Well, There Were A Few Positive Notes…

The Yankees did win the series against the Twins. That’s something. And they announced that Granderson will be back with the team tomorrow. That’s a good thing. And hey, Tex actually had some hits. But there was a big time sour note during tonight’s loss in the finale.
Javy. Was his outing against the Mets a fluke? Did his injured finger have anything to do with the way he got roughed up? Or was he just “not able to locate,” as they say? Whatever it was, it wasn’t pretty. Neither was the return of Gaudin. And my carping about the Yankees’ inability to score with runners in scoring position is making me sound like a broken record.
But maybe – just maybe – the addition of Granderson will put a charge into the team. That and some home cooking.


  1. bgalaxy@verizon.net

    i like the optimism. i was hopeful for javy and chad and it wasn’t to be. hopefully we can get back on track. we need good news on jorge’s foot today and hughes and gardener to be their april selves, tex to be his mid summer self, granderson to come back grand and we’ll be ok. i hope.

  2. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Yup, they won the series. Right now, we have 5 starting pitchers. If we can win 3 out of 5 games each rotation and sometimes 4 . . .???

    Everyone says Tex started heating up last year in May. But his heating up also coincided with ARod’s return to the line up. Let’s hope this year, he heats up with Granderson’s return. He did have some nice hits this series.

    And it’s easy to criticize players, but things can change in a big way. Look at Cano. Last year, everyone said he couldn’t hit with RISP. Last night, the Yanks were 2-7 with RISP and those two were from Cano. He’s second on the team in RBIs.

    As for Javy, Little Miss Sunshine says “Two steps forward, one step back.” I thought he looked better than the beginning of the season. If they can get him and Chan Ho sorted out, things might be okay. And they’re being a little cagey about Aceves.

    I would like to pay tribute to the unsung hero of the Yankees teams of the late 90s: Ramiro Mendoza. What we are going through now clearly shows how valuable he was.


  3. Brian Chaires

    Despite the loss, things are looking good. Grandy back with the team will certainly help us and Tex coming around at the plate is what we need. May was pretty lackluster, but I have a feeling June will be our month.

  4. redstatebluestate

    Only in Yankeeville (okay, maybe on Yawkey Way too) do fans freak out when their beyond superior team wins. LOL. The Yankees are good. Very good. They’re a little banged up, and Javy is a quagmire, but it’s the Yankees. I wouldn’t sweat it. I’m glad you’ve injected some positivism in the Yankee world, Jane. I don’t understand why Bombers fans have so little faith.

  5. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Well, thanx for your positive spin, which we all need. Jeff is likely right that we overreact to everything, and we’re spoiled, but hey, that’s Noo Yawk & Yankee fanz!! Calm & patient midwestern types, we ain’t…
    I have an alternative theory. Actually, I’m just hoping that Javy doesn’t suck rocks as bad as we all feared, but…
    Okay, here goes. It the “YKS.” The wha? That stands for Yankee Killer Syndrome. Doctor Frankenjane, I think they’ve created a monster. His name is Kubel. What’d he have, another 5 RBI last night? Yeesh. You know, the very first time I heard that expression, Yankee Killer, it was given to a Tigers pitcher named Frank Lary. Okay to pretty good against the rest of the AL, but our boyz, even the ’61 Yanks, couldn’t beat him. What The Yanks of Old used to do when they found Yankee Killers was to TRADE for ’em…then, even if they sucked rocks later, at least they couldn’t beat the Yanks anymore! Well, not directly…well, not usually…and we never did trade for Frank Lary…but, ya knowhutImean?

  6. grammyg53

    Heck yeah, Jane, the PHILLIES are a good team! LOL You had to know that I couldn’t let that comment pass in front of my nose without a response! Guess what Mom & Dad sent me for my birthday? A Mr Potato Head Phillie!!! It’s so cute. I’m gonna send you a pic of it. He and I are going for a bike ride down to “our little beach” this afternoon if it doesn’t rain. And these morons here in the Tampa Bay (NOT St Pete) area think we need an open ball park WHY? I’ll wave at the pod of dolphins out there and tell them that you said “hi” if that’s okay with you.

    On a different note: All of the sportscasters are going on and on ad nauseum this morning about how “if the Rays” had performed against the Red Sox the way they did last night against the White Sox. OH GIVE IT UP GUYS! They stank for 3 games. It happens. That’s the one thing I don’t understand… the Rays are a good team but in the grand scheme of things they’re “babies” when compared to some of the teams that have been around for 75+ years. I don’t know… should I get down off of my soapbox now?

  7. Jane Heller

    What a “hopeful” comment, Barbara! You’re sounding very positive these days. I remember how excited I was to get Granderson, so now I’m excited to get him back. He did fall into a funk recently, but he started out with a bang. He’ll give the lineup a boost, I know it.

    I disagree about Javy, Melissa. I thought he looked worse; that the score didn’t reflect how badly he pitched last night. He kept leaving the ball up and he was lucky to have some great defensive plays behind him. He said after the game that his finger wasn’t a factor at all, so I hope Eiland figures out what the problem was. Very disturbing about Aceves. With Joe saying he doesn’t know anything about back surgery, it probably means Ace will have the surgery, if history is a guide. Not good. And the loss of him does call up memories of Mendoza, who meant so much to those teams in the 90s.

