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The Yankees Advance

October 12, 2017

Much credit to the New York Yankees, who overcame a (2-0) series deficit and took out the Cleveland Indians, who again dissipated a (3-1) series lead, losing in a Corey Kluber start on a Wednesday night. (See last year’s World Series and now it will be at least 70 years between Indians’ titles as they last won it all in 1948.)

Of course they are a wild card team, Boston beat them out for the entity/one eighth division but in a reversal of ’04, the lower seeded Yankees advance while the higher seeded Red Sox are out.

Referencing ’04, the Yankees got some revenge vs Terry Francona the current Cleveland manager as in the ’04 ALCS Francona’s Red Sox overcame a (3-0) series deficit to “7” the Yankees en route to ending an 86 year title drought.

Finally my incredible note (none of the four Yankees’ fans I “sent” it to seemed to care) was enhanced with Francona as “noted” here Monday, now having managed in 14 post-season series and incredibly 13 have manifested in one team or the other (now 5 vs Francona), winning at least three straight games within the series.

 

Didi Gregorious, (pictured above), on a “G” night, (Brett “G”ardner also had a big hit) became the third Yankees’ player to hit two home runs in a decisive game of a series.

Jason “G”iambi did so in the ’03 ALCS.

The great Yogi Berra did so in the most important game of all, in his case #7 World Series 1956.

I referenced Yogi’s great feat every time I met him and the modest Mr. Berra always talked of how “Johnnie Kucks pitched a great game for us/the Yankees that day.”

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