For a guy who broke his ankle and his fibula while sky-diving for charity earlier this week Yankees general manager Brian Cashman seemed awfully upbeat about the whole thing yesterday.
“I feel surprisingly good,” Cashman said, via Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. “I’m not moving very well. I have no pain, which is surprising.”
Drugs are a helluva drug.
Cashman needed surgery to insert a plate into his leg and eight screws into his ankle, but did note that the injury making so many headlines enabled him to “take a negative and turn it into a positive” by drawing more attention to the Wounded Warriors Project.
There were probably ways to do that in which using crutches for two months weren’t required, but charity is charity I suppose. Oh, and Cashman also said he might do it again once he heals up.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: