AJ pitched well tonight against the O’s, despite not getting the win. I was so frustrated watching the Yankees continue to waste scoring opportunities and do absolutely nothing against the thoroughly mediocre Kevin Millwood. Well, except for A-Rod, whose solo shot put us on the board. When A-Rod came up again in the ninth, down to his last strike and our last out of the game, I was feeling pretty low. But then….boom!
Did he spank that ball or what? I jumped up from the couch and started dancing around the room, totally elated. I knew Mo would take care of business, and he did. Never has beating the O’s been such a relief. With the Rays’ loss to the Angels, the Yanks are in first place for another few hours anyway. But here’s the other storyline: AJ’s black eye. He wouldn’t discuss it after the game. Neither would Girardi. All we know is that it’s “not baseball related.” So here are my theories for what could have happened:
1) AJ got in a fight in a bar. Except: his hands were fine and there was no police report.
2) Brian Cashman slugged him. Except: Cash is too short to reach AJ’s eye.
3) One of AJ’s teammates punched him on the plane. Except: That’s baseball related.
4) AJ’s wife hit him in the face with a golf club. Except: That’s so Tiger Woods.
5) AJ had a little “work” done on the off day and plastic surgery takes time to heal. Except: Why wouldn’t the other eye be black too?
OK, I give up. Anybody? Ideas? Or do I have to track down David Wells and get his input?
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  1. YankeeCase

    Wow, there’s something about baseball, isn’t there? It’s the one major team sport that doesn’t use a clock, yet there’s still a ‘timing’ and a rhythm to it all. We just kept coming up short and were unable to take the lead (like most games the past two weeks!). Then there’s the top of the ninth. And you feel something with Jorge’s at bat. He finally works a hit and gets on. Then Jeter strikes out. Hmm… Granderson gets on. Ok…! Tex pops up. Hmm…..!
    And then Alex is at bat on a 1-2 count. The warring factions in the crowd make up one of the most surreal noises I’ve ever heard. Both cheering and jeering, equally! And a mix of “I can’t believe what this game has come down to…” and “Strike him out!” amongst the fans, filling the stadium with an odd drone. The feel was a big play was coming, either way. And then that pitch! Wow! Of course I want a ball in that situation, but being in Baltimore, and the crowd really getting into it, and the way the Yankees had been coming up short in these situations lately, that pitch was tailor made to be a game ending strike three. That’s just the way it was. Similar to how you knew Jeter’s “HBP” the other day was going to end up being big. And then Granderson’s home run! And then that feeling Hughes might just give it up again, and that’d be that.
    Well, this had that same “feel”. Even Alex knew he caught a major break. Well, the rhythm and timing of this meant he was about to cash in big time. And did he ever. It was just meant to be. How could you not see it coming? Unless it’s just me, and I’m psychic…? ?O_o? (hmm, maybe i know who roughed up AJ too!)
    How can you not love this?

  2. Jane Heller

    Jorge’s at bat was huge, YankeeCase. And then those pitches that A-Rod took, especially the one that turned out to be a ball instead of strike three. Did I ever breathe a sigh of relief. Did I know he would go deep next? No, but I was hoping. I could hear all the Yankee fans in the crowd there, so I know you had lots of company. Looks like you’re in for a great weekend of baseball.

  3. seindsfeld@aol.com

    Knowing Burnett (which I don’t) he was probably tuning his banjo when he heard a raccoon late at night. Walking outside he forgot where the light switch was and tripped on Jester the family bloodhound and hit his eye on the pig pen. With a game like this, how can you not like baseball? And all those dummies on ESPN who say the season is over, and that everything is all ready set in stone in the AL, well why even show up then? I like your recap Yankeecase XD

  4. YankeeCase

    Oh, God…! Sorry Jane, I guess I put too much into it and really felt that moment, didn’t I?! I wasn’t actually at the game! I meant watching on TV! lol… (watching at work, amongst all the other noise in my department in the wake of the hellstorm’s aftermath in nyc and long island the other day)
    Maybe this whole writing thing will work out for me one day…

  5. beckers46

    Good morning from Baltimore! So, our hotel doesn’t have the O’s MASN channel. WHAT?!! We arrived ready to tune into the game, and nothing. What gives? In NYC, every hotel has the YES Network. New York is passionate about its baseball. Baltimore, take note! I’m happy A.J. had a good game. I was worried. Here’s my theory on the black eye…A.J. started whining about his pitching woes, so Cervelli punched him and told him to snap out of it. I’m off to explore the Inner Harbor. Have a great day fans!!! – Becky πŸ˜€
    P.S. Looking forward to meeting up with you tomorrow, Peggy!

