A Movie and a Yankees Win = Sweet Saturday

With the arrival of fall comes the release of “serious” movies that will be in the mix for Oscar nominations. Since I’m in the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s “cinema society” group, I’m lucky enough to go to lots of great screenings at this time of year. Today’s film was “The Boys Are Back,” a drama set in Australia about a sportswriter (he covers tennis, not baseball) who’s forced to raise his two sons alone after his wife dies. The movie could easily have been sappy, but Clive Owen is outstanding in the lead role. He came up from LA for a reception after the screening and I spent a few minutes talking to him (and staring at him).
He was also very nice and tolerated all my dumb questions. Like: “How did you make yourself cry in that scene?” “What are you working on next?” “Do you hate having to stand here and answer questions like this?” I wish I’d had the She-Fan Cam with me. But here’s the trailer for the movie.
The second half of my doubleheader wasn’t bad either: the Yankees’ 10-1 beat-up on the Mariners. After last night’s heartbreaker, it was an excellent bounce back, thanks to tremendous offense by just about everybody in the lineup but especially:
 * Tex (a double shy of the cycle, but two homers will do)
* Cano (three doubles and a single)
* Matsui (a monster shot to put the Yanks up 2-0).
But the star of the game was CC. The guy is a marvel of consistency and dependability. 
Not only did he deliver another quality start (seven innings, one unearned run), but he seemed unfazed by Gutierrez’s wicked comebacker to his chest.
I’m telling you, it hurt me more than it hurt him.
But then he has way more padding than I do.
Sunday will be another movie/baseball doubleheader, so I need to rest up. But first? A huge cheer for the Yankees, whose magic number is down to nine.


  1. mlbmom

    “that’s the way,
    uh huh, uh huh,
    I like it
    uh huh, uh huh.”

    can’t get that out of my head, but its a true sentiment today


  2. southernbelle

    Jane: Ahh…nice win. Everyone was great. Did you see Cervelli? My, oh my, he is cute. Instead of watching CC pitch, I watched Cervelli squat! He’s adorable!!!!!!!! I’m so happy they decided to use him. It seems like they win every time he plays. I just love Cervelli!!!! They really should use him more. CC loves throwing to him. He has a lot of confidence in Cervelli to call a great game. -Virginia

  3. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Jane, it was very nice to witness a true blow out for a change. I got really scared when CC got hit by that comebacker – as all Yankees fans did I’m sure. But he was clearly fine and his performance confirmed it.

    Today my husband and I are celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. We went out to dinner and a club to see our friends’ band perform last night so most of today will be spent in front of the tv watching sports — 1pm Jets (my team), 4 pm YANKEES (our team) and 8:15 pm Giants (his team). We’ll have to DVR the Seinfeld reunion and I don’t know what will happen to the Emmy’s. Quite a big night!

    In the end, it’s our anniversary and THE YANKEES that matter most…not necessarily in that order. lol.

  4. Jane Heller

    Oh, great, Wendy. Now I can’t get that out of my head either. Thanks a lot! HAHA. Great win last night and that IS the way I like it.

    Cervelli was terrific, Virginia. He brings such energy to the game and he can hit major league pitching better than minor league pitching, which is interesting. I also love his white shoes!

    Happy Anniversary, Diane!!!!! Twenty-eight years is quite an accomplishment, so I commend you and your hubby and hope it’s a great day. It’ll be a crazy night of TV watching after the Yankees with the Emmys, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the new HBO show ___. I forget the name but Ted Danson’s in it and it’s supposed to be good!

  5. Jane Heller

    Paul, he was such a cool guy that even you would have drooled. (Well, not drooled, but appreciated his performance.) And at the party, he had no attitude or Hollywood b-s. Was just very down to earth.

  6. redsoxmelissa

    I live in CT, which, according to a recent study, is considered to have more Yankee fans than Sox fans.
    I’ve been seeing A LOT more CC shirts around, and I think his status is getting closer to Josh Beckett’s. We’ll see.
    Nice post~

  7. ibleedpinstripes

    You can’t forget the night Damon had either! 3-4 – hopefully getting back on a good track! But CC is CC, as always, and Tex was Tex, also as always. Saying all the good things you can about this team makes you sound like a broken record, but I don’t think any of us fans will be tired of that anytime soon! I just wish Joba could be included in the mix there… o_O .. He just walked in a run, and I need to go outside and scream. BBL…

    – Lisa

  8. Jane Heller

    Yeah, “Seattle” is a lot of fun, Buz. LOL. Wish I could same about the real Seattle. The Yankees are getting killed by the Mariners right now.

    My husband grew up in CT, Melissa, and I lived there a long time. We were in Fairfield County, and the borderline for Yankees-Sox always seemed to be Hartford. It’s definitely a state where there’s a “lively debate” among fans of both teams!

    Damon was great last night, Lisa. You’re right about that. Just wish today wasn’t such a bummer. I got home from the movies and discovered we were down 7-0 in the third. UGH.

  9. TribeTed

    Jane great post. We loved CC… well Cleveland did not me at least, because he pitched well day in day out. I wasn’t a fan because of his “high” pitch count, and his strike to ball ratio. Sometimes it was top notch and other’s it was horrible. Great post, I made one just now and it is comical too. 😉

    Ted – http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

  10. Jane Heller

    You didn’t love CC when he was in Cleveland, Ted? That’s surprising, since most Indians fans I’ve met were heartbroken when he went to the Brewers.

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