Yankees Star in “Little Rascals” Episode

Talk about comedy. I bet the guys below could have played better defense in today’s 14-8 slopfest in Toronto.
Mitre reverted to type – 4.3 innings, 11 hits, 11 runs (nine earned). He was not helped by the shoddy play behind him. Seriously, if the Yankees needed to get a stinker out of their systems, today did the trick. They’ve been on such an amazing roll that they were due for one.
Still, the game was like watching a car wreck.
It was oddly entertaining, and I couldn’t look away.
Every infielder except Jeter made an error, and there were assorted miscues by Swisher, Molina and a scary collision between Damon and Melky.
Melancon looked petrified of contact when he came in to relieve Mitre, and the just-called-up Josh Towers hit the Jays’ Ruiz in the face with a pitch. Thankfully, Ruiz only suffered a fat lip.
There’s not much to say about this one. The Toronto announcer said it all: “The Yankees are a first place club, but they didn’t play like one.” Hopefully, Girardi will sit everybody down before tomorrow’s marathon of baseball and remind them that they’re a great team. Right, Joe?


  1. nycbren64@mac.com

    Hi Jane,

    Have not chatted in some time. work, work, work and no DSL.
    Love the fact the yankees are in first place in september. We are in Big Trouble without pitching. I am amazed we are anywhere near the post season with the bullpen/starters/middle relief.. Whatever Joe G wants to call them this week. So Hot and Cold they are. I still say get rid of mitre and god help us with the rest of this wacky cast of nerve racked noobies they keep calling up. Thank God for offense, but you need PITCHING. We really dont have a solid pitching staff. Lets face the facts. Score eight runs and LOSE? I am praying for the pitching staff Jane, please join me !

    P. S. – hope you are well – Go Yanks !

  2. Jane Heller

    Hey, Brendan. Great to hear from you again. The Yanks could use some pitching help, I agree. Mitre’s not the answer. Neither is Gaudin. And Joba’s iffy right now. But I’m happy with our 1,2, and 3. The pen has been great for the most part, aside from the call ups, so I’m not as worried as you are. But, hey, if Cashman has a player or two up his sleeve, I’m all for it!

    Thanks for letting me know about the ranking, Julia.

    You’re lucky you missed the game, Lisa. But not to worry: Melky and Damon are OK and will play tomorrow. I’m sure the Yankees were thrilled to get out of Toronto!

  3. JQuist

    *Ruiz took that hit like a champ! I was amazed… That pitch was a hitter’s worst nightmare. That’s the kind of hit that I put in my, “worst places to get beaned” catagory. I’m glad he was ok… I posted Josh Tower’s comments on my page, give it a look. (Roughly what he would say lol.) Until tomarrow’s double header – I’m still in denial. We didn’t just get beat by the Jays 14-8, did we?


  4. larosemena@mac.com

    hey Jane, its a quarter to 4am here in Panama, and well, just wanted to let you know that I’m great given the circusmtances and that from today’s game I only watched when Swish made that be-yoo-ti-ful homer… sucks we lost, but let’s cross our fingers we give ’em hell to Tampa Bay. How are you and those wildfires? sorry I’ve been like reading news here and there and with the moving I wasn’t able to log in as much as I’m used to.

  5. lenn23

    Well, I guess Mitre is not the answer for that fourth spot. I was going to give him a break because of the awful defense but then I noticed the boatload of hits that he had given up. That fifth inning really escalated into a bad thing quick. Should be a long day of baseball this Labor Day. The Rays are not as good as I thought they would be this year but they’re still pretty tough.

  6. PAUL

    Interestingly, Sergio Mitre’s adaptive abilities have rendered his neck rubbery as well—from watching all those rockets coming back at double the velocity from when he threw them.
    I warned you (and everyone else) about him.
    Nobody listens.

  7. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Well, THAT’S one game I’d rather forget. Fortunately we didn’t see much of it – did see Rios get plunked — that was scarey; just glad it didn’t seem to do much damage.

    We were on our way to a big backyard party but we were listening on the radio. When we came back to within 6 runs my husband and daughter voiced their belief that the Yankees were going to comeback and win this one. My immediate response??! “We don’t deserve to win any game in which we gave up 14 runs”. Ugh.

    On the upside, Jeter is poised to break the huge record at home. Looking forward to seeing him do it and especially to see our wonderful fans react to it. But mostly, I want to get it done so we can get back to our run for the post season. Not to take anything away from Derek, but even the Captain cares more about #27 than ANY record.

