Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4: The New Normal

“I love it,” Pettitte said of the run support provided by the new Yankees, adding: “They’ve come out and gotten off to a great start, some of the new guys here and that’s huge.”

via Pettitte Backed by Three Home Runs as Yankees Top Blue Jays – NYTimes.com.

Here’s one for you, straight from The Associated Press: The Yankees, the beleaguered, ailing, gimping, wheezing Yankees, have an American League-best 25 homers this season, with home runs in 13 of 15 games. In Friday’s 9-4 victory in Toronto, Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay — the three horsemen of mediocrity — each hit a home run.

“I’m not complaining,” Manager Joe Girardi said. When really what he meant was, What the hell is going on around here?!

What the hell is going on is the Yankees, without Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter, have won eight of 10 and are 9-6, two games behind the Red Sox, who were idle yesterday due to — and this is something I never thought I’d see in the agate — a “local manhunt.”


Mr. Wells spent 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, and was roundly hazed by the more inebriated Canadians present. “It’s kind of like a family when you come back here,” Mr. Wells said, confirming our suspicion that Mr. Wells’s mother doesn’t like him either.


After the game, Mr. Girardi said Mr. Teixeira and Mr. Granderson, who are both injured, would begin swinging the bat. Then it hits you that the thing you are waiting for — the return of three (or four, with Alex Rodriguez) regular players from last season — doesn’t sound like the good thing it ought to be.