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Good Things Happen when the Wife Goes to the Ladies Room


Sitting close to the action on Saturday night at Citifield (“I’m Still Calling it Shea,” read a t-shit), Emily and I were surrounded by Mets fans. We didn’t wear any colors. “We’re undercover,” my wife said to me. And so we were. I kept score (a scorecard costs five bucks; they go for twice as much in the Bronx) but had a mitt on my left hand in case a line drive came our way. No such luck.

The Yanks held a 1-0 lead into the sixth. The wife excused herself and went to the ladies’ room. (She was in the bathroom when Aaron Boone hit that dinger in ’03 and ever since I send her in when absolutely necessary.) Mark Teixeira doubled on Tim Redding’s 99th pitch of the night, and his next three pitches were hit as well: single (Alex Rodriguez), double (Robinson Cano), and home run (Jorge Posada).

AJ Burnett, meanwhile, allowed just one hit and three walks while striking out ten in seven innings of work. He mowed ’em down, as you’d expected against the Mets’ depleted line-up.

There was no blood orange sky but it was cool, pleasant night. Most of the Mets fans in our section had cleared out by the eighth inning. Em and I could have danced all night as the song goes. So we soaked it all in and went home heppy kets.


Final Score: Yanks 5, Mets 0.


1 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 28, 2009 10:32 am

Where can I get me one of those "t-shit"s?

(LOL at an unintended, but funny in a 12-year-old-way, typo.)

2 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 10:40 am

During most weekends, my wife's trips to the local library also coincide with Yankees production, almost immediately after the click of our front door, in an absolutely uncanny fashion, similar to the way I must leave the room while the Yankees are at bat.

Poor us and Emily...

We need real life TIVO.

: )

3 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 10:41 am

P.S. I too would call any such Mets wear a "t-shit"...

4 seamus   ~  Jun 28, 2009 10:57 am

I followed last night's game on gameday on my iphone while driving home from a match in allentown. I had no idea that AJ had a no hitter going. I turned it on towards the end of the bottom of the second and AJ had thrown 38 pitches or something. Well, needless to say, he threw a lot of pitches for a guy who was shutting them down so it never occurred to me to look at the box line.

Ironically, I had to check something and toggled out of the game for a few minutes in the top of the 6th. When I came back it was 5-0. Apparently I should not watch via gameday even.

5 Biscuit Pants   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:00 am

I'm curious, Alex. What were you're impressions of Shea Deux?

6 Biscuit Pants   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:02 am

And is that guy behind you wearing a University of Rhode Island hat???

RI Yank, check it out!

7 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:15 am

May I also compliment you on the freshness of your state-of-the-art headwear, Alex!

It's quite hep indeed to already have a hat from the movie "Up!"

: )

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:36 am

Remember that awesome sky with the clouds from this post?:

Well apparently a lot of other folks found the formation fascinating:

9 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:38 am




10 ms october   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:41 am

alex your shirt sorta looks orange and blue!

glad you had fun.

i watched most of the game out.
burnett was obviously quite impressive. i guess the variance in performances from him is something to have to accept at some point to reduce the frustration.
however, though his name is more suited for it - burn (bern) baby burn (bern) is bernie's ny rags!

also good to see po come up with a big hit. will be great to get him on a nice run.

11 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:43 am


Funny coincidence .... when Alex and I were at the Yankee game on the 17th, we ended up sitting next to a guy wearing a "URI Football" sweatshirt.

I asked the guy if the team was any good, and he said "they're awful, and I didn't even go there .... my brother got me this"

12 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2009 11:53 am

[8] Cool. Mammatus clouds. i don't thiink they covered those in my Earth Science class. I thought for awhile last night there was some unspoken arrangement that people were not posting b/c A.J. was tossing a no-hitter. I kept posting anyway. : ) Thought it might work.

13 Rich   ~  Jun 28, 2009 2:04 pm

The dimensions aside, Citifield looks really nice on TV, inside and outisde.

14 The Hawk   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:07 pm

Well, AJ said when he got on a roll it would be "impressive", and it has been the last three games.

I'd rather the Yanks and Mets switched ballparks, dimension-wise.

15 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:10 pm

No more "Hi, Billy Mays here for..."


Dying at 50 is still too young and unacceptable!

I'm reminded of Natasha Richardson with his death. He was supposedly on that plane that blew a tire and caused overhead luggage to fall on passengers' heads.

"I got a hard head," Billy said of the incident.

Or not...

16 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:12 pm
17 a.O   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:14 pm

Royal blue with orange and white stripes? That's a Mets shirt if I've ever seen one. Or should I say a "Mets shit"? LOL!

18 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:15 pm


At this rate, Belth will be suiting up for the Metsies in LF ...

19 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:25 pm

[18] Dollars to donuts Mets fans mock-cheer him too when he makes a play...

: )

20 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:38 pm

Yay @ Boston losing to the Braves!

21 Rich   ~  Jun 28, 2009 4:39 pm

[14] Well, AJ said when he got on a roll it would be “impressive”, and it has been the last three games.

