Yeah, We Lost, But I Feel Strangely Better About Things

Just got back from a concert and it’s late, so I’ll keep this post short. The game tonight was actually uplifting. For me, anyway. Pettitte was horrendous and the Yanks were taking a 10-1 beating and Beckett looked more like the Beckett of old. And then a miracle: We ended up scoring eight runs, homering off every pitcher the Red Sox threw out there except Bard. The power surge was encouraging. The fighting spirit was a good sign. The fact that we almost came back and tied the game after being down by nine runs was positive. Even Mitre’s outing was impressive. (Don’t get me started on Albaladejo.)
We’re not in first place tonight. That’s not wonderful. The fact that time is running out for Pettitte to be stretched out isn’t great. But I’m not panicking. I’m just not. 
OK, so the concert I went to helped me forget this little losing jag we’re on. Even if you’re not into jazz, which I’m not, I recommended the music of Charles Lloyd and his quartet, including his new recording called “Mirror.”
Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day, baseball wise.

18 Comments

Jane,

I agree. The fact that they came back to make it respectable was a big deal last night. Also, Joe had his hands tied a little. He had to give Andy a chance to pitch his way out of trouble. That dug us a big hole. Let’s hope Andy hits his spots next time out.

My foresome is going to the game today (sec. 133 row 26, the good looking big guy in mid row). For a while last night I was planning to bring some postage stamps to the game and ask an usher to pass them down to Girardi. He looked like he was mailing it in for sure. The heavy work by Tex, A-Rod, Granderson, and Swisher showed that they still wanted the gold ring. Jeter, Gardner, Cano and Posada looked like they were just going through the paces. Posada looked like an Orkin exterminator. He swatted (and missed) the bees Becket was buzzing his way every at bat. My buddy Johnnie Abs has really dissappointed me. Listening to Flaherty has really become sickening. At least I don’t have to listen to the Fox whiners today either.

It was hard to watch at first, but I know they needed Andy to get out there and work. In the back of my mind, I just kept thinking that if this loss helps Andy get back on track for the playoffs, it will be worth it.

But the way the team kept trying really was encouraging and I did feel much better at the end. Your headline was perfect, Jane.

And wouldn’t it have been amazing if they’d actually won! Oh well.

Melissa

I feel awful that we now trail the Rays by half a game. The hrs were encouraging. Especially when Tex hit one in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. The ump was making bad calls. I got upset when Robbie struck out to end the game. Fingers crossed we can win today. Our pitchers need to hit their marks, and the batters need to put the ball over the wall. LET’S GO YANKEES!!! Have a great day, fans! – Becky :0/

I had friends over yesterday, so I wasn’t really able to watch, but I did keep updated throughout the game. And I turned on the game just in time to see Robbie strikeout to end it.
But, like you said this game had a lot of positives. The fact that the Red Sox had a 9-run lead, and we came back and made them squirm makes me very happy. Our team didn’t give up.. and although it’s no fun to lose after coming back like that, I’d rather see my team fight back like they did then just give up and lose by like 10 runs.

I’m guessing the Yankees didn’t wake up till the 6th inning, then it almost seemed like a comeback win was inevitable, tough loss in the end..

-peter

Phillies Outside

I agree Jane, as bad as it was I didn’t feel that awful when we lost last night (Although muttering “I hate them, I hate them” about Boston was extremely cathartic.)

We didn’t give up and we made them nervous. The bad call on Swisher in the ninth really hurt, I think – he should have had 3-1 and forced Papelbum to throw a strike, or he could have drawn the walk (even the Red Sox announcers – I had to watch the game on New England Sports Network – yuck – said that call was bad before we even saw the replay.) Just think if Swish was on base when Text hit his HR, and we only had one out after A-Rod walked . . .

But I’m dreaming, as I did last night during the game. My husband thinks it’s silly for me to come up with these game saving scenarios but I tell him my fellow she-fans and friends of she-fan totally get it.

True, jojovanb. Joe needed to get Andy stretched out without completely giving the game away. Tough call for him whether to leave him in. I would have been depressed by a 10-1 score, especially after the last two games against Tampa, but I can live with 10-8.

