Mistakes Happen

But the timing of Phil Huuuuuughes’ mistake couldn’t have been worse. With one pitch, his terrific performance – and the Yankees’ 2-0 lead – went down the toilet, along with my spirits.
The offense went to sleep after Swisher’s homer – really went to sleep.
They did nothing to pick up Huuuuughes. I guess if there was a bright spot in this one, it was the effective two innings by Joba. Otherwise, I finally get what the players mean when they say, “Blowout losses are easier to take than losses in close games.” I haven’t felt this deflated in a long time.
So much for the opener in this series. The trade news today swirled around the Yankees sending a couple of minor leaguers (including Melancon?) to the Astros for Lance Berkman.
The Big Puma will soon be in pinstripes, and he didn’t sound very excited about it. He told reporters he was “nervous” about “leaving the womb” and will “always be an Astro no matter what.” Memo to you, Lance: The Yankees are a great team and you’re lucky to be coming to New York at this stage of your career. If you need hand holding, I’m sure your former Astro friend will oblige.
Also new to the Yankees family, coming to us from the Indians, will be outfielder Austin Kearns.
Ooops. Wrong Austin.
These trades are well and good (hopefully), but I thought we were looking for pitching help. There must be an arm out there, right?


  1. Jane Heller

    Mike, not only do I remember Chiller Theater, but my book and this blog are named after it! There was a movie called She Demons, and it scared me so much that I figured I’d call myself a She-Fan! LOL. And I do think it was Channel 9.

  2. yankeefansarah

    This was a really dissapointing loss. It’s a shame that the one mistake Hughes made cost him the loss. But our offense is better than that, they really should have picked him up. I hope the guys can shake it off though, and focus tomorrow.
    Oh, by the way, I find that picture of Andy Pettitte hilarious! Maybe it’s just me.. but the way he has his hand up and his facial expression, it reminds me of a kid getting on the school bus and waving bye to their mom. Is that weird? LOL. Maybe it’s because he looks so young!

  3. bklyntrolleyblogger

    Lance Berkman ~ Fat Elvis > I love that one! That hand in the toilet reminds me of the old CHILLER THEATER movies way back in the day. I believe Sunday nights. You were still here for that I believe. Channel 9 maybe. Remember the hand rising up out of the graveyard? LOL

  4. Jane Heller

    I agree on the pic of Andy, Sarah. It’s totally like he’s saying, “Bye, Mom. See you after school.” I do hope he goes out of his way to welcome Berkman to the team and make him feel at home. That can only help us.

  5. scofid

    The trades definitely weren’t what I was looking for, but clearly, Brian Cashman is looking through the Bargain Bin. Maybe one or both of these guys can come up big during the short few months they’ll call Yankee Stadium “home”. Tonight’s game was disappointing. One bad pitch and it ruins a night. Tomorrow should be an interesting day…

  6. devilabrit

    The Trades are baffling, I thought at first that Kearns is just for trade-on purposes to get a pitchers from somewhere, not sure on how Berkman will do as a pinch hitter or is Tex on the move…:-)

    tough loss for Hughes, my favorite Yankee….


    Phillies Outside

  7. lenn23

    Nothing much to be said for this game except for Hughes and surprisingly Joba. I like the Berkman trade. His left-handed power numbers look great. Still think they can get an arm or two over the next month. Relievers seem to get through waivers pretty easily. I remember Chiller Theater from the early 80’s at two in the morning when I was between ten or eleven years old. I don’t know if it was a revival of the show or not but it helped turn me into the insomniac I am today. I loved those movies! Wish they made horror like they did back then.

  8. jmf414@comcast.net

    Hi Jane,
    Just a bad loss, where is the hitting to help Hughes, kept saying throw Joyce the change up again, he looked silly the first time, the kid can hit a fast ball if not perfectly placed, oh well, at least Joba looked good for two innings, told my husband they picked up Kearns and he said “who is that” Exactly! hopefully Berkmann will help at the DH…..Yankee bats looked tired and old last night….thought Lilly might be a good trade, you know it is bad when you wake up and the first thing you think of is the Yankee loss, I need help………

  9. Jane Heller

    No, the trades weren’t what I was looking for either, Scott, but the more the merrier and I wasn’t attached to Melancon so what the heck. Maybe Berkman will perk up with the change of series and the adrenaline that comes with playing for a contending team.

