A Tip Of The Cap

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I’ve made no secret of my appreciation for Roy Halladay’s gifts, not even during his recent slump. It was only natural that he’d have a letdown after all the hoopla at the All Star game surrounding a possible trade.
Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Yankees tonight belonged to him. It’s no mean feat to one-hit the best offensive club in the majors, and he made the Yanks look feeble at the plate, especially A-Rod, who came up with bases loaded and took a called third strike.
If Pena, subbing for Jeter at short, hadn’t doubled, Roy might have had a no-no. But that was it for the Yankees’ offense. So congratulations, Doc, for giving your team a lift. As for the Yanks….
Joba gave me a headache. A migraine.
I mean, what happened to him? He was pulled after three innings – the usual these days, given The Joba Rules – but he never seemed comfortable, never dominated like he used to. The defense behind him was nothing to jump up and down about, either.
Hinske’s a really good hitter off the bench, but in right field he gives me the shakes.
But this game was all about pitching. After Joba gave up three runs, two earned, it was time to call up the kids.
Melancon started out OK, then couldn’t find the plate. Mike Dunn, in his major league debut, really couldn’t find the plate. Edwar found too much of the plate resulting in Hill’s two-RBI double. And Albaladejo avoided damage in spite of getting hit in the face by a ball a few days ago and ending up with raccoon eyes.
To sum up, it was a night for Halladay to celebrate and for the Yankees to say, “So be it. We’ll get ’em tomorrow.” Yes, I’m actually OK with losing a game to a guy who deserved to win it. I must be mellowing. Yeah, right.


  1. JQuist

    *I’ll admit it, Halladay owned us yesterday. It was a sad day for Yankee fans, but we’ll return to our winning ways tomarrow! Pettitte’s been a rock, and after his last amazing start – I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table again. Tough loss… I’m sobbing, like a pathetic little schoolboy.


  2. lenn23

    A couple of interesting graphics on this blog entry. Like the one with the shakes! Raccoon is pretty cute too. I don’t know what to do with Joba. He scares me! Well, at least Jeter will break the Gehrig record at home now.

  3. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Well, we can’t win them all and Boston got demolished by the White Sox as well so we didn’t lose any ground on the standings but again, I hate seeing clear evidence that our pitching is not “post-season ready”. We have a few tough games coming up, including a double header – how is the bullpen going to survive this??!

    No disrespect to Halladay – you could tell from the first inning that he had everything working. But my concern is getting to the post season only to be out in the first round. That would almost be worse than not making it to the post season at all, like 2008. But this year’s team has a unity that we have not seen in years…maybe since 1998…so I’m not throwing in the towel yet. GO YANKEES!!!

  4. jmf414@comcast.net

    Hi Jane,
    Halladay is the best, I only wish he was in pinstripes, you knew how the game was going to be when Hinske could not snag either flyball, did not even go back for the second one, and he used to play in this stadium…. I have nicknamed him the big turtle, and sadly I think the new kid who could not find the plate will be one and Dunn……. I know that is mean, at least Boston was killed by the southsiders, and Andy is going today for us………..Jane

  5. Kaybee

    Halladay pitched an amazing game. Definitely a tip of the cap. But it’s a good thing the Yankees were able to get one hit. I hate getting no-hit.

    BTW, I tried to warn you about Gaudin. He’s really bad, isn’t he??? Oh man, I feel for you guys πŸ™‚

  6. southernbelle

    Jane: Yeah, Halladay was great, but the Yankees didn’t play well yesterday. The offense failed to make adjustments. They just stared at strikes the whole time, fell behind, and wound up striking out. And Hinske. I think I prefer Swish out there. He is nerve-wracking, but he usually comes up with the play. If he doesn’t, it’s because he tried to make it a WebGem and he dived and missed.
    I love how Cervelli was called up and he is just sitting on the bench. When am I going to see my baby in action? I can’t wait much longer!!!

  7. Jane Heller

    That’s what I figured, Israel. And if they had to lose sometime, it might as well be to Halladay. He earned the “W.”

    You’re not sobbing, JQuist. I can see you smiling as you typed that! Pettitte has been incredible lately and I hope he keeps it up. He used to be our bounce back guy after a loss, so let’s see if he puts us back on the winning track today.

    You think Halladay looked pissed, Paul? I think he looked determined, like he was sick of getting hit and wanted to re-establish himself as the best in the league (so he can sign with a contender in the off season).

    Glad you liked Rhianna shaking her booty, Len. I don’t even know what to think about Joba at this point. Did you read his post game comments? He tipped his cap to Halladay and all that, but I wonder if he understands that he’s been stinking it up!

    I’ve been saying that for awhile, Diane: the pitching isn’t postseason ready. Not if we’re planning to have more than three starters. Joba is clearly not up to it, and I’m not talking about the # of innings he can pitch. I’m talking about the fact that he either loses the plate or gets hit hard. I guess if I had to put one of the call ups on the postseason roster it would be Albaladejo. But the other relievers? No.

