The Yankees just defeated the Twins 6-1 at Yankee Stadium, completing a three-game sweep in the American League Division Series. I probably don’t have to remind you of this fact, but the Twins have now dropped 12 consecutive postseason games — the second longest streak ever — including nine against the Yankees.
Interestingly, each of the Yankees’ previous eight victories against the Twins were of the comeback variety. Tonight, they led from the start. As Aaron mentioned, Brian Duensing was chased from the game in the fourth inning,
allowing five runs on seven hits. Phil Hughes, on the other hand, was
brilliant, limiting the Twins to just four hits — all of them singles
— over seven shutout innings. Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher each went deep for the Bombers.
The Yankees will now play the winner of the Rangers-Rays matchup in the ALCS, which is set to begin next Friday night.
Everyone knows that Giancarlo Stanton is now a New York Yankee. Everyone knows the Marlins traded him to New York. Most people also know that, before that trade happened, the Cardinals and Giants had deals in place for Stanton that he rejected via his no-trade clause. Now, for the first time, we get some real flavor of how all of that went down from Stanton’s perspective, courtesy of this profile of Stanton’s eventful offseason from Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated.
The best part of it comes when Derek Jeter and Marlins president Michael Hill had a sit down with Stanton while the Giants and Cardinals offers were pending. In that meeting, Reiter reports, Stanton was told in no uncertain terms that he’d either accept one of those deals or else he’d be stuck in Miami while the roster was dismantled. Stanton responded thusly:
“This is not going to go how you guys think it will go,” Stanton said. “I’m not going to be forced somewhere, on a deadline, just because it’s convenient for you guys. I’ve put up with enough here. Derek, I know you don’t fully understand where I’m coming from. But Mike does. He’s been here. He can fill you in. This may not go exactly how I planned. But it’s definitely not going to go how you have planned.”
Even adjusting for the likelihood that it wasn’t put quite as smoothly as that in real time as it was in Stanton’s recollection of it to Reiter, it’s still pretty badass. Stanton had the power in that situation and he did not blink when the club threatened to call his bluff. In the end, he got what he wanted.
Beyond that, it’s a good profile of Stanton as he’s about to begin his Yankees career. Definitely worth your time.