There Was Only One Thing To Do After This One

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Celebrate. Uh-huh. 
Getting into the postseason is no small feat, and, like the Yankees, I decided not to let the occasion go by with merely a “Yay.” After watching the players douse each other in the visitors clubhouse at the Rogers Centre (I don’t get the post-game show here, so I had to wait for the party clips on the YES web site), Michael covered the shower wall with plastic so it would look “authentic” (a Hefty garbage bag like last year), escorted me inside, dumped champagne on my head and handed me the rest of the bottle. It wasn’t the good stuff and tasted like stale beer, but the sentiment was there even if I did end up looking like Alice Cooper. Woohoo, Yankeeeeeeees!
CC was The Man. He gave the team innings. He gave them effectiveness. He gave them the confidence to score runs. (Loved all the sac flies.) He gave them a true ace. And Mo. Well. Of course he wrapped it up. I know the division title is still up for grabs, but just knowing for sure that we’ll be watching October baseball is a thrill that never gets old. I thought back to 2007 when I was following the Yanks around the country for the She-Fan book. We were in Tampa, at the Trop, when they clinched their Wild Card berth and the Post’s Charles Wenzelberg promised he’d bring me back a champagne cork from the party. True to his word, he brought me the cork when we were in Cleveland for the ALDS. I still have it.
I keep it with my jewelry. To me, having a memento from a Yankees celebration is more valuable than diamonds or pearls.


  1. beckers46

    Aww, Jane. You are so funny! Your manicure looks great too. CC was our ace tonight. Wow! 21 wins. I really hope he wins Cy Young. After the game, I watched Ken Burns’ documentary on PBS. I met him at the Orioles game back in June. Being the nerd that I am, I’ve referenced his films in papers for both high school and college. It was so cool telling him that in person. He got a kick out of it. I loved the Top of Everest portion. The ’96 Yankees and Joe Torre. Even though I knew the outcome, I was still on the edge of my recliner watching footage from the ’96 World Series. I’m so relieved that we are in the postseason. It’s been interesting the past few weeks. Alright, I need to go to bed. I have to open my store in 8 hours. Good night! – Becky 😀

  2. peggy3

    Moving this over from the previous post…

    Hey Jane & Yankee fans ….

    YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO …Playoffs here we come.
    Let’s get the division ….

    CC is just AMAZING and MO is BACK !!!!! I LOVE MY YANKS !!!!


    P.S. ….you look “sparkling” in your champagne Miss Jane …lol

  3. Jane Heller

    My manicure, Becky. LOL. Tonight was such a relief. One step closer to the big prize. I didn’t see the Ken Burns doc but how cool that you met him and he turned out to be such a nice guy. Sleep well!

    Pegggggggy! I responded on the other post too, but why not say it twice: Yesssssss! I’m with you on getting the division title and hope the boys don’t let down. I see Andy won’t be pitching tomorrow after all, but we need to keep the pressure on the Rays and that means pitching well – whoever gets the ball.


    Stop the presses. The Yankees faced a pitcher they’ve never faced before and you know that’s always their kryptonite no matter if they’re good or bad and they BEAT him?! You’ve got guts to spray champagne without goggles, Jane. I can imagine it burns if it gets in the eyes but I’m too afraid to find out. CC was excellent tonight and should definitely at least be considered strongly for the Cy Young. I don’t know if he should win it but I wouldn’t mind if he did. Well this is just the first step towards #28 and now I wouldn’t mind if Girardi decides to rest many of the A lineup starters. As much as he insists he wants the division, getting them to rest once in awhile to be ready for the playoffs is important. Have a good night it’s 2:30 right now in the East Coast lol.

  5. levelboss

    Jane, i post rarely these days on your blog, BUT i want you to know i look at your blog EVERY DAY. i don’t post, because i have nothing to say many times. BUT i look at your compelling and very entertaining blog DAILY (i still think the NY Post or other NY paper or magazine should give you a column).

    i just HAD to post tonight, because of that first picture of you with the champagne and the running mascara.. ladies and gentlemen, JANE HELLER is a TRUE YANKEES FAN.. love that picture

    keep rockin Jane 🙂

  6. blithescribe

    Your own champagne shower? You are awesome! A beyond dedicated fan 🙂

    Congratulations to the Yankees on clinching a playoff berth. They have played a great season!

  7. lenn23

    It’s good to win without hitting any homers because in the playoffs things get pretty tight. Plus it doesn’t look like Lee or Liriano give up too many.