    Jane, get ready because Hinske is back in right field today. Ugh. I like the guy, but he is the big turtle out there. With Damon out and Tex DH-ing, Hairston is in left and Swisher is at first. Not our best group, defensively. I hope we can win in spite of that!

    Thanks, Jason. Not sure if I’ll be around, watching with Tweeters or taking the afternoon off.

    You did warn me about Gaudin, Kaybee. I heard you loud and clear and you were right!

    I think Halladay was too tough, Virginia. The players all said so after the game. Damon, who looked bad in each at bat, was just helpless. That’s what Halladay does when he’s at the top of his game. So I don’t fault the offense. The defense and pitching, on the other hand….I prefer Swisher in right too. I hope you’ll see Cervelli in action very soon. Maybe when A.J. makes his next start?

  8. ibleedpinstripes

    Well you can’t take anything away from Halladay. He pitched tremendously well and put us in a corner last night. I wasn’t so shaken because of it either, because after all, it’s Roy Halladay. Even despite his recent slide, he’s still an incredible pitcher. Andy’s on the mound for us today, so maybe he’ll pick up where he left off the other day and pitch the Jays into the ground!

    – Lisa

  9. scofid

    Well, it’s just one of those nights where we have to move on and look to the next day. At least it was Doc we lost to and not some Double-A pitcher with a losing record. Let’s hope that Andy Pettitte keeps up his recent stellar performances with another solid outing today. Go Yankees!


  10. crazy19canuck

    It’s hard not to like Halladay’s pitching. He’s a machine! I read that his wife gets on his case because he spends so much time studying the oppositions batters. You can’t deny that it’s helping him. Good luck next game!

  11. Jane Heller

    I’d take Halladay, slide and all, Lisa. I think he’s one of the greats and he showed why last night. Andy’s about to throw his first pitch right now, so fingers crossed.

    I agree, Scott. It would have been awful to lose to a nobody! At least we lost to someone with a pedigree. LOL. Here comes Andy. I’m “watching” on MLB.TV.

    I bet his wife has to stay away from him on the days he pitches, Ginny. He’s so intense! Whatever he does to prepare must work for him. He was really tough.

  12. Buz

    I was a little bummed for my partner Mike Dunn. He had the shakes for sure.. more than the Hinske shakes too. Actually, he’s been there before and done much better. He’ll settle and they’ll be able to depend on him.. It’s always good to get your feet wet even when it’s just the shallow water ; )

    Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

  13. heartruss

    As the great philosopher Jon Lovitz said, you can’t win every game. Oops, I guess he’s a comedian. The Dodgers lost to the Padres last nigt. LeBlanc was outstanding. The Padres defense was super. The Dodgers just kind of pooped out. There were two errors on one play. So I can’t complain.
    I’m sitting in the Dugout Club today for the first time since May. I’ll think about you while I stuff my face.
    I hope for a Yankees Dodgers world series just so our favorite teams can be part of it.

  14. Jane Heller

    Isn’t it wonderful to be gracious in defeat, Ellen? HAHA. No harm, no foul on that loss. Now we’re up 2-0 over the Jays but it’s only the fourth.

    I felt sorry for Dunn, Buz. He looked so nervous and couldn’t throw the ball where he wanted to. I hope he’ll perform better his next time out there. As you say, he’s gotten his feet wet so that’s over with.

  15. crzblue2

    Tip of the hat to Doc! I can just look at him and wish he was a Dodger. I am heading to the stadium now for the “Viva Los Dodgers” festival. Long day/night at OLOCR (our Lady of Chavez Ravine). Hopefully the Wolfman will be our stopper again. I will be stuffing my face at the game also but at the “This is my town” en Espanol section.

  16. Jane Heller

    The great philosopher Jon Lovitz. LOL, Cat. Hope you’re having fun in the Dugout Club (how could you not?). Wish I could be there with you.

    The festival sounds like another great Dodgers event, Emma. You guys know how to have a good time. Hope you see a win.

  17. Elizabeth D

    Shows you’re a great baseball fan when you can tip your cap to a player that gives your team hell. For the Red Sox, it’s Evan Longoria and Ian Kinsler as of late. But I really admire them. And for the record, Derek Jeter is one hell of a player. Don’t tell anyone I said that though.

  18. Jane Heller

    I’ll keep the Jeter comment under my cap, Elizabeth. LOL. The trouble with me is that when I see opposing players do so well, I want them for my team!

  19. diamondgirl55

    I love that you can tip your cap to another team; are you the only Yankee fan that can do that? hehehe, joking (kind of!). Halladay is seriously amazing and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on the Yankees someday!! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

  20. Jane Heller

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Halladay in pinstripes, diamondgirl, but I guess we’ll have to wait till the off-season to see where he ends up. I’m having a great holiday weekend, thanks, and hope you are too!

    Exactly, Babu. Halladay managed to shut down a team that had scored a ton of runs. It wasn’t an accident. The guy can really throw a baseball.

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