Yankees Lose And She-Fan Demands Answers

I know. Seven games in a row was a lot, and the winning streak couldn’t possibly last forever. I get it, I really do. But as I watched the Yankees go down 5-4 to the suddenly Alex Rios-less Blue Jays, I felt sick inside.

Mitre gave up his usual five runs in five innings. Yes, only three of the runs were earned, but so what? Cano may have been charged with the error, but Sergio was the one who made the lame throw. To be fair, he had good stuff, and his strikeouts were impressive. But Kei Igawa strikes out batters too, and the Yankees aren’t rushing to slot him into the rotation, are they?
Still, it was fun to see Jeter, Cano and Hairston go deep. Cano, in particular, has been hot at the plate and he couldn’t have picked a more opportune time. (It was less fun to watch Posada strike out seemingly every time he even looked at a pitch.) And Aceves was brilliant in relief.
But here’s the thing. The Yankees were a little flat, as I knew they would be after the Red Sox series. It was only natural. But I thought I’d better have a talk with Joe Girardi and make sure he understood that there is to be no letdown for the rest of the season. None. Nada. Zippo. Sure, we can drop a game here and there, but that’s it. No losing binges, rough patches or slumps. Especially no slumps.
Here’s our conversation.
I think the Yankees will come out smoking on Tuesday night. Joe will make sure of it.


  1. ibleedpinstripes

    I hope this conversation with Girardi works as well as it did with Andy! I was out all day and I missed the game, but as I watch part of the encore now, I’m PO’d. You’re right about the fact that they can’t win every single game, but still, it’s the Blue Jays. They just beat the Red Sox four games in a row, FOUR. They should wipe the floor with this team. I’ll take the excuse that they’re kind of tired, but no other shtuff like that! Ugh! LOL. Don’t worry. They’ll get it done tomorrow, I know they will!

    – Lisa

  2. Jane Heller

    I hope it works too, Lisa. Even though I figured we’d lose tonight, it was a letdown after all those great wins. But if Joba could rebound from his forgettable outing last week, we should be in good shape.

    There’s no such thing as a walk in the park in this game, 2yankeeboy. We lost to the Nationals!

  3. mikeeff

    how dare they charge the error to cano–that oaf mitre made the exact same throw 2 starts ago- he’s like a deer in the headlights when it comes to quick thinking–Basta!

    i’ve seen enough!

  4. lenn23

    It’s true, Joba did suck against the Sox. Enough with the damn walks! It’s about time someone told Girardi what’s what Jane!

  5. scofid

    For as flat as the Yanks played, Nick Swisher still could have been a hero with a clutch hit in the 9th. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Oh well, contrary to popular opinion among Yankees fans, we can’t win them all. But hopefully, we’ll see a return of the dominant Joba tonight to get the Yanks back on track. Mitre’s 5 runs a game is starting to wear thin, even with the strikeouts. I know, it is tough to get a quality start on a consistent basis from your #5 starter, but surely there are better options available than Mitre. I think the Yanks need to take advantage of their current lead. There is no way that the Red Sox or the Rays will go away, and both will make a hard charge before this one is over. The Yanks need to make sure they have the best “swimmers in the pool”! Go Joba!


  6. irishsoxkid19

    Ah, well, you might have me to thank for last night. All yesterday, I wore my CHOKE- THE OFFICIAL SOFT DRINK OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES shirt. Maybe that had something to do with it!!Plus, it’s one game, not that important!!

  7. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Got to agree with you on all points, Janie — boy, are you going to be sorry you let Girardi change your name.

    Just read in the newspaper that Mickey Mantle’s widow passed on. Hope they are happy together.

    Only caught the last two innings of last night’s game – next to the last free concert in our town last night — The Diamonds – a bit too historic for me to remember but they were entertaining nonetheless and my husband and his sister really enjoyed it.

    This will be a real test of Joba’s ability to bounce back. Girardi is resting his starters during this series so we should not expect miracles. Still, I’d like to take the next 2 before we hit the road. Wow! West Coast for 7 games – No rest until 8/20 – and then we have to go to Boston. Maybe we should not worry about Toronto and prepare for the road.

  8. cheshirecat9

    I hope your talk works also Jane! I will be at the game tonight so I am hoping Joba has a good outing. (Actually I would be hoping he had a good outing even if I wasn’t going.) I am chalking up last nite to “you can’t win ’em all”. I am still enjoying our perch atop the AL East. Go Yanks!

  9. peggy3

    Good Morning All ….

    Jane …you crack me up every single day. I love starting the day off with a laugh and I always do …thanks to you.

    Bummer about the game last night but I kind of expected it between Mitre pitching and the Boston letdown. We have a history with bad games after a Boston series. Let’s hope Joba gets back on track tonight …winning the series is what counts. I’ll be at the game tonight wearing my #62 shirt for luck. I just hope the thunderstorms hold off …I’m so tired of rain delays this year especially when I have to work the next day. I’ve gone to so many games and it seems the majority had some kind of rain delay or rain out (3 of them for me this year…A’s, Angels and Tampa). Anyway …hoping for another exciting win tonight.

