The Best: for a team that has been all over the place in terms of their geographic identify, they’ve generally been steady on their sartorial identity. The red and white with the navy accents is a good look. The capital “A” with the halo is pretty inspired too. They’re not awful now, but they wear vests and solid jerseys and do all kinds of trendy things that I just don’t care for. I prefer the Nolan Ryan/Bobby Grich era with the dark hats with the red bills. Take off the elastic waist bands and slap some buttons on those babies, and they’d look pretty sharp. The 1966-71 look is close, but I prefer the upper-case “A.”
The Worst: This atrocity is up there with the worst things the Athletics and the Diamondbacks ever wore. Maybe it’s not as assaulting as those, but it’s just wrong on so many levels. Like each component part — the vest, the pinstripes, the colors, the logo — were each designed by a different department of some giant corporation. Which, in all fairness, they were.
Assessment: No, I’m not being too hard on those pinstriped things simply because Mo Vaughn looked awful in them. Even Jim Edmonds and Tim Salmon looked like butt in those things.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has wasted no time acclimating himself to major league competition. Since getting called back up on August 3, Sanchez has smacked nine homers and driven in 16 runs in a span of 18 games. In fact, since August 3, no hitter has homered more than Sanchez and only Charlie Blackmon and Brian Dozier have matched him, Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues notes.
One of those homers came in Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Mariners at Safeco Field. It was a first-inning blast off of Hisashi Iwakuma, quickly giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. They would go on to win 5-0. Sanchez finished 2-for-3 with a pair of intentional walks, a double, and the homer.
Some more fun facts about Sanchez, courtesy Sharp:
- Sanchez is the first Yankee in club history with nine home runs in his first 21 career games [Link]
- Sanchez is the third American League player in the last 100 years to hit at least nine home runs in his first 21 career games, joining George Scott and Alvin Davis [Link]
- Sanchez and Joe DiMaggio are the only Yankees with 15 or more extra-base hits in their first 21 career games [Link]
Sanchez was considered the fifth-best prospect in the Yankees’ minor league system, according to MLB Pipeline. In the majors, he’s carrying a .389/.450/.847 triple-slash line in 79 plate appearances. He has also thrown out five of seven would-be base-stealers.
American swimmer Katie Ledecky, fresh off of winning four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Nationals’ game against the Orioles.
As NHL.com’s Katie Brown notes, Ledecky’s favorite player is Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who was on the field with her. So what did she make him do? Hold all of her medals while she threw out the first pitch.
Harper has his fair share of hardware, including a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP Award, but no gold medals. For shame.