  8. devilabrit

    congrats to the Yankees on the post season clinch…
    So how did the 2 World Series teams of last year end up starting the season on the road and ending it on the road, these celebrations are much better at home…


    Phillies Outside


    congratulations to all of us yankee fans. i am glad that the yankees celebrated–we seem to do this often but we should never take it for granted. jane, i love that you celebrated. i don’t have a yankee fan husband who covers the shower but one who wanted to watch ken burn’s 10th inning so i gave him the tv and listened on the radio.
    i thought i’d wear my yankee earrings today in celebration. a full yankee outfit might be rubbing it in too much in red sox territory but i need a little celebration. i don’t think we will win the division so i say rest up the players and we fans (especially east coasters) need to rest up for playoff baseball!


    Whew! And Horray!! CC did a great, great job last night.

    Jane, I hope you are not going to start a new make-up trend with that look! Fun though! You are great.

    Watching the celebration, I kept thinking “Don’t drink so much, we have a game to play tomorrow.” I loved Cano’s comment that he needed to get changed because he wanted to stay healthy and it was cold.

    Sorry Virginia, but I felt a little annoyed to see Mitre having such a good time. I know he’s been much better lately, but part of me was growling at him for giving us so much pain earlier on.

    It was fun to see how excited the young guys were. I didn’t even recognize some of the celebrants.

    And now we can let out a long sigh of relief and smile politely at Red Sox fans. Things start anew next week and hopefully the Yankees will get a new life and come out swinging.

    Last night I noticed that ARod had his panther face on. When he is feeling confident and swinging well, he reminds me of a panther. His face is full of focus and he’s very still at the plate, like a big cat ready to pounce. This bodes well for the Yankees.

    Smiling all day today,

  11. nyyfaninvt

    A great game and a great finish to the race for the post season. It was really nice to have one with a comfortable lead so we weren’t biting our nails in the bottom of the ninth (what would that do to Jane’s manicure, after all)!

    Thanks, Jane, for your great blog and for being there through the highs and lows. Thanks to all the friends of she-fan for your great comments and observations throughout. I love coming here after a game, either to celebrate or gain comfort. It is so cool to know there are other people out there just as nutty as I am about the Yankees and baseball in general.

    I am wearing my “ILIVEFORTHIS28” shirt today. I’m spending a good part of the day over in New York running errands and shopping so we’ll see what kind of a response I get. It should be more positive than what I would get here in Vermont, though both this corner of New England and the Albany region seem to be a mix of NY and Boston fans (I get having Yankee fans in Vermont but Boston fans in New York – what’s up with that?). Yankee fans are definitely in the majority over there, though, so it should be fun.

    On to October – Go Yankees!


  12. ladyjane303

    HaHa, Jane – loved your celebration. Can’t wait to see what you do when we win the next round, and the next and…… Melissa, you got it right – long collective sigh of relief. I loved that all the runs scored without a base hit. We’re going to have to do that in addition to the big blasts and great starting pitching in order to win in the post-season. And I loved that Tex with a broken toe, and Swisher with a bum knee, and pretty much everyone interviewed in the post-game said they want to play for the division win, despite the fact that it seems like Joe is leaning towards resting them. I’m just really looking forward to having Yankee baseball next week!

  13. Jane Heller

    Leo, you’re right – it was shocking that we beat a pitcher we hadn’t faced before, although I think we faced him in spring training? Last year I used goggles in the picture, btw, and it really helped fight off the sting. I’ll go back to them if we have another reason to celebrate. They’re my husband’s scuba goggles and I couldn’t find them anywhere in the house! Grrrr. I have a different take on the division title: I want it. I think home field it’s important and the players can rest collectively in December! Joe can sit one at a time if he wants to, but I don’t want to see the whole Scranton team out there, I really don’t.

    I’m glad the pic motivated you to post a comment, levelboss. I miss when you check in. As for the mascara, I always put it on for these pics so I can look especially wrecked. lol.

    Thanks, blithescribe. Very gracious of you to stop by and say congratulations given that your team didn’t make it this year – a rare occurrence for the Angels. I wish they were still in it, because I really enjoyed driving down to Anaheim for the ALCS. This year I’d have to fly to Minny or Arlington, and as much as I’d like to see those stadiums it isn’t in the cards.

    Good point, Len. We did it without homers, just “small ball.” I was very excited by the sac flies, because we haven’t been able to execute those lately.

    I agree, Peter. What’s with all the road finales? I’d much rather have seen the Yanks clinch at home, but I’ll take it.

    I wish you’d take a picture of you in your Yankee earrings, Barbara. We’d all love to see them. So you want Joe to rest the players too? I’m not so sure we won’t win the division and it would be advantageous if we did. I think it would be exciting if that race went down to the wire. Rest up in any case, and enjoy this celebratory day!

    It was so much fun seeing the young kids celebrate, Melissa. As Joe pointed out in his interview with Kim Jones, there are guys on this team who’ve never experienced the playoffs, so it was worth bringing out the champagne (and beer) so they could get a taste of how it feels (and tastes). A-Rod does seem locked in and it’s a beautiful thing. If he performs in the postseason the way he did last year, it would be great. And yes, he’s very quiet at the plate. Kevin Long did a good job making adjustments in his swing, plus he’s been laying off bad pitches, which makes a huge difference.

