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NY Baseball: Yankees 100 and The Wright Stuff

The 2018 Major League Baseball Season is winding down, as Yankee fans poise for a one-game wild card playoff spot this coming Wednesday, October 5, 2018, when the Bronx will host the Oakland Athletics for a chance to advance in the postseason. But today, the New York Yankees set a couple of notable team and individual records. Off the bat of rookie Gleyber Torres came the 265th home run of the Yankee season, setting the all-time record for team home runs in a single season (previously held by the 1997 Seattle Mariners). Moreover, hitting in the ninth spot of the order, Gleyber gave the Yankees the distinction of being the only team in baseball history to post 20 or more home runs from every batting spot in the nine-man line-up. Giancarlo Stanton added another Yankee home run in the seventh inning, upping that team season record to 266 home runs---and getting his 100th RBI of the season. (I can't imagine how many home runs would have been recorded by this team if last year's Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, who hit 52 home runs in 2017, were not on the disabled list for so long!) On top of all this, the Yankees scored their 100th victory of the season, second only to the American League Eastern Division-leading Boston Red Sox (currently holding at 107 wins, with one more regular season game to play). It's the first time in the storied history of both franchises that each of these teams has won 100 games or more in the same season. In fact, with the Houston Astros already having over 100 wins, we find one of those rare moments in MLB history with three teams from the same league having 100 wins or more advancing to the postseason.

Another record was broken today, by Rookie of the Year-candidate Miguel Andujar, who, with his 45th double of the season, broke the Yankees' franchise rookie doubles record set in 1936 by a guy named Joe DiMaggio.

With this 100th New York Yankees victory this afternoon, any genuine baseball fans worth their pinstripes can't help but look to Citi Field tonight, home of the Yanks' cross-town rivals, the New York Mets, who, despite a disappointing season, sport a pitcher who is, arguably, a National League Cy Young Candidate: the remarkable Jacob deGrom. Tonight, however, in Queens, the New York Mets' captain, David Wright, who has suffered many injuries throughout his career, including spinal stenosis, will be retiring from the game. Wright is a class act---and a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He holds the New York Mets' franchise records for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases, runs scored, sacrifice flies, times on base, extra base hits, and hits---to name a few. And in 2007, he became a member of the elite 30-30 club (hitting 30 home runs and stealing 34 bases). This Yankees fan tips his hat to the Mets captain and wishes him well.

P. S. [Added to Facebook, 30 September 2018, 11:02 AM]: It took HOURS for the Mets to finally win that one, but they did so in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the 13th inning, and that was followed by a really wonderful video tribute to David Wright, and a loving tribute to the fans from David himself [YouTube link to video tribute and Wright's address to the fans]. He will be missed, and you're right, cuz (Michael J Turzilli), he was and remains a class act! Also check out this YouTube synopsis of Wright's Night.