Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an extreme outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx. So far this is the most devastating Legionnaires outbreak in New York’s history as 92 people have been hospitalized, and sadly, 10 individuals have died. The disease is caused by a bacteria that is usually found in the water of cooling systems, and it has already been found in several south Bronx cooling towers. Legionnaires is a very alarming disease, especially in the South Bronx, since it tends to attack the very old or those who are already sick. This disease is basically a more aggressive form of pneumonia, so those with asthma have to be especially cautious in areas of the outbreak. So far, due to this outbreak we have seen public health officials working franticly to try and contain the disease, but unfortunately, this disease can not be stopped by quarantine. The only way to stop the outbreak is to kill the bacteria at its source as it is not contagious from person to person. Health officials have started implementing free cooling tower checks and cleanings in the Bronx, and while I feel these measures are both warranted and reasonable, I feel more needs to be done to prevent another outbreak of this measure. Legionnaires is devastating, but with proper prevention I am certain that we could completely rid ourselves of this terrible disease. I hope to see health officials implement mandatory cooling tower cleanings every spring in order to reduce the risk of further cases of this disease, the best way to stop an outbreak is prevention. I’m sure that if proper preventative measures are put in place, we could stop the spread of this awful bacteria for years to come.
The New York Yankees have been on an absolute tear over the past 10 games, a team that many thought was on the decline has seen new life thanks to their lineup’s extreme versatility. The Yankees have scored 90 runs in the last 10 games and they are showing little sign of slowdown. At the beginning of the season the team looked as though they would only be able to live on the strength of the players at the top of the batting order, but the team has shown that they can perfectly adjust to any changes injuries or slumps may bring. During this hot streak the bottom of the Yankee lineup has been hitting extremely well, they have even outperformed the guys at the heart of the lineup in a few games. I am a Yankee fan so I don’t want to “jinx” their success, but it isn’t a completely ridiculous thought that this team may go very far in the playoffs. The Yankees have not been a good team over the last couple of years, and while this year’s team seemed overwhelmingly average, the Yankees decided to pass on any major team improving trades. The story behind the Yankees’ lack of movement at the trade deadline was the team’s desire to keep their prized pitching prospect, Luis Severino, and while the jury is still out on Severino’s big league productivity, many people believe he is “the real deal.” Severino looks to make his first major league start tonight for the surging Yankees, and I as a Yankee fan, would love to see him kick off his MLB career with a legendary performance. Hopefully the team’s decision to keep him will pay off both this season and in the long term.
Over the past couple of days my younger brother was home to visit, so we randomly decided to attend every Yankee game of their most recent home series. The proposition of attending a sporting event is always welcomed, but the fact that I find baseball games to be quite tedious made me apprehensive to the idea of watching three games in a row. While I did have plenty of fun watching the Yankees win the first couple of games, I was quickly burnt out while sitting in the heat of the third game and I had to leave early, a decision I am thankful I made since the game went into extra innings. I love the Yankees, but I am really not as big a fan of baseball as I was when I was a child. When I go to baseball games these days, I am only interested in two things, great pitching matchups, and fantastic hitters, I am more of a fan of the individual players’ talents than I am of the actual game. In this series the pitching matchups were not very strong, but the young pitchers on the scheduled did a great job at keeping me entertained and keeping the game competitive. The Yankees and the Rays are two teams that seem to be in a rebuilding phase, so they are not the most exciting teams to watch at the moment, but the ability to get out and watch some baseball reminded me why I love the summer. The Yankees won the first two games of the series, and lost the third in a dreadful extra inning game, but all things considered it was beautiful outside and perfect weather to enjoy spending time with family and friends. With summer on the way and ticket prices relatively low, I definitely recommend a nice baseball game to anyone who interested in “catching some Sun,” and cheering on the home team.