    Very nice not to have to bite our nails last night, Audrey, especially since I did just get a manicure. LOL. What lovely words about the blog. I’m just glad you joined the party. I always look forward to your comments, which so often mirror what I’m thinking and feeling. And it’s interesting to hear what goes on in Vermont, including your moose story! As I said to Barbara, take a pic of yourself in your special T-shirt if you want and I’ll post it. I bet you get lots of “Let’s go Yankees” chants while you’re in NY today. And thanks for the video link. (Sorry about the trouble with the blog though. It’s been acting strangely for me too.)

    Thanks, Freya. You were the one who predicted – no, guaranteed, this – so I tip my cap to you!

    Yes, a long, collective sigh today, ladyjane. Our long national nightmare is over. HAHA. So true that guys are pretty banged up, but overall I think we’re getting healthy at the right time. Look how much better Tex is swinging the bat lately. And Swisher doesn’t seem to mind anything; he’s got to be the happiest player in history. Can’t wait for next week but will enjoy these next few games with a more relaxed attitude.

    Shucks, Jeff. Better than the pic of your shaved head? Nah.

    You got doused by Willy Aybar. I got doused by Michael. What’s wrong with this scenario, Renegade? LOL. I would love to have been hanging out with the players the way you did. I bet you had the time of your life celebrating with the actual Rays. Congrats to them and to you. It’s been an amazing season.

    You’re right about that, YankeeCase. We’d all be hitting the bottle if we’d lost again. I, too, want us to win the division. If we don’t, we don’t, but I sure as hell want to try. And yes, I could see the relief on Tex’s face at the end. I think we all exhaled.


    My daughter and I had a girls night out (Saw “You Again” — it was adorable!) — so we only caught the end of the game but we got to enjoy all of the post-game festivities. Swisher is absolutely adorable — he and the young ones almost drowned the Core Four — it was hysterical.

    I hope this win puts C.C. on top for The Cy Young — he deserves it!

    Going on to Boston – they are out of the running so they would love to keep us from going into the post-season in first place. We have our work cut out.


  15. raysrenegade

    Got doused myself last night courtesy of Willy Aybar.
    Congrats on your pinstripes also securing their place at the dance last night. One party in St. Pete, the other in Toronto, but all to put a exclamation point on a fantastic year by both teams.
    I can tell you the party here did not end until breakfast on St. Petersburg Beach with a bucketload of biscuits and a last swig of champagne. Celebrating is an artform, and you definitely took it to another level, an perfect level.

    Rays Renegade

  16. YankeeCase

    Ha! I get the feeling all us Yankee fans would also be drinking if they hadn’t made the playoffs!

    Well congrats to them, and now on to truly defending our title!

    But first there’s the matter of winning this division….

    And I know this isn’t the end-all, be-all of where we want to be, but did anyone else hear Etta James’ ‘At Last’ in their heads after Tex caught A-Rod’s throw to first? lol… It’s been a rough last few weeks!

  17. peggy3

    Hi Jane & Fellow Baseball Fans…

    Someone was trying to annoy my friend and they told him …The Yanks are 3 and out. His reply …that’s right …win 3 series and out to the parade … 🙂 .. I LOVED HIS COMEBACK !!!!

    Here’s to cheering on the Yankees all the way to the Canyon of Heroes ….

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  18. peggy3

    Eddie ….You’re too young to remember Etta James …LOL …that is a GREAT song ….

    I always loved two songs being played when they won …

    Naturally …”We Are the Champions” and Ms. Tina’s song..
    “You’re Simply the BEST” (better than all the rest)

    I can’t wait for Game One of the ALDS. I’ll be there to represent …I’m sooooooooo Excited (Pointer Sisters ..haha)

    Have a great day all ….I LOVE MY YANKS !!!!

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  19. dorgal218

    Hi Jane!

    Had to comment today because I love that you take the celebration so personally!! LOL

    CC is a beast and it was a beautiful game, beautifully played. A perfect clincher. I hope it was a preview of what we can expect from the “A-Team” going forward.

  20. Jane Heller

    Glad you liked that movie, Diane. It didn’t get such hot reviews but sounded like fun. And I love the actresses in it. Yes, CC should win the Cy Young. As Swisher said to Kim Jones in his elated state, “Anybody who doesn’t vote for him is stupid.” LOL. The writers who vote were standing right there behind him.

    I was thinking the same thing about Eddie, Peggy. How did he know that Etta James song? I like the tunes you mentioned and hope we hear them soon!

    Always happy when you comment, dorgal. It was a beautiful game. CC shut down the homer-hitting Blue Jays and that in itself was a feat. They’re a very dangerous team. Love our “A” team!


