Monday, July 2, 2018

The Boys Of Summer: Braves Vs Yankees

Major League Baseball reached the halfway mark in the 2018 season over the weekend.  The All-Star Game is right around the corner and the Atlanta Braves are leading in the National League.

The Braves were the best ball club from 1991-2005. Those were the glory days I remember fondly. After that they were on a skid.  In fact, the last time the team was in first place beyond the second week of the season was back in 2014.

Yesterday, in 92ºF heat and a heat index of 103, the Braves swept the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. It marked their first sweep in St. Louis since 2012. It was so oppressively hot that just a 4-hour drive away in Chicago the fire department was forced to hose down the Michigan Avenue Bridge after the extreme heat expanded the steel reducing the clearance for passing boats.

Tonight, my beloved Bravos face the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  The Braves are a respectable 25-17 on the road, but the Yankees are 31-12 at home.  They’re going to have their hands full with the Bronx Bombers given the fact they walloped the Red Sox 11-1 on Sunday.

Jonathan Loaisiga and Anibal Sanchez represent the pitching matchup for Game 1.  Domingo German will pitch for the Yankees and Sean Newcomb will be the hurler for the Braves in Game 2.  Game 3 will feature C.C. Sabathia vs Julio Teheran.

I’ve been really stoked by how well my Boys of Summer have been playing. It’s been like déjà vu for me.  I can think of no better way to celebrate Independence Day than watching America’s favorite pastime and maybe, just maybe, a Braves’ win or three against the Pinstripers.

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