Tagged: Jane Heller

Curtis, Martha and….Me?

This clip I took of today’s Martha Stewart show featuring our own Curtis Granderson will probably get disabled by YouTube for some violation or other, but in the meantime take a look.
I was watching Martha’s intro of Grandy and did a double take when she explained that she first met him at the Stadium on Opening Day. Then she said:
“I sit in Jane Heller’s seats, your banker. She’s right there at home plate.”
I sat in those exact seats for the 2000 World Series, thanks to an invitation from “The Other Jane Heller,” and they’re not at home plate. They’re better – front row at the on-deck circle with no umpires or catchers obstructing the view.
As for the segment with Grandy today? Let’s just say he was adorable, even when Martha mentioned how she never “dozes” when she’s at a game because she’s afraid she’ll get hit with a ball or broken bat. Excuse me, but if you’re sitting in the best seats in the house, you’re NOT allowed to DOZE!
The other thing is, Curtis Granderson is supposed to be on Michelle Obama’s fitness committee to stop child obesity and Martha makes him cook macaroni with about ten tons of six different kinds of cheese, not to mention cornbread with more heavy cream than a dairy. What’s that about? 
Oh well. It was fun seeing one of my favorite Yankees, speaking of which CONGRATULATIONS to Jeter, Tex and Cano for winning Gold Gloves! How cool is it that there were three Yankees among the nine AL recipients and that Robbie’s is his first GG. Very happy for all of them.
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Tonight Was All About The Squirrel

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You know things aren’t going well when it takes a runaway rodent to get me into a game. But the Yankees seemed listless once again during their rain-halted five innings of play, stranding base runners and not giving A.J. any breathing room. With the score tied at 0-0 in the fourth, a squirrel scurried onto Target Field, which, unlike the Metrodome, will probably see all sorts of wildlife. 
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While the crowd at the ballpark chanted “Let’s go squirrel,” I found myself wondering if the Yankees could sign the little fella to play left field and maybe bat third. He was fast, agile and didn’t seem the least bit intimidated by the big stage. I don’t have video of him, but I dug up footage of his cousin in Cleveland. Take a look.
Maybe tomorrow there will be actual hits and runs to cheer about. But right now I’m bummed about Aceves having a setback. A bulging disc doesn’t sound like something you get over in a week. If the cortisone shot didn’t work, what now? We need him. Or can the squirrel pitch too?
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Oh, I’ve been meaning to post the pic sent to me by Friend of the Blog John, who was at Yankee Stadium when “Jane Heller” walked onto the field before the game to present Jeter with a very large check for his Turn 2 Foundation. Here’s the pic. Man, am I generous with my money.
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Helpless Against Pineiro

Well, not every Yankee was handcuffed by the Angels’ starter today, but here are a few glaring examples of hitters who were.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .324
Johnson, N, DH 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 .207
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 .097
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .257
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .382
Posada, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .400
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .313
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .308
Gardner, LF 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .217
Totals 34 3 7 3 2 8 15 .278



See those zeroes under H for Tex, A-Rod and Granderson? Ouch. The fact is, Joel Pineiro (I’d never really paid much attention to him before) was masterful in getting ground ball outs, and he made me long for the days when our own Chien-Ming Wang used to pitch the same way. Sigh. 
Vazquez? He wasn’t terrible and certainly didn’t deserve the boos he heard at the Stadium. So he gave up a few runs. Booing won’t instill confidence in him. Why not support your pitcher at least until he proves he can’t do the job. That’s not to say I haven’t cursed him in the privacy of my own home. I’m no saint.
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Aceves looked a little rusty, but Joba and Marte took care of business. Actually, I thought the Yankees might mount a comeback after Shields came in for the Angels and we scored a couple of runs. But there was no comeback, no walkoff, no pie.
Getting back to yesterday’s home opener, I had to laugh when several people emailed to ask if I was at the game in the Bronx, sitting with her.
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The confusion was triggered by this article in the Daily News, mentioning “my” name….

Martha Stewart tweets throughout Yankees home opener: ‘Derek looks really good’

Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 4:00 AM

Looks like Martha Stewart is a sports buff - who knew? The homemaking honcho tweeted all throughout New York Yankees home opener against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday.

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Looks like Martha Stewart is a sports buff – who knew? The homemaking honcho tweeted all throughout New York Yankees home opener against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday.

The domestic diva’s got game – and an eye for the Yankees‘ captain.

No stranger to pinstripes, Martha Stewart tweeted her way through Tuesday’s Bombers home opener, even offering play-by-play to rival Michael Kay.

Curtis Granderson, new this year, has a great opportunity right now – two on base with two outs,” Stewart wrote to her nearly 2 million followers onTwitter.

The homemaking honcho also showed off her photography skills, capturing Yankee pretty boys Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.

“Derek looks really good,” she noted.

After Jeter slugged his first homer of the year in the third inning, Stewart wrote, “Derek just hit a homer; 2-0, hooray!”

