Like CC Sabathia, I Lack “Feel”

In the Yankees’ 7-4 loss to the Tigers today, CC had a five-run meltdown in the second inning and was pulled. After the game, he said he lacked feel but was confident he’d find it. He looks confident, doesn’t he? He’ll be fine. Better than fine.
But what about me? I lack feel as a fan, and I don’t know if I’ll ever find it. I’m speaking of my feel, not for the Yankees, but for the WBC, the tournament I’m supposed to care passionately about but do not. Right this minute, for instance, I’m watching Team USA against Venezuela and I can’t keep my eyes open. In other words, I should be exhibiting the enthusiasm of this fan.
And instead, I’m exhibiting the stupor of this woman.
Perhaps it’s the announcers, who are congenial enough but don’t convey a sense of urgency about the proceedings. Maybe it’s the fact that the Rogers Centre is practically empty and you can hear every whistle and catcall. Or maybe it’s simply that the game has all the thrills of an All-Star event – i.e. I’m not invested in the outcome.
Of course, I love seeing Jeter.
But that’s because he’s a Yankee. The truth is I’d rather be watching him at spring training in Tampa with other Yankees, not galavanting around North America with Dustin Pedroia. I mean, it’s very sweet that they’re bonding, but the person he should be bonding with is this guy.
Tex has been with the team for two minutes. It would be nice if the Captain got to know him before the season starts.
I know what you’re thinking: I’m a complete whiner.
I just want to see the Yankees. That’s all. I think it’s great that the team from the Netherlands has advanced, and other heartwarming stories abound. But I have a one-track mind. I do. It’s the Yankees or nothing for me.


  1. mlbtribefan

    I have wanted to tell you my true feeling of CC. Now is not the time. I’m trying to let you know, best of luck and expect a roller coaster with CC. I would tell you more but I don’t want to be wrong and end up upsetting you further. Remember its Spring Training.

  2. Jane Heller

    What a cryptic comment, Aaron. But not to worry. You won’t upset me. I was more concerned in the post with my own lack of interest in the WBC than with CC’s bad outing today.

  3. crzblue2

    Jane, nothing wrong with wanting to see just your Yankees! Perhaps is Charlie Steiner. I prefer the poetry of Vin Scully! Vin can read the ingredients of a can of chilli for me and I would love it. I know I will cry when he retires.

    Congrats on your ranking!

  4. Jane Heller

    I thought I recognized one of the voices, Emma. Thanks for setting me straight. As for Vin, he’s poetry all right. Nobody does it better. I watch/listen to a lot of Dodgers games here in Santa Barbara and he makes the other announcers sound like amateurs.

  5. raysrenegade

    Carsten C. just had a bad day.
    So what if he gave up 6 hits and 5 runs in 1.2 innings.

    That is one of things about Spring Training. I was checking out the stats and a few good pitchers have run upon bad luck the last few days. Phillies Cole Hamels gave up 2 hit and 2 runs in 2.2 innings on Monday. Phillie pitcher Kyle Kendricks got slammed for 8 runs in 3 innings today.

    A L Cy Young dude Cliff Lee got scorched for 5 hits and 4 runs in 3 innings out in AZ today. the royals Gil Meche got torched for 5 hits and 2 runs in 2.1 innings and won the game.

    But poor Justin Thomas got the devil award today : 6 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs in 0.1 innings. So as you can see, it could have been a lot worse today.

    Rays Renegade

  6. raysrenegade

    Carsten C. just had a bad day.
    So what if he gave up 6 hits and 5 runs in 1.2 innings.

    That is one of things about Spring Training. I was checking out the stats and a few good pitchers have run upon bad luck the last few days. Phillies Cole Hamels gave up 2 hit and 2 runs in 2.2 innings on Monday. Phillie pitcher Kyle Kendricks got slammed for 8 runs in 3 innings today.

    A L Cy Young dude Cliff Lee got scorched for 5 hits and 4 runs in 3 innings out in AZ today. the royals Gil Meche got torched for 5 hits and 2 runs in 2.1 innings and won the game.

    But poor Justin Thomas got the devil award today : 6 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs in 0.1 innings. So as you can see, it could have been a lot worse today.

    Rays Renegade

  7. raysrenegade

    Sorry it came back as a moveable error and I must have resubmitted it by accident…………….thousand pardons.

    Rays Renegade

  8. Jane Heller

    Your roundup of pitchers getting torched should be on ESPN, Renegade. It would make a funny segment. I’m sure everybody will settle down once they have more innings under their belts. I’ve been getting those “Movable Error” messages tonight too, btw.