  6. ftyankeefan@aol.com

    Great ending to the game last night. I was switching channels (between “Without a Trace” and the game) and luckily I tuned in when A-Rod was at bat. It feels good to be back in first place and I was able to get to sleep happy. I’d sure love to find out what happened to AJ’s eye.

  7. arthur.kathleen@gmail.com

    Hi Jane! Greetings from enemy territory in Philadelphia! I’m here to run the Philly Half Marathon, so my husband and I listened to the game on the drive down from the Albany area. I went from elation to groaning, over and over again. Luckily I finished with elation! I do love A-Rod. And, despite his black eye, AJ didn’t implode and performed quite well. With Andy returning on Sunday, the pieces are falling into place. Now if we can just get Jeter back to old form, can you say #28?!

  8. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    It was so fun watching the bottom of the ninth and, at the same time, listening to the updates on the Rays game from the YES guys. If the outcome had been different, it may not have been as fun. What a nice win!!

    I’ll be glad when Singleton gets out of Dodge (Baltimore). Though I like him, all he does is talk about his personal gods: Eddie Murray and Frank Robinson. Okay Kenny, but it’s 2010 and the Yankees are playing.

    I noticed AJ’s eye early in the game, but thought perhaps it was a shadow. Black eyes can be caused by so many things, it seems weird that they just don’t comment. Even if there is no shady business involved, it makes it sound like there is.

    My guess is that AJ got so frustrated with his pitching, he punched himself.

    Watching ARod and Jeter at one point in the game reminded me of the good old days.

    Are those three adorable or what?

    I’ve heard so much Jeter bashing this year about how old he is and that he can’t play anymore. Seems like everyone has short memories.

    I predict he’ll have a monster year next year.


  9. yankeefansarah

    I wasn’t expecting AJ’s eye to look that bad, but when they interviewed him after the game, I winced. It looks nasty, but I’m just glad he’s well enough to pitch. A-Rod’s HR was so clutch, and so good to see. I’m looking foward to watching CC pitch tonight, still going for #20!

  10. nyyfaninvt

    My husband and I are in a “gourmet club,” which sound fancier than it is, and we were hosing last night. I was only able to listen to a few minutes of the game before people started arriving, then sneaked in a listen while we were getting dessert and coffee ready. I happened upon the seventh inning just in time to hear Andino’s solo shot had put the Os up 3-1. Needless to say, I was not happy but there was socializing to be done.

    So people didn’t leave until 11:30, we cleaned up the kitchen and went to bed by 12:30, never daring to turn on the computer to read the bad news. Finally this morning I could bring myself to read Jane’s blog (if I have to hear bad news I’d rather get it from Jane than anyone else) and wow! Another great come-from-behind win, and not a moment too soon! Thank you, Yankeecase, for the great description of the top of the ninth. I could really enjoy it, then went to the website to watch Jorge’s hard-won single and A-Rod’s at bat. I loved the little smile on his face after he got the call, and the way he nonchalantly started toward first after he hit his homer, which he seemed to know was out of the park from the minute he made contact. It was kind of like “All in a day’s work.” I screamed and jumped up in my chair, even though I knew what was coming.

    And this is why I love baseball. Like Yogi said, it ain’t over till it’s over. Every game, every inning is filled with endless possibilities, until that last out happens. What fun – thanks to all for sharing your impressions and reactions. We are family, we baseball fans – though Boston fans are very distant cousins.

  11. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    I know just what you mean. Last night I realized what makes baseball different from other sports. It’s that brief shining moment when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. Anything is possible at that point. Anything can happen – and it usually does!


  12. Jane Heller

    Seindsfeld, you have a future as a crime writer! LOL. I love your scenario about AJ’s eye. As for the game, talk about down to the wire. Very, very exciting when A-Rod smacked that no-doubter and Mo nailed it down. Kudos to Dave Robertson too.