The multimedia maven sat with her good friend banker Jane Heller in front-row luxury seats left of the home team dugout and close enough to the Bombers’ on-deck circle to converse with the players.

“A-Rod berated Jane for not bringing me more often to games,” she tweeted. “Obviously, he realizes I am good luck!”

She even gave a hand to Granderson during one of his pre-at-bat warmups.

“Curtis Granderson just asked me to fix the velcro on his batting gloves and then he hit a very, very long fly ball to the end of centerfield.”

Her eye was not just on the field, but also on celebrities sitting around her, including Mayor BloombergLorne MichaelsAlec BaldwinKeith Olbermann“and a bunch of moguls.”

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You see, “the other Jane Heller,” as my husband and I refer to the friend of Martha, is the private banker to Steinbrenner and the Yankees. She’s the one with the front row seats at Yankee Stadium, not me. But we do know each other. She took me to the World Series in 2000 and, trust me, her seats are the best in the house. Here’s an item in the NY Times that’ll explain everything…

PUBLIC LIVES

What’s in a Name? A Series Ticket

The woman in Row 1, Seat 9, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night was named JANE HELLER. So was the woman in Row 1, Seat 8.

The Jane Heller in Seat 9 (and above, left) was the Jane Heller who wrote ”Name Dropping,” a novel about two women with the same name that was published this year by St. Martin’s Press. To minimize the confusion here, let the record show that the two women in the ”Name Dropping” book are both named Nancy Stern. Mercifully, for the sake of this item, not Jane Heller.

The Jane Heller in Seat 8 was a banker whose clients include the principal owner of the Yankees, GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER 3rd, and MARTHA STEWART. She is the one who invited Jane Heller (the author) to sit in the same section of Yankee Stadium as MAYOR RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI and his son, ANDREW; BUD SELIG, the commissioner of baseball; DENZEL WASHINGTON; SARAH JESSICA PARKER and her husband, MATTHEW BRODERICK; and THE REV. JESSE JACKSON.

The two Jane Hellers had had an e-mail exchange several months ago in which Ms. Heller (the banker) said that she had all the other Ms. Heller’s books — and also had the best seats at Yankee Stadium.

That was several months ago.

”When it got to be the post-season,” Ms. Heller (the author) said, ”I thought, this would be a good time to hit her up for a couple of tickets. She said, ‘Saturday is taken, but how about Sunday?’ ”

So they chatted with the likes of DEREK JETER and PAUL O’NEILL in the on-deck circle and traded stories about themselves, including the one about how Ms. Heller (the banker) came to be where she was.

”When my son was 2, he said to me, ‘Mommy, you should get the Yankees,’ ” she said. ”I started calling on the Yankees. One day, George had a problem at Chemical Bank. He said, ‘Get that girl who keeps coming up here.’ It’s been almost 26 years. I’ve been his private banker all that time and still am the private banker to the Yankees.”

Ms. Heller (the author) said that Ms. Heller (the banker) asked when her next book would be out. ”April,” the author said. ”I’m thinking about opening day.”

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Life sure is funny. Martha Stewart was sitting in “my” seat yesterday.

Miami Vice

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Maybe if those two had pinch hit for Posada and Cano in the ninth, the Yankees would have come back to beat the Marlins. Anybody would have been better than Jorge, who popped up with Tex on first, and Cano, who grounded into a double play (which he also did in the ninth against the Nationals on Wednesday).
Instead, the Yanks went down 2-1. It was a pitcher’s duel between the Marlins’ hard-throwing young giant, who was actually good as opposed to lucky,
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and AJ, who was very good but very unlucky.
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Not only were his teammates’ bats silent, but his three outfielders had adventurous interactions with fly balls due, supposedly, to Land Shark Stadium’s bright lights.
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Swisher caught Coghlan’s line drive in the first but was clearly blinded.
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In the fourth, Melky let Ramirez’s ball drop in front of him for a single, which made him look awfully clumsy.
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And Damon was charged with an error after failing to catch Cantu’s liner in the sixth, turning a routine out into an interesting slide.
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The game did have its positives:
Posada nailed Ramirez and Bonifacio trying to steal second.
AJ went six-plus, striking out eight.
Coke and Hughes threw perfect innings in relief.
I’m really beginning to appreciate Phil Hughes in the pen. He seems much freer, less of a nibbler, as a reliever. What an asset he could be down the stretch.
I’m not sure why A-Rod was pinch-hitting in the eighth. I thought he was resting, which means not picking up a bat or going in to play third base. Is it really that hard to follow doctor’s orders?
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And what was up with those cowbells the Marlins handed out to fans at the game? Aren’t they a Rays thing?
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The funniest line of the game came from YES’s Paul O’Neill: “I love sports. They’re so much better than reading a book because you never know what’s going to happen.”
I love sports myself, Paulie, but memo to you: books have surprising plot twists too. Have you ever heard of Ludlum? Grisham? Jane Heller?
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