The Yankees/Team USA/The Yankees/Team USA….Help!

With the Yankees in action against the Pirates at the very same time that Team USA was facing elimination against Puerto Rico, I felt compelled to follow both games and, as a result, developed a severe case of split personality.

Part of me was my usual Yankee-centric self, caring only about the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Why shouldn’t I? There was a lot at stake.
Like would CC rebound from his awful outing?
Would Mo throw strikes in his spring training debut?
Would Posada be able to catch without his arm falling off?
There were more plot twists than on this.
Luckily, all was well in Yankeeville as the Bombers beat the Pirates 9-2.
CC went four solid innings, only giving up a run while striking out seven. Sweet.
Mo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Really sweet.
Jorge’s arm didn’t fall off, and he seemed happy about that.
With the victory sealed, I turned my attention to the goings-on in Miami. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of the WBC. I think the tournament should be played in December or January, when it wouldn’t conflict with spring training and would provide welcome entertainment for those of us who are starving for baseball at that time of year. But whatever. Team USA was down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, about to be booted out of the tourney. Up to the plate stepped David Wright.
He may be a Met, but I was rooting for him to do something, anything, to keep Team USA’s hopes alive, even if he does stick out his tongue when he swings the bat.
I yelled at the TV. “WRIGHT, GET A HIT!”
And he did. He went down and got a pitch that was out of the strike zone and golfed it into right for a walk-off single. Game over. Group hug. Everybody pile on.
Yes, my split personality defaulted right back to the Yankees, and my main concern was my Captain.
My husband walked into the room and asked who I was talking to.
“David Wright and Derek Jeter,” I said with a shrug, as if it was obvious.
He rolled his eyes. “I guess I should worry when you start telling me these guys talk back.”
I didn’t dare mention that in my twisted imagination they already do. And I certainly didn’t tell him about the strange thing I did on a basketball court the other day. Take a look, but please keep it to yourself.


  1. levelboss

    and did you notice how she was rubbing the back of her head while the guys were celebrating? disturbing video

  2. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    As a former cheerleader, I have to say they’re stupid for doing that stunt. She could have broken…herself….in various places. And she actually hit her head on the rim of the basket. There was really no need to make it a literal basket toss. That said, I absolutely ADORE David Wright. I have for about 2 years, and I was waaaaaaaaay stoked for his hit. YAY! 🙂

  3. scofid

    I guess from Jeter’s perspective, there was more of a chance of the girl getting hurt as she went SWISH through the net than him straining an oblique! Yikes! I would have hated to see her practice attempts before she got it right! Nice win by the Yanks, but where were they last Friday night? LOL! Have a great day!


  4. robb466

    Hey Jane, I caught the last half of the Yanks-Pirates game and i gotta tell you i was really impressed with the glove work from the young guys in the infield, alot of real nice plays made out there. Thats a good thing to see in a blowout spring game when most of the regulars have hit the showers.
    -Robb Jersey Hardball

  5. juliasrants

    What the heck were they thinking in that video! And what coach decided it was a good thing to try?? On Jeter – it’s okay Jane if he is cheering with players from other teams. Don’t they do that during the All-Star game also? Don’t worry – all will be right with the world soon and Jeter will be back in camp.


  6. latinyankeerebel

    Ouch! That mosta hurt!
    Regarding David Wright, I met him last year in September here in Washington, DC durting batting practise… asyou might imagine.. the Nats stadium was packed with Nats fans (I’m being sarcastic… I could actually hear what the players were talking about…) anyways, I went down on to the field and asked David if I could take a pic with him and he did. He was really nice. Very tall (I’m 5’6 and was wearing flats at the time). He was a gentleman. And he is way hot! I’m a Yankee fan, but I wouldn’t mind if he was part of our team. In some way he reminds of Jeter, in the how professional he is. And he makes good numbers too. But I think I read somewhere that he grew up a Mets fan, so yeah…. I don’t think he is a big fan of the Yankees… with the exception of Jeter ofcourse… LOL.. one can dream.

  7. Jane Heller

    Levelboss, I did notice that she was rubbing her head. I have to believe she’s fine though or they wouldn’t have put the video on YouTube. Or would they?

    David Wright seems to have a good approach at the plate, Jen. He certainly came through last night.

    Yeah, the Yankees sure didn’t come through for you when you needed them, Scott. Maybe you should save your wagers for when the regulars will be playing! I love how Mo mowed them down, 1-2-3.

    Robb, I think Pena is a talent. I watched him a lot when I was in spring training and he’s the real deal. Very smooth with the glove. I hope they give him a shot at some point.

    I don’t know what any of those people were thinking with that stunt, Julia. It defied logic.

    Latinyankeerebel, it’s nice to hear that David Wright is not only a good player and hottie, but also a gentleman. You need a blog so you can post the pic of him.

    I know what you mean, Jeff. So you’re tripping on Nyquil too?

    Isn’t it funny how we want to protect our players from that pile, Kaybee? I’m always sure someone is going to break a body part.


