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Arian Grande stepped back on the stage in Manchester, England for the first time since her 2017 appearance that ended with a bombing in which 22 people died.  Her emotions were evident when she started the concert by saying, “I’m so happy to be with you, so thank you for having me. Sorry, I’m so nervous. I had so much more to say, but I’m really very overwhelmed. So thank you.” Grande went on to perform nine songs during the hour long show. She opened with “No Tears Left to Cry” and closed with “One Last Time.” It has been a sensitive subject for Grande who has said regarding Manchester “I think of it constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.” As she continues her Sweetener tour, Ms. Grande must feel relieved to have gotten back up on stage in Manchester, in the name of those who passed, the tragic events that transpired and to conquer her own internal fears born of that night two years ago.

Yankees vs. Red Sox is one of, if not the best rivalry in sports. In front of large crowds at London Stadium new home of West Ham United, both squads put on an offensive clinic over the weekend. 50 runs, 65 hits, and over 10 combined hours of baseball is what the Yankees and Red Sox gifted London in their first taste of MLB action across the pond. By the way, this was a two game series, not three!

The Yankees took both games of the series, winning the first 17-13, and the second 12-8. Runs, runs, and more runs. In game 1 both pitchers were knocked out in the first inning as both teams put up 6 runs a piece. The Yanks would put up 6 runs again in the 4th, and 3 in the 5th, before surviving another 6 run inning from the Red Sox in the 7th, who actually brought the tying run to the plate despite trailing by as much as 11 runs. Game 2 was a little more like your average baseball game until the Yankees put up a 9 spot in the 7th inning, coming back from 4-2 down to take a 11-4 lead.

Despite the fact that both teams have elite offenses, the stadium played very hitter friendly, contrary to the opinion of many prior thinking it would favor the pitchers. The dimensions were about 330 feet to the corners, and only 385 to dead center, with a 16 foot wall. There was more foul territory than any other stadium in the majors, and the playing surface was turf and played extremely fast.

Overall this first series was a big success for baseball and for London. The crowds were treated to two action packed games and were responsive throughout, 70% of the ticket sales were sold in Great Britain, and thee players seemed to enjoy the atmosphere being apart of the first ever MLB games played in Europe as well. The London series returns next year with another classic rivalry as the St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the Chicago Cubs.

The Yankees moved 11 games ahead of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East with the series sweep, and extended their MLB record consecutive home run streak to 31 games. Let us know what you though about the London Series