I didn’t think Joe was mailing it in at all, John. He needed to give Pettitte his innings, as we said above. And he kept all the regulars in instead of making it a Scranton game. I sure hope your foursome is lucky for us today. I’m counting on you for a “W.”

It was hard to watch at first, Melissa. In fact, I kept leaving the room to go clean out my closet. THAT’s how painful it was to watch. But then I started hearing cheers as our home run parade began, and I stopped the closet cleaning and got into it. Andy said after the game he’ll be ready for the postseason no matter what, and I believe him. We can’t change the fact that he was out for so long. It is what it is. (I sound like Brian McNamee. LOL.)

I was disappointed when Cano struck out to end the game too, Becky. It seemed like a cruel ending. But we had a big hill to climb and almost got there. I hate not being in first place too, but maybe that’ll change today. Who knows.

Maybe it was a good thing you had friends over and couldn’t watch, Sarah. Most of the time it was not fun, so you were spared. But the possible comeback was exciting, even if it didn’t end in pie.

Actually, the Yankees have been able to get to Beckett later in games, Peter. It’s been a consistent pattern. He gets off to a great start but seems to wear down.

It was weird, Audrey. I didn’t mutter “I hate them, I hate them” this time. It’s different without Pedroia, Youkilis and Varitek in their lineup. The new faces don’t inspire the same hostility. LOL. On the other hand, it was a beautiful thing to send Beckett to the showers and I would have loved watching Papelbon blow the save. Oh well. Things would have been different if Swish had been on base. That at bat was a killer. It’s nice to dream. Don’t mind your husband. We do get it. :)

Another wild one, eh? The Yanks, if nothin’ else, sure know how to put on a show.
–Jeff
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Another wild one, Jeff. I never expect anything less from Yankees-Red Sox, no matter what the standings.

The “Jane goes to a concert during a game” controversy isn’t as explosive as when Theo Epstein did the same earlier this year and I dunno why.
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LOL, Paul. I didn’t go during the game. I went after. So there! That’s the beauty of living on the west coast. You can actually watch a “night game” and then go out at night.

I like to consider myself a rational person who makes decisions based on logic. However it is clear to me that I am adversly affecting the team. I am on a bus right now to DC to visit family for the weekend. I am not going to watch the games or obsessively check the blogs. I’m going to see the Nationals play the Braves (very excited about seeing Nationals Stadium, I have heard good things about it). I hope upon my return to New York things will have turned around.

I like to consider myself a rational person who makes decisions based on logic. However it is clear to me that I am adversly affecting the team. I am on a bus right now to DC to visit family for the weekend. I am not going to watch the games or obsessively check the blogs. I’m going to see the Nationals play the Braves (very excited about seeing Nationals Stadium, I have heard good things about it). I hope upon my return to New York things will have turned around.

I like to consider myself a rational person who makes decisions based on logic. However it is clear to me that I am adversly affecting the team. I am on a bus right now to DC to visit family for the weekend. I am not going to watch the games or obsessively check the blogs. I’m going to see the Nationals play the Braves (very excited about seeing Nationals Stadium, I have heard good things about it). I hope upon my return to New York things will have turned around.

I actually thought of you last night during the game, cheshirecat. I knew you were there and probably feeling like you’d jinxed the Yanks two nights in a row. Good thing you’re getting out of town. LOL! I hope your presence in DC will help us turn things around in the Bronx and that you enjoy the Nationals vs. Braves. Maybe we should all watch that game today instead of ours!

Jane,
As you might expect, I was sitting at Tropicana Field watching the score begin it’s climb upward, then noticed the pitcher of record on the mound. I had to wipe my eyes and wait for it again to scroll across the acoreboard, when I saw Andy Pettitte was on the hill.
Hopefully his locker is not next to AJ Burnett’s, or there is an epidemic going through the Yankees locker room. It is that nasty pitching ailment known as wild-itous, and it is hitting your staff at the worst time of the year.
Hopefully we can getthings back on track tonight and make this a head-to-head battle to the last game.
Hopefully Nova and Moseley have movedtheir lockerd far away from Burnett and Pettitte…just in case.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Andy was so off last night, Renegade. He’s rusty from all that time on the DL, but Beckett wasn’t much better; he just lasted longer. It was a crazy night in the Bronx.

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