Signs of Intelligent Life In Yankeeville


It started with a home run by Posada. Hip, Hip, Jor-haaaaaay!
It ended with a home run by Shelley. Shel-ley! Shel-ley! Shel-ley!
There was defensive brilliance by Cano. Let’s hear it for that banned trainer in the DR!
We had impressive outings from our pitchers. Bruney lost more weight! No double chin!
And Tex hit his first single as a Yankee. Who says he’s a slow starter!
Even Angel Berroa got on base. He’s our new Luis Sojo!
Lots to cheer about at Steinbrenner Field, as the Yanks beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 and proved for the second day in a row that they are not mired in scandal or depressed by their third-place finish last year or even wrung out from their excursion to the billiards parlor.
So what if the Rays left every star player except Carl Crawford back in Port Charlotte? Β It was still sweet to beat those Cinderfellas and their wine-aficionado manager.
But what really brightened my day was when I read that CC Sabathia will make his Steinbrenner Field debut on Friday, March 6th – the night I’ll be there! Talk about the planets being perfectly aligned.
I’m so stoked that I’m already planning my wardrobe. I don’t want to seem overeager when I watch CC from my seat in Section 104, so do I leave the fancy clothes at the hotel and opt, instead, for jeans and my Mariano Rivera T-shirt? Or is it rude to wear the jersey of the old guy when you’re there rooting for the new guy?Β 
What will I eat, given that I’ll be nervous? My head tells me that the hot dogs will be awful, but my heart tells me that CC would want me to scarf down a few.
And what sort of cheer do I chant for the occasion?
Let’s go, CC! Clap, clap, clap clap clap!

Cee-Cee! Cee-Cee! Cee-Cee!

Or maybe just…
Welcome to the Yankees! I love you!
It’s all so confusing, but I have a week to figure it out. In the meantime, here’s what can’t happen that night. Cannot.
Or this.
No, I don’t do rain.
I have tickets to the game and that’s that, so I need the weather to cooperate and for the sky to look exactly like this.
Thank you in advance.


  1. Jane Heller

    I am jealous, Chris. Just knowing you can be at all those games and not have to scrounge around for tix is huge. But I’m very excited to be going to FL next week and will appreciate every moment!

  2. raysrenegade

    It was actually a better game than the score showed.
    There was only one walk in the entire game, and that was given up by Phil Hughes in the second inning to Chris Richards.

    I actually had a better time watching Bernie Williams put a nice fastball across the plate for the ceremonial first pitch. Then with Yogi strolling out it made a fantastic photo moment.

    Yeah, they left some guys to the fun and sun of Port Charlotte yesterday, but it was still a game of pluses for both sides. You guys saw your Bullpen guys have the ability to shut down an offense. And also you got to see that Jorge Posada is ready to swing the bat.
    By the way, did anyone ever go get that ball that bounced around in the picnic deck for a bit?

    Rays Renegade

  3. latinyankeerebel

    All of the cheers!! You have 9 innings to practice and see which one you’re more comfortable with!..

    Wear your Mo’ shirt so he doesn’t feel hurt, but still cheer for CC.

    Aww man! I wish I was there!

  4. rrrt

    Jane – hope the weather cooperates with you! Don’t even look at the forecast until the day before, you’ll only get knotted up with anxiety. BTW, I’m beginning to think that Julia has cloned herself – I have no idea how she seems to manage to comment on every blog I see, and at such ungodly hours of the morning!
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  5. Jane Heller

    Erin, your eyes must have been crossing when you wrote that!

    Thanks, Julia. The rain gods must be kind.

    The game did look like a good one, Renegade. Good pitching and defense. And I was thrilled to see Posada pop one. No clue if anybody snagged the ball but I would have tried!

    I will wear my Mo shirt, Latinyankeerebel. How could I not?

    Sue, either Julia clones herself or she has an alarm that goes off in her house every time someone posts. We must get to the bottom of this!

    Call your guy who knows a guy, Jeff. This is important!

    Thanks, Kaybee. I know it’ll be great.



    Undefeated, untied, baby! Undefeated, untied!

    You know who won the Grapefruit League Crown last year? Tampa.

    Undefeated, untied, baby! Undefeated, untied!

    el duque

  7. Kylie

    Aww man, I’m so jealous of everyone who’s going to spring training games! I hope you have fun. I didn’t go to Steinbrenner Field last year when I went to Florida, but I did drive past it on my way to Kissimmee. It looks beautiful and I’m sure you will have a blast–I mean, it’s baseball. Srsly.
    Kylie —

  8. scofid

    No baseball player should be named Shelley, and wasn’t Angel Berroa the Dodger dude who lost the baseball in his shirt last year? Wait a minute! I’m a Yankees fan. Go Jorge! Back to 100% health! That’s an order! But the Yankees did lose today, so all the excitement and euphoria from the two exhibition games (that mean absolutely nothing) has been shattered! Where do we go from here? OMG! Doom and Gloom! So, when’s the next game? πŸ™‚


  9. Jane Heller

    Not undefeated anymore, Duque. Dammit.

    Gardner and Swisher are doing great, Brian. I love Gardner’s style of play and I could get to like Swisher if he keeps this up. Jorge’s got a hot bat too.

    Right, Kylie. How bad could it be? Even if it does rain?

    LOL, Scott. I was out most of the day, so I just heard we lost. I’m blaming it on the kid pitchers!

  10. Jane Heller

    Glad the weather’s been good for you, Jenn. I heard it’s supposed to get ugly in FL tomorrow and then down in the low 40s. Brrrrrr. It better warm up by Wednesday!

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