Quote of the Day: Vin Scully

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“I’ve been thinking recently, the Prince of Wales gave up the British throne  to marry an American woman, which immediately
disqualified him, and I thought, My God, if he can give up the British
throne for his wife, maybe I can give up baseball.”

Vin Scully on the thought process he goes through when he thinks about when, if ever, he’s going to retire.  What Scully doesn’t note, however, is that he’s way more important to baseball than some accident of birth, hoity toity royal is to the people of the United Kingdom.

Read the whole story, by the way, which is by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. He also has a fuller account of his interview with Scully that is more than worth your time.

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.