  8. southernbelle

    Jane: I agree that Girardi should meet with the players. The defense was inexcusable. I don’t think Mitre was bad. His line looked bad, but his stuff looked good. His sinker sank, he got grounders, the fly balls were all bloopers, he didn’t allow a homer, I think he was good. (although you will never hear that he was bad from me, lol) The only bright spots were that I got to see Mitre and Cervelli, Melky homered, and Jeet is inching toward history. Other than that, it sucked.
    Congrats on #1, Jane! You rock, She-Fan!!!

  9. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Hi, Jane —
    Like several other posters, haven’t been ’round for a while, and it’s nice to be back…even though yesterday’s contest was pretty awful. How does Sergio spell his last name…MEAT-TRAY? Sure must have tasted like that to the Jays, goodbye, so long, farewell…loved your Li’l Rascals comparison…even the Young Rascals would’ve played better (a LOT better, I might add)…worried worried about our pitching…can’t outslug teams in the postseason, but at least there’s still time to straighten things out, I hope I hope…stay outa the smoke & fires, and let’s go get ’em this week!!

  10. Jane Heller

    I forced myself not to be in denial, JQuist. LOL! I watched the whole thing – it was like watching a horror movie – and decided that the Yanks were entitled to an ugly game and this was it. So glad Ruiz is OK. Same with Damon and Melky. Let’s get the Rays today!

    Lillie, so great to hear you’re safe and sound in Panama! I’ve been thinking of you and hoping your move went OK. You have to keep cheering on the Yanks even though you’re not as close by. Your guy Swisher hit a HR but lost that ball in the sun, so I’d say he was good news and bad news. I hope you get to see some or all of the doubleheader today.

    I agree, Len. The Rays are tough no matter where they are in the standings. The Yanks will have to play clean, crisp defense and get some really good, deep outings by CC and AJ. I’m trying to wipe yesterday’s game out of my head, but the sight of all those errors…..

    Mitre’s neck must have felt rubbery, Paul. Or maybe he just stopped looking after awhile. Just an ugly, ugly game.

    Yes, let’s forget that game, Diane, and look ahead to the bright spot of Jeter poised to break Gehrig’s record. I know personal achievements don’t mean that much to Jeet, or so he says, but this one is different. I hope he stops and appreciates it when it happens. And then I hope the team gets back to winning ball games!

    You’re sweet, Virginia. Thanks. I don’t think Mitre was as bad as his line indicated, but as the game went on he was leaving the ball up. I think he got tired after his teammates kept the innings alive by not making outs behind him! So frustrating to watch. I thought Cervelli would be catching CC today, not Posada, but apparently I was wrong. Hmm.

    That’s exactly what happened yesterday, Kaybee. The fielders seemed to have lost their gloves – and their ability to play baseball!!!!

    I do hate it, Peter. The Yankees should have forfeited the game, gone back to the hotel and soaked their heads in the swimming pool.

    Hey, Dave. Hope you had a great trip with the family. Not sorry the Toronto series is over, that’s for sure. And yes, the Little Rascal AND the Young Rascals would have played better than the Yanks. HAHA.

  11. Jane Heller

    Right now they’re locked in a 1-1 tie in the first game of a doubleheader, 23gonzo – great pitcher’s duel. Jeter hasn’t had any hits, but I’m waiting for him to break Gehrig’s record soon!

    Thanks, Ted. Congrats to you on #35, which is great considering that you just started blogging. Keep up the great work!

    Babu, today’s game is the opposite of yesterday’s, isn’t it? We’re in the 8th and it’s still 1-1. I’m hoping for a walkoff and some pie!

  12. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Hey, Jane…didn’t realize it was a twin bill today!! Been buzzin’ all ’round the house on this holiday, but your postings prompted me to ESPN and The Crawler…1st game in the books, 4-1 Yanks! Don’t know who or how, don’t care, we’ll just take it!! And let it roll…catch up to ya tmw…

  13. Jane Heller

    Twin bill, indeed, Dave. The first game was a great one – a pitcher’s duel between CC and Garza. Will recap it and the night game later. Very different from the mess in Toronto yesterday!

  14. Jane Heller

    The Little Rascals always make me laugh, Cat. I still don’t know how they got those little kids to “act.” Sorry about your series against the Padres, but it sounds like you had fun anyway.

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