Vice President visits Yankees camp; betrays his Philadelphia Phillies

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Vice President Joe Biden is a Phillies fan, but today he visited Yankees camp in Tampa.

Look at him there. Wearing the Yankees gear.

I’m gonna be straight with you: I like Joe Biden. I find him to be a pretty interesting guy. But if I were the Vice President of the United States, I’d wear my own team’s stuff no matter where I was invited.  Someone invites me to a Mets-Phillies game to throw out the first pitch? I’m rockin’ the Braves cap.  They don’t like it? Fine, throw me out. I’m the Vice President, dudes! I got more important things on my schedule!

Wait? You mean I don’t?  Oh, well, that’s awkward.  Well, I suppose I can wear the cap you’d like me to wear.  Say, can I have something from the media room buffet? No?  Um, fine … I’ll just buy a hot dog and sit over there in case anyone needs me.

No one needs me.

Didi Gregorius continues to be ridiculous

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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had another fantastic night last night. He went 3-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth game in a row, had an RBI single and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances in New York’s 7-4 win over Minnesota.

For the year that gives Gregorius a line of .372/.470/.833, putting him atop the American League in average, slugging, OPS, and OPS+. He also leads the league in total bases (65) and RBI (29). He leads all of baseball in fWAR at 2.2, edging out Mike Trout despite the fact that Trout has played in two more games. He’s second behind Trout in homers with nine.

After last night’s game he insisted that he is not a home run hitter:

“I do have a lot of home runs, but it’s not like I am going out there to try to hit them . . . I’m not a power guy like Judge and Stanton, who hit 50 to 60 and up. Those are the guys who actually hit home runs. One year, let’s say, I hit five — then you ask me where that part went . . . if they go out, they go out. I’m just mostly trying to barrel it up and get a good swing . . . I try to hit line drives and if you check most of my home runs they were line drives,” he said. “It’s not like I am going up to hit deep fly balls.”

Given that he hit 25 homers last year and 20 the year before, he’s being a bit modest, even if he’s not likely to keep up this torrid pace. That modesty is not stopping some people from getting a bit carried away, of course:

 

We’ll forgive Bob for the hyperbole. Didi has been fun to watch.