Farewell, Javy. Thanks for the Memories.

I don’t know if tonight was the last time we’ll see Vazquez in pinstripes, but I’d be willing to bet it is. It wasn’t his fault that he was a home run derby server-upper against the Blue Jays. That’s who he is. That’s what he does. That’s the way things started out for him this year and that’s the way they’ve ended up. No surprises. I wish him well in his return to the National League, where he will inevitably become a 20-game winner next season. Bye bye, Javy.
What I don’t understand is why Girardi used all the regulars in this game but didn’t let Andy pitch. I know, he wanted him “lined up” for the playoffs, but still. You either want to win the division or you don’t. And with the Rays losing to the O’s, tonight was one big wasted opportunity to climb back on top. But hey. At least A-Rod notched his 30th homer and 100th RBI yet again – no small feat for a guy who spent all that time on the DL and was supposed to have had a down year. Congrats, Alex. But please don’t cool off any time soon.
Not much else to say about the game except that I didn’t mind getting stuck with the Toronto feed on TV. The fans gave Cito Gaston a really nice sendoff, and he deserved it. I always liked him as a manager and I appreciated how gracious he was about having the Yankees at his going away party. So there were two farewells tonight. Bye bye, Cito.


  1. YankeeCase

    I was looking forward to seeing Javy again this year. I know he’s a really good pitcher and thought he got a bum rap for that grand slam in the game which will not be mentioned…

    Now Kevin Brown I’ll curse until the day I die! It was he who loaded up the bases if I remember right. I bemoaned him being named the starter for that game, and he truly disappointed an entire universe of fans. I was happy to get Javy before that season, and I was happy for him to get a second chance this year. Alas, I think it’s safe to say he won’t be back next year.

    It’s a shame, because he really is a good pitcher. He can be great at times. There was a stretch after he finally figured things out where it was Javy and CC holding our rotation down. Let’s not forget that. But for whatever reason, he just wasn’t meant to be great with the Yankees. I really wish he could’ve proven people wrong.

    Hooray for Alex for sure! I was counting down those homers since June! I thought the wouldn’t get there, or that he’d just come short. In the end he made it less dramatic than last year.

    But besides that, this was a big loss tonight. Big time. Now we need a Tampa loss tomorrow just be to be tied up again. Had the Yankees won, they’d be up a game with a Tampa loss tomorrow. Now a Tampa win almost for sure guarantees a division title for them. If they were to maintain that lead the following two games, the division is theirs. A tie in the standings after Sunday does no good for us. A lot of New York eyes are going to be set on KC tomorrow…

  2. devilabrit

    I am sure Javy will, as you say, enjoy it back in the NL, he would be a good pick up for the Mets big ball park.
    Can’t believe how the Yankees and Rays are mirroring each other, tense, excitment…


    Phillies Outside

  3. lenn23

    If only Javy and AJ were a fraction of what we thought we might get from them at the start of the season we’d be in first place by a few games at least. Now Andy’s back is acting up? Sheeeit!

  4. Jane Heller

    Mike, actually I was trying to be a Javy supporter when we traded for him. I was the one saying, “Oh, he’ll be good this time. Look at all his innings. Look at all his strikeouts.” I figured that since he’d only be our fourth starter he wouldn’t feel the pressure. Wrong. He just couldn’t hack it for whatever reason and the Yankees didn’t have a long term commitment to him. So that’s that.

    You’re right, YankeeCase. It was Kevin Brown who let us down big time that year. But the reason Javy was in the pen for that game is the reason he was in the pen last night – he was an ineffective starter. So I wasn’t happy have to have him back, and I don’t think he’s a “great” pitcher. I think he’ll do just fine back in the NL. As for the game, I echo everything you said. Such a waste of an opportunity! Big, big loss. I think the players had too much to drink at the celebration party.

    I’m sure he’ll do well in the NL, A.J. Facing the lineups in the AL East on a regular basis and having a propensity for giving up home runs just doesn’t work. So I wish him well.

    The Yankees and Rays have been mirroring each other all year, Peter. It’s weird. Neither team seems able to run away with the division, which has made the race all the more tantalizing.

    Andy’s back is acting up, Len? I didn’t know that!!!! I just woke up this morning and came here, but I’d better start reading the papers now and find out what’s going on.

    He always had bad body language, Jeff. He kind of takes off his cap, wipes the sweat off his brow, grimaces and looks like he doesn’t have a clue. I won’t miss that.

    I knew you’d love the cat, cheshirecat. 🙂 I can always get worked up when we play Boston, especially when we play IN Boston. It’s just part of my DNA. Who’s our fourth starter, you ask? I bet Girardi stayed up all night wondering the same thing. Maybe the bat boy? The clubhouse kid? Andrew Brackman? I have no idea.

