Mariano Rivera was once explaining how the 1998 Yankees appeared out for one some other when Jorge Posada, the previous catcher, walked through.
“Hi there, Mo, you want me to translate for you?” Posada joked.
The temper was once understandably gentle at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon with maximum individuals of that 114-win group again on the town for a 20th reunion. There have been Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Andy Pettitte, David Wells. Shortstop Derek Jeter addressed the group by way of video message from Miami, the place he’s now the Marlins’ leader government. He stated he couldn’t leave out his daughter’s first birthday to come back to the Bronx.
The present iteration of the Yankees adopted with a dispatching of the Toronto Blue Jays for an 11-6 win, transferring to a season-high 31 video games above .500 for the season.
Nonetheless, the Crimson Sox held a 10-game lead over the Yankees within the American League East, pending the results of their Saturday evening recreation towards the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston is doing a extra spot-on imitation of the ’98 Yankees, the very best piece of a dynasty that gained 4 Global Sequence in 5 years.
“You’re 30 video games over .500 and also you have a look at the standings and also you’re nonetheless 10 video games again,” stated Joe Torre, the dynasty’s supervisor, who threw out the primary pitch on Saturday. “That’s now not honest. However this recreation isn’t essentially honest always.”
Torre identified, then again, that the ’98 Yankees could be so much much less memorable if that they had now not persevered their regular-season dominance within the postseason.
“While you get to the postseason, there’s loads of power on you,” he stated. “That’s the season that’s going to be maximum essential for them.”
In different phrases, there’s nonetheless hope for the Yankees, and a excellent signal on Saturday was once their ace starter, Luis Severino, taking a look slightly extra like himself after a ragged month.
He earned his 16th win, completing 5 innings and permitting two runs on six hits, with 8 strikeouts and two walks. Severino (16-6) began the 6th, permitting each runs then and failing to get an out, however the first 5 innings have been what Supervisor Aaron Boone sought after to concentrate on.
“I believed it was once a large step in the suitable course,” Boone stated. “I preferred his tempo, I preferred his demeanor. He was once truly at the assault.”
Severino was once nonetheless slightly erratic together with his command. However it was once the primary time since July 1 that he had allowed not more than two earned runs in a get started.
“I’m feeling excellent,” he stated. “My frame’s feeling robust and my self belief is much up.”
Within the first 3 innings, the Blue Jays made two mistakes, threw two wild pitches, misplayed a fly ball, had a base runner picked off and gave up a homer to shortstop Didi Gregorius, his 22nd this yr and the primary of 4 through the Yankees within the recreation. In the end that, Toronto appeared fortunate to be trailing through handiest 6-Zero.
A solo house run through Giancarlo Stanton within the fourth inning made it 7-Zero and emphasised how unhealthy the Yankees slugger is on the plate at the moment. The homer was once his 7th within the ultimate 12 video games and his 8th in August. He hit 18 house runs in August ultimate yr, when he was once a Marlin on the best way to his majors-leading 59.
This yr, Stanton has 32 house runs, which tied him with the Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo for the fourth maximum within the American League getting into Saturday evening’s video games. He has come a ways since April, his first month as a Yankee, when he hit handiest 5 house runs and had a .230 batting moderate.
“I knew I had a large hollow to dig out of, however I don’t ever doubt my craft or my paintings,” Stanton stated. “From time to time on this recreation it takes longer than you are expecting or need, however you’ll be able to’t do anything else however stay running.”
Miguel Andujar made it Eight-Zero within the 5th together with his 20th house run. He had already pushed in two runs with a double within the 3rd.
“The man’s were given, what, 70 doubles this yr?” Gregorius joked.
If truth be told, it’s 36.
Toronto scored 5 runs within the 6th, helped through a misplayed fly ball through proper fielder Neil Walker, who let the ball jump thru his legs with the bases loaded. However Greg Chook led off the 8th together with his 10th homer of the season, permitting the Yankees to respire extra simply.