Check Out the New York Times “Bats” Blog

Just wanted to alert anyone who’s interested that I’ve got a piece up on the Times’ site.

More on the signing of Teixeira to come, but keep in mind…..You did hear it first right here when I posted his horoscope for December. Aries. Susan Miller. It’s in the stars. Remember? You scoffed, but it happened. 
Better go check my own horoscope.
Update.I just went on the “Bats” blog over at The Times to see if anybody commented on my article. Was I surprised. There are well over 100 comments and they’re pretty amusing. Some are pro. Some are con (such meanies). And everything in between. If you’re taking a break from wrapping presents, check them out.


  1. levelboss

    excellent article, Jane! books, blogs, and news columns.. you cover it well

    “Just get used to the idea that being a Yankees fan means always saying you’re sorry.”

    lol! if the Yankees don’t get the World Series, haters will ridicule; if they win the World Series haters will say they paid for a championship.. hated any which way but loose

    “trophy fan”
    very funny!!!!

  2. kozmo

    Very good stuff, Jane, and I’ve linked it over at The Heartland. Personally, while I’m sympathetic to small-market economic pressures, so many teams make money while hoarding money and not adequately investing cash, including that gleaned from revenue-sharing. They need to invest more to both make more money and to be more successful.

  3. bronxstop


    Sorry I haven’t commented recently! Sooo busy!

    Great piece! Living in the Cleveland area, I get harassed constantly from sad Indians fans (well not so much anymore). I just tell them that I can’t help that our ownership invests money every year to at least give our team a chance to win. Other owners (not all, but most) just line their pockets with the revenue their teams generate.

    I tell them I refuse to apologize for that, and I usually win the arguments.

    Merry Christmas!!!

    -The Bronx

  4. Jane Heller

    Thanks, levelboss. You guys on the blog inspire me.

    Thanks to you, Julia. I don’t think the Yankees ownership will apologize. They’ve put their money where it counts – on the field. Now it’s up to the players to do their thing and for Yankee fans to support them.

    Wow, Mark. Bad job by the Times on that letter. I bet heads will roll.

    Well put, kozmo. I feel the same way. I wonder if Twins fans, for example, would rather have a Steinbrenner running their club instead of Carl Pohlad. Thanks for the link to Heartland. I really enjoy your blog.

    After the way Cleveland whipped us in the 2007 ALDS, you must take a lot of heat there, Mark. But have faith. We’ll be back! Merry Christmas to you too.

    You’re welcome, Neal. We all remember too well that money doesn’t buy a championship. (I still wince at the name Kevin Brown.) But it sure does make the off-season fun.

    Steve, you made my day! I hope you like the book, even the parts where I say rotten things about the Red Sox. I say rotten things about the Yankees too.

  5. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer

    Jane, the article was great! I really admire your writing style. I’m going to pre-order my copy of Confessions of a She-Fan next week. I cannot wait to read it! You’ll have to come back on A Show of Their Own close to the release. Hope you and your family has a wonderful holiday season!


  6. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer

    Sorry, I feel the need to correct myself… I hope you and your family HAVE a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

  7. Jane Heller

    Hey, Brit. Always great to see you back on the blogs. Glad you liked the article. I’m thrilled that you’re planning to pre-order the book and it would be my pleasure to come on the show again. I had a blast last time. I hope you and your family HAVE a wonderful holiday season too 🙂

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Also, Jane … Excellent Article !!!

    The Yankees are just playing by the rules set-up by MLB and the players association … All teams, including the Yankees, have an obligation to use every option available to constantly improve their teams … These options include: developing their own players; making trades; signing free-agents; and, spending money … Even with the signings of: CC, A.J., and Tex, the Yankees still have a lower payroll [at this time] than last year !!! … Of the $88 Million of expired contracts at the end of the 2008 season, the Yanks have spent $62 Million, so far: CC, $23M; A.J., $16.5M; and, Tex, $22.5M … So, these are all just great baseball decisions by the Yankees braintrust !!! … This is the way George Steinbrenner led during his “reign”; and, it’s good to see that Hank and Hal Steinbrenner; and, Brian Cashman, are continuing George’s great winning leadership philosophy !!! … Take care, Jane … Go Yankees !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  9. The Iceman

    Loved the article Jane! I told myself I wasn’t going to write or comment on the Yankees anymore this winter, but I’ve decided not to ‘hate’ anymore during this great holiday season. I would love to be a Yankee fan and have an owner who just wants to win at any cost. Why wouldn’t you? Can’t wait for the book to come out as well. Have a great holidays and happy bloggin!!


    She Fan,

    Stunning. Brilliant. I am in awe.

    Promise me two things:

    1) No matter what they try, they never turn you against us.

    2. When they make that movie, you absolutely ABSOLUTELY refuse to allow Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon to play you. They made their bed with the damn Redsock movie. I hope tonight they’re realizing their blunder.


    el duque

  11. Jane Heller

    Jimmy, your Christmas prayers were definitely answered. If you say something’s gonna happen, I believe you now! Glad you liked the article.

    We should all follow your example, Iceman, and put away the hate – at least for the holiday season 🙂 Thanks for your comment and here’s hoping you have a very Merry Christmas. Keep up the great blogging.

    Have a great time, Steve. And don’t let your pinstripe-loving brothers wear you down!

    You’re too kind, duque. I only hope I can live up to the “It Is High” standard.

  12. mlbmark

    Merry Christmas, Jane. Please see my latest post re performance advisory at MLBlogs. It’s tied to registration and ongoing scheduled server maintenance; can’t guarantee a smooth ride until Dec. 26 but feel free to keep me posted in comments (if this goes through).


  13. Jane Heller

    Thanks, Mark. I read your post about the technical problems and everything seems to be OK now. Very excited about the countdown to the MLB Network. Merry Christmas to you!

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