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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/17/18

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Sir Didi is in a slump, still positive he will figure it out; the Yankees are fun to watch, mostly due to the youth; CC Sabathia wants to go to London with the team in 2019; a story about the Yankees’ global reach in South Korea

Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees
He’ll just have to pick himself up
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: Sir Didi Gregorius, the world’s best human, is not having a great month. Being that he was the AL Player of the Month in April, his May would have to be pretty incredible to top it. Sadly, he is emoji deep in a slump right now. Aaron Boone believes that Sir Didi is also running into a bit of bad luck. More importantly, he is confidently that he will break out of it and that he’s handling it well. Typical Sir Didi positive thinking. Perhaps these days off will do him some good.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: The Yankees have been a fun team to watch this year. Right? I mean, it’s not just me that thinks this, right?? You might have guessed the reason why. It’s the youts, the youngins, the baby bombers, and other such silly synonyms. The Yankees currently have the best record in the majors and are the Vegas odds-on favorites to win the World Series. The kids are leading the way there. They started the season with Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and have since added Miguel Andujar and #1 Yankee prospect Gleyber Torres. Greg Bird is recovering and should hopefully be with the team soon. Everything is going according to plan and the plan, thus far, is a whole lot of fun.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: CC Sabathia is having a great season thus far. Not too long ago, he stated that if the Yankees win it all this year, he will probably retire. There might be a wrinkle in this plan though. That wrinkle is London. Sabathia is excited by the Yankees vs. the Red Sox in London. He wants to go. Technically, there’s nothing stopping him from going if he’s not on the team. There’s also no guarantee the Yankees re-sign him. London is calling though. I know I want to go.

Yankees Magazine | Sung Min Kim: Finally, a really nice story about the global reach of the New York Yankees, especially in South Korea. We already know a good amount of the Yankees’ domestic pull. In Anaheim, we saw Sir Didi give a curtain call in an opponents’ stadium due to the sheer amount of Yankee fans there. That’s nowhere near the extent of the Yankees’ influence and reach across the globe. Enough of my words describing this. Please give it a read.