    June will be our month. I like it, Brian! Still, I wouldn’t mind some really big blowout wins at home this weekend. I really wouldn’t.

    I can’t speak for everybody, Jeff, but I think part of it is that we’re spoiled and used to winning. Part of it is that we’re just off a championship and Cashman made changes in personnel that haven’t all worked out so far, letting two fan favorites walk at the same time. Mostly, it’s just frustrating to watch a team go through a bad patch; it’s just not as much fun to turn on the game.

  8. Jane Heller

    I’d be banging my head too, Sue. Ouch. But you know the Phillies are a good team. Their offensive woes won’t last, just like the Yankees’ won’t. Well, not forever. lol.

  9. Jane Heller

    I do know what you mean about Yankee Killers, Dave, and Jason Potato Kugel has certainly turned into one. But they’re everywhere. Jason Bay, most recently when he revealed that he was just as tough for us to get out in a Mets uniform as he was wearing the Red Sox uni. I don’t look forward to facing Nick Markakis when the O’s come to town. But first we’ve got Cleveland to deal with. Are there any YKs on that team? Oh, yeah. Shoo. (He’s on the Indians, right?)

  10. Jane Heller

    Yes, Gloria, by all means wave at the dolphins for me. I do love that little beach in St. Pete. As for the Rays, I understand stinking for 3 games, believe me. And there’s a tendency to think the sky is falling. But the Rays have been terrific all season, so the fact that they had a bad series against the Red Sox isn’t all that important in the larger scheme of things. It was more about the Red Sox getting hot!

  11. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Ah. Choo. (oh, I just couldn’t resist that)…as in Chin-Soo… or is that Kam Fong as “Chin Ho,” and Zulu as “Kono”?
    Sorry…got REALLY carried away there…they were both in the old “Hawaii Five-O” series…the last two guys to be introduced in the weekly credits…oh, nevermind…!
    Yeah. Once again, you’re right. Minimize the damage of the YKs — walk ’em when you can — and maybe we’ll get thru this mess. But as the Fey Rays (not King Kong right now) and Fightin’ Phils just showed, any good team can look vewy, vewy misewable for awhile. We ALL lose about 60-70 times a year, after all…!
    Such is the glory of love & beisbol: “You gotta laff a little, cry a little…let your poor heart sigh a little…” Better stop there, ’cause nobody remembers “The Glory of Love”…!

  12. raysrenegade

    Glad to see that the Yankees survived their brush with nautre this week (Squirrels be damned), and even had a few interesting moments within the new Target Field.
    Interesting to see the Yankees welcomed back Chad Gaudin into the Pinstripe fold again….Maybe that is for insurance purposes, or there might be a controversy or change on the way.
    Always fun, always an adventure, always baseball.

    Rays Renegade


  13. Jane Heller

    Walking Yankee Killers is the way to go, Dave. We just have to make sure the bases aren’t loaded. lol.

    I was dumbfounded when Keith kept saying “Vaskwez,” Paul. His last name is Hernandez. I mean, seriously.

  14. Jane Heller

    Always something, Renegade. Your friend Chad did not have a happy return to the Yanks last night, but hopefully he’ll provide long relief in place of Aceves. Our pen needs help!

  15. crzblue2

    You are so funny. You automatically make me smile with your posts. Love the prior one with Minny too. You put a nice spin to your posts! So your boys are back home! Mine’s come back Monday for a 13 game homestand after Colorado.

  16. thomasox

    Sister Jane,
    So you haven’t said anything about the movie!?? My girlfriend had mixed reviews but liked it overall.
    Anyway, keep the faith as we Boston fans have to say all too often. Write to me. I’ve been missing you.:)
    ps. what’s for dinner? I’ll be right over with my bbq’d stingray.

  17. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    “You’ve got to win a little, lose a little, and let your poor heart get the blues a little . . .” yes, I am old also!

    I realized after reading the comments, that I didn’t see the early innings (watching this weeks Treme on demand). Javy did better in the innings I saw. (I also missed his last inning and Gaudin!)


  18. Jane Heller

    Thanks, Emma. I try to look on the bright side – most of the time- but if the Yankees don’t beat the Indians this weekend, look out!

    Hey, Brother Thomasox. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’ll get there for sure, in spite of the not so good reviews. What’s for dinner? I hope it’s a Yankees win with a nice glass of chianti.

  19. seindsfeld@aol.com

    Yes Jane, it’s nice having the old Vasqueeze back, I was getting worried. It wasn’t a fluke against the Mets, just the Mets are an NL team, and that’s where Javy should stay. Good news about Granderson, though he wasn’t hit much either before he left. That Kubel guy gave us the Kubel Krush. Hopefully we can beat on the Tribe >:D

  20. Jane Heller

    Granderson wasn’t hitting before he got injured, seindsfeld, it’s true. But remember the great start he had as a Yankee? That’s the guy I’m looking forward to seeing.

  21. bklyntrolleyblogger

    Hurray!! I’m just happy today!! Who cares!! LOL
    : D
    maybe it has something to do with shutting out the Phils 3 games in a row.
    Miss Johnny Damon?…or are you over him?

  22. Jane Heller

    Haha, Mike. Glad you’re happy. Do I still miss Damon? Not at the moment. I’m feeling good about Granderson being back!

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