The Yankees Play Big Ball While I Multi-Task

Gardner stole a base and our bullpen atoned for yesterday’s debacle, but today’s 6-5 victory over the Indians was all about home runs. It seemed as if everybody except the hot dog vendors went deep.

And driving in the winning run was, of course, the Captain.
Wasn’t I just saying the other day that he was as clutch as ever?
Joba wasn’t sharp or efficient, but he wasn’t cringe-worthy in the way that Cody Ransom has become cringe-worthy. Whenever C-Ran steps to the plate I do this.
And how about that strikeout by Matsui when he came in to pinch hit for Ransom? Talk about a weak hack. I wish he could get a set of these. 
During the top of the ninth, with Mo on the mound trying to preserve the Yankees’ one-run lead and me sitting on the living room couch watching the game, my phone rang. It was the producer of “The Natural,” the New Jersey-based sports talk radio show on which I’ll be a guest each week. He was letting me know that I was about to go on the air.
A dilemma ensued.
Do I shut off the TV and leave Mo and the Yankees dangling, so I can focus on my radio gig and be coherent when speaking to a live audience? Or do I continue to follow the game while somehow doing the interview? I really didn’t want to miss the conclusion of Yankees-Indians. I also didn’t want to sound totally distracted and idiotic when my host, Greg Marotta, asked me questions. (I figured it wouldn’t be cool to go, “Hey, Greg. Can you wait a second? Mo is in his windup.”)
Guess what I decided to do?
Right. I watched the game with the TV on mute and did the phone interview at the same time. If Greg noticed, he didn’t say anything – not even when Mo notched that final strikeout of DeRosa and I blurted out, in the middle of a comment about AJ Burnett, “Oh, wow! The Yankees just won! Woohoo!”
Remarkably, as of this writing, I still have my gig.


  1. Jane Heller

    I’m sure it was a frustrating loss today, Aaron. It was a see-saw battle all the way, and I know Eric Wedge wasn’t happy with the home plate ump’s balls and strikes. But we’ll go at it again tomorrow.

    Jeter has been so clutch, Neal. And what’s up with his home runs? I think he has more than in previous years at this point, right?

  2. heartruss

    Jane, considering I have had to start this post over for the third time while I am texting a friend at the same time, I am not as adept at multi-tasking. In fact, that last sentence made no sense.
    Anyway, congrats for the Yankee win. Yaaaay Yankees.
    I am actually Cat as in Catlovesthedodgers. I was trying to think of any name when I was signing in again to MLB and it wouldn’t take my original name which was xoxrussell so I thought of the license plate of my car which is

  3. scofid

    It was a great win, but I see that I start to get panic attacks when Joe reaches into the bullpen. Well, at least until we can get to Bruney and Mo. This is a great stretch by DJ. Hopefully, he’ll keep it up until May 15th! I wonder what Wang we will see today. I am anxious to see if his adjustments make a difference…


  4. juliasrants

    Congrats on the Yankees getting their first win in their new stadium. The number of long balls around the league right now seems very high. It’s nice to see but just doesn’t seem right some how. It was odd to have a day game on a Friday – hopefully there won’t be others to interfere with your radio gig.


  5. letsgoyankees

    And Jeter proves once again why he is the most clutch player in the game. The man hits 15 HR’s a year, and one of them wins the game on a night he went 1-5.
    Was anybody really concerned with Mo on the mound? I know I wasn’t.
    By the way, I think it’s time for Melancon. He’s two strikeouts an inning in the minors. And despite our pen’s nice bounceback, I still trust nobody but Bruney and Mo. Paging Mark Melancon!

  6. latinyankeerebel

    Jeter is crazy clutch right now and I’m happy, hope he stays like that the whole season, and beyond.

    Jane! Oh no you didn’t do that!? What did he say after you said that?

  7. Jane Heller

    Thanks for clearing up my confusion, Cat. I was going by the “heartruss,” but now I’ve got it. Yaaay Yankees is right!

    Will check it out, Ken. You’ve really taken to this blogging thing!

    Emma, I wish I could say that’s true for me. My mind gets scrambled when I try to do too many things at once.

    I wonder which Wang we’ll see too, Scott. And while it’s great that we won yesterday’s game, there’s still the issue of leaving all those runners on base, which reminds me of last year. Too many RISP!!!

