15+ Things I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving (Yankees Edition)

#1) The Yankees won the World Series. (Duh, but still. It must be said.)
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#2) CC decided to take the Yankees’ money last off-season and moved to New York.
#3) Tex idolized Mattingly as a kid and and his wife didn’t really want to live in Boston.
#4) Pettitte finally sat down at the negotiating table and hammered out a deal with the Yankees.


#5) A.J. didn’t spend his first Yankees season on the DL after all.
#6) Jeter hardly ever grounded into double plays and passed Gehrig on the hits list.
#7) A-Rod had an amazing hip surgeon.

#8) Matsui had an amazing knee drainer.
sink-drainer.jpg#9) Jorge only sparked one fight (that we know about).


#10) Aceves didn’t mind being Joba’s backup act.
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#11) Hughes took to the bullpen like the proverbial duck to water.
#12) Melky stepped up when Gardner went down (and vice versa).
13) Swisher turned out to be way better than Betemit.
#14) Cano’s batting average took a big jump from the previous year.
#15) The kids from the farm gave the team energy and depth.


#16) The Guzman Experiment was short lived.


#17) Damon stole two bases on one play in Game 4 against Philly.
#18) Mo was Mo.
I know. I missed some.
#19) Luis Castillo for dropping that pop-up and allowing the Yankees to beat the Mets. (Suggestion courtesy of @Gehriggirl on Twitter.)


  1. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Wow!!!! That pretty much said it all, Jane. Maybe I would add thankfulness that Girardi was finally able to get out from under the Torre shadow and that his “27” shirt finally worked.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone. Its the only holiday that they haven’t found a way of exploiting financially. Remember to tell everyone that you are thankful to have in your lives.

  2. scofid

    I have to agree with Diane. I am also very thankful for the job that Joe Girardi did to deliver the 27th World Championship to the Bronx! He overcame much early season adversity and was able to maximize the full potential of his roster. I am also thankful that Hal and Hank Steinbrenner share their father’s vision about winning. Am I thankful about the price of tickets at Yankee Stadium? Not so much…


  3. bgalaxy@verizon.net

    and i’m thankful for pies. those walk offs were so much fun.
    and thankful that a rod learned to hit in the playoffs.
    and thankful for this blog.
    my dad is coming so yankee videos are on the weekend plans. i am needing a dose. i started watching clips of the “red carpet” for the yankee video and a jay-z salute to ny video and fantasizing about the yankee tatoo i can’t get (because then a divorce would follow) and knew i was suffering from serious yankee withdrawal.

  4. ibrenne@yahoo.com

    I’m thankful I had a great bunch of twitter folks to share the yankees joy with.

    (I’m thankful Wang’s ERA dipped below 20)

    Great blog Jane. Keep it up. Thank you.


  5. leafiz

    i’m thankful for mlb.TV so i can watch all the yankee games out here in red sox nation.

    and I’m thankful that the 3-man rotation worked.

    and of course thankful that the yankees truly were the best team in baseball this season.

    happy thanksgiving everyone!

    i was comtemplating a yankee tattoo, but i thought once i become best friends with the team, they might think it’s weird.


  6. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    I am thankful that this Yankee team, like the ones in the late ’90s, won with class and style (unlike the ’70s).

    I am thankful that I’ve been able to take the high road and not resort to the petty digs and meanness of some Boston fans (usually not baseball fans, just Boston folk who like to pretend they are interested in baseball.)


  7. hrcoyankeefan@comcast.net


    I’m thankful that the Ghosts tagged along.

    I’m thankful for the joy this team gave me all season. In fact they are still giving me joy because I am listening to the best games of the season though I am abuse from my family for this. I think they feel sorry for me. Yesterday I listened to the last game of the year against the Red Sox and they came from behind, Pettitte won, Mo closed, Melky and Tex homered and Matsui drove in the winning run. It was their 100th win, they clinched the division and won home field advantage throughout the playoffs. WOW!


  8. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Now, how can you add to what’s already been said? Not easily…Diane’s right to be thankful for everyone in your lives (including US!)…Barbara’s right to be thankful for This Blog…have you EVER had any more fun (good times AND bad) while following a Championship Season? Not me! Not Ever!!…And I’m SO thankful that in the first year of the new Stadium…in the first full year of this blog…and Jane, other stuff too complicated (and delicious) to mention…together we chased away the Bad Ghosts of the Recent Past and welcomed back the Spirits of 26…somewhere, Babe & Lou & Joe D & Mick & Bauer & Blanchard are all having a tall cold one and smiling with the rest of the boys on our very own Field of Dreams…and that’s MY Thanks Giving…amen…

  9. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Now, how can you add to what’s already been said? Not easily…Diane’s right to be thankful for everyone in your lives (including US!)…Barbara’s right to be thankful for This Blog…have you EVER had any more fun (good times AND bad) while following a Championship Season? Not me! Not Ever!!…And I’m SO thankful that in the first year of the new Stadium…in the first full year of this blog…and Jane, other stuff too complicated (and delicious) to mention…together we chased away the Bad Ghosts of the Recent Past and welcomed back the Spirits of 26…somewhere, Babe & Lou & Joe D & Mick & Bauer & Blanchard are all having a tall cold one and smiling with the rest of the boys on our very own Field of Dreams…and that’s MY Thanks Giving…amen…

  10. peggy3

    Plain and simple….I’m thankful I’m a Yankee fan.