He has been impressive, and although I have been loathe to think this way in the past, I won't have faith in AJ or this team in general until they start consistently beating that despicable team that has held the title of the best run organization in MLB since 2004, especially in the playoffs.

As for the relative dimensions of the new NY parks, I'm still agnostic until more data is accumulated. For example, Posada thinks that the ball carries well in Citifield. I was referring to the aesthetics in my previous post.

22 a.O   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:05 pm

@ #21:

We need AJ to pitch like this if we're going to stay close to the Shit Sox. He's got to be at the front end, because no one else really can. Joba can't seem to find his command each time out, Andy is hit-or-miss, and The Wanger's problems are well-documented.

AJ definitely has what it takes. Now that he's been in the Zoo for a while, I see him adjusting and having a big second half.

Things will really fall into place if Girardi finally figures out that Hughes can be a late-inning guy. Hughes, Bruney, and Ace in front of Mo is a combination that would call to mind the bullpens of yore. And Wang can watch from the sidelines once October rolls around.

23 Rich   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:09 pm

[22] I'm not saying AJ can't or won't do it, I just need to see it to be convinced.

As for Hughes in the pen, he definitely has the ability to be very good, but: 1) I'm not sure Pettitte still has enough to remain in the rotation; and 2) Hughes needs to reach 150-160 IP this season in order to be able to be a full-fledged starter next season.

I only see Aceves as a long reliever as a result of his high flyball rate. I think Robertson and Coke will be late inning guys. Maybe Melancon too.

24 a.O   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:13 pm

@ #23:

Hughes is definitely going to make some starts in the second half. IMHO, he should be starting now and Wang should be DL'd again.

Maybe they're just looking to have him make a few good starts so he has some trade value. I'm trying to look at the bright side, because I think that's about all Wang's good for anymore.

Ace does have a high fly ball rate, but man he gets guys out. He's a competitor too. Why is his nickname The Vulture?

25 thelarmis   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:24 pm

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Cabrera LF
Gardner CF
Wang RHP

26 ms october   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:43 pm

[24] because he has "vultured" 5 wins out of the pen

i am holding out more positive feelings on wang - though i understand the skeptics perspective - tonight should be a good time for him to have a good game

27 PJ   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:45 pm

[25] I think that lineup is good enough to get the sweep if they can do what they did to Hernandez last time. I'm not sold on Posada catching Wang's sinkers in the dirt, though.

A 6-3 road trip is very acceptable!

However, Joe Morgan calling Yankees games is not!

: )

28 thelarmis   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:46 pm

apparently the Phillies have interest in Wang...

29 a.O   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:49 pm

@ #26:

As much as I like The Wanger, I think he has peaked. He does not, and cannot, make guys swing and miss much, and that does not bode well. He relies heavily on the sinker, and though the fastball has been good in the past (~94), his velocity will only decline given his age. On the other hand, he still has some trade value. Time to give that spot to Hughes, I think.

30 a.O   ~  Jun 28, 2009 5:57 pm

@ #26: Thanks for the word on The Vulture.

@ #27: Best to mute Joe (Capn Obvious) Morgan and find some good radio commentary to go along with your video.

@ #28: Any idea what the Phillies have to offer?

31 RIYank   ~  Jun 28, 2009 6:00 pm

Well I'll be, it is a URI hat. I don't think I would have noticed that. Good call, Biscuit Pants!

There are lots of Yankee fans in RI -- I think it's because of the Italian heritage, from the days of Joltin' Joe. By 'lots' I mean maybe 15-20%, still greatly outnumbered. But you do see plenty of NY hats, so it's not too surprising to see an RI hat at the Stadium.

I won't be able to stay up to watch tonight, I'm afraid. I'm bushed. Good line-up tonight, though.
Go Yankees!

32 randym77   ~  Jun 28, 2009 6:05 pm

[31] When I visited Providence a couple of years ago, it seemed about 50-50. Well, not at Pawtucket Red Sox games, obviously, but that big mall in Providence had as much Yankees stuff as Red Sox stuff.

33 thelarmis   ~  Jun 28, 2009 6:07 pm

[31] the Rams!

hope you had an easy flight and are having a blast in Scotland! will you get to see the Royal Mile?!

34 thelarmis   ~  Jun 28, 2009 6:12 pm

[30] no clue. they wanted Penny, but he doesn't seem to be going anywhere. i'm glad he lost today! Phils have "interest" in Wang and have scouted him, apparently. they want a right-handed bench player, even though they've got Mayberry, Jr.

35 The Hawk   ~  Jun 28, 2009 6:24 pm

I wouldn't bet against Wang yet. Last time he was at 62 pitches through 5 innings and had given up 3 runs. Who knows, that could have been a 7 inning, 3 run effort. Gotta give him the benefit of the doubt there. He's improving.

36 ms october   ~  Jun 28, 2009 6:48 pm

[29] i agree that he hasn't shown much propensity for success without the sinker working. but i agree with the hawk that he is improving and i think the sinker is coming back into form, so hopefully he is and can be productive.

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