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By Ernie Palladino » More Ernie Palladino Columns The 2018 baseball season will arrive quicker than Aaron Judge can strike out on a breaking pitch around the knees. So, if the Yankees have any lingering disappointment in their runner-up finish in the ALCS , they’d best get over it fast. The real pressure to win lies ahead. Actually, it started when Greg Bird flied out to George Springer in center for the final out of Game 7, sending the Astros into a World Series against the Dodgers. If missing out on the big stage left the Yankees’ hearts empty, imagine how the Fox executives felt after seeing an exciting, history-laden series with L.A. go out the window for a bland matchup of two longtime National League opponents with nary an interesting moment between them. The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with Greg Bird (33) after Sanchez hit a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of their American League Divisional Series at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) The difference is that those corporate suits will always have the next World Series to look forward to, unless, of course, they stop paying MLB for the rights. The Yanks have no such security. And since they advanced as far as they did in what was supposed to be a developmental year for newbies such as Judge and Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird, human nature dictates that even better postseason runs are ahead, and on a yearly basis. MORE: Sweeny: Yankees Will Enter Spring With Sky-High Expectations, Excitement Only, it doesn’t work like that in most cases. As teams have proved over and over, it’s one thing to have a burgeoning dynasty on paper. It’s quite another to actually accomplish it. That’s where the pressure to win comes in. If the Yankees’ young roster felt any heat at all during the playoffs, wait until they hit spring training. All of baseball nation’s attention will beam itself into Tampa with laser-like sharpness. Every move Judge, Sanchez, Bird and their growing ace Luis Severino make will be studied, dissected and extrapolated. They will head into the season as the odds-on favorite not just to participate in the ALCS, but to win it. Woe be unto them if they fall short. With the roster they have and the seasoning they received in fighting back from 0-2 deficits against both Cleveland and Houston, they would be in for no small amount of shame if a “one-hit wonder” tag would ever be applied to the franchise. MORE: Yankees Look Toward Next Year Amid Questions About Who Stays And Goes It can happen, though. Look at the Mets. Two years after their World Series appearance and one year after a wild-card berth, their pitching staff was supposed to play daddy to the rest of the National League. Yoenis Cespedes was supposed to lead the lineup to even greater heights than the last two months of the 2015 World Series run. Instead, the awesome quintet of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steve Matz turned into an injured mess, the offense struggled, and the whole thing collapsed into a 92-loss season. Who expects anything out of the Mets now? The Yankees are too proud a franchise with too much history to ever want that fate. But to avoid it, they must first stay healthy. Then, they must overcome the pressure of expectations, something they never encountered during the season or the playoffs. Only those within the clubhouse and executive suites of Yankee Stadium expected success this year. The hot start produced more questions about authenticity than postseason possibilities. The post-All-Star break slump had folks shrugging their shoulders at the realities of a young team coming back down to earth. Their September sent hearts soaring. And the wild-card, ALDS and ALCS, all navigated with the grit of a fighter punching his way off the ropes, was fun and exciting for as long as it lasted. But it was all gravy. Great fun. Great games. But pressure? That comes now, when all eyes will focus on a roster no longer in the developmental stage but which will undergo some amount of change. Free agent CC Sabathia, the rotation’s emotional rock, could be headed elsewhere. And if they don’t hand manager Joe Girardi another contract, it would mean a switch in philosophy. How the youngsters handle the changes as the fans and fates turn up the real heat will determine how far they’ll go. If the Yanks thought they felt pressure the last couple of weeks, wait until next season rolls around. They ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Please follow Ernie on Twitter at @ErniePalladino
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Look for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to be back in the Los Angeles lineup when the World Series begins. The All-Star didn’t play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury. But manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that the team was “very confident” Seager was ready to return. Los Angeles takes on the Houston Astros in the World Series opener Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Seager was seen working out with the team Sunday night, further fueling speculation he’ll be in the lineup for Game 1. #BallparkCam found @Dodgers SS Corey Seager working out last night. Will he be in the lineup for #WorldSeries Game 1? pic.twitter.com/aThzIEoXE1 — MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 23, 2017 Depending on how Seager is feeling, he could be the designated hitter for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston for Game 3. Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3. Charlie Culberson did well while filling in for Seager during the NLCS. Chris Taylor also saw action at shortstop against the Cubs and was the co-MVP of the series. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A van carrying adults with special needs slammed into a home Monday in Bergen County, briefly trapping some of the passengers. They were on their way to an outing but didn’t get very far, CBS2’s Reena Roy reported. At around 10 a.m., the 28-year-old driver was pulling out of a parking lot and went straight across Zink Place in Fair Lawn and into the home. He got confused while pulling out of the lot around and instead of turning left or right went straight across the street into the home, police said. Thankfully no one was inside the home at the time. Two of the four passengers were trapped for about an hour because their wheelchair accessible rear end exit was blocked by a pole. Several emergency workers had to remove a metal safety bar from the side door in order to finally get them out. One woman with a walker and a young man in a wheelchair were carried and placed onto stretchers then taken to the hospital along with their aide and the driver — all of them with minor injuries, Roy reported. “I’m shaken up myself, I’m really stunned,” said Ometa Pope, Director of Adult Training Services. “I’m worried about our consumers, of course, I’m worried about our staff as well. I’m just happy that nobody in the house was hurt.” “The way that the van struck the house, instead of going through the house it happened to bounce back. Maybe that’s good for the way the house was built although there is a lot of damage to the front of the home,” said Sgt. Brian Metzler with the Fair Lawn police department. The homeowners are currently out of the country and their home is now unlivable because of all of the damage, Roy reported. Investigators are inside the home looking at a possible gas leak caused by the crash, Roy reported.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The first World Series at Dodger Stadium in 29 years, set to start Tuesday, may break a record for the hottest World Series game ever. When the first pitch is thrown at 5:09 p.m., the temperature is forecast to be 95 degrees, even hotter than the previously hottest World Series game in Phoenix. That was on Oct. 27, 2001, when the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 2001 World Series. The first-pitch temperature then was 94 degrees, and Major League Baseball ordered the roof at then-Bank One Ballpark to be opened, according to the Weather Channel and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Alex Lamers. In addition to the heat, the dreaded Santa Ana winds that wreak so much havoc in Southern California’s mountains and foothill areas are also expected to blow at about 25 mph from right field and right at home plate. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he doesn’t expect the heat and wind to have an effect on Tuesday’s game. “In Los Angeles I think that our estimation of hot is still relative to being in Southern California by the coast,” Roberts said. “The guy taking the baseball for us, I don’t think that he’s concerned about a little spike in heat, so we feel good,” Roberts said, referring to Clayton Kershaw, who was raised in the Dallas area. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In this bonus edition of The Dig, Elle McLogan follows up with relationship expert Susan Winter on her most frequently asked question about dating: What’s with all these mixed signals? When it comes to pursuing a romantic interest, “people do not know how to decode the mixed messages,” Winter said. “There’s forward movement and retraction.” For instance, a new love interest might propose a weekend get-together and, when Friday rolls around, fall conspicuously silent. But why? Winter blames indecision generated by too many options. “Think of the technology. Swipe, swipe, swipe, swipe, swipe—and that’s just one platform,” she said. “People always want what’s better. It’s natural. So we get something, and it’s good. But then we wonder, ‘Hmm, is this the best I can do?’” On the receiving end of all that ambivalence, you might feel stuck on a hamster wheel of confusion and disappointment. Winter’s advice? “Let’s start with you.” In her view, your solution is to approach the dating pool with deliberate intention. “State clearly in intelligible language that anybody can understand, on your first date or in your profile, what you want,” she said. But whatever you do, don’t be vague. “It’s like, ‘Oh, I love walks on the beach.’ I mean, who are you? If you’re very specific, you eliminate heartache from the very beginning.” Winter also encourages a sense of confidence and comfort in one’s own desires. “If I want to say, ‘I am looking for permanent partnership, I like monogamy, I’d like to live with somebody or be married, and I think I’d like to have children,’ I shouldn’t feel ashamed of that. And if I’m speaking to somebody who doesn’t want those things, I’d really like to know right away, not six months later.” What’s something few people know about but everybody should? Whatever it is, Elle McLogan is tracking it down on The Dig. Join her hunt for treasures hidden across our area. Follow Elle on Twitter and Instagram .
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