    Diane….I didn’t get to any more of the free concerts after the 5th Dimension. I either had games or something other to do …I really wanted to go to the Lovin’ Spoonful, Gary Lewis (Jerry’s boy) & the Playboys and the Disco Night. Oh well …maybe next year. I think I’m going to see Donna Summer at Coney Island on the 27th and that should do it for the freebies for me. Are you going to anymore games this year?

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  10. southernbelle

    Jane: Once again, you are hilarious! I love those converations! I wish Joe would listen to you. The Yankees didn’t play THAT badly, they just were beaten. It was kind of annoying how their bats died at the end. I don’t get why Girardi had that weird lineup last night. Molina catching, Jorge DH-ing, and Johnny off and Swish in his place? That is too much of a change! Why mess with the lineup that made you successful? Especially Johnny, who has been hotter than hot lately? Sometimes I don’t understand Joe. They better win tonight, or there will be hell to pay from the both of us! -Virginia

  11. Jane Heller

    The Dodgers’ series with the Braves? Brutual, Cat. But the Yankees lost three to the White Sox before going on their seven-game winning streak, so keep that in mind.

    Did you see they changed the call and gave the error to that oaf, Mitre, Mike? So Cano was absolved of all guilt! I’ve seen enough too, but it sounds like he’s not going away.

    With any luck, Len, Joba made a quick trip to Nebraska between starts to get some of that home lovin’ or whatever it was that turned him around last time. I want to see the Joba who throws strikes.

    I agree that Mitre isn’t the best #5 starter in the pool, Scott. I doubt Chad Gaudin is either. Something has to give when it comes to that slot, because one of the top four is bound to need a rest or have a sore something.

    It must have been your T-shirt, Holly. No question!

    I was thinking the same thing about Mickey and Merlyn, Diane. They had such a stormy marriage so I’m hoping it’s much calmer wherever they are now. The road trip is giving me the shakes already. I can’t even go there yet. So let’s beat Toronto before we have to deal with it.

    I hope you get to see Joba’s best start yet, cheshirecat. How exciting would it be if he went deep in the game and came off the mound to a standing ovation? That’s what I’m picturing today.

    I wish they offered a headlock as one of the “camera options,” Jeff. I would have used it and more. If only I had better directorial skills. Sigh.

    Peggy, it does seem as if rain is in the forecast almost all the time. And it’s so hard to fathom because we don’t get so much as a drop here in California. I hope the storms will hold off so you can get the game in – without a delay. Send the Yankees your positive vibes and bring home a win, please!

    That’s right, Virginia. One loss we can tolerate. Two in a row? Not so much. The bats did seem to peter out at the end, but Toronto has some good relievers and they silenced us. Rats.

  12. dschaub@gpo.gov

    FIRST THINGS FIRST — did I see that right about ANOTHER wildfire in Santa Barbara? Say it ain’t so, Janie — please let us know that you’re not (yet) in danger, or anytime soon…and meanwhile…
    Ah, those Post-Big Series Blahs (baaah)…6 and a half games just seemed too GOOD to be true, so of course it wasn’t…but even with all that, they were only one good Uppercut Into The Jet Stream away…! And here I thought that they’d miss Alex Rios too…ya neva know, ya know?

    Hey Diane — MORE great musical stuff — nope, never saw The Diamonds, but I can’t forget Little Darlin’ or The Stroll…! Wow, did you & Peggy have some GREAT concerts this summer!…okay, enuf tuneful stuff, back to beisbol…
    let’s all hope that Young Joba was just a li’l bit too pumped up for his last outing…use the force, Joba, or else you’ll wind up like Joba the Hut(?…weak attempt…sor-ree…!!)

  13. Jane Heller

    Will do, lennysyankees!

    Yes, you did read about another wildfire, Dave. Unbelievable, isn’t it? But it’s up in northern Santa Barbara County, not close to me, so I’m not in any danger. Thanks for your concern though. The Yankees were, indeed, one upper cut away from tying and winning that game last night. So frustrating, but they’ll get ’em today. Joe guaranteed it. 🙂

  14. peggy3


    New York, New York …a city so nice they named it twice. I love it and will never leave. You can’t beat everything that is available at your fingertips especially entertainment & food. The free concert series are just fantastic….in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, LI. Take the whole family …bring some snacks and drinks…a great night out for FREE !!!

    Of course…my favorite thing about NY is the Yankees and being able to attend so many games. Contrary to what everyone believes there are only about 1800 seats that are
    in the exorbitant price range. All the rest are $100 or less. I paid $20 for the seats in my plans (I have two) and I have a terrific view in the upper deck. I love my seats. I’d prefer to sit higher up, pay less and see more games. I never sell my seats to anyone but family/friends and I attend every game with them. The main reason I could never leave New York is My Yanks !!!