  9. smokey9782

    Hey Jane, it’s Greg from Sliding Into Home.

    I feel exactly the same was about the WBC. I thought the Netherlands/Dominican Republic game last night would change that, but then I tried to watch today’s USA/Venezuela game and realized it didn’t.

  10. juliasrants

    C.C. had better find the “feel” or he will be feeling the wrath of Yankees fans soon! I’m enjoying the WBC – but I’m also a huge fan of the Olympics – and I suspect the two go hand-in-hand! And come on Jane – If Scott and I can feel the “Red Sox-Yankees Love” can’t Jeter, Youk & Dusty??


  11. russ4192

    I am with you on the WBC. I find myself trying to get into it, but just can’t. My main concern is getting my team (Reds) player’s back into camp healthy. I must say that I was glad that the DR team was eliminated, so Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez were on there way back to Sarasota.


    Jane, Jane…
    It’s Ok, It’s Ok (enuf double-talk)…! It really IS hard as nails to get excited over the WHA, or WFL, or whatever that beisbol tourney is being called. Happy for Holland (and also for their pitching coach, Bert Blyleven…he’s a great guy, and deserves the HOF)…but that don’t do it unless you’re Dutch. What OTHER sport would have this kind of a distraction right before their serious season begins? Okay, the NHL has coped with the Olympix mid-season, but nobody outside of the northeast much notices or cares. And yeah, it sure would be nice for Captain Jeet to meet and greet his new ‘mates. Don’t despair; it’s almost spring!

  13. Erin Kathleen

    I wasn’t all that excited about the WBC, either, but I have to admit that some of these games have been really exciting. That USA/Canada game was really good, and the Netherlands/Dominican Republic one was probably better than most World Series games in the past few years. I think all of them have been better than just the regular spring training exhibition games.I do wish that all of our players were back in camp, though. I would rather have them preparing for the regular season than competing in a tournament that, well I don’t want to say it’s meaningless. It means a lot to people outside of the US, like the Dominicans. It just count towards the regular season.

  14. happyyoungster

    Yeah, when Ryan Braun was at the plate, I could hear the velcro coming apart as he adjusted his batting glove straps between pitches. 12,000 people? Shame, shame.

    BTW, I’m on page 176 of your book. Great stuff! I think I may do a book review with my thoughts…I’ve been taking notes, you know!

  15. diamonddiva

    I’m not “feeling” the WBC either. I think part of it is a concern about the possibility of injuries. Not that players can’t get hurt during spring training workouts or games, of course, but spring training workouts and games are necessary to prepare for the season. The WBC is not. I also would simply rather see players preparing for the season with their own teammates, rather than with players who are usually their opponents. I really don’t care that Derek Jeter is bonding with Dustin Pedroia! LOL

  16. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    That is a really gigantic picture of CC, and it kinda creeped me out when the picture fully loaded. As for the WBC, I haven’t watched a lot of it, but it’s live baseball, and since there are, like, no Sox games on TV or in the spring, it gives me my fix of live baseball until I can be in Phoenix next weekend and until Opening Day when I can see every Sox game.

  17. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jane …

    I think, many of these WBC games have been exciting — some have had the atmosphere of playoff games … But, you’re right, Jane, about yesterday’s USA / Venezuela game — it was not very exciting [at all] !!! … There were no fans at the Rogers Centre, and the announcers did not seem like they were into this game …….. No excitement on the field, in the stands, or watching this event on TV !!! …….. The USA / Canada game was very exciting, though, with almost a sold-out crowd watching the 6-5 victory by Team USA … And, the games at the Toyoko Dome were all sold-out and very exciting, as well as, the games the Netherlands played !!! … Before the start of this series, I wasn’t really into the WBC; but, watching the games has made me get more into the WBC action, although, I still believe the best time to play the WBC is after the World Series, in November and December !!! … And, I do think these WBC games are much more exciting to watch then regular Spring Training games !!! … But, don’t worry, Jane … The new season is almost ready to start, and we will all have real baseball action to cheer for “soon” !!!
    Take care, Jane; and, “Congratulations” on your #1 ranking [once again] on the latest “Leader’s List” !!!
    — Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  18. Jane Heller

    Hey, Greg. Thanks for stopping. I love your blog! That USA/Venezuela game was a snooze, although I’m sure it was exciting for the Venezuelans. I just want the season to start!

    LOL, roundrock. Whoever took them probably does mug shots too.