    May we be as blessed this next season as we were this past season with a wonderful Yankee team …both with the talent & personalities and all the wonderful things the Yankees did this season …especially Hope Week…one of the most wonderful ideas ever by any sports organiztion.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all …may it be happy, safe but most of all …filled with love …

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  11. mhugill@verizon.net

    I’m thankful for finding you this year! I can’t even begin to tell you how it made my mornings as I sat down at my desk with my cup of coffee. It’s a great way to start my day.

    Where the hell had I been you ask?! Apparently not in the know!
    Happy Thanksgiving Jane.
    (a.k.a Margaret so you get the MLB sign in and know I’m a NYY lovin’ gal.)

  12. Jane Heller

    Diane, I contemplated putting something about Girardi on the list, but I had to stop somewhere so he ended up on the cutting room floor. I’ll have to do a Part 2! Hope your daughter is feeling better today.

    I never thought I’d be grateful for Hal and Hank, but you’re right, Scott. They’ve done an excellent job, and I like the way Hal has quietly taken over the reins of the organization, at least publicly. Yeah, ticket prices? Not so much.

    Walk-off pies are definitely gratitude worthy, Barbara. (Or towels full of whipped cream, to be literal about it.) As for A-Rod, I’m convinced that his hip surgeon worked on his brain too, which accounted for his ability to come up big for us in the playoffs! Have a great time with your dad watching Yankees everything. I ordered my World Series DVD yesterday and can’t wait for it to come.

    Poor Wang, Ilene. I hope he’s on next year’s list so I can be thankful he regained his health, pitched two no-hitters and won the Cy Young Award! I, too, am very thankful for our Yankee Tweeps on Twitter. Watching the playoffs with everybody was such a treat.

    Courtney, I’m thankful for MLB.TV too for those Saturdays when I was blacked out by Fox and couldn’t use my extra innings package on cable. At least I could listen to the audio! I’m thankful that the three men in the three-man rotation stayed healthy throughout. I was worried someone’s arm would fall off! You and Barbara should get the tattoos. If you do, maybe I will too. MAYBE.

    LOL, Kenny. I was going to put Kate Hudson on the list, but then I figured I’d have to add Minka Kelly and Swisher’s girlfriend, and I didn’t want the list to look like TMZ. But if Kate was the reason A-Rod got it done this postseason, I’m more than thankful for her.

    Melissa, I’m thankful you have taken the high road too. Maybe you could take my place here and respond to some of the mail I’ve gotten and deleted!

    Yes, of course, Laurie! I should have added the Ghosts from across the street. I’m very thankful that they made the trip over to the new Stadium and hovered over the proceedings. I hope they know how much we appreciate them.

    Poor Wilson is right, Jeff. I think I’ll stop bringing him up now that a full year has gone by since he departed for Chicago. He’s done his time. And he seems like such a nice guy. OK, now I’m feeling guilty. I’m thankful for Wilson Betemit! There. I feel better.

    Dave, that’s such a great image of all the boys (Joe D, Lou, Mickey, etc) saddling up to the bar (maybe there’s a NYY Steak in heaven?) and talking about the 2009 World Series and what they thought about it. Our very own Field of Dreams indeed. (I’m choking up.)

    HOPE Week was great, Peggy, and I’m thankful that the Yankees came up with it. Good one. There were many, many things I could have included on this long but then I’d still be writing it 12 hours later. LOL.

    Yes, Paul. #19 was absolutely necessary. Sorry. There were times when the Yankees needed help – divine intervention – and Castillo was there to provide it.

  13. Jane Heller

    I’m thankful that I now know your real name, Peg! You have no idea how meaningful it is to me that you found my blog and have been enjoying it. I say that to all who’ve written such complimentary words today. I’m thankful for you guys!

  14. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    OMG Barbara…funny about tattoo. I was over 40 when I got my first one and my husband and I had a big argument over it, even though he knew I was getting one and never said a word. We came to a peaceful accord but he did say that if I ever got another one he would divorce me. Now, having said that, I did tell him about a year ago that I want a baseball with interlocking NY in it on my other shoulder and he didn’t say a word. Am I looking for trouble since he didn’t say anything the first time or is he just a big enough Yankees fan that it would be okay??? LOL.

