How To Beat The Red Sox? Bleach!

No, I’m not implying that the Red Sox need a good cleaning. I’m simply celebrating the fact that our highly touted prospect, Austin Jackson, smacked a grand slam in the Yankees’ 7-1 victory tonight. It was great to see Ajax deliver after all the hype, and I have a feeling he won’t be toiling away in Trenton (or Scranton) for long.
But if he makes it to the bigs as the Yankees’ center fielder of the future, what happens to Brett Gardner?

ย Brett tripled and scored, and his speed is drawing comparisons to one of these.

AJ Burnett was very effective until the sixth, and Mo was his usual brilliant self. But what’s up with Marte?
Whenever he comes into a game these days, I start to get the shakes – just like I used to with this guy.
As for An-hell Berroa, he’s hitting as if it’s his 2003 Rookie of the Year season. Could the Yankees have hired someone from NASA to build a secret Way Back Machine?
The win was nice, but the truth is I found what came after the game to be much more riveting: the MLB Network’s interview with Dwight Gooden.
Doc looked great compared to the above mug shot in which he scarily resembled Ike Turner, and he seemed comfortable covering everything from his no-hitter as a Yankee on the day his father had open-heart surgery to his time in jail with the son he always hoped would play baseball with him. But did anyone else have trouble understanding him? I’ve never heard a person talk so fast, and there were a few minutes during the interview when I wondered if he was high. I hope not, obviously. What a pitcher he was.
On a lighter note, I was glad to have Jeter back. It’s been reported that he’s building a 30,000 square foot house on a private island off of Tampa. Since 30,000 square feet is large, even by a professional athlete’s standards, I’m wondering if he’s planning to take in boarders.
His family members, maybe?
His new friends from Team USA and their family members?
The Octomom and her family members?
I guess I’ll have to wait and see.


  1. scofid

    Austin Jackson’s home run kind of had that “Darryl Strawberry” feel to it. Not just a home run, but one to watch and marvel as it leaves the yard. He has a great presence at the plate. I am definitely looking forward to his return. A.J. looked great until he started to tire. It’s going to be so much fun watching him and CC pitch this year. I see many AJ blogs in the She-Fan’s future! I still have to believe that Marte will come around. He has too much talent to be another Farnsworth…


  2. juliasrants

    Both of our starters looked good last night – Wakefield was the pitcher we all hoped he would be again – so perhaps there was some time machine magic. Maybe Derek is going to have A-Rod live with him so that Jeter can help him stay out of trouble!


  3. Greg

    If Jackson ever makes it to the big club, I’m sure Gardner will help easy Johnny Damon into that wheel chair waiting in the wings. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Wonder who the last Yankees prospect with the potential Jackson has was? I don’t think Jeter was as touted as this kid was through the minors.

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  4. rrrt

    Caught the last inning-and-a-half last night, in time to see Jackson’s grand slam. Quite a shot, that was! Though the Sox were not helped by their pitcher and first baseman’s tumbling routine – I felt like a was watching one of my kid’s baseball games at that point. ๐Ÿ™‚
    30,000 square feet??? I can’t even imagine a house that size.
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  5. mlbmark

    Octomom scares me. Please take her off my TV.

    Last night I watched AJ’s grand slam with Lisa and her daughter. I was explaining to Lisa who AJ is and that he is the next big thing for the Bombers.

    As for you-know-what. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to be a little more low-key. Naturally the males amongst me here have one one piece of advice: Don’t take the plunge at all. lol


  6. Jane Heller

    Funny you mention Strawberry, Scott. I was thinking of him last night during the Gooden interview and wondering how he’s doing. I think he works for the Mets? Anyhow, I knew they’d send Ajax down after the game, but I hope we see him again soon. I guess he needs to cut down on his strikeouts and other stuff. And I hope you’re right about Marte. He looked great as a Pirate, but not so much as a Yankee so far.

    You’re right about the starters, Julia. I thought Wakefield looked as sharp as I’ve seen him. He made every batter look silly up there. If he can do that with consistency, you’ll have him in your rotation for another ten years!

    Greg, the answer is Joba Chamberlain. He was a phenom, speeding through A and AA and AAA and then the majors. Contrary to popular belief, our farm system isn’t all that bad!

    30,000 square feet is the size of a school or a hospital, Sue. Maybe we should all move in.

    And Jeff, you’ll have fun in Jeter’s house, scampering around after Minka, Jessica, etc. It could get crowded!

    Yes, the Red Sox are much better than the Yankees, Metsgo. They really killed us last night.

    Mark, you must take the plunge. There’s no turning back now. Besides, you know you want to.

    Ajax is the man, Kaybee. Well, maybe someday soon.

  7. Paige Landsem

    Thanks for all of your entertaining blog posts! It will be great to follow all of these up-and-coming players this season. Looks like great things could be in the Yankees’ future; now I’m just ready for the regular season to begin so we can see all of these guys in the games that matter most!

  8. Jane Heller

    I’m with you on being ready for the regular season, Paige. I wish it started tomorrow, but we’re in the homestretch.

  9. junojen

    Great game until the Grand Slam. I was having a tough time staying away so when that happened, I turned it off before the ball landed on the other side of the fence. *sigh*

    I am really looking forward to the regular season, I must say…

    If you get a minute, Jane – please check out my latest post. Just wondered if you had any input since you are a world traveler.

    Thanks –

  10. Jane Heller

    It was a tight one until the slam, Jen. I thought we’d be in for another four-hour Yankees-Red Sox marathon. Will go check out your post.

  11. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    Red Sox + bleach…would that then make them Pink Sox? Or with enough bleach, White Sox! OK, I’ll stop. Hahaha. With that little tiny commentary on Marte, I’m kinda glad I released him from my fantasy team. Especially since he gives you the same reaction as Farnsworth.

  12. Jane Heller

    I don’t know what to make of Marte, Jen. He had such great stuff when we faced him during Interleague play against the Pirates, but since he’s been in NY, he’s been unimpressive. I hope he figures it out.

  13. diamonddiva

    I’m ready for the regualr season. Looks like the Yankees are too. Re: the (really big) house that Jeter built — LMAO @ the Octomom and family being his boarders! The article on which mentioned the house said that the average Best Buy store 39,700 square feet…Jeter’s house will be almost that large, at 30,875 square feet. That’s almost 30 times larger than my condo. Sheesh!!

  14. Jane Heller

    I honestly don’t know what he’ll do with all that space, Shelley, unless he’s putting in an indoor practice field/swimming pool/gym. Sheesh is right.

    It’s not his own private island, Jenn. There are other houses and you don’t have to swim to get there. LOL.

  15. letsgoyankees

    This was a fun game to watch because the starting lineups looked like the opening day lineups. How about Mariano Rivera back to his old tricks. Maybe we should sign up Marte for that shoulder surgery! But then again, Mo was amazing before it. Hmmm…It might be tougher than I thought to turn Marte into a good pitcher.
    On a different note, the Cap’ is back! I thought Jeet looked great yesterday. I’m of the opinion he’ll do better offensively this yr. than last yr. because he was hit in the hand in the middle of last yr., and his production dropped. He’ll be healthy (Hopefully!) this yr. Thoughts?

  16. Jane Heller

    After reading that NY Times article about Jeter the other day, you’d think he was 100 years old, Letsgoyankees. I hope he’ll have a better offensive year, given that he did get hit in the hand by Daniel Cabrera last year. Glad Cabrera is out of the league!

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