Monday, December 27, 2010

On the 14th Day of Christmas...

The Baseball Fairy gave to me: a lot of freaking snow!

I know I missed out on seven days of Baseball Christmas leading up to day of. Sorry about that. Life, family, writing, friends, boys, they all get in the way in the off season. You'll have my full attention back on March 30th, you know that. Ok, I promise to stop with these stupid "excuses" posts.

Tonight, we get Saints at Falcons, which is unlikely to get snowed out like the Eagles game did yesterday. Drew Brees is a good guy at sports and I am hopeful for the Saints win tonight, which will create a playoff situation that I would only understand if it was baseball.

Drew Brees wins at life (Image/PicApp)
A New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees is seen in the slide line as the Saints play the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom


But, yeah, GEAUX SAINTS!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

On the Fifth Day of Baseball Christmas...

...a wicked hangover. Damn holiday parties/draw of Brother Jimmy's. So, instead of having to be creative and find something in the news about baseball having to do with five (I gave up looking for a relevant player with five Golden Gloves) let's talk about my favorite #5 of all time, Mr. Joe DiMaggio.

Five wasn't just his number; He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '55 and five was the number of times he stole home plate in his career. The number pales in comparison to Ty Cobb's 54 stolen home moves - or his season with eight home-plate steals - but is still an impressive number for an incredibly tricky and daring play.

The Yankee Clipper played his entire career on the Bronx Bombers but his personal life made him nearly as famous as his ability to cover the entire outfield. Joe was, at one point the luckiest man to have ever been born, during his brief marriage to Marilyn Monroe.

Joe and Marilyn in happy times (Image/PicApp)

circa 1955:  American film actress and sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962), with her second husband, the baseball player Joe DiMaggio (1914 - 1999).  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)


The couple was married for less than a year but he loved her til the day he died. After she passed in 1962, he arranged for six red roses to be delivered to her grave site three times a week for twenty years and he never remarried. All together now "Awwwww."

Merry Christmas to the family of Mr. Dimaggio. I wish I was in Los Angeles to place half a dozen red roses on Marilyn's grave on his behalf.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On the Fourth Day of Baseball Christmas...

...The Baseball Fairy gave to me: four targeted holiday gift guides!

Yahoo! Sports has some very random holiday gift guides up: one for Phillies Phans, one for Mets fans and one for Indians fans. Maybe because they need the most love? No, if that were the case, there would be one for Cubs fans too (Oh, there is. It was just posted yesterday...).

In the spirit of giving, here is my holiday gift guide for what to get Yankees fans. And by Yankees fans, I mean me:

1. Season ticket dugout seats: I shouldn't have to explain this one. I'd still like to go hang with my friends in the Bleachers, but these tickets will basically give me the option to go wherever I damn well please. And I deserve to sit next to the players more than Martha Stewart or Donald Trump. Please note that this gift should have two seats, so Ashley and I can yell "We love you, