Tonight’s Game Was Why I Love Baseball

No, not because the Yankees beat the Red Sox, although beating the Red Sox is always sweet. And not because our offense (with the help of a couple of miscues by Boston), made quick work of Beckett, although sending him to the showers is very satisfying. The reason I loved this game is because it proved yet again that you never know what will happen when two teams go at it. Which is another way of saying that what looks like a pitching mismatch on paper might not be a mismatch after all.
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So, when I heard that A.J. had a back problem and would be replaced by Dustin Moseley, who’s been a pretty good spot starter but isn’t exactly a Cy Young Award winner, I figured we were toast.
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But then the Yanks put two runs on the board early and Moseley held the lead, giving up a homer to Hall but otherwise throwing with poise and efficiency. What’s more, he made a couple of great defensive plays and was just plain impressive. When Joe pulled him in the seventh, the crowd gave him a well deserved standing O.
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I kept thinking, as John Sterling is fond of saying, “Who would have predicted this?” Does it mean that Moseley will be brilliant his next time out? No. That’s the point. Anything can happen on any given day in baseball. Just ask Brandon Morrow of the Jays. I doubt he was expecting to miss a no-hitter by a hair. And what were the odds that the Orioles would go 5-1 under Showalter today? Getting back to the Yankees, did I expect Jeter to break Babe Ruth’s hits record in tonight’s game? Or that A-Rod would record his 300th stolen base? Or that Tex would bang out his 25th homer in a season that started off awfully slowly for him?
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OK, there was one thing that was entirely predictable: Mo threw one pitch and got one out to end the game. Sometimes predictability is very welcome.
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27 Comments

I won’t pick on you over silly semantics(record? or just passing him on list?)…But anytime any player does anything to pass Babe Ruth for doing anything…THAT must be applauded. Pretty ironic for all Ruth accomplished, he didn’t have 3000 hits. Sure it would have been different had he not been a pitcher. But back to Jeter…I’d remind everyone to re-apply themselves and enjoy him while he’s still playing. We are watching something special unfold, (for sometime actually). But we all know how twilight is….don’t we? We take a lot of things for granted now a-days. Give Jete a little more appreciative look these days…won’tcha?

WhAt? who was that?
mike

Jane, I just discovered your blog and, as a fellow fanatical she-fan, I am hooked! Thanks for doing this – I look forward to your take after every game. I also have your book, which I’m saving for a flight to California later this month. It’s staring me in the face and I am DYING to open it and get lost in your story but am exercising incredible self-control.

One comment on last night’s game – who would have expected Lance Berkman to be one of the heroes? I was feeling very sorry for Fat Elvis (and Yankees fans everywhere) because he couldn’t seem to do anything right with this team. After he hit A-Rod in batting practice even he must have been thinking he was jinxed! But last night he came through big and, I hope, shut down the boos. Remember folks, when you play for the NYY you are on the world’s greatest stage and everyone is allowed a little stage fright. Let’s hope FE is over his jitters and ready to assume an important supporting role in this all-star cast.

As for the less intense feeling of rivalry between the BoSox and The Yanks this year – yes, it may have a lot to do with so many of the players we love to hate being out of the line-up. But I think it is also due to the fact that, though they are always a danger, the Sox are far enough behind that this series, even if the Sox had swept it, would not have allowed them to pass us. How many times in the past have we come into the August series neck-and-neck or a little behind so things were “do or die?” This series was definitely important, since the Rays are still breathing down our necks and there are two months to go, but there is room for being less-than-perfect. That takes a lot of pressure off the situation so it just isn’t as intense.

I can assure you the rivalry among the fans continues unabated. I live in Vermont, which has probably a 30/70 split of Yankee v. Red Sox fans. We still hate each other with a lovely passion.

Audrey

After all the training I put myself though, Sox fans have given me no challange at all here in RI. Actually towels were flying everywhere yesterday on the beach. They have switched to New England Patriot mode. The best I could muster yeasterday was a guy with a Sox shirt on with twin 4 year old boys. I commented how handsome they were and added how wonderful hats with the interlocking NY would look on them. He offered the expected “injuries” excuse so I played a brief tune on my mini violin for him. Other than that NOTHING. All this energy gone to waist. Watched some of the game last night from MGM Casino at Foxwoods. Even there, no Sox action. Nice win last night. Today could be the final blow.

Welcome Audrey! You’ll love Jane’s book.

Wasn’t that a nice game last night? All around good stuff and boy, I do love beating Beckett. The thing that impressed me about Moseley (besides his nice plays in the field), was his composure and ability to make outs after he got into some trouble. He pitched a really good game.

