Yanks Won and I Froze

I feel like such a wuss. Let me get that out of the way right now. Why? Because I came to Tampa specifically to see the Yankees and yet I didn’t even stay until the end of Tuesday night’s game. I was just too damn cold.
The temps weren’t so bad when we got to Steinbrenner Field at 5 o’clock for the 7:05 start. In fact, I stood next to the Yankees dugout for what seemed like an eternity, waiting for the players to show their faces, and didn’t even feel the chill. I pulled out the She-Fan Cam and went about the business of interviewing she-fans who were also hanging around for some Yankees love. Here are my first two victims.
Still trolling, I came upon another pair of fans. Alyssa and Amanda were down from Staten Island to see the boys. Do they think the Yankees will repeat? Take a look.
Unfortunately, the Yankees never came out to take their turn in the batting cage, so Michael and I headed to our seats to watch the game. AJ didn’t have it and was pulled after two+ innings. Maybe he shouldn’t be working so hard on the changeup and just stick to his fastball? Mo got into his first game of the spring, and I was sooo excited to see him (and to hear “Enter Sandman”). But it was Hughes who really impressed on the mound. I know Aceves has been terrific, but I’m guessing Huuuughes will be our #5 guy. And then, of course, there were the boys: Jeter, A-Rod, Swish, Jorge, Cano, Gardner, Tex (sweet home run), plus newcomers Johnson and Granderson, neither of whom got a hit but, as I was reminded on Twitter, it’s only spring training. 
I think it was in the second or third inning when the temps started to plummet. I mean, I suddenly became aware that it was really cold – maybe it was when I saw a woman wearing a Yankees blue Santa suit? – and that I wasn’t dressed for winter. But I forgot my frostbitten fingers when I was joined by Stephanie (@stephsamps on Twitter) for our first tweet-up. She sure loves her Yankees. Here she is.
So even though Michael and I left the game after the sixth inning and felt like jerks doing it, there are times when the body just says, “Enough.” Last night was one of those times.
Today, it’s on to Clearwater to face the Phillies. There’s a 50% chance of rain and, of course, it’s cold again. But I’ll try to stick it out. I really will.


  1. Jane Heller

    Stealing thoughts from David Cone is very daring of you, jojovanb. Who knows what goes on in that mind of his. I’m en route to Clearwater now and dressed like it’s Alaska. Skies are threatening but we shall persevere!

  2. jojovanb27@hotmail.com


    I enjoyed the two interviews that would open here at work, and I’ll try the other from home later. Consider yourself forgiven. Discretion is the better part of valor, and you live to fight another day. (I stole those thoughts from David Cone’s repertoire.)

  3. ooaooa

    We never made 9 innings either at all 6 games we saw. Where were your seats last night? I forgot to tell you Ray’s seats in Clearwater are in the shade! Got my “second chance” Connecticut Lottery prize yesterday from Yankee scratch ticket game. Game hat, #2 game jersey, Yankee pullover, beautiful plaque with infield dirt in it and a leather duffle bag with Yankee emblem on it. I’ll be styling in the Bronx soon!

  4. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Mister Ooaa, I dunno what a 2nd Chance lottery prize is, but it sounds like a Grand Prize Winner to me…congrats!!
    Aw, shucks, Jane…too bad that it never warmed up enuf for you two to stay…but at least you got a “W”…! Some of your gentle readers may ponder how a girl like you, who spent her college daze in places like Philly and Raw-chester, could get SO cold so fast? But our retired friends at Marco Island, two hardy Staten Islanders, confess that after a mere three years down there, well, their blood has thinned out, and they freeze fast too. Plus they’re both pencil-thin like you. And, as Red State Jeff sez, you ARE a Californian…methinx that maybe I could have survived till maybe the 8th, thanx to added natural padding, and a fresh brew or two…but who knows? At least you got some great new interviews! Hey, maybe the edginess of being in the enemy camp tonite will keep your blood a little thicker & warmer…goood luck!!

