Yanks-O’s Game 3: Order Was Restored


The Yankees’ 11-2 thrashing of the Orioles felt good and right and absolutely necessary – if for no other reason than to prevent me from climbing onto my roof and doing this.
We called on AJ to quell the insurgency and he did.
By spinning Markakis out on two inside pitches in the first inning, then striking him out. Loved that at bat.
Another fave moment involving the Orioles’ right fielder? Swisher belted a 3-2 pitch and it was the fan in the yellow shirt, not Cake-iss, who made the catch.
But there was so much to love about today’s game – from Tex’s homer to Swisher’s five RBIs….from Pena’s first major league hit to Cano’s continuing plate discipline…from Molina’s throw nabbing Pie to the scoreless relief of Coke/Veras/Bruney.
And, of course, there was the 2009 season debut of Mo.
Here’s how his ninth inning went.
Wigginton? Out.
Scott? Out.
Pie? Out.
Victory. At last.
Hysteria and panic were replaced by the sort of insane jubilation that people experience when something like this happens.


 Or this.
Or this.
I know. I’m going overboard as usual. It was only one baseball game. But still. I’m all for grabbing happiness whenever it presents itself.
Which brings me to the stunning news about Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, shown in this AP photo posted on MLB’s site.
Senseless. Tragic. Sad. A terrible loss for his family and teammates.
I didn’t know much about him before today, other than that he had a promising career with the Angels. If there’s a Baseball Heaven, I hope he’s up there having a couple of cold ones and talking fast balls with the greats of the game.


  1. heartruss

    Hi Jane. I just heard about Nick’s death a couple of hours ago. He pitched a great game which he had invited his Dad to attend. He wanted his Dad to come out because there was something special that was going to happen. I am horrified about the circumstances of the accident: a hit and run drunk driver who had his license suspended because of DUI. Sometimes things happen in life that seem so unexplainable. You are among Angels now.

  2. Jane Heller

    It’s sickening, Russ. And it happens over and over. I see it every week when I volunteer at the hospital – innocent victims of drivers like the one you describe.

  3. Jane Heller

    Really, V? I’ll have to go look. Great minds think alike, I guess. Either that, or we have zero imagination!

  4. luckylori

    Glad you’re having a better day today, Jane. We’re stunned and sad here in Anaheim. Instead of leaving the stadium dark tonight, we’re trying to get a message to management to light the halo on the Big A (indicates a victory). After his 6 shut-out innings last night, he should’ve had the chance to see it but it wasn’t to be. They really need to light it tonight because now he’s everyone’s Angel.

  5. Jane Heller

    Lori, I’m so sorry for you and all Angels fans. It must be such a shock, particularly after Nick pitched that great game. I love the idea of lighting the halo on the Big A. If there’s any way I can help I’d be glad to try.

  6. rrrt

    See, I knew your boys could do it! And the way you like, too – a blowout, no question about it.
    As for Nick Adenhart, I was so sad when I first read that he had been killed in an accident, but then when I saw that the other driver was drunk and had a suspended license, I was absolutely infuriated! That guy should have never been on the road! I hope he prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and beyond!
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  7. Jane Heller

    You’re right, Sue. It was just the way I like it! No stress. No worries. Just domination. The driver of that car should be prosecuted and never be able to drive again, never mind see the light of day. But sadly, this sort of crime is all too common. It seems like a daily occurrence on the freeways of California.

  8. scofid

    I think I am going to like that Burnett guy! We needed a stopper, and that’s what we got! And how about Swish? Come off the pine to punch in 5 RBI’s? Sweet! Now, we have Andy and Joba coming up. Hopefully, they’ll get us to a winning percentage before we cycle back through the guys with 6.00+ ERA’s…


  9. Jane Heller

    I loved AJ today, Scott! He wasn’t afraid to pitch inside and, while he did get into a jam, I was impressed with his strikeouts. And Swish? Five RBIs? Nady must be quaking. Let’s hope we can beat Sir Sidney tomorrow.

    I think Girardi will go with the hot hand/bat, Mike. If that means Swisher, Nady will sit. Or Damon will sit. Finally, we have a bench! A good problem to have. (Don’t worry about the double comments. We’re all doing it b/c of the technical problems on MLB.)