Loved that as John Miller and Joe Morgan talked about how Tex never hit Becket, he blasted that home run.

Here is a nightmare broadcast scenario: Joe Morgan and Al Leiter. With every pitch Al would demonstrate how to hold the ball and with every hitter Joe would take that stupid electronic pen and draw some lines that immediately would be in the wrong place.

And did anyone notice a resemblance between Moseley and this guy?

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Melissa

Yep, Mo and that one pitch continue to amaze me. And hitters apparently. That’s pretty bad@ss. Gotta admit. Knowing you know what’s coming and not being able to do a thing about it. That’s….. power.
–Jeff
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Melissa – You actually listened to the ESPN commentary? I did last night what I on Saturday for the Fox feed – muted before the first pitch and went to John and Suzyn. Not perfect, but not Yankee-bashers who don’t know what they’re talking about.
The game was great and I loved Moseley on the YES post-game. So sweet, so modest and said all the right things. Said his family and friends in Arkansas can’t afford the MLB package, so it was a particular thrill for them to see him on national TV. I only wish him a great many more successes on the field and off.
Going for 3 out of 4 today. Here’s hoping HUUUUUGHES has a good one.
Jane

Yow. Lots to share today…
First up — Hello, Audrey — welcome to Da Blog! You’re gonna love it…ain’t nobody like our Miz Jane, and many of us are fellow misplaced/displaced Bomber fans (me, I’m way down in Maryland)…you’ll LOVE that book…and stay tuned!!
Next up — ooaa — so glad you have such pleasant times to enjoy after last week — and as for “all this energy gone to WAIST” — was that a typo or a pun? Or both?? It fits ME to a (size extra-large) T!!
Now, the games…you know, maybe it’s less intense to Our She-Fan out in Cali, but I don’t care…it’s still BAHSTON –yes, they’re injured & they’re down, but who’s to say they won’t ruff up Hughes today and gain a split? As you said, Jane, that’s really why we love beisbol…
Two li’l ol’ anecdotes from the weekend. On Saturday, as Our Boyz are rallying (wasn’t it GREAT to beat Lackey and Beckett back-to-back? ANYtime??), Son #2 and I were busy unfurling his April birthday present on our basement wall — a Fathead of Jeet. Man, those things are BIG!! And they give you a Big Fat Yankee emblem too. Son #2 positioned it so that it’s the first thing that catches your eye as you come down the stairs…all the more to annoy Mom and his big brother, the O’s fan…!
Then Sunday…enroute to Mother-in-Law’s for dinner…get cut off by an Aggressive Driver, driving an SUV with a bright red double-sox Bosox decal on the back, and a Maryland license plate that reads: “H8 NYY” — golly gee, it musta been a loong nite for him (chuckle chuckle snort)…!!

What a treat last night was without that Psycho-Head case
pitching. What Cashman and Girardi, the two dumbells,
need to do is get this head case some Prozac.
Back spasms, my ***.

What a treat it was last night not to have that psycho-head
case pitching. The two dumbells, Cashman and Girardi, need
to get the head case a bottle of Prozac.
Back spasms, my ***.

Hello Sister Yankee: I really loved Confessions of a She-Fan, which I recently read. I reviewed it on my blog at:
http://marcys.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/confessions-of-a-she-fan-the-course-of-true-love-with-the-new-york-yankees/

K-Rod would’ve walked the bases loaded and thrown 35 pitches for that one out.
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We were crazy busy all weekend, but what a crazy AL East weekend it was. What are the odds that two teams would end one game 17-11 and the next game, same 2 teams, a 1-hitter, 1-0??!! I’m thrilled with both games since they gave us more of an edge over Tampa. I know different starting pitching obviously had a lot to do with it but wow. I would imagine even the winning team in the 17-11 game could not be too happy about giving up 11 runs but a win is a win. C.C. was so spectacular – I just love that he doesn’t get mentally drained or frustrated to the point that it affects the rest of his game. He just comes to play, every inning. So proud of him. And Moseley!!! He stepped up without any warning – that may have been even better for him. But was A.J. really injured?! If his back is bothering him I think it might be his spine. LOL. Hope we take today’s afternoon game!! GO YANKEES!!!