  5. peggy3

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all …this Irish lass hopes everyone gets to see the green grass at Yankee Stadium this year…of course I hope you have lots of “green” in your pocket when you go…:o). I also hope the luck of the Irish is with the Yankees as they go on to their 28th World Championship.

    My building is on Fifth Avenue so am hearing the bagpipes and drummers all day (the “tipsy” cheers of the crowds
    too as the parade passes by…they can get VERY loud as the day progresses with a little help from their friend ..Hennessey…haha). The parade runs approximately 6 hours …11:00 till 5:00 so it is going to be a very noisy day indeed. I say to one and all … “Erin Go Bragh”

    Bundle up and stay warm at the game today Miss Jane ..I’ve sat through games in 30 degree weather watching Andy pitch in snow so I know you can do it in 50 degree or so weather even coming from Sunny Cali. I hope Joba does well today. I think you will be his lucky charm …even if you aren’t Irish

    Have fun ….Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  6. peggy3

    OOPS !!! ….When it came to whiskey I probably should have said Jameson instead of Hennessey but I am also most likely the only person of Irish heritage that has never been drunk a day in my life ….I’m such a disgrace to my heritage ..haha.

    Whatever your drink may be …enjoy but make sure you don’t drive …Happy St. Patrick’s Day …AGAIN !!!

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  7. irishsoxkid19

    Looks as though the Yankees were trying too hard if Burnett was pulled after 2. Hope it’s a good game today for you and Michael!! It’s sunny where I am… And City of Palms Park right now looks clear… Watching the Sox game.

  8. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Top o’ the afternoon to all you lovely lads and lasses!

    I’m shaking my head about you being so cold in fifty two degrees Jane. But I understand your blood has thinned from the fine California air and that you don’t have an ounce of fat to keep you insulated. Here’s the trick to staying warm at an outdoor sporting event (spoken by someone who’s watched many an early spring baseball game, and many a late fall American football and REAL football (aka soccer) game.) You need warm blankets and the trick is to have one blanket under you. The seats/bleachers get really cold and it goes right through you. Space blankets that reflect your body heat work really well.

    Of course, you could always dress like this:

    Stay warm, Jane!

  9. dschaub@gpo.gov

    One last comment for St. Patty’s day, Miz Peggy, and Melissa, and Frozen Jane, and Every-One…my FAVORITE Irish toast…
    “May you be in heaven a half an hour before the Devil knows you’re dead” — !!

  10. peggy3

    Dave …

    I’ll drink to that toast …. :o). The parade is starting to wind
    down and I’ll be on my way home in a few to some Corned Beef & Cabbage with family and my little grandson “Yogi” the pug. I love that little guy …named after Yogi Berra…naturally ….

    I leave you with another Irish toast …

    May your heart be light and happy,
    May your smile be big and wide,
    And may your pockets always have
    a coin or two inside!

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  11. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Here’s one for all of you, but it seemed extra appropriate for Jane:

    May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.

    I also found this and think it is an excellent quote to apply to spring training:

    St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.


  12. Jane Heller

    Paul, when Howard got on base today, I yelled, “Maybe they should trade you for Pujols!” Nobody paid any attention, either because they didn’t know what I was referring to or they were having another St. Patty’s Day beer. I gave it a shot.

    True enough, Jeff. I’m a Californian now, but I did go to last night’s game two hours early. That has to count for something, right?

    Congrats on winning the lottery prize, John, and all that Yankees loot. You could probably open a memorabilia shop with all the stuff you’ve accumulated. Our seats last night were in section 103 in the last row. Today’s were better and we had plenty of sun, which felt very welcome after the big chill last night.

    Everybody says the same thing to me, Dave: “If you had more meat on your bones, you wouldn’t get so cold.” Maybe, but Michael was freezing his buns off too. I really think we’ve just gotten used to warmer weather. But today’s game was such a nice surprise, weather wise. They’d predicted rain, but we had clear skies and warmer temps. Now if only the Yankees had won. Sigh. Love your toast. Raising my glass to you too.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too, Peggy. Must be fun to have the parade right out your apartment window, even if it’s more than a little noisy. Luckily, I didn’t need to bundle up today. As I said above, the weather cooperated. Was I Joba’s lucky charm? Well, he wasn’t bad. In fact, I’d say it was his best outing so far. Maybe I am his lucky charm after all! Thanks for the toast and enjoy your corned beef and cabbage with the family.

