“You Can’t Win Them All”

That’s what my husband Michael told me after the Yankees were thumped by the Mariners 10-3 in Sunday’s series finale.

“We can’t win them all?” I said with a straight face. “It was starting to feel as if we’d never lose.”
“The Yankees took three of four and are in first place by seven-and-a-half games,” he said. “You just have to laugh this one off.”
“You’re right,” I conceded. “I was being greedy and demanding and totally unrealistic. I’ll laugh this one off like you said.”
Joba’s five inning performance, during which he gave up four runs, walked three and pitched like a nibbler instead of an aggressor?
Not a problem at all! I’ll laugh it off!
Aceves’ ugly relief appearance that lasted only 1+ innings and yielded another four runs?
No biggie! I’ll laugh it off!
Chad Gaudin’s fat pitch to Johjima for a homer?
So what if he’s scheduled to make his first start on Wednesday and is Cashman’s idea of a good acquisition! I’ll laugh it off!
Oh, and those fly balls that were either bobbled or not caught by Hairston and Damon?
Who cares? It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon at Safeco Field! Nick Swisher had another homer! Life is good! I’ll laugh it off!
The truth is, the Yankees have been playing like champions lately and I don’t begrudge them a bad day. The Mariners pitchers were excellent and Ichiro is a hitting machine. Speaking of which, congratulations are in order. Jeter passed “Little Luis” Aparicio to become Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in hits for shortstops.
I’m not laughing at that. I’m applauding.
Monday features an interesting pitching match-up as the Yankees move on to face Oakland: A.J. Burnett versus former-Yankee-with-an-ax-to-grind Brett Bombko. On paper, we win this one easily. But paper is just that.
Come ready to play, Yankees. 


  1. ibleedpinstripes

    Isn’t sarcasm a wonderful element? This was too funny. I just wish the Yankees came out with a sweep tonight. I mean, I know you can’t win them all, but I didn’t laugh one bit. =l It was sloppy. I hope they can get their SugarHoneyIcedTea together before tomorrow night. Sure will be interesting facing Tomko given the circumstances. Dun dun dun! The plot thickens!

    – Lisa

  2. Jane Heller

    A sweep would have been fantastic, Lisa, but Joe had the “B” team out there with Hairston, Hinske and Pena. That said, it was the pitching that left something to be desired. Looking forward to tomorrow night and, hopefully, a “W.”

  3. JQuist

    *Win 3, lose 1… I’ll take it! I hate seeing Joba do poorly though – Everytime he starts pushing the ‘bullpen’ gossip to the side, he has a miserable day that brings all that drama back to life. We’ll get ’em next time…


  4. crzblue2

    Who is your next victim? I mean who do the Yankees play next? Dodgers have a challenging homestand but one I hope we can come on the winning side. We got a knuckleballer making his Dodger debut against Carpenter.

  5. lenn23

    Yeah, you have to lose sometime. But, there are a couple of troubling concerns from this game. Joba’ regression the past few games is the biggest. I think in any potential five or seven game playoff series that Andy should get the start in a Game 3 before Joba. He’s starting to scare me as far as the playoffs are concerned. Chad didn’t help my confidence for his start on Wednesday. We should be able to knock the stuffing out of Tomko. I would be definitely surprised if that doesn’t happen.

  6. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Looks like I picked a good game to miss – though we kept an eye on the score. Happy we didn’t lose any ground as far as Boston is concerned. Not happy about our pitching and fielding as you recapped it, Jane. But just like with a win, we have to just take it one game at a time and look forward to the next outing. GO YANKEES!!

  7. cheshirecat9

    I agree with you lenn23, I am worried about the way Joba has been pitching. In a short play-off series we can’t take the chance that Nibbler Joba will show up instead of Dominant Joba. Hopefully Chaudin will be better on Wednesday. Can’t really complain about a 7.5 game lead but I just hate to see bad pitching.

