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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/4/17

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Yankees beat Twins and are headed to the ALDS; Yankees bullpen does tremendous job; a very wild first inning; the bullpen did; Gary Sanchez takes ball to the groin; Sir Didi Gregorius excelling at SS; Aaron Judge brings incredible regular season stuff into playoffs; Jeter has a message for Marlins fans

American League Wild Card Game - Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees
This requires no caption. We all saw it. We all felt it. Oh crap, I wrote a caption.
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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: I’m not even sure how I am typing this right now. The one-game Wild Card elimination death match is a nerve-wracking, nail-biting, face-splashing, hyphen-making ordeal. Nevertheless, we made it. We survived, both mentally, and “playoffily.” After an intense match, the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 and are moving on to face Cleveland in the ALDS. This initial link will get you started. The following will talk about some important factors of that incredible win.

Newsday | Anthony Reiber: The first thing we need to talk about is the amazing performance of the Yankees bullpen. Luis Severino was not his usual self. Perhaps his emotions were high. Perhaps it was just an off night. Whatever it was, Joe Girardi knew not to let it drag on in a one-game Wild Card elimination death match. Chad Green, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle pitched their ever-loving hearts out and held the Twins to only one run. Aroldis Chapman then closed out the game and well, here we are. Heading to the ALDS. What a performance from the pen and what great bullpen management from Girardi.

Cut4 | MEARNS!!!: The second thing we need to talk about is that insane first inning. As mentioned above, Luis Severino was un-good. Brian Dozier made baseball history by hitting a leadoff dinger to start the 2017 postseason. First time that’s ever happened. Eddie Rosario followed with a two-run home run of his own. Then the Yankees came to bat. Sir Didi Gregorius tied the game at 3-3 with a blast to right field. More on Sir Didi in a little bit. But yeah, what a wild opening to the Postseason. “TAKE IT” or whatever the slogan is.

SBNation | Grant Brisbee: The third thing we need to talk about is Gary Sanchez taking a baseball to the baseballs. Okay, we don’t really need to talk about that all too much. It’s just important to note David Robertson’s face. That was many of our faces.

It says it all.

Newsday | Mark Herrmann: I said we’d discuss Sir Didi Gregorius and goshdarnit, we’re going to discuss Sir Didi Gregorius. He has been knighted. He was previously with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will be playing tonight’s less vomit inducing Wild Card game against Colorado Rockies. Brian Cashman acquired him in a three-team trade and all he gave up was Shane Greene. Literally Shane Greene. He replaced legendary Yankee SS Derek Jeter. More on him in a bit. Yesterday, Sir Didi woke up the crowd and tied the game in that zany first inning. This is after a career year, even with missing the first month of it. Again, literally Shane Greene. Cashman’s trade for Sir Didi could very well go down as the best of his long career. WHAT A GAME!!!

FanRag | Jesse Spector: Oh, you didn’t think we’d go through this link dump without mentioning our big baseball boy, did you? He did big baseball boy things again. Aaron Judge brought his incredible regular season of dingers and walks into October. While his laser shot into the left field seats wasn’t as massive as we’re use to, it still got the job done. Judge is locked in. Here’s hoping he stays locked in during the ALDS.

The Player’s Tribune | Derek Jeter: Look, I said we’d talk about Derek Jeter and well, you get the idea. While the young Yankees are moving forward in the postseason, one old Yankee is looking to bring his new team some Jeter-esque stories and glories. In this article about Jeter, written by Jeter, he send a message to the Marlins fans about what he hopes to accomplish by doing it his way. Of course, first we’ll see what he does with Giancarlo Stanton.

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