Weak, Feverish And Delirious With Flu, Yanks Still Beat Mets

The bug that’s been sweeping the Yankees’ clubhouse has now claimed nine victims among the players and coaches, including its latest, Johnny Damon.
Hasn’t anybody heard of this?
Or this?
Or even this?
The point is that even without Jeter, Damon and a full-strength Melky, Cano and Matsui, the Yanks made the Mets look like the ones who needed a blood transfusion.
AJ Burnett was as nasty as I remember him as a Blue Jay, inducing 10 Ks and allowing only one hit over seven innings. One hit.

Go ahead and pump that fist, AJ. You earned it.

He was helped by impressive plays by Pena and two amazing catches by Melky, who robbed Murphy in the second and fifth innings.
On the offensive side, the bats were again in evidence. Swisher’s solo shot in the third was really all the Yanks needed.
But why not pile on with a few more runs in the sixth and send Redding, the Mets’ starter, to the showers?
After Tex doubled…
A-Rod singled up the middle on the first pitch.
Cano doubled off the wall on the first pitch.
Posada smacked a three-run homer on the first pitch.
5-0 Yankees.
Bruney and Robertson set down the Mets in order in the eighth and ninth, and that was all she wrote, as they say.
I realize that the Mets are playing without their big guns, except for Wright, but they have the same beaten down look the Yankees had last week. Maybe they need a visit from their GM, like we got from ours.
On the other hand, I’m perfectly fine with sweeping them Sunday night. Everybody has made such a big deal about how hard it is to hit homers at Citi Field, as opposed to the “bandbox” in the Bronx. So how come we’ve waltzed in there and hit four so far?
Because it doesn’t matter where you play. If you’re hot, you’re hot.


  1. crzblue2

    Oh, oh. I see the brooms are getting ready.
    When are you going to have a book signing close to the area here? Jon Weisman is having a signing at the stadium tomorrow for this book “100 things Dodger fans should know and do before they die.”

  2. juliasrants

    There is so much going around! Josh Beckett pitched an ace of a game Friday night with what Terry Francona called “intestinal issues” – the only reason he got pulled from the game. Looks like both our teams are going for sweeps today.


  3. scofid

    And all of this just because Joe Girardi got himself thrown out of a game? LOL! The world has definitely changed since Joe got tossed, and that’s a good thing. I hope that Wang is able to follow the leads of CC and A.J. and nail down that elusive first victory of ’09. Go Yankees!


  4. Jane Heller

    LOL, Ajmolina. Leave it to the power guy, Brett Gardner.

    Emma, since my book is about being a Yankee fan, I didn’t figure there’d be much of a market in LA. But I’ve recently learned about a group called Evil Empire West and might tie in with them for a signing. Will let you know for sure.

    They really do need to start using Purell or something, Julia! It’s crazy when a bug takes down an entire team.

    I really like that AJ followed CC in the rotation this time, Scott. I think Joe should leave it that way so that our #1 and 2 guys can go back to back. As for Wang, it would be great if their outings rubbed off on him. Fingers crossed. But even if we have to go to Hughes, that would be fine too.

  5. Jane Heller

    V, I just realized after I wrote the comment to Scott that Hughes has the flu too. So he won’t be able to pitch if Wang goes bad. Hmm. Let’s hope we don’t need to think about it.

  6. Jane Heller

    He’s been dominant the last couple of times, Jeremy, so I’m hoping he’s finding his form. When he’s on, he’s unhittable.

    I hope it helps too, Jenn. Scream your lungs out. We need help because of all the players who have the flu.

  7. heartruss

    Jane, I did see copies of your book at Barnes and Noble here in Long Beach. Your book is about Yankees but any baseball fan can appreciate it.
    I wonder if all that spitting that goes on during baseball games may contribute to the spread of germs. Good handwashing is helpfull. But it seems some strains of the flu are very contagious. Glad you didn’t get sick in New York.

  8. Jane Heller

    I’ll have to get down there for a signing this summer, Cat. It’s on my to-do list. As for the flu, this strain must be very contagious because they all have it. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to last long.

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