The Town of Telluride is certainly getting its money's worth from this franchise, when you consider these stats: The real New York Yankees win-loss percentage sits at .556, on a total payroll of $198,998,004.
The Telluride Yankees’ win-loss percentage is 1.00, and the total payroll getting this done is $0.00 – that’s not counting the money spent on the carton of Dubble Bubble and whatever went into making the post game chocolate-chip cookie bars.
On Saturday, Telluride’s Bear Creek Bombers bested the Cardinals from Montrose, 6-1, in their home opener. The game started with the Telluride boys down by a run at the end of two innings.
The top-of-the order hitters for the Yankees didn't have their bats producing their usual fireworks. Good pitching held the Cardinals to one run, but it looked as if the Yankees weren't ever going to drop some payload on the infield or the outfield. But then, just when all was stalled, a little sparkplug fired up the hitting engine of the Yankees, as Jimmy Fallon connected with the ball, starting what had been in previous games, the quiet bottom-of-the-order bats, cracking loudly. Aidan Kask followed with a double, and they were off to the races.
Tuesday, the Bombers faced the Montrose Diamondbacks in a real nailbiter. The visiting D-backs played like pros, with controlled pitching and wow fielding. The Yankees bats were relentless, but several line drives were snuffed out by the D-backs infield, while their outfield euthanized some potential triples. The visiting team got behind early, but by the bottom of the fifth inning, they had produced eight runs, and just shy of the Yankees’ 10 runs. Quality pitching from the Yankees starter Matheau Richard kept the Diamondbacks from stealing the lead.
Just when nervous Yankee parents realized they had picked the wrong decade to give up smoking, Richard cranked a home run, directly followed by Santangelo. A few at-bats later, Liam Scanlon hit one more blast for good measure. Reliever Christopher Bratcher returned to the mound to seal up his save, and the Yankees went to 5-0 for the season.
Coaches Gary Richard, Larry Scanlon and Mike Turrin are now chasing the pennant along with their little leaguers, and you can catch them at home stands on Thursday May 24, at 6 p.m. and again on Tuesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. (again in Telluride Town Park).
So, beleaguered Red Sox fans of Telluride, be of good cheer. Come on over to the other side for a little while and bask in a winning streak. These Yankees are just third and fourth graders, so it’s not like you’re a traitor or anything. Just squint your eyes and imagine you see a big, fat letter ‘B’ on their caps.