1. raysrenegade

    I was hoping to get a special She-Fan Christmas gift, and like magic it appears.
    Hope you and your husband have a fantastic Christmas and a safe New Years Eve celebration.
    I am actually opening my Mum’s champagne bottle from the 2008 Rays playoff celebration.
    I got two as a CHrsitmas gift this year (I cheated and opened it early since the box fell apart).
    Been a wild 2009, with a new decade and new beginnings, I am psyched about 2010.

    Rays Renegade


  2. Jane Heller

    Ah, so you’re hitting the champagne early, Renegade? Or should I say late, since it’s from the 2008 festivities? I hope the bubbly tastes good. Here’s to a wonderful holiday with lots to celebrate.

    I like that part too, AL. He looks so mischievous, doesn’t he? And then A-Rod gets the snowball right in the face! Merry merry to you.

    Ah, that’s sweet, Mike. I wanted to put Mo in the video too, but I couldn’t find the right pic of him. Next one. Maybe for New Year’s.

  3. arthur.kathleen@gmail.com

    Merry Christmas Jane!
    Fun, fun Christmas wish! You are on your game, as usual! My favorite part was when Derek ducked and A-Rod got the snowball! You play a good elf, Jane.
    Here’s to Cashman as Santa, the Yankees winning again next year, but more importantly, kudos to the best blogger on the planet, She – Fan! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to the other participants in this blog! I’m off to make cookies now. Kathleen

  4. thefreak

    and THAT is why Jeet is the captain. He’s the ONLY smart one in that video to wear a helmet. Even our fearless blogger was out there with just a hat. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

    Happy Holidays


  5. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Dear She-Fan,
    What a wonderful way to wrap up the year…you’ve done it again!! Where do I…or we…begin to THANK YOU for all that you’ve done for US this year…I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating…this was the most fun I’ve EVER had with following any of my fave teams (and I have a few) to a Championship Season…even if they hadn’t won it all, it would still have been great…but I’ll never believe that YOU didn’t have a hand in winning it, in some magical way! 2009 has been a very up & down year for me & family…not worth the bother to explain…but this was, is, and continues to be one of the Best and most memorable things…stay healthy, wealthy(? well — wealthy in intangible terms, anyway) and wise, and let’s ALL do it again in 2010!!

  6. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    OMG, Jane. That had to be the cutest thing ever!!! Thanks so much. I know I said I would not be able to come back in until Saturday but I couldn’t help it. I’m hooked! I agree with Dave, I think your karma helped our favorite team reach the pinacle this season and I hope you can bring the magic again in 2010. GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jane Heller

    Paul, you should definitely create a Mets version of the card – with you throwing snowball bombs at everybody!

    I had fun playing the elf with all my Yankees helpers, Kathleen. If only it were true and I could hang out with them for Christmas. LOL. Have a very merry one. I hope your cookies come out tasting delicious. Can you share them with us?????

    Good point about wearing a helmet during a snowball fight, Mike. That’s why he’s the Captain! Merry Christmas to you.

    Dave, I’m so glad the blog has been a source of fun for you this year. Winning the WS did make it that much MORE fun, but I’d like to think we would have found a way to laugh at the proceedings no matter what. The year’s not over, so if you’re near the computer I’ll be here. I’m just taking a two-day break from posting a new entry…..unless, of course, something momentous happens in Yankeeville.

    Thanks, Diane. I loved inserting myself in the company of Jeter, A-Rod, Tex and Cano! What’s bad about that, right? I don’t know about my karma, but I’ll be going back to the tarot reader after the new year to see what she has to say about the Yanks in 2010!

  8. carrollj27@comcast.net

    Hi Jane, Everybody,

    Though I am just recently on-board, I’ve enjoyed this blog tremendously…as I said to Jane originally, this is so well-written (well, DUH, she’s a writer!) and well-thought out that I find it entertaining and educational at the same time. Thanks Jane, and thanks to all!!!

    Here’s a little ditty that I’ve just cranked out over the last hour or so, in the spirit of the season. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!!!

    Twas the night before Christmas, the Stadium throughout,
    Not a creature was stirring, not a “Beer Man!” was shout;
    The pinstripes were hung by the dugout with care,
    With hopes that J Damon would again wear a pair.