    Yes, it turned out to be a sunny day for the game, Holly. Very grateful for that. It’s overcast again now, but no complaints here!

    I appreciate the tips for staying warm at outdoor sporting events, Melissa. But here’s the thing. I’ve been to two World Series in the Bronx and sat there until after midnight. It wasn’t a problem because I was properly dressed. But who brings wool clothes to Florida? Not me. So I guess I just didn’t have the right insulation – that and my blood has thinned, I don’t have any fat, etc etc. I should never be allowed to go out if it’s below 60 degrees! lol. Thanks for the link to the snuggie (I do need one of those) and for the lovely St. Patrick’s Day quote. It’s a keeper.

  13. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Yeah, really, who’d bring a snuggie to Florida? Maybe it was also the fact that a spring training game can’t be as exciting as a World Series game!

  14. Jane Heller

    Maybe, Melissa. But I stayed until the end today and loved every minute. I’m just glad it warmed up!

  15. crzblue2

    Love the quote from Melissa and the other Irish sayings.
    “who brings a suggie to Florida? ” lol. One of my friends took hers to Arizona and I thought she was exagerating but there she was using it in the room and it actually was cold the two days that it rained in Arizona. We got burned in the sun the day before though.
    We Californians get such a bad wrap about leaving early, especially Dodger fans. That is why I yelled at the Giant’s ballpark “NOTICE IS NOT THE DODGER FANS LEAVING EARLY” people leaving just smiled at me and Dodger fans applauded.

  16. Jane Heller

    I love that you yelled that at the Giants’ ballpark, Emma. Not every fan leaves early in LA, although many do. People don’t understand the traffic! LOL.

  17. peggy3

    Hi Jane ….

    I’m happy you were the magic charm for Joba today…I knew you would be … :o).

    About the parade….it passes outside my office window.
    I could never afford to live on Fifth Avenue …lol. One room
    studios go for $3,000 and up. After all …I have to save all
    my money for Yankee games …right ??

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  18. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    Yankee fans also know about traffic. The Scooter (Phil Rizzuto) would be doing the TV broadcast. All of a sudden in the 8th inning, he’d be gone and Bill White or Frank Messer would have to carry on alone. Scooter wanted to beat the traffic. We loved him so much, we just laughed.

  19. theheirloom

    All caught up on She-Fan Cams and posts from Florida (I’m waiting to see how Clearwater went with the plethora of green-ness by the Gulf) – loved the last one with her Yankee sightings and the Harvard duo. I hope the cam makes it through the rest of the week.

    As for leaving early – I’ve done that a few times. There’s a story about an early out in Chicago…but, I digress. C’mom, you live in Southern California and know about the Dodger tradition of leaving by the seventh inning to beat everyone to the Golden State Freeway…

    Oh, yeah, if you do make it out to The Cities – you will LOVE Target Field! It is breathtaking!


  20. Jane Heller

    Peggy, you should have let us think you lived on Fifth Avenue! Such fun picturing you in a grand apartment overlooking the action, but an office there must be fun too. If I was Joba’s lucky charm today, then I guess I should stay in Florida and the Yankees should have me at every game, right?

    Is it really that warm in Michigan, Mike? Wow. Really crazy weather all over the country. Time for baseball, I guess.

    I remember that about Scooter, Melissa. I’d laugh so hard when he’d “scoot” out of the booth early to beat the traffic and get home to his Cora.

    Glad you’re caught up, Randy. Thanks for taking the time. I wish I were staying until the end of the week, but tomorrow’s the end of the trip for me. So sad! I’d love to make it out to The Cities and see Target Field. If you say it’s breathtaking, it must be!

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