Aaron “F’ng” Boone & the “F’ng Savages” — July 18, 2019: NY Sweeps Tampa 6-2, 5-1

The Yankees didn’t have to win this doubleheader. They were losing in both games. Had they lost both, they would be only 4 games in 1st today. But NY came back and won easily in both games and raised their AL East lead back to 8 games — seemingly their high mark of the season but they had an 8.5 game lead on July 5th.

Domingo German started the first game and started off horribly — allowing homeruns to the first 2 batters — Austin Meadows and 3rd baseman Yandy Diaz — to put the Yanks down 2-0. But he finished the inning well, his curveball curving beautifully as he struck out the last batter. So beautiful was his curveball you marveled at it and felt he was going to be OK today despite the 2-0 deficit.

Aaron “Fucking” Boone & the “Fucking Savages”

Gio Urshela hit a 2-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd. And then Aaron Boone went viral, getting ejected for arguing pitches and going ballistic on rookie umpire Brennan Miller.

Aaron “Fucking” Boone referring to his lineup as “fucking savages” caused immediate availability of Yankee t-shirts of the new nickname.

Erik Boland had reported just before the blowup that “Gary Sanchez not happy early with the balls and strikes called by Brennan Miller. Miller is a minor league call-up who made his big-league debut in April for those interested.”

The “Fucking Savages” plated 3 runs in the 5th to take the game. Gary Sanchez hit a SAVAGE, BLISTERING SHOT to 3rd base that bounced off the 3rd baseman’s glove, scoring Aaron Judge. Luke Voit singled in Aaron Hicks. And then Gio Urshela — an ultimate savage this year — lined a double down the left-field line to plate Sanchez.

In the 6th, Aaron Hicks to the Sticks. Ballgame.

Yankee Bullpen Was Savage Too

The Yankee bullpen was savage too, as usual. Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and David Hale shut down Tampa like they weren’t there. Britton especially had a filthy slider — he struck out the side in the 8th.

The Defense — Savage

The Yanks continued to get phenomenal defense from every position on the field. Here’s Brett Gardner‘s play of the game:

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After the game it was reported that Umpire Brennan Miller would not be on the crew for the second game.

Second Game

Chad Green was the “opener” for the 2nd game of the pure doubleheader (1st game was supposed to start at 3 pm but was delayed until 4:20 pm due to rain). Green loaded the bases with nobody out in the 1st, and then got out of it — striking out 2 sandwiching a popup. It was scintillating Green and turned the momentum back to the Yankees.

But the Yanks were up against Charlie Morton who came in at 11-2. Tampa scored a run off Nestor Cortes Jr. in the 3rd and that held up into the 5th when Luke Voit tied the game with a dinger.

“Fucking Savages” Get to Morton in the 6th

Morton was in control with a low pitch count. But the Yankee Savages got to him in the 6th. They loaded the bases, and Austin Romine scored on a balk — when the catcher called for time that wasn’t granted, and Morton began his windup again. Didi Gregorius then BLISTERED a SAVAGE single to right center — scoring Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion. Mike Tauchman later walked with the bases loaded to make it 5-1 and Ballgame.


Luis Cessa pitched another brilliant ballgame — 3.1 innings of shutout ball. He was fully rested — hadn’t pitched in 15 days — and he was getting 1st pitch strikes. His fastball was sharp — hitting 97 and 98 MPH, and his slider was sliding. He left to a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium. Adam Ottavino pitched 1.1 innings of shutout ball to close it.

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