While Squawker Jon is in despair over the Mets' teamwide meltdown, I'm all pleased that my Yankees are riding high. They now are 20 games over .500, and have a two-game lead in the AL East.
And get this - A.J. Burnett used a Jim Carrey movie line to lighten the mood on the team. After Nick Swisher bobbled the ball in yesterday's game, he later made a great play in that inning to save Burnett's bacon. The Yankee pitcher put his arm around the outfielder and unleashed this famous "Dumb and Dumber" quote:
"Just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this...and totally redeem yourself!"
And Swisher didn't even barter the team's van for a moped!
In the postgame, Swisher, who drove in two RBIs described his day as being like an ice cream flavor - Rocky Road! Heh.
As for Burnett, he has continued to impress. Since he got destroyed by the Red Sox last month, he's gone 5-1 with a 1.93 ERA.
Phil Hughes (I will not call him one of the Phil-thies!) had another good game, and Mariano Rivera got his 23rd straight save. But really, Rivera shouldn't have had to be in the game in the first place. Unfortunately, Brian Bruney gave up back-to-back homers and made the score 6-4.
Bruney needs to get it together - and soon. He's the only real weak link in the bullpen right now. He's also a weak link with his mouth, as the Journal-News reports:
Bruney was mad that reporters were asking him questions and gave several sarcastic answers including, “I just wanted to get Mo a save, that’s what a set-up man does.”
He also claimed he pitched perfectly fine and that those home runs could have been pop-ups.
"I don't think I got a fair shot," he said. "I pitched great in spring training and didn't make the team. I pitched great in the minors, got called up and didn't get much of a chance. I understand other guys are pitching great. But it could have been different. I can't see the point in coming back."
He had a 5.25 ERA with the Yankees. How much of a chance should he have gotten? He shouldn't have been on the team so long in the first place. It's like "Dumb and Dumber" with Bruney and Tomko, when it comes to dopey comments.
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