$82 Million Has Been Well Spent…

Definition of a Stopper…

Alex Brandon/AP

I felt good about today’s game on the simple basis of knowing that A.J. Burnett would be taking the mound.  It wasn’t a perfect performance, but he made the big pitches when they mattered the most. 

Of course, I didn’t know that Nick Swisher would be starting and delivering 5 RBI’s, but that was a nice bonus.  I like Swish and the energy he brings to the team.  God bless him for the loud music he plays, even when he is relegated to bench duty.

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Robby Cano is also showing signs that he may be maturing.


And Tex, it was very appropriate to get the first home run of the season in front of his hometown crowd.  In the grand scheme of things, a win or loss wasn’t going to determine the season, but it was nice to get the first one out of the way.

Mark Teixeira reacts after grounding out to end the eighth inning.

AP Photo 


I am normally not one to gloat, but I was so disappointed in Carl Pavano as a Yankee.  The guy has the talent, there is no doubt.  But what’s going on inside the head is a different story.  Today’s line score is very appropriate…

Cleveland Indians











C Pavano (L, 0-1)










Carl only retired three of twelve batters that he faced.

Paul Connors/AP

Good luck in Cleveland, Carl.  I am glad that you are no longer a Yankee…


It’s been tough today seeing the tributes for Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.  Also, the TV clips of Wednesday night’s performance against the A’s have been equally difficult. 

By virtue of injuries, Nick was the Angels #3 starter.  But he showed on Wednesday night that he belonged in the major leagues.  He was a guy that had Tommy John surgery in high school, yet rebounded to become the top prospect in the Angels organization.  He was a humorous guy…the kind of guy who drives others to achieve greatness.

Jeff Gross/AP 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi made some comments today that I completely agree with.  Joe was the Rock of Gibraltar during the untimely passing of St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Darryl Kile (the Cardinals were playing the Cubs, Girardi’s team, at the time of Kile’s death). 

“It’s sad. It really is,” Girardi said. “You think of a young man who realizes his dream and pitches six shutout innings, and drives home and is gone. Life is not supposed to be like that. I didn’t even know the kid and it’s hard for me. He’s just a little boy who dreamed about playing in the big leagues.

“It’s one big fraternity, one big family. Your heart goes out to that family and that young man. You realize how precious life is. You wake up every day and be thankful for what you’ve got, because you never know.”

Well said, Joe…

We have been cheated by not seeing what Nick could have become.  At 22, he did more than most of us will achieve in a lifetime.  April 9th will become to Angels fans what August 2nd means to Yankee fans.  Nick, you will be missed…



  1. juliasrants

    Fine – your Yankees had a good day today. yipee. And I am so not worried about my Red Sox. But on a day like today, wins and loses in a child’s game do not matter much. Even this Red Sox fan knows that the Yankees have had more then their share of players who time ended much to soon. Scott – fans like you sadly know what the Angel’s fans are going through today. This has to bring up old sorrows and a lot of great memories. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as well my friend.


  2. Jane Heller

    I like the idea of AJ being our “stopper,” Scott. And I agree with all of your highlights – from Swisher to Cano. All good! As for Pavano, we set him free for the Indians….as revenge for the midges. Seems fair, right? Have a great evening and here’s to a successful series in KC. Nice tribute to the Angels’ fallen hero.


  3. Erin Kathleen

    Well said Scott, in both your posts about Adenhart. Girardi is right, baseball is like one big family, and even the most bitter rivals can put aside their differences when something like this happens. At least the Yankees’ blowout win seems to have cheered you up a little :)-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  4. Elizabeth D.

    I am sure that you are relieved about the Yankees, I know Jane was getting very nervous. And when I saw Carl Pavano’s stats on MLB Tonight, I began laughing. What happened to him? So good on the Marlins.
    And about Nick Adenhart, I am still rendered speechless, and shocked. Very nice what Joe Girardi had to say. As a small part of this baseball family, I am rooting for the Angels tonight.

  5. crazy19canuck

    Scott – Pavano is always good for a laugh. Cleveland can have him…
    AJ is good when he wants to be. I hope that he can be better with you guys than with Toronto…wait what am I saying??? Oh well, I’ve always thought he was good. I still don’t like it when my team has to face him.
    Hope the Angels’ tribute goes well tonight. I heard they will be wearing a patch or crest on their uniforms for the rest of the season.

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