New York Yankees News: Yankees/Red Sox today, Jasson Dominguez and more

William Parlee
New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez
New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

For New York Yankees fans, there is nothing like a Yankee Red Sox game.  While the baseball season is on hold due to the coronavirus, many Yankee fans are starved for baseball.  The MLB Network just might have a temporary fix for you.  All-day today, the network will be featuring historic Yankee Red Sox games.

At 6 am, they will start with the famous Bucky Dent game.  That the game that won the American League East for the New York Yankees.  It was October 2, 1978, to decide the American League East between two teams who had already won 99 games was so much more than that.  Tied at 99 games, this was one of the most exciting games of the season.

At 9  am, the Red Sox get their revenge with a classic from July 24, 2004. After Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez squared off early to start a memorable melee, Bill Mueller roped a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to stun ace Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera.

At Noon, the MLB Network will feature Game 3 of the 2003 AL Championship Series when Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez had a memorable matchup.  This is the game that Yankee coach Don Zimmer was thrown to the ground by Pedro Martinez.  The game will be replayed at 11 pm on the network.

On tap at 2 pm, Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Down by a run entering the ninth and on the verge of being swept by the Yankees, always a thorn for the Yankees,  David Ortiz sent everyone home with a walk-off homer in the 12th.

At 5 pm, Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. It’s the game when Grady Little left Martinez in a little too long, and Aaron Boone became a New York Yankee hero with an 11th-inning shot against taking the Yankees to the World Series.

MLB Network will cap off the day with an 8 pm replay of Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS. Down 4-2 in the eighth, the Sox again came back to tie it, helped by Big Papi’s monster blast to left against Tom Gordon. In the 14th, big Papi blooped a single to drive in Johnny Damon for the win.

At 11 pm they will rebroadcast the noon showing of the Pedro Martinez/Don Zimmer Malay, ending a day of Yankee Red Sox ball.

MLB: Time is ticking to get a deal done

It is now day 11 of the MLB/MLBPA negotiations to get in a 2020 baseball season amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Spring training and the season came to a halt on March 12 due to the spread of the pandemic.  Since then, the virus has let up some, and MLB would like to get a season started for fans, albeit not without hurdles to be overcome.

Eleven days ago, the MLB presented the plan to the owners of all 30 MLB teams.  The plan was immediately accepted.  The plan then moved to he MLBPA (players union) where it was dead on arrival due to a revenue-sharing clause in the document. Health issues have been dealt with, so at this point, it seems to be all about money.  With neither side seemingly unwilling to budge, the talks are at a standstill.

With the season drifting away, and games being further contracted, time is running out to get a deal done if there is to be any baseball in 2020.

No MLB, but #1 prospect Jasson Dominguez continues to train

The Dominican Republic, like other places in the world, has been infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Jasson Dominguez was training at the New York Yankees training complex at Boca Chica, which is in the Santo Domingo Provence.  The province is the most affected district in the Republic and where the spread of the virus has not relented.

Like many teams, the Yankees have closed down the training complex as the virus continued to spread.  Dominguez being extremely athletic has continued to work out and stay in shape even though games are not being played.   The Dominican Republic is taking steps to reduce the spread by installing curfews, closing borders, and declaring a national emergency.  So far the steps have not reduced the number of new cases each day.

There are almost 11 million people in the tiny republic.  As of May 20th, there were 13,477 cases of the virus with 466 deaths and with 7,142 people listed as recovered.