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Yankees make offer for Machado; Yankees fans squee like lovesick teenagers

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It was reported last night that the New York Yankees have made an offer to the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Manny Machado. The offer is said to be “serious,” and may or may not include top Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.

Like all trade rumors we’ll know what was true and what was bluster after the fact, but this all sounds a lot more concrete than the rumors which had been floating around previously. That means it’s quite possible that the Yankees are going to load up for bear in the second half with the best available player on the market, adding his .314/.383/.573, 23-homer batting line to an already dominant offense.

We’ll deal with that if and when it happens, however. For now, let’s look at how this is being received in New York. The Daily News:

This is thirsty, folks. This is the baseball equivalent of a schoolgirl writing “Mrs. Manny Machado” on her notebook in flowing script — with a little heart replacing the “o” at the end — and then saying “OMGOMGOMGOMG!” when Machado walks by and gives a little smile. Maybe they’ll be married soon!

I get the excitement. I’d LOVE to have Machado added to my favorite team too. But I also feel like this is the sort of thing that, if fans and the media in another city did it, most Yankees fans would call small time and provincial.

Anyway: good luck, kids. I think you’ll look great together.

The Red Sox AL East championship banner fell off a truck and is being held hostage

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The Red Sox haven’t won the AL East just yet. They will. For them not to, they’ll have to lose the rest of their games while the Yankees win the rest of theirs. It’s just a matter of time.

Knowing this, the club can plan some things in advance. The can begin postseason ticket sales, for example. They can decide what sort of festivities they will undertake for the first game of the ALDS that is guaranteed to begin at Fenway Park. They also, of course, can raise a banner for the division championship.

There’s only one problem with that: the banner, already printed up, fell off the dang truck that was delivering it and is being held hostage by a guy named Louie Iacuzzi from Malden. From the Boston Globe:

Iacuzzi said Wednesday by phone that he and his buddies spotted an object wrapped up on McGrath Highway in Somerville Monday morning. So he pulled over and crossed multiple lanes of busy traffic to retrieve it. Inside was a massive banner that read “ ‘2018 American League East Champions’; it’s the banner,” Iacuzzi said.

One can presume that Iacuzzi is a big Sox fan so he’s willing to do the right thing without hesitation, right? Well . . . kinda:

“We want to return it, we’re trying to do the right thing, but I’m not just going to hand it to them, know what I mean?” Iacuzzi said.

Asked if he wanted cash from the Red Sox, he said, “Yes, financial [compensation], maybe some tickets, we want something. We don’t know what we want. We want to return it, 100 percent, but we would like to get something.”

Iacuzzi didn’t have a specific asking price in mind as of Wednesday morning.

“We want to find out what the thing’s worth,” he said. “We don’t know.”

You have to click through to the Globe story to check out Iacuzzi and his friends. You also have to hear what his dad told him to do with the banner. Frankly, his dad sounds like my dad, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a compliment to anyone involved.

What’ll the Red Sox clinch first? The AL East or the return of their property? And will the movie version of this be more like “The Town,” “Celtic Pride” or “The Friends of Eddie Coyle?”

UPDATE: Oh man, there’s video: