Division Leader to Also-Ran in 8.2 Seconds…


I leave for a few days, and the world falls apart…



The Yankees are losing to the Washington Nationals tonight, 3-0, in the 8th inning.  If they lose the game, the Nationals will win the series, 2 games to 1.  Aren’t the Nationals supposed to be the baseball’s worst team?  I was worried about the series going in, because I know that this series had disaster spelled all over it.




As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was more news awaiting me…

Jonathan Papelbon told Jody McDonald and Bert Blyleven on Sirius XM Radio that he’d consider joining the Yankees when his contract with the Red Sox is up.  Umm, thanks but no thanks…




The Yankees are apparently one of several teams that will be taking a look at pitcher Pedro Martinez.  The Cubs, Rays and Angels will also be watching Pedro pitch in the Dominican Republic tomorrow.  Note to Yankees:  Look but don’t touch!



GM Brian Cashman indicates that he does not expect the team to any major moves prior to the trading deadline this year.  He likes the team he has assembled, and wants to see what how it does once the injured guys (Jose Molina, Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte) return.  I don’t know what Cash calls it, but I’d call it third place.  Meanwhile, the Rays look to improve and the Red Sox have John Smoltz ready to go on June 25th and of course you know that Theo won’t stand pat.  This might be the part of the marathon where the elite runners begin to make separation from the rest of the pack.  I can only hope that Cash is playing with his poker face…


Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times

Chien-Ming Wang is going to remain in the rotation.  I guess the Yankees want to be assured of a loss every fifth day…




Alex Rodriguez is 8 for 51 in the month of June.  Even Big Papi is looking much better than A-Rod right now…


David Ortiz had to laugh after getting fooled by a pitch in the fourth.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff


I am not ready to break out the ‘Joe’s gotta go!’ card, but at what point does pitching coach Dave Eiland begin to take some responsibility for the woes of the pitching staff?




Oh well, hopefully, my perspective will improve tomorrow and the Yankees will return to their winning ways…


Frank Franklin II/AP 


I spent the last couple of days in Denver, and had a great time!   It was strictly a business trip, but Colorado is always a fun place to be.  I lived there a few years ago, so it was great to be back in the Mile High City.  If visiting (and you are a meat eater), you’ve got to try The Fork in the foothills of Morrison, CO.  I had William Bent’s Buffalo Tenderloin Filet Mignon and it was one of the most tender steaks that I’ve had in recent years.  Very flavorful!  I didn’t know about The Fork when I lived in Denver but wish I had.






  1. juliasrants

    Welcome back! And you came back just in time….to watch the Yankees lose tonight! Wow! Why you can never count a team out – I am surprised that the Nats won two out of three. And A-Rod? I was noticing that his BA isn’t much better then Big Papi’s; but of course Papi’s is going up! πŸ˜‰ Red Sox are in a rain delay – so it could be a while. And did you notice what team the NHL’s Best Coach, Defenseman and Goalie all came from? (Give you a hit – MY team comes from there! lol!!) The awards were given out in Vegas tonight!


  2. pagevalnat

    Believe me, when I saw his (Gardner’s) head snap back like that, I wondered if he’d be all right. He was…
    Just think, Scott, YOU’LL be thanking me next week when the Nats (hopefully) do this number to the Red Sox. Take solace in that…
    I forgot the NHL Awards were tonight. Looks like I’ll have to hit the NHL website to see what hardware Alex took home; small consolation to ME (and Caps fans), really. I wanted the BIG trophy…Lord Stanley’s hardware!!!

  3. juliasrants

    The natives are restless in Boston – the players are NOT happy that the game was started last night and they are LESS happy that the game was rain shortened. The rains are to continue all weekend so it will be interesting to see how many games we can get in against the Braves. Maybe we need to put some blue tarps over the top of Fenway for the weekend! lol!

    Have a great day!


  4. juliasrants

    Scott – I was wondering. Could you go out of town again on business so that the world could right itself and the Yankees can start losing again and the Red Sox could start winning again? If that isn’t asking too much? πŸ˜‰ Yeah, I know. Your night was a LOT better then mine. sigh…..


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