    Dear Alice…
    Luv your pic, my dear — and be it ever so humble, there’s no place like clinching a place in the postseason! Now, “at last,” instead of singing “Welcome To My Nightmare,” you can belt out “No More Mr. Nice Guy” — we gotta refocus!!
    Nothing was ever guaranteed; it never is. We knew that the Rays were NOT a one-year wonder…and kudos to Mr. Renegade, a classy rival fan…given what unknown waters are ahead for his franchise, he deserves Special Congrats.
    I’ve tried to be politely praising of our Bosox enemies for many a week now…truth be told, I don’t know how they managed to hang in there (oh…yeah…PITCHING) — but now we can finally put those ghosts to bed, and I do hope that somewhere, Cashman is taking notes. Pleez oh pleez, how about two more CC’s for Xmas…if not sooner??
    Amazing that with just 4 games to go there’s still so much to be decided. I’ll be STUNNED if our boyz can pull out the division, given that the Rays have 4 cake games with K.C. (okay, maybe not the game vs. Greinke), but stranger things have definitely happened. Let’s just pleez find a catcher who can at least throw out my grandmother on a base-stealing attempt (and she’s been gone for 39 years!!)
    But why quibble. Soak in the momento. Take nothing for granted — EVER — press “reset” on this MLB season, and let’s ride some hot bats (and strong arms) into next week!

  22. Jane Heller

    Two more CC’s, Dave. That works for me. How valuable is he? Just amazing. I wish we’d gone after Roy….Never mind. Enough of that. The division title is a long shot, given the schedule and the state of the rotation, but we’re only a half game back so it’s doable. Sort of. And yes, our catchers need to throw out runners, but we still managed to get to the postseason in a competitive division. So there’s hope. It all begins again next week when anything can happen.

  23. Jane Heller

    I thought you hated the She-Fan doll, Paul! I’ve pretty much retired her. But I’m trying to track down Surf Dog Bill. I went past his hot dog place yesterday and he wasn’t there. Will keep trying.


    It’s crazy the Yanks got in the same day the Rays did. Just shows how insane this season has been. I’m still not sure if I want them to go balls out (can I say that?) or just stay as the Wild Card. I didn’t see the champagne spraying so much, (was watching Detroit 1-8-7, which is a great show btw) but just knowing they’re in after a lot of drama and feeling as though a giant mountain was collapsing all around us… feels gooooooooood! In the front of my mind I have a bad feeling, but in the back of my mind I think these guys are gonna step it up a notch and go for that two-peat. So right now my brain is fighting with itself. I love your pic too! I thought you looked more like Celine Dion. Also, I’m not sure anyone else mentioned this but Sterling sounded really reserved and unexcited when they won. Was weird. Go Yankees! 😀

  25. Jane Heller

    Yeah, the Rays and the Yanks are like a matched set this year, seindsfeld. It would be a shame if the two teams didn’t meet up in the ALCS, given their records, but I’m just happy we’re even talking about the postseason. I hope the back of your mind wins the battle. LOL. I didn’t hear Sterling, since I was watching on TV. Maybe he’s as exhausted as the rest of us.

  26. Jane Heller

    The Giants are sure looking like they’ll make it to the playoffs, kaiser. You must be so happy. I’d nothing more than a NY-SF World Series because it might enable me to go to a game!

  27. Jane Heller

    Renegade IS a class act, Melissa. And he’s supported his Rays through thick and thin – a true fan if ever there was one. Best of all, he’s a really nice person.

  28. YankeeCase

    Ha! Thanks for sticking up for me, Melissa! Etta James just seemed appropriate given the Yankees’ un-Yankees like performances the last few weeks. I couldn’t think of say, a Katy Perry song that matched up well… lol.

    But how about Eminem’s ‘Not Afraid’ for Game 1 of the ALDS?

    Wow! Just saw Alex hit that 30th home run…! Someone hit the replay button for Etta! I didn’t think he’d hit that number a few months ago… Was hoping, but was realistic about it.

  29. Jane Heller

    Eminem’s song would be great for Game 1, YankeeCase. It wouldn’t have worked for tonight though. Vazquez looked very afraid and the hitters looked like they might fall over. I think they had too much to drink last night. Either that or they were too choked up from Cito Gaston Night. Awesome milestone for A-Rod though.

  30. crzblue2

    I remember reading about your cork in your book!
    Congratulations to you, all the Yankee fans here and the Yankee organization.
    I was looking at my 1981 World Series program a nd posting pictures from there.
    Love the pictures from the Tenth Inning of a young Jeter, Mariano and Torre.

  31. Jane Heller

    Thanks, Emma. Sorry we won’t be facing the Dodgers. I always wish for that matchup so I could go to a game between our teams. didn’t watch “The Tenth Inning,” but I would have enjoyed seeing the Yankees you mentioned.

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