded two minor league players with right handed pitcher Mel Wright to the St. Louis Cardinals for 38 year old right fielder Enos Slaughter. While Slaughter would head to the Hall of Fame when his playing career was done he would only hit .239 in 79 games for the Yankees. Bill Virdon, one of the prospects in the deal, would win the Rookie of the Year Award in St. Louis in 1956.