Yanks/Angels Game 2: Holy Cow!


Talk about a wild one. 
After that four-run first inning, it seemed as if the Yanks would send Jered I-Look-Like-A-Surfer-Dude Weaver to the showers early.
But he settled down and/or the Yankees took a nap, and despite the rainy conditions he and Pettitte both hung in. 
Then came the sixth, when manager Mike So-sha started pointing to his nose and his chin and his nose again – the secret signs he uses to get the Angels to play their famous brand of small ball.
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Suddenly, the Angels sprouted wings and flew around the bases, scoring two and knocking out Pettitte. Oh, Andy.
Not that Mark Melancholy did much better, serving up a triple to Gary Matthews, Jr. that put the Angels ahead 5-4. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he threw a wild pitch to Abreu and went slipping and sliding on the wet infield as he tried to tag Matthews at the plate.
I was surprised that nobody came out to calm the kid down – not Eiland or Girardi or even Posada – but maybe I was too busy cursing at the TV to notice.
Speaking of cursing, Veras entered the game in the seventh and I was not happy to see him. “DON’T WALK THE LEADOFF BATTER LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO!” I yelled. So, of course, that’s what he did. Total carnage followed, including a suicide squeeze.
Ramirez allowed more damage, and when the inning was finally over the Yankees were down 9-4. Two things became very clear.
One: Jose and Edwar were useless.
Two: The Magic Pen was in danger of being useless too.
And then a miracle in the eighth.
We got to their bullpen with hits from Cano, Gardner, Melky and Pena (and a walk by Posada) to bring us to 9-8. And after Albaladejo retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, we struck again.
After Tex walked and Matsui and Cano singled, Posada stepped in. I stood in front of the TV, my face THIS close to the screen, clutching the Magic Pen and hoping against all hope.
And then? Walkoff single and a 10-9 victory. 
There was sheer bedlam at my house as the neighbors joined the celebration.
After they left, it was time to say a special thank-you to the Magic Pen. I mean, seriously. Four straight wins since I fished it out of a drawer and started using it to keep score? No coincidence there. The pen is getting it done.
For starters, the pen and I toasted the Yankees’ success and shared a nice bottle of Syrah.
Then, because the pen had been dropping hints about wanting a car, I bought it one. And not just any one.
I even let the pen drive the Porsche.
To cap a fantastic night, I went clubbing with the pen and introduced it to several of Santa Barbara’s boldfaced names, including these two.
I was a little embarrassed when it gushed over them and acted all celebrity-crazy. But I was totally humiliated when it slobbered all over Michael Douglas and leaked ink all over his white shirt.
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I made the mistake of telling it that Douglas had won a Best Actor Academy Award for “Wall Street.” Before I could stop it, the pen actually grabbed the Oscar right out of his hands and stood next to it!
It was nearly 2 a.m. when I finally put the pen to bed and told it to get some sleep. 
“We have a day game against the Angels tomorrow,” I said. “I need you rested and ready to go.”
Come on, people. Enter! The more pix the better!


  1. mikeeff

    how bout that game?! i mean pen! you will need to hire some body guards for it by tomorrow. There will be assassins and spies from Boston seeking to either kill it or steal it’s secrets. beware…and trust no one.

    this went from being one of the most dispiriting defeats to one of my favorite games in a while. i just posted a little vid clip of the last at bat for those that mioght have missed the miracle.


  2. flairforthedramatic

    LOL.. funny chicken pic there.. accurately describes all our frustrations w/ BBeras.. He can’t go an inning without walking a guy. It’s unbelievable.
    I really can’t believe we pulled off a win with this one, but miracles do happen [yay =)] .. If the Yanks can beat the Angels after they did their usual Yankee killing comeback [despite even the continuing pen disasters].. they can do just about anything right now.. Let’s see this train keep mowing them down =)
    – V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

  3. letsgoyankees

    What a game!
    Am I the only one who was annoyed by all the people saying that the Yankeees had no heart and couldn’t come back? Well, we proved them wrong!
    By the way, about my blue and white hat that cursed that BoSox game: I decided to experiment with a red one, and it worked quite well, thank you.
    My red hat has now earned a spot on the lucky hat roster.

  4. Jane Heller

    Levelboss, I got the pen a driver’s license too, so no sweat. 🙂 I just watched the clip and yes, indeed, you and V spotted Joba doing the dance. Loved it!

    I felt the exact same way, Mike. I went from being completely depressed to absolutely ecstatic – jumping around my living room like an idiot. Maybe the mystique and aura have transferred over to the new place after all.

    I think we can keep the train moving, V, as long as we get a decent start from CC today – and their guy gives way to their relievers. Swisher’s absence isn’t good though. We’re down to, like, bare bones.

    Thanks, Jordan. But I’m hanging onto the pen for dear life.

    That’s what I loved about the game, Jeff (other than winning it). Everybody contributed. Well, except Veras.

    Whoever said the Yankees have no heart hasn’t been watching, Letsgoyankees. This team has been coming back in plenty of games after being down.

  5. Jane Heller

    It was a great game, Cat, but today the Yankees are losing to the Angels in the 7th and I’m not too pleased.

  6. Erin Kathleen

    What happened to C.C.? Did your pen run out of ink? That figures. You go out and spend all that money buying it a car and introduce it to all of your celebrity friends, and this is the thanks you get. What an ingrate.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  7. Jane Heller

    The pen did its work last night, Kaybee, but not today. Sadly. Check out the latest post and say goodbye.

    CC ran out of gas in the seventh, Erin, and the pen just couldn’t make the Yankees hit. The offense was pathetic! And the pen has been DFA-ed.

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