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Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery

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Big news was dropped by Yankees manager Aaron Boone at his end-of-season press conference at Yankee Stadium a few minutes ago: Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is going to have Tommy John surgery.

Boone said Gregorius had an MRI which revealed the need for the ligament replacement surgery. The damage is in his right elbow, which is his throwing elbow even though he bats left-handed. Boone said he believes the injury occurred on a ball he fielded in either Game 1 or Game 2 of the NLDS. Which means he played Games 3 and 4 with the damage. He did. however, manage to go 2-for-4 with a double in Game 2.

As for what this means for Gregorius going forward, Boone said that he expects that he will return at some point in  2019, saying that he expects Gregorius will play “a lot of the season.” He obviously, however, will not be able to work out this offseason in the same way he always does and will not be ready for spring training.

As for what it means for the Yankees: they’re in the market for a shortstop.

I wonder if one is available?

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 08: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers adjusts his glasses after the third out of the first inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on October 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.