I’m gathering from the Twitterverse that a number of Mets players are at the New York Fire Department’s training academy this morning, in full firefighter gear, going through training exercises like putting out burning cars and stuff. The best was Dillon Gee rappelling down the side of a tower. Take that Cashman.
I like the community outreach — and will always remember the deep connection formed between the New York baseball teams and the police and fire departments following 9/11 — but query: don’t player contracts usually prohibit ballplayers from cycling and skiing and playing pickup basketball and stuff? Yet we’re cool with them putting out fires and being suspended several stories above concrete?
Hey, not my team.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.