    Berkman will be the new DH, Peter – the position that was never filled after Nick Johnson got hurt. Tough loss for Hughes is right. Ugh.

    You remember Chiller Theater too, Len?! I used to watch it with my sisters and brothers and we’d get so scared we couldn’t go to sleep. Good times!

    The offense looked incredibly flat, Jane, but Wade Davis pitched well and the Yanks had come into Tampa late on their flight from Cleveland, so hopefully they’ll be more rested tonight and ready to rumble. I read this morning that we’re out of it on Lilly. Who knows. By the time I finish typing this, there could be other news. We shall see.

  10. bklyntrolleyblogger

    Chillll – eeerrrrrrrr!
    Ok Jane…You’ve been avoiding my page like the plague but we need a tie breaker now. HoVVG has a little crisis and you might be the deciding vote before tonight is done. (you know I’m just bustin’ em right?). Your fellow bloggers are counting on you.
    : o

  11. TheSmiler

    Interesting blog you have here, Jane.

    I have to say that I’m only a Yankees fan in the Joe Torre & Don Mattingly sense of things. In other words, I’m a Dodgers fan. Also a ChiSox, Mets, and Fish fan. But I’ve perused you page here and I like it even if I’m not a Yankee lover. I like Jeter, Swisher, and Cano and wish all 3 played in LA.

    How is Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns not another reincarnation of Nick Johnson. Injury prone sluggers who seem to underachieve. I don’t know. I don’t think the Yanks had to make those trades. They’re good enough without those guys goofing up team chemistry. And since the Rays did nothing to acquire a bat, the Yanks have the division.

    Good blog. I’ll be around more.

  12. Jane Heller

    The Dodgers got Ted Lilly, Emma. He’s good, isn’t he? And Dotel has pitched well since his surgery, I think. Anyhow, a busy trading deadline for sure. Berkman is in tonight’s lineup for us and batting second. Hope it goes well.

  13. turtledip


    Great blog! I’ll be coming around more often. Ted Lilly and Dotel sure added arms to our struggling bullpen. I think the fans were looking for an ace, but realistically speaking, our resources just wouldn’t allow it. Coletti did what he could, so I can’t be too upset. I just wish it would be enough to meet your Bronx Bombers in LA again ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Jane Heller

    Welcome, smiler. The Dodgers are my favorite NL team. As for the trades, the Yanks didn’t really need Berkman, but with Nick Johnson out, we never really had a DH, so he fills that role. The Wood pickup made me scratch my head at first, because of his injury history, but he didn’t cost much so it’s pretty no risk. We’ll see! Hope Ted Lilly works out for you guys.

  15. Jane Heller

    Lily, I would love to see a Dodgers-Yanks series. I live in CA so it would be such a thrill to be there. Meanwhile, I think Lilly and Dotel will be good additions to your team. And yeah, aces are hard to come by – and expensive! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. seindsfeld@aol.com

    Pobody’s Nerfect…..I heard Berkman was excited to be with the Yankees and if he wasn’t traded he would have left at the end of the season anyway…he just didn’t want to bad mouth the ‘Stros on his way out maybe. I like the hand in the toilet pic XD

  17. Jane Heller

    I heard he was excited too, seindsfeld. I really liked what he said about wanting to come to the Yanks. Now if he can hit, I’ll be really happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. raysrenegade

    The girl who sits next to me is friends with Phil Hughes. He came into her place of employment on Friday and parked in the Rays fan parking spaces. It angered her gypsy boss and maybe she put a Bohemian curse on Hughes that night.
    But you got to admit, it was a good ballgame overall with some classic defense, offensive timing and a partisan Rays crowd that booed each A Rod at bat like it was Game 7 of the World Series.
    I still think we might be seeing the preview of the ALCS, but I tend to daydream at times.

    Rays Renegade


  19. Jane Heller

    I don’t think Hughes was cursed, Renegade. He pitched really well except for one dumb ball. Well, maybe he was cursed. LOL. It was a really good ballgame all around. But I believe there were more than a few Yankee fans at the Trop.

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