    Right, V. Some of us are just more single-minded than others. My single mind can’t handle more than the pinstriped ones.

    Chris, the price of “feel” has definitely gone up!

    I think you’re right about the Olympics and the connection to the WBC, Julia. Very different mind set between tournaments and actual regular season baseball.

    Russ, that’s part of my issue with the WBC too. I just want my guys healthy and ready for Opening Day.

    Sue, I think we’ll probably jump on the bandwagon in the final round, but it won’t feel like the real thing.

    So that was you whistling and catcalling at the Rogers Centre last night, Jeff? I should have recognized your voice from your videos.

    We need to absolve ourselves of the guilt, Kaybee. We love our teams and that’s that!

    Dave, it IS almost spring, isn’t it. Only a couple of weeks to go before it’s “Play Ball” for real.

    Erin, I’m sorry I missed those two games, because they did sound exciting. Maybe I’d feel differently.

    You’ve been taking notes while reading my book, Happy? Yikes. How in the world do you have time to read, with all you’ve got going on? I’m flattered.

    Thanks, Mark. Why not spread the love. Good idea!

  19. Jane Heller

    Oops. Just saw the additional comments after I clicked “submit.”

    Shelley, when I saw Jeter get hit on the hand by that pitch against Venezuela last night (although it looked more like it hit his bat), I thought, OH NO. Fortunately, no harm done. But he needs to get back to camp already!

    Jen, I’m so glad you’re going to spring training next week. You’ll have the best time seeing your White Sox. And AJ!!!

    Thanks, Jimmy. You’re right – the WBC games are more exciting than the average spring training game. I just wish they had scheduled the tournament after the season, as you suggest. It would keep the game going for those of us who don’t want it to end.

  20. Jane Heller

    He does look comfy in the new uniform, Jen. And from what I’ve seen of him on the diamond, he looks comfy as a Yankee so far. May it please continue.

  21. Elizabeth D

    LOL Jane you’re so funny,
    I understand what you mean about the announcers– they don’t really make me feel excited. Plus, they make some pretty useless comments. I think of it kind of like the World Series though. I love seeing all these guys from different teams play together, and I loved seeing the Netherlands knock the DR out (it still sounds strange).

  22. Jane Heller

    To me, the WS announcers are the exact opposite of the ones doing the WBC, Elizabeth. In the WS, they make every little thing sound like life and death. There’s got to be a happy medium!

  23. crazy19canuck

    Jane – Are CC and AJ fitting in with the Yanks? I know AJ struggled to fit in with the Jays many a time. His all about me attitude caused huge problems up here. CC looks to be starting to feel more at home over with you guys. Time will tell I guess.

  24. letsgoyankees

    You obviously didn’t see Netherlands beat D.R. 2-1 in 11 innings. Absolutely incredible. I am going to make a big statement and say THE BEST GAME I’VE EVER SEEN! That eleventh inning was insane! I was going nuts!
    I liked your pictures (what was up with that second lady?)
    Maybe it’s better on elimination games?

  25. Jane Heller

    I think CC and AJ have become good friends, Canuck. They were introduced at Yankee Stadium at the same press conference and have been joined at the hip (ooh, maybe I shouldn’t mention hips, given the A-Rod situation) ever since. I haven’t read anything negative about AJ, so maybe he’s maturing?

    No, I didn’t see that game, Letsgoyankees, but it certainly sounded much more exciting than the one I saw between USA and Venezuela.



    This romance between Jeet and Pedroia is creeping me out. Let’s hope for a little Barry Bonds/Jeff Kent action before the WBC ends. I’d hate to see a Bos/NY game interrupted by a 20-minute, bench-clearing hug.

    el duque

  27. scofid

    A day with no Yankees baseball…this was a tough day! Well, at least we have Yankees-Red Sox to look forward to tomorrow night! I am not sure who is scheduled to pitch…Wang perhaps? Or the Yanks might throw a Hughes or Kennedy just to give Boston a look they most likely won’t see in the regular season. At any rate, we’ll have more to talk about tomorrow, I’m sure. I don’t want ‘roller-coaster’ Carsten C…I want the Brewer version!


  28. Jane Heller

    A 20-minute, bench-clearing hug would be most unappetizing, Duque. Couldn’t agree more.

    It’ll be the Wanger for us, Scott. Let’s hope he has his sinker working. I wouldn’t mind seeing Hughes, but Kennedy? That could be scary against their lineup. And don’t worry about CC. The Yankee version will be great!

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