Welcome Back, Jose Veras

August 11th, 2013 by Jane Heller

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After Mo coughed up the two homers in the ninth for his third-in-a-row blown save (!!!!!!!), I perked up when I saw it was our old buddy Veras coming in for the bottom of the inning after being traded to the Tigers from the Astros. He may be my new favorite person, having served up Gardner’s walk off homer and rescuing the Yankees from another disappointing loss. Gardner’s been quite clutch this season. Good for him.

But was this game ever a see-saw battle. A-Rod actually hit a homer (!!!!!!) as did Soriano, and I thought, OK, boys, you have a nice lead so hold onto it for a change.

Wrong. No lead is safe when the pitching turns sour. Not only was Pettitte unable to go deep into the game but Robertson was ineffective. And then there was Mo. John and Suzyn kept reassuring listeners that he always goes through his little patch of badness and it’s true. But it’s not fun when it happens. In fact, it feels as if the world is coming to an end. Maybe he should skip a few farewell ceremonies and meet-and-greets for awhile and rest up. Or maybe it doesn’t matter in the larger scheme of things given this team’s way-back position in the standings.

Still, it was nice to beat the Tigers since they’re bona fide contenders for a ring once again.

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5 Responses to “Welcome Back, Jose Veras”

  1. Barbara says:

    Wow. I came back from a hike and finally got cell phone reception and saw we gave up two in the ninth and I couldn’t believe it. Then I lost reception and then I saw we won. Thank goodness for Gardner. I loved the jimmy Fallon bit. Thanks for that since I would never have seen it otherwise. So sorry Audrey. That’s why I don’t go from Boston. If they lose it won’t feel worth the effort most of the time. I just had so much fun watching the highlights and post game interviews. Wins give me joy beyond the game.

  2. Jane Heller says:

    The way this season has gone, it can be a good thing to lose cell phone reception, Barbara. Glad you were happy about the outcome though.

  3. Audrey says:

    Earlier in the game I was wishing THIS had been our game. Then that terrible top of the ninth inning made me wonder. But then Gardner came through and I was back to wishing we had been there. Oh well.

    I shudder to think where this team would be without Gardner. He has saved quite a few games for us, both defensively and offensively. And two in one series? Crazy. The man is a keeper.

    I keep telling myself the same thing about Mo, that he usually goes through one rough patch during the season. Let’s hope it is over as of today.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I really hope Mo is just being human, Audrey, and he’ll return to his god-like self soon.

  5. Diane Anziano says:

    At least it didn’t go into extra innings…we can’t keep exhausting the bullpen like we’ve been doing. But at least Gerardi is smart enough to move it around and not completed focus on one or two relievers, like Torre used to do. Anyway, a W is a W and we’re heading in the right direction…especially getting a few home runs in one game. Let’s keep THAT up. GO YANKEES!!!