    You certainly had me fooled, YankeeCase. Maybe it was because you said you were going to Baltimore for a game that I misunderstood your comment? Anyhow, you did get into it and no matter where you watched it sounded like fun.

    I remember that about Baltimore, Becky- the hotels don’t carry MASN! I guess they want you to actually go to the game instead of watching it on TV, but it’s very annoying. Glad you got there safe and sound. Have a wonderful time exploring the Inner Harbor area. Lots to do and see, but be sure to visit the Babe Ruth birthplace museum. According to Melissa, you can even see my book in their little shop! So you think Cervelli punched AJ? I’d be more inclined to go with Posada. We know how well they get along. πŸ™‚

    We do sleep better after a Yankees win, don’t we, Freya? Who needs Ambien? LOL. A-Rod seems to be in 2009 playoff mode all of a sudden, and it couldn’t come at a better time.

    Hello to you in Philly, Kathleen. Good luck with the Half Marathon! I’m so envious because I’m trying to get back into my walking routine and I’m having trouble even making myself do 5 miles. Sigh. Yes, the game had a very happy ending. AJ gave up those homers but was otherwise very effective and never imploded. I consider that progress.

    My Extra Innings package would only give me the Orioles feed, Melissa, so I didn’t get the guys on YES last night. (Jim Palmer and Gary Thorne aren’t bad though, just boring.) Kenny and his Baltimore stories are so grating. We’ve all heard them over and over, and it’s so clear he should be on MASN instead of YES! Nope, AJ didn’t have a shadow. That was the real thing. And you’re right – by not talking about it he made it sound more sinister than it probably is. Did you notice his expression when Kim Jones said, “I have to ask about your eye…” He kind of half-smiled, said he couldn’t talk about it and there were more important things going on with the team. It was almost as if he’d been coached in what to say. I haven’t forgotten the SI Sportsman of the Year thing. In fact, I think it’s responsible for Jeter’s slump (the curse and all that).

    Audrey, I have a bunch of social functions coming up in the next couple of weeks and it’s killing me that I’ll be missing some games, so I understand how torn you must have felt last night. But I’m glad you woke up to good news. Yes, another come-from-behind win thanks to A-Rod, who was basically a one-man offense. I will be sooo happy when Swisher’s back so Austin Kearns doesn’t have to kill rallies anymore. Yogi was right – it ain’t over until it’s over. We proved that last night. And no matter what, we’re joined forever in our fandom, sistah!

  13. nyyfaninvt

    I can tell you one thing, Jane – I will never agree to host another function in September. I also got stuck with my book club this month and that was the Wednesday Swish hit his walk-off homerun against the Os. Luckily that was an afternoon game and I was able to listen but still, that was just a fortuitous quirk of the schedule.
    On the other hand, I’m seeing a pattern here – two come from behinds against the Os on the days I’m hosting social functions? Maybe I should ask a few friends in tonight after all. . . this could be to Yankee baseball what your turkey burgers once were, Jane!

  14. arthur.kathleen@gmail.com

    Audrey, I actually live just south of Saratoga Springs in Burnt Hills. I’ve been to Bennington many times. My sister-in-law has a place in Ludlow, and my husband is originally from Rutland. Kathleen

  15. PAUL

    Brian McCann also had some unexplained marks over his eye. Maybe they met for drinks and it was a headbutting game gone wrong. It’s like when Wade Boggs said he hurt his back tying his shoes; he did hurt his back and it was shoe related, but he actually was so drunk in Toronto that he fell trying on Ernie Whitt’s boots. We won’t get the real story, so why even ask?

  16. Jane Heller

    I’m hoping CC gets #20 tonight too, Sarah, not to mention another win. We can’t count on the Angels beating the Rays all weekend so we have to control our own destiny. According to the Daily News, AJ’s eye appeared to be from a fight of some kind, and earlier this summer (can’t remember the timing in the article) he had scratches on his ear. Is he boxing in his spare time or what?

    Maybe you should have people over, Audrey. HAHAHA! Last night I had mahi mahi, by the way, and my husband has informed me that despite their “luckiness” he does not want to have fish again tonight. So we’ll see. All I know is that I have a special screening of “The Town” tomorrow, so I’ll miss watching Pettitte until I get home and watch the archives on MLB.TV. And I’ll miss Tuesday night because I’m on an author panel at a Borders, and then there’s a friend’s daughter’s wedding, etc etc. – all things I couldn’t refuse. Such a dilemma.

