Yankees Seek World Series Revenge Vs. Dodgers!
Written by: Colin Bruce Munro Wood - 3:48 PM EST - 10/17/2017
Yankee/Dodger World Series History
It's been 36 years since these two stalwarts met in the #World Series. For the New York #yankees, it has been a long wait to seek Revenge, after the club's 2-0 lead in the 1981 World Series was decimated by the Los Angeles #Dodgers, in a 4 game sweep to steal the series away from Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly, and their Yankee team.
In the 1981 series, of which I was a young 11-year-old fan, I and all of you other older #Yankeefans watched and celebrated as our beloved Yanks took a 2 game to 0 lead. Sure enough, Winfield, Mattingly and the gang would easily take 2 games out of the next 4.
However, what followed a convincing charge to a World Series Championship was washed away, as we watched the Yankee bats go silent, and errors on the field thrash our 3 game lead, and send the #Yankees packing without a ring or trophy!
Once Tommy Lasorda and his team returned to #DodgerStadium, they seemed to kick it into a higher gear than the Yanks, and swept three one-run games in a row in front of a roaring Hollywood Dodger crowd, starving for their first World Series win since 1965. This included an incredible duel between Louisiana Lightning - Ron Guidry, and Jerry Reuss. Guidry held a 1-0 lead going into the 7th, before giving up consecutive solo homers to Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yaeger. The Dodgers went on to New York and closed out the World Series 4 games to 2 over Tommy John.
Where is The Judge?
At this point in the League Championship Series, one has to wonder if C.C. Sabathiaand the Yankees have it in them again to begin yet another comeback this season, and postseason.
I would be remiss if I didn't discuss Aaron Judge at this point. After setting a rookie record for home-runs during the regular season with 52 dingers, Judges bat has fallen silent in the playoffs, with only a couple instances of run support. His power, on the other hand, has been non-existent, and one might even gander to think he needs to get his eyes checked in the post-season. Judge set a post-season playoff record in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians with 16 strike-outs. Aaron also set a regular season record by striking out in 33 consecutive games as a non-pitching hitter. So, who will we see beginning tonight? Will the real Aaron Judge step up to the plate, and show his power and prowess over the span of what Yankee fans hope to be at least 4 more games? I along with very few other writers, predicted this Yankee team to make a serious charge for the World Series crown, but #99 must be a major factor to even get there. The answer to Tyler Conway's article is an astounding YES that Aaron Judge is the real deal.
It certainly doesn't take a whole season for teams to figure out how to pitch a great hitter, but Aaron helps them out. He is young, and learning, and is humble enough to know he has a long way to go to prove his #YankeePinstripes are genuine. The post-season is where dire Yankee fans expect that to happen. The season is one thing, the playoffs another, in Yankee land!
What Needs To Happen?
Well, for the #HoustonAstros, it's simple. Keep doing what they are doing, which is wearing down Yankee starting pitching, great defense, and timely hitting. The Yankees could afford the same game plan but in order to do that these young kids will have to do do what they have done all season and climb and scrape their way back by shaking off the negatives, and doing what they do best. Judge, Sanchez, Castro, Gregorius all have to see the ball better and make more timely choices in what they swing at. Watching some video of how far out of the strike zone they chased pitches in the first two games should correct those mistakes one might hope. Yankee pitchers need to start finding the plate more consistently, and be more secure in their choices and show strength and endurance. Pitch counts must go down! These Yankees certainly are as good as the 1996 World Series Champs and are definitely still in it.
Most will consider me going out on a limb here. From the start of the 2017 #MLBbaseball Season, almost every sportscaster has doubted a Yankee Championship. They were picked to finish 3rd to last in the division and to not even make the playoffs. Everyone stated they were in a building season, and would have an opportunity down the road. Well, I'm sticking with my original pre-season prediction on my own blog that these young New York Yankees have what it takes, and can still come back to take it all. But, they better start tonight in the #ALCS and carry it through to the end. Los Angeles is up 2 games to 0 in the #NLCS, and they are waiting with bated breath for their young club to take on the Yanks young club. What a World Series that would be! May the best team win!