If the Yankees of 2017 were a movie, they’d be Rocky, the original. The team came into the year as a young, untested group of players with more personality than we’d seen from squads of years past. They surprised most of the baseball world with their acumen and precociousness, arriving a year ahead of schedule. They then ran into the best in the world on the biggest stage in the sport.
Just like Rocky, the underdog lost. In the sequel, Rocky and Apollo have a long-anticipated rematch, and even though Creed is still the best boxer in the world, the differences between him and his challenger are much smaller. Of course, in this ALCS matchup, the Yankees aren’t quite as good as the Astros, but the separation is minute, especially relative to the last time they faced off.
And of course, in Rocky II, Rocky wins.
Now, Apollo loses in the sequel because he gets cocky and tries to beat Rocky by knockout, and I don’t think something like that is going to play out in Astros-Yankees II. Houston is a well-oiled, disciplined side, constructed with intent to leave as little to chance as possible. The Yankees will have to earn a series victory the hard way, but isn’t the adversity why we love a good hero’s journey anyway?
How To Watch:
Time: 8:08 pm EST
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Radio: ESPN Radio, WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (local listings)
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the TV channel as ESPN.