Why everyone hates the Yankees

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This article actually examines why everyone hates Duke, but the theories — and there are many of them — are broad and philosophical as opposed to dealing with specific players and personalities, and just about all of the reasons apply equally to the Yankees. I think I like this one:

I think the reward is from investment and return–regardless of the
direction for or against a particular team. The more you invest, the
greater the return needs to be for you to feel value in the experience.
If you really hate Duke and they lose, you feel good. If they lose big,
you feel great. If they lose on a replay of the Christian Laettner shot
at the Spectrum and you get to see Coach K thoroughly disgusted while
you are on the phone canceling your American Express card, then that is
the ultimate.

The first one, though, dealing with business growth, probably makes the most sense. I mean, I don’t remember anyone walking around in 1980 talking smack about Microsoft or spending a lot of time in 1991 talking about how much they hated the Yankees, do you?

(tip o’ the cap to Old Gator for the link)

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.