  5. cheshirecat9

    Ha ha! I love that cat! I have to admit, I can’t get real worked up for this meaningless series against Boston. I don’t think we are going to win the division so basically we are just killing time until the play-offs. I wonder who our fourth starter is going to be? Ivan Nova? It’s going to be a tough post season. I definitely don’t have the confidence I had going into last years, but I do have faith that the Yankees can make magic happen.

  6. dschaub@gpo.gov

    “Javy Negila, Javy Negila, Javy…”
    Maybe THAT was the problem. All this time I’ve been doing Javy Krishna chants and ceremonial walks around the Tube God for him, when it turned out he was of another persuasion, and Javy just wanted to dance. Or not.
    I think we’ve talked b4 about the fact that there are some players who simply are NOT, and will NEVER, be able to perform adequately in Noo Yawk. The stage is just Too Big…too much media & attention…and non-New Yorkers like to criticize by saying that with all the hype, average players are GREAT if they play well & win for N.Y. (any team, it matters not) and TERRIBLE if they play bad & lose. Yeah, okay, but where does that leave Philthy-delphia? Booo!! Ahh…who cares…
    Yeah, the pitching continues to smell, like something from my garage, and that ain’t too good. DID YOU KNOW that, according to the Elias Sports geeks, our 2010 Yanks are the FIRST team in AL HISTORY to win 90 or more games, despite having 2 pitchers with 10 or more losses, AND that have ERAs of 5.00 or more?? All I can say is — ye godz — you mean there’s an NL team that was that funky too?!? Methinx that my analogies to slo-pitch softball from back in the Dog Daze are as apropos as ever…ya better Outslug ‘Em, somehow, or…
    P.S. Guess what ELSE I learned…our Bomberz have now lost 9 straight times to LEFTIES…better get all of our switch-hitters some extra BP this week!!

  7. Jane Heller

    No more “Javy Negila,” Dave. It looks like the experiment is over. The chants and the singing too. And yes, some players aren’t cut out for NY. It’s just a fact. That’s quite a stat from the Elias geeks. Kind of amazing and scary at the same time. So is the one about losing to lefties. What’s up with that???? Sheesh.

  8. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    “home run Javy” does it again. Sigh. The stupid thing is, when he’s not serving up meatballs, he really isn’t bad.

    Apparently Joe asked all the infielders and they wanted to play. But as soon as I saw Javy was starting, I didn’t have a lot of hope.

    When he got hit by the ball and they went out to watch him throw and see if he was okay, I turned to my husband and said “How can they tell? He sucks anyway.”

    Here’s the info about Andy:

    A stiff back can be nothing or something. Let’s hope it’s nothing.


  9. Jane Heller

    Thanks for the link, Melissa. I was just about to go to the News’ site so you saved me a trip. The stiff back might explain why he was so awful his last time out. Either way it’s a concern – a BIG concern. Is there any starter besides CC we can count on? Well, there’s Hughes. Which makes two. TWO.

  10. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Well, as usual, I logged in and blogged out but forgot to leave some commentary on something else that you have brought up today. So here goes…
    Had to say something about Ol’ Cito. As you know, I was born in “Tronna” and thus will always have some allegiance to the Blue Jays. I’ve been UNBELIEVABLY lucky that the greatest days of Blue Jay beisbol coincided with a long, lousy stretch of Yankee beisbol. Thank you, Sports Gods. And of course, Cito was The Man in the early ’90s…
    How funny to think back on that great Jays team of ’92-’93 and remember how people howled about their outrageous payroll — yes, the JAYS — of some $65 million? How ironic that when they got Paul Molitor as a free agent, people griped about how the Jays were “just buying another championship”? Sound a tad familiar?? And, altho’ none of you should care, you can enjoy this…when the Jays beat the Phillies in ’93, they beat CURT SCHILLING’S team! So there.
    Another small memory. Cito was named the AL manager for the ’93 AS Game, which was held in Bal’mer. The Yanks weren’t too good then, but neither were the O’s — they had only one All-Star, a pitcher. Cito didn’t pitch him that nite, which insulted and enraged the Baltimor-ons. When the Jays came to Crabtown, fans printed up T-shirts showing the Baltimore bird spanking the Jay-bird with a bat — and the lettering said CITO SUCKS!! It became a chant in Bal’mer…even more fun when the Jays won. So, Jane, thanx for giving me a chance to recall & share all that…!

