A Meaningless Game That Meant Something

Yeah, it did. Phil Hughes proved he can throw eight strong innings without fracturing a rib. Abreu showed he can slug a grand slam after going 0-for-4 against A.J. Burnett. And Xavier the Savior demonstrated his versatility at the plate by driving in two runs with a regular old single – i.e. he didn’t swing for the fences. And the Yankees beat the Jays in 10 innings! That makes seven straight wins for a team that’s already been eliminated! Yay!

O.K. So I’m going a little bit overboard. Hardly anybody was at the Rogers Centre tonight (you could hear what every drunk was yelling), and the real action was in cities with teams that are still fighting for a playoff spot. So what? I enjoyed myself! Girardi used Gardner, Miranda, Ransom, and Moeller and it was sort of like watching a spring training game where there’s no pressure. Instead of sitting silently in my chair like a nervous wreck, I made conversation with my husband for a change.
“I like you better when you’re not so uptight,” he said.
See? The game tonight meant something.


  1. respectjetersgangster@gmail.com

    At this point, I’m all for letting the babies play. We gotta see what potential we have in there. We should also get Jackson up here for a game or two. I think there was a reason for he wasn’t called up, but I don’t remember what it was and will assume it was a lame reason to begin with. Bring up AJax!

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jane …

    It was great to see Phil Hughes pitch a solid eight innings in last night’s game. Hopefully, he will continue to pitch well during his starts in the Arizona Fall League this Autumn, which will build up his arm strenght and give him the extra innings he needs to get ready for “Spring Training”, 2009, [can’t believe I’m already looking forward to Spring Training], and the regular season, as a big part of the Yankees 2009 Starting Rotation !!! … And, “way to go, Bobby Abreu”, who makes it easier for the Yankees to bring him back next year, after each homerun he hits, and every run he drives home, [last night, a game-winning grand slam] !!! … Well, the Yankees may not be in the playoffs this year, but at least they are playing hard, and fighting right down to the end … I really hope the Yankees sweep the Red Sox this weekend, with Mike Mussina getting his 20th win in the final game of the year !!! … Also, Jane, “Congratulations” on moving up to #4 on this week’s “FAN FAB” Top 50 mlblogs list !!! … Your drive to the top of the list continues — just getting you ready for when your new book also rises to the top of the “Best Seller” lists !!! … Take care, Jane … Jimmy [27NYY] …


  3. Jane Heller

    I agree about bringing up AJax. I keep hearing he’s “not ready” but I also hear he has the potential to be the Yankees CF of the future – the next Paul Blair. So why not let us see him? My guess is his offense isn’t there yet and they don’t want him to end up like Melky.

    Jimmy, I love that the Yanks are playing hard right down to the end, and seeing Moose get his 20th at Fenway would be fantastic. Just read the weather forecast for you guys in the northeast and it looks like rain. Hope the games don’t get washed out. As for my blog moving up to #4, I had no idea. Thanks for telling me!!!!

  4. redstatebluestate

    “I like you better when you’re not so uptight”
    Ha! I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure my dog thinks the same of me. She gives me these scary looks when I throw fits watching the game. Now that football season has started, she’s really getting nervous.

  5. Jane Heller

    Yup, Skip. The games may not be “meaningful” in the postseason sense, but I’m determined to make them meaningful to me. No more sulking! (I say that now. I’m not sure how I’ll react once Sunday comes around and there’s no more Yankees baseball – even bad Yankees baseball.)

    I wish I could get into football, Jeff, but maybe it’s a good thing that I can’t. I’d probably be a crazy, obsessive fan and I’m crazy and obsessive enough.

  6. PAUL

    The “made conversation with my husband” line made me think of an incident from when Jose Reyes was a rookie and everyone could see that he was going to be a megastar even at the tender age of 19.
    In early September of that year, there was a play at second base in which Reyes got banged up and was writhing on the ground and gripping his knee with a look of agony on his face; then-manager Art Howe set the land speed record (for a 56-year-old man) getting to his rookie shortstop. I stood in front of the television with my hands interlocked and resting on top of my head as if there were twenty cops behind me all with their guns drawn. Digesting what I was seeing, I maintained that position until my fiancee walked in and said, “What’s the matter?” Slowly and painfully I replied, “Look at the TV.” “What happened?” Trying to change the facts of the situation by saying it as slowly as possible, I finally answered, “That’s Jose Reyes.” Knowing how good he was going to be as well, she gasped. Luckily, Reyes only had a sprained knee and was good as new the next year, but while he was laying there, it looked like a torn ACL and the end of the triple machine’s career before it even started.
    Keep the spouses away during important games!!!

  7. Jane Heller

    Too late for that, Paul. My spouse accompanied me on the grand adventure to research the book last season. During an especially tense game at Fenway (Mo was on the mound in the bottom of the ninth with Ortiz up), I said, “This is killing me! I’m in agony!” My husband said, “What are you talking about? It doesn’t get much better than this.” He thinks tight ball games are FUN.

    Mournful laugh right back at you, Neal. All I can say is we’ll be there next year. We just have to be!

  8. mlbmark

    I wish I had your publisher. My 280-pg n/f MS is waiting for me to resume search for the right lit agent, 0-for-3 so far (strikeout). My match is out there somewhere. Found the other kind of match the last month but need the agent match now.


  9. Jane Heller

    So, Mark, what’s your book about? (Or don’t you want to give your idea away to everybody?) As you’ve already figured out, getting an agent is tougher than getting a publisher these days. But it’s doable, so keep battling.

  10. Greg

    It was great to see Hughes pitch well. That’s what I expected from him when I grabbed him for my fantasy team. Haha. Will be interesting to see how many of the Red Sox – Yankees game they get in this weekend. Although, if the Rays can manage to take 1 win from the Tigers this weekend, they won’t need to make up any rained out games.

  11. Jane Heller

    Greg- I just checked the weather and it looks like Boston isn’t supposed to get the washout that NY will. But I guess we’ll find out. It doesn’t sound like the Red Sox care if they win the division. They seem very confident either way.

  12. Jane Heller

    Greg- Never mind what I just wrote! I checked the latest weather map and I can’t imagine how they’ll play in Boston tonight. Lots of rain in the forecast this weekend. Maybe they’ll play 4 games on Sunday- a double, double-header.

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