New York Yankees: All aboard the bandwagon!

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Aaron Judge #99, Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox 3-2 at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Aaron Judge #99, Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox 3-2 at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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The Yankees are back in first place, writers are praising baseball’s evil empire once again, and YES Network ratings are beating NBA and NHL Playoff games. Yanks baseball is great again, almost.

After Tuesday night’s win against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees reclaimed first place in the AL East. While it’s nice to see the Yankees at the top of the division, the MLB season is long. It’s not time to celebrate just yet.

We’re only in May, but that shouldn’t stop people from staying excited about this fantastic Bronx Bombers squad — mainly because they’re making history.

YES Network‘s play-by-play commentator, Michael Kay, reminded viewers Tuesday night, the last time the Yankees went on a 16-1 run was 65 years ago. And yes, the Yanks did win the World Series in 1953 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Are the Yanks bound to slow down? Yes, because if they didn’t, that would be ludicrous. What’s not outrageous is winning the division for the first time since 2012.

Young lineup praised by ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian and NY Post’s Joel Sherman

Joel Sherman of the NY Post recently pointed out the New York Yankees have done “a complete 180” since the last time they won their division, by obviously getting much younger. Back in 2012, the Yankees had one player under the age of 28 that hit a home run; Eduardo Nunez.

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Hearing praise about the team from Kay or Sherman historically isn’t too surprising, but reading praise from a veteran baseball analyst like Tim Kurkjian is.

Yanks Go Yard editor, Mike Calendrillo, had the privilege of interviewing the longtime MLB analyst for ESPN. The veteran Kurkjian expressed his admiration for the lineup, and also made a pleasing prediction that us #PinstripePride faithful would love to see.

When Calendrillo asked Kurkjian about the possibility of the Yanks breaking the single-season team home run record (264, set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners), here is what he had to say:

"I’m going to say the that Yankees are going to break that record. I am just so impressed with what they have done so far — with a lot of things going wrong. You know Stanton is going to get red-hot at some point, and I think that Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar’s emergence has really helped this team. I’m not saying they are going to be huge home run guys, but those are good offensive players already.When Greg Bird does come back and adds that needed left-handed bat to the lineup, I think they’re going to be even better. There’s frankly, nothing to not like at this point about the Yankees lineup."

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Sunday’s historic YES Network Indians vs. Yankees broadcast

We have credited GM Brian Cashman many times already for making Yankees baseball great again. He revamped the aging roster, and now they have one of the youngest and most powerful clubs in the game. They also have one of the most must-see rosters in baseball too.

If you need proof, take a look at the ratings for Sunday’s Indians vs. Yankees game.

Yep, a regular season baseball game had more viewers than the NHL and NBA Playoffs games; seems incredible to me. But honestly, we need a World Series Championship.

All of this hype is great, but all I want to see is my team win the World Series once again for the 28th time. And it seems this young and hungry roster also intends to focus on always improving so they can raise the trophy at the end of the year.

Next: Greg Bird’s return is fast-approaching

There’s plenty of baseball ahead for this young team. I love the focus they have right now, and I’m sure more fans will jump on the bandwagon by season’s end.