  11. raysrenegade

    You can always pop Javier in the Bullpen, the Rays liked him in that role.
    But seriously, every team has that one regret, and maybe Javier is the Yankees one mis-step of massive proportions for 2010. You want to think Nick Johnson, but Johnson did not make your hair white and you swallow Tums like tic tacs.
    But there is something to learn here. Sometimes if a guys fails in NYC and goes away and find success, he might fail again in NYC.

    Rays Renegade


  12. James Buxton

    Hello Jane & fellow friends.
    Again, Sorry for the absence. It’s nice to know we will have postseason baseball. I hope it’s not the last we’ve seen in pinstripes from Javy (I know, he was terrible much of the time) but only Cashman will tell. I rooted for him and will continue to do it wherever he goes. I’m very concerned with the rotation for the postseason, but whatever I could said, has already been discussed here. I just hope the ALDS will be a walk in the park, but there’s no small enemy, and neither the Twins nor the Rangers are small in any form.

  13. Jane Heller

    Interesting to reminisce about your days in Toronto, Dave. Those are great stories. I certainly didn’t remember that there was flack about the signing of Molitor – or about the rivalry with the O’s and the chant. Sweet!

  14. Jane Heller

    I agree with all, Renegade. Nick Johnson wasn’t around long enough to frustrate me; out of sight, out of mind. But Javy? Not a NY state of mind.

    Hi James. Always good to hear from you. I know you like Javy and I, too, wish him well. Just wasn’t meant to be in pinstripes, I guess. Yes, we’re playoff bound! Very excited, although we’ll be facing stiff competition either in Texas or Minny.

  15. Jane Heller

    I don’t know about the first Javy signing, Paul. How could Cashman have known that one wouldn’t work out? But the second time around was questionable for sure. He took a crazy risk on Nick Johnson too this off season.

  16. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Jane, I’m usually a very positive person (many of my friends call me Pollyanna) — anyway, I have to say this is the first year heading into the post-season that I don’t feel that we are going to win the World Series. I don’t know what it is… maybe its how we went the whole season leaving so many runners in scoring position. Maybe its the vastly reduced number of walk-off wins this season from last. Maybe its what I perceive to be vastly reduced results from some of our starting pitchers. I don’t know. I just hope everyone steps up and is well enough and committed enough to take it to the end and get their rings. Let’s hope. They have a much needed night off – then its on to Boston. GO YANKEES!!!

  17. Jane Heller

    I have shared every one of your concerns, Diane. They’re all very valid. The one thing to remember is that every team has its weaknesses and problems this year. Otherwise, the Rays, for example, would have run away with the division by now. So you never know once you get into the postseason – and we’re in!

  18. Jane Heller

    True, Leo, we didn’t give up much for Vazquez, which made the trade palatable for me at the time. I had doubts that he would be effective in pinstripes again, coming back to the AL East, but I had the same thought you did – that he only had to be a servicable 4th starter. The trouble was that he wasn’t serviceable and didn’t eat innings. The moral of the story is if you don’t succeed in the Bronx the first time, don’t try again.

  19. colombiano2386@yahoo.com

    The trade was bad in hindsight only because Vazquez didn’t work out for us. But neither we nor Cashman knew this would happen at the time. We didn’t give up much for him. We gave up Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and Arodys Vizcaino for Javy. Cabrera and Dunn were both replaceable (sorry to any Melky fans but I always he thought he was extremely overrated; look at his numbers this season) and Arodys is a prospect that’s going to take awhile to get to the majors so we won’t know what his potential is for years. I never expected him to repeat his awesome season numbers from last year and I hope not many Yankee fans were or else they were setting themselves up for disappointment. I just wanted him to be a serviceable 4th starter to eat innings. It wasn’t much to ask for, was it?

  20. colombiano2386@yahoo.com

    Well Jane and my fellow Yankee fans, the Rays just lost tonight so we’re back in first place! Albeit, tied with Tampa but still nice to be in first instead of a whole game back. The Yankee fan in me wanted New York to capitalize earlier this month to keep first place and the lead but the baseball fan as a whole in me likes how exciting this AL East race turned out to be just like the NL East and West divisions are. Ideally, the Yankees need to sweep the Red Sox because there’s little to no room for error if we want to get the division for home field advantage. We also gotta hope for a little bit of luck for Tampa to lose. We gotta see how Girardi will play his cards with the starting lineups and if he’ll give some of the starters some rest. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that this race turned out to be exciting, right?

  21. Jane Heller

    Isn’t it amazing, Leo? Well, not really, since Greinke was pitching for the Royals, but still. A break for the Yanks. Now the question is will they take advantage and really try to win the division? I admit I’m more like the Yankee fan in you than the baseball fan. Yes, it’s an exciting, down-to-the-wire race, but I want us to win the division! I won’t be crushed if we don’t, but….Well, you know.

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