    Yeah, it’s tuff to watch 2 games you care about on the same nite (but we college hoops fans are used to it)…great that at least a Met got the winning hit, not a member of the Carmine Hose…and yeah, I thought exactly the same thing at the pile-up: Jeet, don’t you DARE!!
    Speaking of dares, that was rather daring and stupid of the young lady, altho’ amazing. Not to mention the guys; but hey, we’re Kings of Stoopid. Was it St. Patty’s Day, and they needed to work off their green beer from lunchtime??

  9. Jane Heller

    I forgot that fans of college basketball watch more than one game at a time, Dave. Must be fun and crazy at the same time. I wonder if the girl in the video did that stunt on a dare or if she practiced it for a long time. If it’s the latter, I wonder what the practices were like (if she failed – ouch).

  10. Cockroach

    Haha, no worries – my thoughts would have gone straight to “don’t get hurt, Roy and LaTroy!!!” if I had seen the post-game celebration, so I understand. But I shut down my computer and went to bed thinking ESPN’s web site had just told me the game was over and PR won 5-3, so I missed the final inning. Glad I was wrong!! Go USA!!

  11. Jane Heller

    Doesn’t that drive you nuts when you go to bed thinking you know the score, only to find out the game turned out differently, Cockroach? Of course, in this case it was a happy surprise.

  12. latinyankeerebel

    I just saw the video of the huddle after Wright made that walk off single… hilarious… Jeter was trying to make him fall down and he was trying his best no too… lol

  13. raysrenegade

    Ummmmmm, and the bottom two guys are called spotters for a reason.
    Just shows you that the best laid plans by mice and (wo) men can sometimes go awry. I bet you feel like i did Monday. eyes aching for scrambling to do two things in two different directions at the same time.
    Or maybe you could use a split-screen format where you eyes just end up bugging out and the end of a night like a fruit fly.

    Best thing is that Team USA showed the heart and the determination you wanted to see this year. That Japan versus Cuba contest now holds a huge piece of the final picture of this years WBC. But with Team Venezuela and Korea posting those awesome results the semi-finals will have some huge amounts of energy and will be a true treat to watch……I have to crank up the DVR for a few of them.

    Rays Renegade

  14. Jane Heller

    I think Wright has replaced Pedroia as Jeter’s new BFF in the tournament, Latinyankeerebel. LOL.

    A split screen! That’s what I needed last night, Renegade. I think you’re right about the remaining matchups in the WBC; they should be exciting from here on out (except USA vs Venezuela, which is only for seeding, right?).

    Switching allegiances is a tough job, Aaron, but I guess we’re up to the task!

  15. diamonddiva

    Jane, welcome to MY world. Rooting for both the Yankees and the Nationals does require a split personality, although I think Aaron has me beat with his four (!!!!) teams. It’s not so bad right now, but June will be a different story, when the Nats and Yanks play each other during their interleague series.
    Wait a minute…I just re-read Aaron’s comment…the Red Sox and the Yankees?? The Mets and the Phillies?? Is that legal?!?

  16. rrrt

    That woman should have her head examined! Why would anyone in their right mind attempt that? All I could imagine was whacking your chin on the rim, and losing a few teeth or a tongue or something!
    And that comic of the guy pulling off his arm – would that really make a sound of “plorp”? I’d rather not find out.
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  17. jboogie

    I was torn last night between the 2 games. Thankfully, spring training games are usually over by the 5th inning and then it’s scrub time. The ending of last night’s USa game was pretty exciting. I also was hping no one got hurt in the pile up. I was in Toronto in round 1 and it was really weird to see Jeter and Youkilis getting their Starbucks together. Talk about trippy. The whole team seemed to have excellent chemistry. One of the nights they were all in a hotel bar across the strett from their hotel. They all piled out at once and took cabs somewhere. Jake Peavy had to walk his girl/wife back to their hotel before he went out. After a make-out session at the door, he ran back to the cabs all excited screaming, “she said i could go1 she said i could go!” It was pretty funny. They seemed to get along really well with each other.

    And for those wondering, i know this because I spent most of my time outside the hotel trying to get their autograophs.

    It seemed like they really get along.


  18. Jane Heller

    It’s definitely Biblical, Erin. The End is near.

    Shelley, I don’t know how you root for two teams equally. I know they’re in different leagues, but it must be emotionally draining just to keep up with both of them! In your heart, I bet you love the Yankees more. Come on, admit it.

    I can’t fathom how that girl would even attempt that stunt, Sue. I’m such a wuss, so it’s completely beyond me.

    J-Boogie, I knew you were there at the WBC but I didn’t know you were standing outside the hotel watching Peavy making out with his girl/wife. LOL! Glad to hear the players are getting along and thanks for the great reporting!

    Oh, no, Emma. Not me in the video. First of all, she’s young enough to be my daughter. Second of all, I like both feet on the ground.

  19. crazy19canuck

    Most of us know that Jeter is a player on and off the field. But this is just a little crazy – even for him. LOL! On the other hand, Wright does live in the same city…Oh, that’s not a good mental image…

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