What The Sam Hill Did I Drink?…


A Post-Red Sox Hangover…




Fresh off a four game series sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees stumbled tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, losing 5-4.  Of course, the deck was stacked against the Yanks with Sergio Mitre on the mound.  Mitre went five innings, giving up five runs (three of which were earned).  He also had six strikeouts.  It wasn’t a great performance, but it wasn’t awful…somewhere in middle which seems to be typical-Mitre…not bad but not quite good enough.  I am ready for a change.  Give Chad Gaudin a chance or, gasp!, reach down and pluck Kei Igawa from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  I wish now that the Yankees had made a play for Pedro Martinez who is scheduled to start for the Phillies  on Wednesday.  Heck, even Luis Tiant was looking good the other night on ESPN!  Anybody but Mitre.  I know, he pitched better tonight than his previous outings and it was a miscue (his, by the way) that was his downfall.  But I am just not convinced that he is the answer…


Kathy Willens/AP


The Yankees’ seven game winning streak was halted with the loss, and they lost a game in the standings to the Red Sox, who defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-5.  Their lead in the AL East is now 5 ½ games.  Of course, I’ve already read that the largest lead the Yankees have ever blown was 6 games in 1933.  Julia is probably already writing about it on her blog…


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Cody Ransom cleared waivers, and now heads back to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.




Today was a sad day with news of the death of Mickey Mantle’s widow, Merlyn Mantle.  She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, and made her last public appearance during a dinner before a memorial for Bobby Murcer.  I lived in Dallas during Mickey’s final years.  I never saw the Mantles, but I attended Mickey’s funeral in 1995 and used to drive by their condominium building on a regular basis.  Just this morning, unaware of Merlyn’s health, I put up an autographed picture of Mickey in my office.




On a brighter note, I heard that Aaron Boone is already playing baseball again for the Houston Astros’ AA team, the Corpus Christi Hooks.  He played third base and was hitless in two at-bats before departing.  Less than five months ago, Boone was undergoing open heart surgery to correct a congenital defect in his aortic valve.  That’s incredible news.  I suffered a stress fracture of my left tibia several months ago, and I am still trying to make a comeback.  Boone is sliced open so the world can see his heart, and he is swinging at 90 mph fastballs.  I’m a wimp.  I thought that Boone’s career was finished, and he proved me wrong.  I wish him the very best as he attempts to make a comeback.  I hope that the road leads to Houston.  Good luck, Aaron, old friend…


Al Messerschmidt/AP


Tomorrow night, I’ll get my first taste of the San Francisco Giants rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers when I travel to AT&T Park.  It will be my first time to personally attend a game in opposition to Joe Torre and one of my all-time heroes, Don Mattingly.  On the bright side, I’ll be wearing the same hat as my favorite closer of the 80’s, Dave Righetti.




It just wasn’t that long ago when I was cheering for Rags to close out games…




Hopefully, Tuesday will bring a new Yankees winning streak… 


New York Daily News




  1. juliasrants

    Hardly a wimp Scott. 😉 You know – I can understand why you enjoyed that winning thing over the weekend – it feels SO good! lol! That is very sad news about Merlyn Mantle. I’m sure it is a difficult time for the Mantle family. And the news about Aaron Boone is amazing! I hope his recovery continues at such a quick pace. Nothing but best wishes to him!

    I hope you have a great time at the game tonight; and all the Yankee connections? Enjoy! And how weird is it – you can follow along on most of the Yankees game before the Giants/Dodgers game starts!


  2. Jane Heller

    Sorry to hear about your leg, Scott. I hope you’re fully recovered now. And yes, it was sad to read about Merlyn Mantle. She and the Mick had such a stormy time of it, but I’m picturing them enjoying a much calmer life wherever they are now (with Mickey still the prankster, of course). Have fun at the game tonight!


  3. Erin Kathleen

    I remember the days when our pitching staff would only give up five runs in a game, those were good times. That’s really good news about Aaron Boone. Most people probably didn’t think he’d ever play baseball again, including Boone himself, and I hope he makes it back to the bigs. I hope your leg manages a comeback of its own, and fully recovers, too 🙂 Have fun at the game tonight, it should be a good one. The Dodgers are the Dodgers, and the Giants have some great young pitching (and Kung Fu Panda!, he’s definitely my favorite non-Twin).-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

  4. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Have fun at the game, I’ve also wanted to see that rivalry for a while, and like you said, now Joe Torre’s a part of it!

    I am also really happy to hear that about Boone, and I can forget our history with him because it really is extraordinary how quickly he’s recovered. I hope we may even see him in the majors again soon.


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