    Then up on the roof there arose such a clatter;
    That Girardi went out to see what was the matter.
    When what to his wondering eye should appear
    But a miniature sleigh pulled by eight non-pitching reindeer.

    More rapid than Rickey these players they came
    And the driver aboard then called them by name;
    “On Grandy, On Jorgie, On Jeter, On Alex,
    On Gardy, On Robby, On Swisher and Tex”.

    So before the facade the fielders they flew,
    With the sleigh full of goodies, and Hal Steinbrenner too.
    And then Joe heard from his manager’s seat
    The landing and scraping of each little cleat.

    He then went to the dugout and what had he found
    But on down the steps came Hal with a bound.
    He was dressed all in fur from his back to his front,
    The duds being bought from Yves St Laurent;
    A bundle of contracts he had flung on his back
    And he looked like a lawyer as he opened his sack.

    He asked what we needed to win yet again;
    Joe said “An upgrade in left, and two setup men”.
    A wink of Hal’s eye and a nod of his head
    Soon made us all know payroll limits were dead.

    “A left fielder you’ll have, and how ‘bout a starter,
    This way we relieve Hughesie, and with Joba can barter”?
    He called up to Cash to say, “Hey, make it happen,
    While the other GM’s still appear to be nappin’”.
    He nodded, and with that Joe felt inspired,
    (Tho with lingering thought, “Gotta win or be fired”);

    And so, giving a nod, up the dugout Hal rose,
    And gazed out at the field that just recently froze;
    He mounted his sleigh and to the team gave his two cents;
    And away they all flew like the Pirates’ free agents.

    But Joe heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
    “Merry Christmas to all, and to the Red Sox, good night!”

    (Sorry the formatting came out lousy! :-))

  9. Jane Heller

    John, so sorry the comments are displayed out of order again. WOW. What a fantastic Christmas poem! Maybe you’re a pro and you’re just not telling us? And it only took you an hour to crank it out? I write limericks occasionally and the rhyming is so hard. I’m impressed that you not only got the rhymes perfectly but the content is so accurate and witty! Have a very Merry Christmas. I’m so glad you’ve joined our little Yankeefest here.

  10. carrollj27@comcast.net

    Jane – I AM a frustrated writer stuck in an IT job…LOL! No – it’s all legit…but I am not a pro…and I guess it took really about an hour and 20 min, now that I do the math…you have a great Xmas too! And it’s great to be here! Thx again…

  11. Jane Heller

    Then I’ll tell you what I tell all frustrated/aspiring writers, John: Just do it. Take some time every day, even if it’s just an hour, and get something down. That’s how I started 14 books ago. The bad news is it never gets any easier!

  12. yankeeinutah@comcast.net

    With all those accurate arms, that’s one snowball fight you will lose Jane. Thanks for the daily smiles. It’s always a treat to read your post. Merry Christmas Yankee fans.

  13. scofid

    Merry Christmas to you! Hopefully, there will be a leftfielder in your Christmas stocking! Here’s hoping for a great new year that will include World Championship #28! I hope you and your husband have a very happy and enjoyable Holiday Season!


  14. Jane Heller

    A very Merry Christmas to you and Al, Jeff. Try to stay out of trouble!

    You’re right about the accurate arms, yankeeinutah. I didn’t stand a chance. LOL. Thanks for the nice words and Merry Christmas!

    Happy Holidays to you too, mimi. I look forward to checking out your blog.

    Same to you, Scott. I hope there’s a left fielder in your stocking AND a great relief pitcher since you said we needed to re-stock a bit. Maybe if we’re very good next year, Santa will reward us with #28.

  15. hrcoyankeefan@comcast.net

    Hi Jane,

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkuh! I haven’t commented lately though I’ve been reading everyday. Your personality permeated our Christmas. I feel embarrassed putting it on the blog so hopefully I can tell you in person at Spring Training. You are one of the best presents I’ve received this year. One thing very cool is that my older son and my husband got me a Bose radio and they tell me I can play my computer through it so I will be able to listen to Yankee radio broadcast with fine sound. Yay!

    Me husband and I are off to see It’s Complicated for the 9:45 showing. I’ve never done a Christmas movie, let alone a morning one so it should be fun!

    Again thank you for making the art of being a Yankee fan that much more fun.