    Must be, V. Really great minds.:)

  10. diamonddiva

    I’m so happy that the Yankees finally won a game! Great debut for Burnett…nice to see Tex waking up (he gave the fans in Baltimore good reason to boo him today!)…Swisher had a great game in his first start…and Cano got a walk! Unfortunately, my happiness with this win is tempered by the sadness of the loss of Nick Adenhart. I didn’t know much about him either before today, but I choked up when I read about the accident. Such a tragic waste of a promising young life…taken by a drunk driver with a suspended license, who actually ran from the accident before getting caught and arrested. I hope he is charged with murder.

  11. Jane Heller

    It was interesting how the fans quieted down after Tex’s homer, Shelley. And yes, Cano walked. Shocking! It’s all tempered by the tragedy of Adenhart, but I do hope that driver gets sent away for a long, long time.

  12. Erin Kathleen

    How sad for that young man and his family. And the families of the other victims, too. Unfortunately, most drunk drivers who kill someone don’t serve a lot of jail time. Few ever serve more than ten years, and most get out after five. I hope California is different.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  13. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Well…that had to be a tough blog to post, saving the worst for last. Sure glad to break that Oriole goose egg, but the local news & papers are full of Adenhart, he being a Maryland boy from Hagerstown (a mid-size city about an hour northwest of us)…he was a good student (3.2 GPA) who was gonna go to UNC, but the Angels offered him $700K+ to go west and start his career earlier. Oh, the choices we all make in life. So sorry for the Angels fans, too.

  14. raysrenegade

    It is so senseless that a player lost his life to someone running a red light. Heck, I feel bad when I run a light yellow light that had just popped off green.
    Also mixed into this tragedy is the fact that two others perished, and another was admitted to the hospital.
    I am glad they caught the person, and I would not only throw the book at the person, but the table chairs and also anything else not nailed down in the courtroom.
    Senseless is the only nice word I will use here.
    I am glad the Angels did the right thing and canceled the game that next night. I would think that the mind set of everyone, including the fans needed a day to sort some emotions and personal remembrances of a great young pitcher who was going to make a mark on his local team.

    Rays Renegade


  15. steve_t

    Jane, our teams are tied for last place! And with only 159 games left.
    Hate that I was right, but I predicted Burnett would pitch his way past that Oriole lineup. When he’s on his game, that’s the real #1 starter on the Yankees.

    Steve T.

  16. Jane Heller

    Erin, the sad truth about California is that situations like this are all too common on the freeways. It seems like a day doesn’t go by when I hear a story about someone with a suspended license killing somebody. Scary.

    Russ, you know what I’m talking about regarding my comment to Erin. CA has to have the highest car accident rate in the country, doesn’t it? Glad you’re back safe and sound.

    Torches and pitchforks! Very visual, Tom. My imagination is running wild.

    The story must be hitting your area hard too, Dave. So sad.

    Renegade, I still can’t figure out how people who don’t have a license keep getting into cars and doing damage yet again. Sick!

    Yay, Steve! Tied for last place. I love it. A race to get out of the cellar! And you were so right about AJ.

    LOL, Phil. The money winner did look dazed more than ecstatic. But then they did show up when she was in her bathrobe.

    I bet Baseball Heaven is one cool place, Jeff. Imagine saddling up to the bar and having a pop with the Babe.

  17. Elizabeth D

    I’m glad that the Yankees win prevented you from jumping off your roof. I knew that it was only a matter of time. And they really gave the Orioles a beating. Very saddened and shocked by the news of Adenhart.
    Even as a Red Sox fan, I hope the Angels win tonight.

  18. ztaknek

    Jane, Not so sure the picture of Russian soldiers is a good image when you’re talking about the Yankees.
    Nick Adenhart was from Maryland, so I was aware of him previously. I was sickened to read what happened.
    I’ll take a series victory each time.
    Also, I’m working up the format, purpose, goal, basically what I want to accomplish with a new blog. See below for url, but there is just a skeleton there now. I’m pretty sure that you’ll appreciate it.

    and coming soon, http://jewsonfirst.mlblogs.com/

  19. Jane Heller

    I’m glad I didn’t jump off the roof too, Elizabeth. I would have broken my fingers and wouldn’t be able to blog!

    Will look forward to seeing your new blog, Ken.

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