Yankees-Cubs Part 2: Either The Yankees Are Great Or The Cubs Stink

We won the Grapefruit League. We won Florida. And now we’ve won the Dress Rehearsal, mauling the Cubs 10-1 in a quaint, old-fashioned, Bronx Bombers-style display of brute force.


Sure, it was windy and the balls were flying out. But they weren’t flying out for the Cubs, were they?
Up stepped Jeter: three-run shot.
Up stepped Teixeira: solo blast, followed by a three-run jack. (So much for his slow start.)
Up stepped Shelley: one-run dinger.
Not that the pitching wasn’t impressive. Pettitte labored but escaped damage. AJ was brilliant over four scoreless innings. And Bruney and Coke looked downright nasty.
There were things that bothered me.
* MLB.TV’s feed kept “stuttering,” which forced me to lower the quality of the video.
* YES showed clips of the perfect games by Wells/Cone over and over. I love a memorable Yankees moment as much as the next fan, but how about a breather?
* I don’t need to see any more images of people roaming around “the great hall” looking dazed and confused.
* If there are so many empty seats at the Stadium, why not lower the prices or give them away to aspiring she-fans?
On the plus side…
* I was grateful that MLB.TV broadcast the game at all, since my Extra Innings cable package doesn’t kick in until tomorrow.
* I enjoy watching Brett Gardner play small ball, but I almost forgot how much I like big ball.
* I admit I derive a certain satisfaction when the opposition makes errors. So I laughed when that routine pop-up dropped between the Cubs players. I did. Forgive me.
* I roared when Michael Kay asked Paul O’Neill if he ever got under the covers with his wife on cold nights in Cincinnati and showed her his Yankeeography.
Since the Yankees won again, I’ll be eating chicken for dinner again. And again – until the Yankees lose or I grow feathers. Whichever comes first.


  1. scofid

    I don’t think it’s going to take Tex a season to get acclimated to New York like it did for Giambi and others. Hopefully, the home runs will continue as the regular season gets underway. April 16th sounds soooo FAR away!


  2. bostonredsoxgirl46

    It was windy over at Shea (I mean Citi Field… but I’m not gonna lie to you and say that the first name that popped into my mind was Citi Field). I was watching the game on MLB.TV yesterday (the Red Sox one) and it kept “stuttering”. I was very annoyed as well. I hate it when people keep showing or talking about the same things over and over again. That being said, it’s time to get over the Jon Lester cancer story. Believe me I laugh when the opposition make errors too, I love it, and I wish it on them (not gonna lie lol).

  3. Jane Heller

    It was an organic free range chicken, Letsgoyankees. That must be why it worked. 🙂

    I’m only Jane Boggs temporarily, Paul. Once they lose I’ll forget the chicken and default to turkey burgers.

    Good win for the Red Sox, Julia. Glad the weather cooperated too.

    Michael Kay did say it, Melissa. And Paul O’Neill just broke up laughing.

    The Cubbies looked helpless, Tom. Not sure why except that Harden didn’t have the good stuff today.

    I don’t mind Michael Kay, Shortporch. He gets on my nerves sometimes, but I think he works well with Cone and O’Neill. I appreciate him more when I listen to some of the broadcasters for other teams. Bor-ing.

    Canuck, I thought I’d go crazy with the technical problems lately, both here on the blogs and on MLB.TV. Maybe we’re overloading them!

    It does sound far away, Scott. But it’ll be here fast – you’ll see. And I agree that Tex will slide right into the scene in NY. When you grow up idolizing Mattingly, you probably prepare yourself for the Yankees subconsciously.

    The stories that get repeated over and over are fine for people who only watch occasionally, Elizabeth. But for us hardcore fans? It’s enough! And we have to hear it all over again when Fox or ESPN does a game. LOL about wishing for errors.

  4. jonnnnnn

    It must stink to live in New York and be a Yankees fan and not be able to afford to go to many games… haha. It’s somewhat nice being a fan of a crappy team because then the ticket prices are really cheap and I can go to a game basically whenever I want! $14 dollar outfield seat, sure thing!!


  5. Jane Heller

    There are reasonable seats at Yankee Stadium, but the ones down on the field are very pricey. You’re lucky the Pirates kept their tix at the same price as last year.

  6. heartruss

    That MLB.TV always stutttttttters on my computer. Everything is frozen in time, like those flip books.
    You should be eating with me in the Dugout Club, Jane, and not get stuck with that chicken. Tonight we had Sirloin, pasta, grilled veggies, mango habanero sausage, chopped salad, italian pasta salad, caramel apples, apple pie, etc. I forgot that we lost to the Brewers.

  7. happyyoungster

    The Cubs (dry-heave) are regretfully my realistic pick to win the National League this year. It pains me so much to say it that I think I just regurgitated in my mouth a little. I just wish I was there at Yankee Stadium to haul in a few of those souvenirs.


  8. Jane Heller

    Nooo, Russ. You’re killing me with those food descriptions! I’m wishing I could be sitting in that Dugout Club right now. Sorry about losing to the Brewers, but you can’t have everything.

  9. flairforthedramatic

    After last year, I almost forgot how much I liked big ball too. Those homers were beautiful. I’m so looking forward to Monday.
    And LOL, I like Michael Kay, and of course, love Paul O’Neill =)
    I have a feeling the Yanks will be pretty unstoppable this year. Can’t wait for it =D
    – V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

  10. Jane Heller

    Didn’t mean to make you sick, Happy. LOL! You really need to go to Yankee Stadium to catch some balls. You’d get on the YES Network and we could all see you.

    I agree, V. Unstoppable. I liked that Teixeira was smacking them. He could be so huge for us.

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