  16. raysrenegade

    I love those JibJabs boys and their quirky cards.
    That was a great video, and one that will surely be played over and over again by people among the Pinstripe Posse.
    Hope that the Yankees still left some room in their stocking for a few more pieces, but you never know, Cashman is saying the coffers are bare………..

    Rays Renegade


  17. cheshirecat9

    Merry Christmas to you and Michael! You made Courtney and I laugh. This is the first time we’ve read your blog together in the same room as we’re visiting the parents for the holidays. Enjoy your days off, you’ve earned them. – Court & Darren

  18. Jane Heller

    Hi, Laurie. I missed you! I know how busy everyone is over the holidays so it’s flattering that you made a little time for this blog. It loves being one of your Christmas presents. LOL. Very cool about the Bose radio. You’ll be able to hear John Sterling say, “It is high…” in stereo. This is one of the first years my husband and I aren’t going to the movies on Christmas Day. We’ve pretty much seen everything through our film festival society, including “It’s Complicated.” Let me know whether you liked it. The weather is nice today, so I think there’s a beach walk in my future. (I agree about John’s poem. Wasn’t it wonderful?)

    The JibJab videos are fun, Renegade. I loved putting mine together. The technical level is easy enough that even I can figure it out! Cashman is saying the coffers are bare, but he has a tendency to say that and then – bam – A-Rod or Damon or Tex. You never know. Merry Christmas.

    Same to you and Courtney, Darren! I love that you’re together today celebrating Christmas, reading the blog and talking about the Yankees. I hope your parents don’t feel left out! Enjoy the day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow, I hope.

  19. hrcoyankeefan@comcast.net


    Back from the movie. We beat the crowds – it pays to go early. It was very entertaining, a sad movie encased in laughs. After watching her in her perfect California house, my house looked awfully messy and sad when I got home! I also coveted the vegetable garden. Many more thoughts but not for a Yankee blog! Maybe you can say what you thought.


  20. Jane Heller

    Laurie, the exterior of that house was shot about a mile from my house. And the opening shots were of Santa Barbara. We had Nancy Meyers for a Q&A after the screening last weekend and she said wanted to shoot the whole movie here but it was too expensive. So it was mostly shot in Brooklyn! I love her movies – “Baby Boom” and “Something’s Gotta Give” being my favorites – but this one fell a little flat for me. Meryl giggled in every scene, which I found annoying, plus the kids acted like five-year-olds. Alec Baldwin was fun but Steve Martin was so bland I wondered how anyone could fall for him. That said, it was a lovely fantasy in beautiful surroundings and I can think of worse ways to spend time!

    Glad you liked the video, hyunyoung. I’m having a really relaxing Christmas so far. I hope you’re having fun too. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. hrcoyankeefan@comcast.net

    At first I thought the opening shot was Greece! Santa Barbara is so beautiful. I am just about done reading the (long) NYT article about Nancy Meyers. I bet you enjoyed it after getting to see her. Here is what I thought about the movie: I never lost myself in the characters. I was watching movie stars so the story was never believable. Steve Martin as an architect? I don’t think so.

    At least it was shown in suburban Denver. There are so many movies I want to see that never make it out of the art theaters downtown. I recently watched the videos of Frozen River and the Visitor. Both of them were great. I rented Little Children but it was broken and should be here today. I started watching Food Inc. Have you seen it? Don’t watch it if you want to keep eating meat. It is so sad, at least the part I saw.

    I always think of the passing of Christmas as getting over the hump. The days start getting longer and spring is on the way.


  22. Jane Heller

    Laurie, it was funny at the beginning of the movie. When the opening shots came on the screen, everybody in the theater starting cheering for Santa Barbara! I enjoyed the NYT article and, despite my reservations about the movie, am thrilled that it’s doing well. Movies targeted at women only bode well for me and my novels that have been optioned. Maybe the suits in Hollywood will finally realized that women have been underserved and that we want intelligent romantic comedies. I loved Frozen River (Melissa Leo was here too, and she was so bright and down to earth) and The Visitor too. Little Children was interesting and Kate Winslet is great as always, but the story falls apart at the end (at least for me). Definitely worth watching though. I haven’t seen Food Inc. And yes, I do want to keep eating meat so I guess I won’t!

    Glad you liked the video, wirishrose. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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