I’m here in Anaheim for the weekend, as the Yankees close out their 73-day road trip with three against the Angels.
It’s strange for me to be in "The O.C." since I just started watching the show with the same title. I’ve been hearing Bordo and T-Kep talk about it for two years, and Dena was harassing me into watching the first two seasons with her.
Needless to say, we started Season 1 and I was hooked within about 25 minutes. I only wish Samaire Armstrong, who played Anna, was on the show longer.
We finished the first season and will start watching Season 2 next week.
I also just started watching "Entourage" this week (I know, I know, I should have been watching from the beginning), and I finished Season 1 on the flight today. Great stuff. I can’t wait to watch the next DVD. Again, Samaire Armstrong (Emily) should have played a bigger part on that show, too.
Back to baseball.
The Yankees had a disappointing series in Seattle, but hardly a crushing one. They dropped a game in the standings, but still hold a 5 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox.
Boston still has six games on the West Coast, and I’d be surprised if they go any better than 3-3. The Angels always give the Yanks trouble, but I see New York taking two of three this weekend. Not sure why, it’s just a gut feeling.
Either way, the Yankees are in great shape. They have tough series at home coming up with the Tigers and Twins, but they have played the good teams very well this season. They took 3 out of 4 in Detroit and played the Twins tough all the way back in April, though it’s hard to remember back that far.
Carl Pavano threw six solid innings at Triple-A on Friday, and Joe Torre is making it sound like he could be back with the Yankees within the week. He has been a punchline for more than a year, but if he could actually return and pitch to his ability, it would be a nice addition for the stretch run.
BABY PAPI? I just saw a picture of Howie Kendrick (right) on the scoreboard during his at-bat. Does anybody else think he looks like an 18-year-old David Ortiz?
A GOOD READ: For those who want to know how Scott Proctor turned himself into one of the most valuable players on the Yankees this season, check out this piece by Tyler Kepner in the New York Times.
MONKEY BUSINESS: I have to admit it — I think the Rally Monkey is hilarious.
For those who haven’t seen it (though, if you’ve watched the Yankees-Angels playoff series in 2002 and 2005, you have indeed seen it), they put a jumping monkey in an Angels jersey on the scoreboard when the game is tied or the Angels are losing in the late innings. He supposedly brings them luck.
Well, they have also inserted the Rally Monkey into fake movie clips. Tonight’s topped them all: Monkeys on a Plane. Brilliant stuff.