What a great game last night. Moseley was great, I was so impressed. He is an athlete too, he made some nice plays. And you’re right, sending Beckett to the showers is so satisfying! It’s always fun to see the Yankees knock him around. Oh, and I was so happy for Berkman. He needed to have a good night. And Jeter passing Babe on the all time hit list? I don’t know what to say, he continues to amaze me. It’s crazy to think that Jeter has more hits than Babe, but it’s true. Hope he continues hitting well too, because it’s no fun when he goes into a slump.

Anyone notice last nite that Robertson’s delivery was different? When he came set it looked like a less extreme version of Mo. Then his leg kick was not as high.

And Jon Miller continued his stupidity by saying repeatedly Jeter just passes the Babe on the Yankees hit list. Wow.
Congratulations to Moseley on the great pitching. After the first inning I thought “wouldn’t it be funny if he threw a no no?” it was not to be. Remember Don Larsen had no idea he would be pitching the day he threw his.

Mike, did you see the crowd last night when Jeter passed Ruth on the career list? There was plenty of appreciation. No shortage of love from Yankee fans for the Captain.

Hello, Audrey! So great to “meet” you and have you join the party here. I hope the book will provide entertaining plane reading; you’ll be flying west while I’ll be flying east. I’ll wave to you from the air. Yes, seeing Berkman turn boos to cheers was very heartening. It’s tough to show up in NY in midseason and perform, especially after you’ve been having a down year for a non-contending team, so maybe the spark has come back for him and he’ll really help us down the stretch. So you’re a Yankee fan in Vermont. Now that must make for interesting conversations!

Oh, John. You do paint a sad picture. So they’re talking about the Patriots? Reminds me of 2007 after the Yanks lost the ALDS to Cleveland (it’s in my book). Michael and I were leaving the Stadium after the game and I was sobbing, but all these Yankee fans were immediately talking about the NY Rangers. It’s about moving right along, I guess, and not feeling the pain. Even so, I still don’t think the Red Sox are out of it. With Pedroia due back soon, they could have a late surge?

Jon Miller and Joe Morgan nearly drove me crazy last night, Melissa. Not only did they set the stage for Tex’s homer, as you mentioned, but they went on and on about how this year’s Yankees team isn’t as good as last year’s team and how Jeter and A-Rod are having such down years – and meanwhile we’re in first place and beating the Red Sox! I kept going, “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?” So you think Moseley looks like Tony Dow, my heartthrob from Leave It To Beaver? LOL!

Yup, Jeff. He’s got one pitch and all the hitters know it – and they still can’t hit it. Now that’s a gift.

Ladyjane, like Melissa I kept the sound on for the ESPN dumb duo. That delay between audio and video is annoying and distracting, so I’d rather just focus on one. I guess I’m not a multi-tasker, although the fact that I’m on Twitter every second during the game makes me a little bit of a multi-tasker. LOL. Really happy for Moseley and so glad his family was able to watch him pitch such a great game. I guess he’ll go back to the pen for long relief once Pettitte returns – a better option than either Gaudin or Mitre.

I agree with you, Dave, that the Red Sox could rough up Hughes, gain a split and still be in it. (Are we paranoid or realists?) But it was extremely satisfying to beat Lackey and Beckett back to back. I’m picturing the Jeter thing in your house. Send a pic! And as for that driver with the decal, you should have called 911 and given them his license plate so they’d ticket him!

Vafaculu, you think the “back spasms” thing was just an excuse to keep A.J. out of this series? Interesting theory, but I don’t think so. I think they’ll still have faith in him and would not have inserted Moseley into a series like this unless they absolutely had to.

Marcy – or should I say Sister Marcy! – I just read the review of my book on your blog, and I’m sitting here typing with tears in my eyes. First of all, I admire the way you write and wish you the very best with the blog and all other writing endeavors. Second, it was as if you read my mind in that review. You summed up perfectly what I intended with the book and what I felt during the journey. Maybe you were my ghostwriter and I didn’t know it! Thanks so much. Truly.

Ouch, Paul. I know your guys have been having a hard time of it lately. Condolences.

You make a good point, Diane. Maybe the fact that Moseley didn’t know well ahead of time that he would be making the start helped him. Sometimes it’s easier to just be thrown into battle without having time to be nervous about it. So you’re raising the A.J. question like Vafaculu did. Hmm. Call me naive and trusting, but I still think he hurt his back. On the other hand, the Yankees haven’t always been transparent, to put it mildly.

My sentiments exactly, Sarah, on everything you wrote – especially the part about Jeter. Isn’t it way more fun when he’s not in a slump? LOL.

