WEST PITTSTON, PA – Guys, we were one New York Yankees win away from me rooming with The Matt this weekend.
In fact, my parents just happened to be in the city over the weekend and even scoped out his apartment. But it was all for not because you are probably well aware already what happened to the Yankees this past weekend, thus ending my bid to cover the World Series.
Then, around 12:30 a.m. Saturday night, as I was working on a high school boys soccer preview for the upcoming playoffs in northeastern Pennsylvania, I get a phone call from none other than Mr. McCarthy himself. He was offering his condolences about the Yankees’ season ending, while also trying to get his wife out of the middle of the street.
But here’s the thing, I didn’t need any comforting.
You know what? I think I know where to start this week’s Ebs’ Hot Takes.
Don’t be bitter. Be happy, Yankees fans. Was the ending to the season a little disappointing? Of course. The New York offense disappeared whenever the team went to Houston.
However, this season went way beyond even the most ambitious expectations. This team was a year away, yet the Yankees found themselves in the ALCS and went seven games.
Believe me, the future is very bright. The farm system is deep and no major cogs are going into free agency.
I expect C.C. Sabathia back next season and if Masahiro Tanaka does leave, there are pitchers in the minors waiting in the wings.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Todd Frazier is back too. This would allow Gleyber Torres another year to develop in the minors.
The future is very bright indeed.
What happened to the Atlanta Falcons? You have to tip your hat to the New England Patriots because they shut down the Atlanta Falcons from the start.
But at the same time, I think this says more about the Falcons than it does the Patriots. Atlanta was coming off of a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins, and you would have thought the Falcons would come out guns blazing.
Atlanta didn’t score until the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter. At least Julio Jones got a red zone target, and finally scored.
I just don’t know what to think about this Falcons team.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the Patriots when they play a charging Los Angeles Chargers team.
See what I did there?
The New York Mets hired the anti-Terry Collins. Hey, New York Mets fans, I think you can exhale now.
I know Alex Cora was the dream, but it seems Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is a pretty good backup plan.
Callaway is 42, which is two years younger than Bartolo Colon, and will being a ton of energy to the Mets clubhouse.
Mets officials wanted somebody with "energy" for manager. Mickey Callaway, 42 years old, will be among the youngest managers in MLB.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 22, 2017
Not to mention, he did an incredible job with the Indians pitching staff. He’ll be able to reshape the Mets’ staff too.
Will we see the Dark Knight dominant again? Just maybe.
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