The New York Yankees return to the Bronx for their first home game since the All-Star Break on Tuesday, and there are two players for whom this game is notable. It’s the first home game for Judge since he won the Home Run Derby, and it’s the first home game for Todd Frazier since being traded to the Yankees by the White Sox. There may be no better buy in sports right now than a ticket to Yankee Stadium to watch Aaron Judge. His numbers in 42 games at home are astounding. He is hitting .377 (second in the majors) with a .489 on-base percentage (first) and an .834 slugging percentage (first) at home. He has 21 home runs in 42 home games (no one else has more than 17). Judge is averaging a home
Yes, Bill Belichick always has been so serious. Sports Illustrated on Tuesday used Twitter to share a photo of the New England Patriots head coach’s high school yearbook entry from his senior year. Belichick graduated from Annapolis (Md.) High School in 1970, and here’s how he presented himself to the world at large. As you can see, he barely cracked a smile as he posed for posterity. Perhaps football already was front and center in his mind. Belichick’s chosen quote is from Abraham Cowley’s poem “A Wish,” and as The Boston Globe pointed out ahead of Belichick’s fifth Super Bowl win as a head coach, the poem might have laid the groundwork for Belichick’s “It is what it is” outlook on life. After
Don’t include the slumping Matt Holliday among the people who believe striking out is part of doing business at the plate. For the first time in a productive big league career, the Yankees’ DH has whiffed more than he has hit entering Tuesday night’s game against the Reds at Yankee Stadium, and it gnaws at the 37-year-old right-handed hitter. “I don’t like that stat at all,’’ Holliday said Sunday in Seattle after the Yankees copped three of four from the Mariners and moved 2 ½ games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox. The math that has Holliday annoyed is his 85:66 strikeouts-to-hits ratio, which plays into a .238 average for someone who was a career .303 hitter when he left St. Louis for The Bronx and a one-year, $13 million deal.