    I agree that it felt weird to have a day game on Friday, Julia. I was all set for a night game, then realized I would have missed it. Oops.

    I was concerned with Mo’s outing, Letsgoyankees, because he hasn’t worked since the exhibition games against the Cubs. This was his first outing of the regular season and it showed. He had some close calls there. I agree on Melancon. Let’s see him already!

    Well, Latinyankeerebel, I exaggerate a bit for dramatic effect. I did blurt out that the Yankees won, but I restrained myself from the “Oh wow” and “Woohoo.”

    The Queen of All Media. Ha ha, Steve. Does that mean I get to sing on American Idol? Actually, that’s exactly right – I WAS doing research for my guest appearance. How could I speak knowledgeably about the Yankees if I didn’t watch the end of the game?

  8. flairforthedramatic

    “It seemed as if everybody except the hot dog vendors went deep.” Lol felt like that didn’t it? The new stadium has a crazy gulf stream to right.. If A-Rod aims for that area when he comes back, he just might break the single season home run record [even w/ the month absence] lol..
    All in all, It was a good day yesterday.. even Mo getting into a bit of trouble didn’t scare me.. I knew he’d get out of it.. Though it would’ve been nice to get this win Thursday, the I’ll take it.. As Paul O’neill said sometime during the broadcast, with the festivities and such that all were looking forward to now over, the season has begun, time to win.
    – V [ ]

  9. mikeeff

    last year i was there on a night where mo wriggled out of a jam much worse than this one. the 5th of july- moose pitched a gem- one run lead. mo loaded the bases but still preserved that lead. the greatest yankee.

    i missed your radio spot jane, but i will try for next week- do they have it available for podcast?

  10. Jane Heller

    I would love it if A-Rod started launching them into that gulf stream, V! Maybe he and Tex can go back to back in every game. (OK, I can dream.) With the festivities over, it’s time to hunker down and win games. I just wish I didn’t have to be blacked out by Fox for today’s game. Booo.

    Mo is a magician when it comes to wriggling out of jams, Mike. He just gives me heart attacks sometimes while he’s at it. And I couldn’t tell what the ump’s strike zone was. I don’t think the radio station has podcasts. They just stream the shows live on their web site.

  11. Erin Kathleen

    Yeah, I used to hate the afternoon games, since I’d always be obsessively checking the score when I was supposed to be working (good thing my boss was usually out of the office on Fridays). Hey, at least you add a little bit of excitement to the broadcast. It’s kind of fun to hear from someone who is really a fan of the game. Objective analysis certainly has its place in sports talk radio, but it can be kind of boring at the same time. -Erin

  12. letsgoyankees

    It’s a good thing you’re not allowed to spread runs over several games or we would have lost tomorrow’s game too.
    As I’m writing this we’re losing 20-2. Wang out, Hughes in.

  13. Jane Heller

    Nothing objective about my analysis, Erin. I’m coming at this as a fan, but I hope my impressions of the Yankees will be on target and entertaining.

    Just heard about today’s game, Jenn and Letsgoyankees. I was blacked out here in CA and it was a good thing. I’m glad I missed the monstrosity.

  14. letsgoyankees

    Bad news. Apparently Wang can’t be sent to the minors. I propose they fake an injury, say “arm fatigue” and let him work it out in Tampa. At least let him skip his start against Boston.

  15. Jane Heller

    Just read that they’re going to skip his next start, Letsgoyankees. And thank God. I couldn’t take another outing like the last two.

  16. rrrt

    Jane, it is probably a good thing you were unable to watch that. 22-4, egads! After three outings, Wang’s ERA is a robust 34.50. As I was grilling burgers for dinner, I said to my husband, “She-Fan will not be very happy about that.” I think I’ll be buying a shipment of Tums to share with Jenn after the Phillies recent troubles – shall I send the leftovers your way? 😉
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  17. Jane Heller

    It was a good thing, Sue. I was busy all day and when I finally got around to checking the results, I nearly died. I’d be grateful if you’d send me some of your Tums!

    Luckily, I didn’t get to see it, Greg. I used to curse out Fox for blacking out the Saturday games. Not anymore.

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