  17. Jane Heller

    Funny story about Boggs, Paul. But that was a different time, without the internet. Hard to keep a secret these days, although the Yankees are good at trying.

  18. nyyfaninvt

    Oh yes, Kathleen, I know Burnt Hills fairly well. Used to pass through on my way to the thruway until I realized it’s faster to catch it farther south. And my sister lives in Gansevort so I spend a lot of time in the area. Plus, the Saratoga/Wilton area is where the shopping is – there isn’t much here in Benington, that’s for sure!

    Jane, I’m sorry all that other life stuff is threatening to interfere with your Yankee life. If ever you needed a clone, now is that time!

  19. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    We’re having company tonight and part of the reason was I assumed it was a day game! But I’ll leave my pillow speaker tuned to the radio in my room to check the score. And we’ll probably TiVo the game and watch it after they leave.


  20. raysrenegade

    I think Derek Jeter’s bat went up and smacked AJ in the eyeball.
    Let the conspiracy theorist of the Pinstripe Posse have fun trying to figure out this one out to its conclusion. Maybe AJ’s wife had a bad dream and smacked AJ thinking he was Freddie Kruger (he does have those gangly arms).
    Whatever the real reason, we know it is not a fan or teammate related injury or TMZ would have exploded the results on their website or television program.
    But maybe it is as simple as AJ got smacked in the face by the Oriole bird’s tailfeathers?

    Rays Renegade


  21. nyyfaninvt

    Oh Melissa, that’s too bad. But at least you have an action plan. I have to conduct a meeting tomorrow from 2-4, smack in the middle of the game. I’m going to tivo it also, even though my husband thinks that’s just weird. He and my son are both of the opinion that watching a game that has already happened is useless but as long as I avoid learning the end result it doesn’t bother me in the least. And I can skip the commercials – it’s a win-win!

  22. arthur.kathleen@gmail.com

    Maybe AJ went nutsy again and banged himself, just like last summer when he punched the door after an inning of bad pitching. If it was from a fight, that is troublesome. Maybe he has taken up karate in his spare time! LOL!

  23. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Yes, TiVoing is great because you can skip the commercials. I know Jeter has a edge and that Jim Capiero represents you personally (local commercial).

    It’s no different than watching the Yankees encore, which I also watch. You get the bonus of no commercials. I just make sure I don’t know the score.

    My husband and I could never have watched parts of every World Cup game if we hadn’t taped them!


  24. blithescribe

    “We can’t count on the Angels beating the Rays all weekend so we have to control our own destiny.” Oh, how I wish this were a season where I could argue with that statement. πŸ™‚

    Regarding AJ – Well, the first rule of Fight Club _is_ don’t talk about Fight Club.

  25. Jane Heller

    Thank goodness we have each other to report on the games when there are social obligations, Melissa. I cleared the deck for tonight but have a conflict tomorrow’s game. When I can’t watch, I either record the games or see them on the MLB.TV archives. One way or another they can’t escape me! Have fun tonight and know the Yankees will be in good hands.

    Renegade, I thought the same thing about AJ. If it were a car accident or a bar brawl, TMZ would be all over it because there would be a police report. But he also had a scratched ear during the Texas series, it turns out, so he’s been involved in something lately and it happened before he got to Camden Yards.

    I’m with you, Audrey, not your husband and son. It’s perfectly wonderful to watch a game that’s already happened – without the commercials and at your leisure. What I’m learning though is that scheduling anything in late September or October is not the right way to go, baseball wise. Too stressful to have the mind be in two places at once.

    Karate or boxing, Kathleen. Or a wife/girlfriend with fists and fingernails. lol.

    Well, blithescribe, you could do us a big favor and encourage your Angels to beat the Rays again today (and tomorrow). Please? And yes, that’s the first rule of the Fight Club. But inquiring minds want to know!

  26. blithescribe

    Jane – Oh I never need encouragement to do that! We’re all set to watch the game this afternoon. Pinero is back on the mound. It could be a good one.

  27. blithescribe

    Jane – Oh I never need encouragement to do that! We’re all set to watch the game this afternoon. Pinero is back on the mound. It could be a good one.

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