I didn’t notice anything different, yankeesfan27, but I guess it’s possible that Mo has been working with him and maybe they’ve tweaked his delivery a bit. As long as he keeps holding the opposition scoreless, he can twist himself into a pretzel and it’ll be OK with me! As for Miller, he was making mistakes left and right. I make them too occasionally, but I’m not getting paid to broadcast games to millions around the world. I thought about the no-no too, I must admit. What a dream come true that would have been.

Thanks for the welcome everyone – this blog is awesome! I was reading the Fan Forum on the NYY website but there are too many trolls there. And some of the “fans” are a bit negative also. This place just oozes love for our boys!

I am currently watching the game on the New England Sports Network – talk about painful! I have to listen to the BoSox announcers version of events but I can’t do the delay thing. If it gets too bad I can always mute them. Wish we could get YES here.

I’m saving Marcy’s blog for after I’ve read the book. I have a feeling I won’t want the book to end so that will be a little encore.

I have one female friend with whom I can discuss baseball, the grandmother of some of my kids’ classmates. The poor woman works at the local newspaper and is surrounded my Red Sox fans. They are not nice about it at all so every once in a while I pop in and we have a Yankee lovefest right in front of them. I stopped by with pictures after my family visited the new stadium back in July and she was practically swooning. My kind of woman!

this weekend was a perfect example of why we love baseball. on one day the jays beat the rays 17-10 and the following almost no hit them winning 1-0. then we have david beating overweight and overbearing goliath at Yankee Stadium. Lester has been bad his last few starts, so i worry that he will be at his best….

Uh-oh, Mike. You’re right about Lester. He’s due for a good game. And are we comfortable with Posada starting again? I would have thought he’d be rested today, given the knee situation. But I guess he’s Hughes’ catcher.

LadyJane,
I am like Jane and can’t take the delay. I listened to the end of the game in bed with my trusty pillow speaker.

Jane, You and most of America had crushes on Tony Dow!

Marcy, Just read your review and loved it! You really did understand what Jane was doing and what we keep on doing here. And for women of my age, it wasn’t considered ladylike to watch sports or be a fan of a team. I can’t tell you how many of my friends mothers and grandmothers (in their 80′s and 90′s) are still watching ball games.

And, as I’ve mentioned before, the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is all about a woman telling her date that is where she wants to go.

Melissa

Hi Jane,
I missed a few reads here. Did not know about fat Elvis incident during bp. Poor guy, he must have felt so bad.
I’ve been on DL for a few days. I am better but will see the doctor today ’cause my right side still hurts.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Wasn’t that a terrific review, Melissa? Marcy read my mind, it seems! What a gift for me to have such amazing women to talk baseball with. I only have one friend “in real life” who likes baseball, so connecting with everybody on this blog and through the book has been a revelation.

Sorry to hear you’ve been on the DL, Emma. I hope you get good news from the doctor today.

Thanks for the welcome everyone – this blog is awesome! I was reading the Fan Forum on the NYY website but there are too many trolls there. And some of the “fans” are a bit negative also. This place just oozes love for our boys!

I am currently watching the game on the New England Sports Network – talk about painful! I have to listen to the BoSox announcers version of events but I can’t do the delay thing. If it gets too bad I can always mute them. Wish we could get YES here.

I’m saving Marcy’s blog for after I’ve read the book. I have a feeling I won’t want the book to end so that will be a little encore.

I have one female friend with whom I can discuss baseball, the grandmother of some of my kids’ classmates. The poor woman works at the local newspaper and is surrounded my Red Sox fans. They are not nice about it at all so every once in a while I pop in and we have a Yankee lovefest right in front of them. I stopped by with pictures after my family visited the new stadium back in July and she was practically swooning. My kind of woman!
Audrey

I’m watching the game too, Audrey, and it’s been a frustrating one for our boys so far. Grrrr.

Agreed Jane, I’m not lovin’ it.

Appropos of the discussion of old ladies liking baseball, especially the Yankees: just picked up a new car yesterday and the salesman, trying to be a gentleman, was going to set the radio to my favorite station. He turned it on and the Yankee game was on so I told him to leave it right there cause I had already missed several innings while paying him (lots of bucks) for the car. He sort of double-taked, asked if I was sure then launched into a long-winded story about Mariano, which was not really about Mariano, but a minister in Ellenville who knows Mariano. Yeah, yeah, just let me go and enjoy the rest of the game in my new car.
Peg

Great story, Peg. I’ve lived that one all too many times. Whenever I’m visiting NY and get in a cab, I ask the driver to put on WCBS so I can listen to the Yankees if they’re on, and I always get a double take. Congrats on your new car!

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