  15. Jane Heller

    Diane, I can’t resist stepping in here on the subject of the Yankees and divorce (being eminently qualified to discuss both). So I’ll play Dr. Laura and dole out relationship advice. I think you’re pushing it with your husband. If you had a big argument over the last tattoo and managed to resolve it, it sounds as if he was willing to concede on that ONE. But another? Ouch. You’re asking for another big fight. On the other hand, maybe you could convince him to have a tattoo himself and you could go together?

  16. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Let’s just hope when they’re saddling up to the bar, they keep Billy Martin away from everyone else.

  17. Erin Kathleen

    Ah, yes, the Mets. Fun to watch for all the wrong reasons. I haven’t been able to comment much lately, but I just wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and good luck against the Yankee haters at dinner. I think the standard Yankee fan approach is most appropriate: simply remind everyone how many rings the Evil Empire has. Particularly how many they’ve won in the 101 years since the Cubs last won it all. And if they give you any crap about payroll, just remind them that the Cubs and Dodgers ain’t exactly the Marlins, either.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

  18. bgalaxy@verizon.net

    i think the issue in my home with a wonderful husband who is perfect except that he is a red sox fan, i don’t think is the tattoo itself but is the yankee tattoo. he said that a yankee tattoo meant divorce and i personally am not willing to see if he means it. i have the yankee shrine in the guest room–i say it gives all visitors good dreams and my dad agrees and the in laws say nightmares. maybe we all should get yankee temporary tattoos and see what happens.
    i love today’s blog of what we all are thankful for. yet another chance to relive happy memories.

  19. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Ladies…I’m gonna PRETEND I didn’t read those last two postings…our two Boyz have been alternately lusting and joking about getting a tat…”Over My Dead Body!!” sez my wife…for about 10 years, my comment about “think how stupid it’s gonna look when you’re bald & fat like your old man” worked as a deterrent…but now? Ah, c’est la vie…

    Jane, I just gotta say this, because it crossed my mind (a lot) when I was posting before…somewhere in heaven today, Mickey found your dad, and maybe your grandpas too, put his arms around their shoulders, and told your dad: “You know what? I still dunno what the hell a BLOG is, but your little girl?…you should be so proud of her for what she’s done.” And don’t you just know how much they are…

  20. Jane Heller

    Maybe Billy Martin is more mellow in heaven, Melissa. Otherwise there’s probably a lot of overturned chairs and black-and-blue faces in that bar!

    I hope everything’s been good with you, Erin. I wish you the best for Thanksgiving (and congrats to Man Muscles on his MVP, of course). And I’ll take your advice about my Thanksgiving dinner in LA tomorrow. My snappy retorts are ready to go!

    Now there’s a solution, Barbara: temporary Yankee tattoos. As long as they come off, no harm? I love that you keep your Yankees shrine in the guest room. I think that’s very generous on your husband’s part, and it’s a great way to convert people who happen to sleep over. πŸ™‚

    Oh, Dave. Now you’ve gone and made me CRY, dammit! More likely Mickey found my dad and two grandpas and said, “Your Jane is nuts. She tried to marry me when I was already married!” And then they all had a few martinis and laughed about this blog, not having a clue.

    Thanks, Kaybee. I’m looking forward to seeing what next season brings, but in the meantime I’m still enjoying the aftermath of this one.

  21. Jane Heller

    I miss them too, Virginia. But it’s almost December, which means it’s almost January, which means it’s almost February. And you know what THAT means! Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  22. wirishrose81@yahoo.com

    Great post Jane! I’m thankful for all those things as well a few others. I am also thankful getting hardcore Sox fans I know admit in writing that the Yanks were the best team in baseball this year. I’m thankful for my students who are probably the only people I know in real life who truly, truly understand my Yankee obsession and constantly draw me/cut out from magazines Yankees pictures. I’m thankful for my family &friends who also love the Yankees and support my obsession (even if they don’t totally understand it). I’m thankful for finding this blog and for you book as it’s been nice to find other people who are as hardcore as I am. And most of all to paraphrase the great Joe DiMaggio “I’d like to thank the good lord for making me a Yankee” (fan).
    PS To get in on the tattoo talk…I’ve been saying for the past year that if the Yanks won the World Series this year I’d get an interlocking NY tattoo…I’m going to start researching places soon…


  23. Jane Heller

    I’m glad we all could be your hardcore Yankees buddies this year, wirishrose. It doesn’t matter if nobody else understands your obsession because we do! In fact, I just put your name into my Thanksgiving video!

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