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  15. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Peg & Dschaub – one more concert tonight – Its just the Gin Blossoms. My daughter & I are going to try and see American Idol at the Nassau Coliseum tonight but if we can’t get in we’ll probably see the Blossoms. It was an amazing season.

    Peg – so far we don’t have tickets to any more Yankees games but I’m sure we’ll pick some up and I’ll let you know where we sit when we do.

  16. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Hiya back, Peggy —
    You know, Miz Jane ain’t the ONLY one who used to live in Noo Yawk environs…let me confess how ancient I am…back in the day, we’d head on down to Central Park to see concerts sponsored by Schaefer Beer that cost ONE DOLLAR. I am SERIOUS…back then, nobody seemed to see the $$ to be made in concerts!! Wish I’d gone to 100 — but all I recall is The Four Seasons (FABULOUS…they sang EVERY song they ever did) and The Chambers Brothers (equally fabulous, but different…”TIME!!!”).
    Now for baseball…I meant to tip my Yankee cap to dear ol’ Mrs. Mickey…a tough life to be his wife…if interested, read “A Hero All His Life”…written/co-written by Merlyn, and well worth the read if you loved Mickey like she/we all did…and now they’re with Danny and Mickey Jr.

  17. Jane Heller

    Peggy, you make me so homesick. And now I know who has great tickets the next time I’m looking to buy some! You did say family and friends, right? Do I qualify?

    Diane, have fun tonight. I hope you and Peggy and meet up again at a game and take some more pics!

    I remember those Central Park concerts, Dave. They were so much fun – and so cheap. And thanks for the heads up about Merlyn’s book. I didn’t read it b/c I thought it would be too sad.

  18. jmf414@comcast.net

    Hi Jane,
    Last night was depressing, a very winnable game, time for Gaudin to start and give him a chance, he wasn’t terrible with the Cubs, second time Mitre could not throw a ball to second base, the pinch hitting of Damon was wrong too, ok ok, time to be positive and hope for a good outing by Joba, if you are like me, I think you prefer Jane to Janie, also, just finished Confessions of a She Fan, so funny, just sent it to my daughter in Tampa, another Yankee fan……. go Yanks…….Jane

  19. Jane Heller

    Last night was a winnable game, Jane, and that’s what made it frustrating. I wasn’t all that upset with Damon pinch hitting because he’s had such success at Yankee Stadium and even though it was a lefty-lefty match-up, I was optimistic. Oh, well. So excited that you got a kick out of the book. I hope your daughter feels the same way. So she lives in Tampa? She must love going to spring training games. Lucky girl.

    Thanks so much, FBC. I really have fun making the videos, but I promise not to overdo it!

  20. southernbelle

    Jane: I guess we can’t do anything about Girardi. Whatever. Today is Melky’s (my darling baby) 25th birthday! I hope the Yankees win for him. I made a whole post about Melky, I’m a bit obsessed with him. Let me know if you laugh at all when you read it! Melky always makes me laugh! -Virginia

  21. Jane Heller

    I hope Melky has a terrific birthday by hitting for another cycle tonight – or something equally great, Virginia. He makes me laugh too.

  22. yankslove4life

    Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I hope the Yanks and Joba fair well in tonights game. It was quite a dissapointment last night. Mitre looked pretty good the first few innings and then… well you know the rest. 🙂 I really like your blog. Go Yankees!

  23. Jane Heller

    I’m with you, Virginia! Long live Melky!

    I’m about to go watch the game right now, yankslove4life. Fingers crossed for the Yanks and Joba!

  24. raysrenegade

    Only you could make Joe G look human in a cartoon.
    No frets.
    By now you guys are sitting up there lokking down at the Boston fans on the ledge, and the Rays fans holding out for losses by the guys in front of us.
    Got to remind you to be very wary of Seattle, they are a better club than you think.
    Little gnats can run the bases and then produce the long ball(Branyan).
    Always love your animated conversations.

    Rays Renegade


  25. Jane Heller

    I’m very wary of Seattle, Renegade. I’m wary of every team in the majors! I expected them to contend and was surprised when they traded Washburn. Maybe I need to relay your assessment to Girardi though. 🙂

  26. heartruss

    Oh, and Jane, I kind of like our two teams having the best records in baseball. Who knows, we may be meeting in the World Series, never can tell.

  27. Jane Heller

    The Yanks don’t look very fired up at the moment, Cat. They’re down a run to the Jays again. Grrr. Maybe they’ll rally. And you say we MAY be meeting in the WS? Of course we will!

  28. welikeroywelikeroy

    Sorry we had to end your streak, Jane. It felt like a divisional battle with playoff implications at stake! Maybe I will dilude myself into thinking that. I thought you guys were going to explode on us in the late innings, but it didn’t happen. The Jays pen worked well, against the ‘best lineup in baseball’ I’d say.

  29. Jane Heller

    You’re forgiven, Jeremy. You must be glad your guys are still fighting. Zippy had the Yankees handcuffed again. He knows what he’s doing out there. But tonight it was a different story. Your pen, so good last night, didn’t shut us down.

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