  8. southernbelle

    Jane: Just laugh it off. I wonder if the Red Sox are just laughing their struggles off. Ha. I’m enjoying this cozy 7.5 game lead, but I still want more. I hope the Yankees don’t get lazy cuz they are so far ahead. Play like you are .5 games out, boys! WIN WIN WIN!
    My birthday was awesome. I’m glad Mitre did well, you know how I love him 🙂 -Virginia

  9. Erin Kathleen

    Joba only gave up four runs in five innings? *Sigh* I remember when our starters only gave up four runs, and I never thought I’d say it, but those were good times. Our offense can overcome that. It’s a lot more difficult when the pitching staff gives up seven, eight, ten, and fourteen runs in a game. Every single night.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

  10. junojen

    Jane, Jane, Jane… please. *eyeroll* I will trade with you and put my Red Sox 7 1/2 games over your Yankees if it will make you happy.

    And LOL at Lisa’s saying: SugarHoneyIcedTea! Nice one! I am going to start using that quite often, I think.


  11. jmf414@comcast.net

    Hi Jane,
    This was the B team, tough for Hairston to play center in a new park, I will cut him some slack, as for Damon, let’s face it, we all cringe and pray anytime a ball is hit to left, Joba has not had two good consecutive outings all year and lets just hope Aceves had one of those days, am I greedy, you bet, Boston lost to the Rangers and that was huge…..hopefully Burnett will be in control and not put too many balls in the dirt or to the backstop this evening……..Jane

  12. Jane Heller

    I like your attitude, JQuist. We’ll get ’em next time. Hopefully, Joba will take his time off and regroup, and come back in good shape.

    It does seem like a quick rise, Cat. The Yanks have played great since the break. But I know how fast things can change so I’m still holding my breath.

    We play the A’s starting tonight, Emma – a team we should beat, but who knows?

    The Yankees should knock Tomko around, Len. Again – that word “should.” Joba’s outing was troubling. He has such great stuff, but he’s still learning and his contributions might come next season, not this one.

    We play the Rangers after the road trip, Lori, in another week or so. We’ll try to do our best for you then!

    One game at a time, Diane. That’s the ticket. Hope your party was fun yesterday and your daughter had a great graduation celebration. You did pick a good game to miss.

    I bet Joba will move to the pen if the Yanks make it to the postseason, cheshirecat. I’d rather see Andy in a short series.

    Yes, your Mitre was improved, Virginia. He did it just for you. 🙂 So glad you had a great birthday!

    LOL, Erin. I’d probably throw my TV out the window if the pitchers did that.

    He’s had his troubles, TribeTed, no doubt about it. But he came back from the break and pitched three amazing games, so I know the talent is there. Just not the consistency.

    A nice lead is a very good thing, Jenn. I wouldn’t mind if it got even nicer – just so I can sleep better. LOL.

    I’m just being paranoid, Jen. As I keep saying, I take nothing for granted and know all too well how quickly things can change, especially with your guys lurking.

    We have to have humor, tribechick. It gets us through the good times and bad and keeps us sane. (Well, somewhat sane. 🙂

  13. Kaybee

    Yeah, Padres just got swept, but I’m not letting it get to my head. Things get too depressing if you let that happen 🙂 Glad you’re just laughing this one off, and hopefully things will be better in the next few days.

  14. Jane Heller

    Jane, you just reminded me about AJ and his wild pitches from the last game. Ugh. I hope Jorge is prepared to dive and block. He has very lively stuff, but that last outing was a tough one from a catcher’s standpoint.

    I hope I won’t have to laugh tonight’s game off, Kaybee. I’m looking for a win in Oakland!

  15. raysfanboy

    The West Coast is tough, isn’t it!? Believe me, we found that out last week. Might just cost us our season. Those M’s are playing inspired baseball these days. I don’t know if they have the horses to get there, but they are doing everything they can to show they are still in the race.

  16. devilabrit

    I almost missed the opportunity to say…THEY LOST HAHAHA…:-) just kidding, it does seem like for ever since they last lost though…and it’ll probably seem like that again…till the next one…
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  17. Jane Heller

    Right now the Yanks are losing to the A’s, raysfanboy. These west coast trips can be treacherous!

    We’re losing right now, Peter. Get your laugh ready unless we make a miraculous comeback!

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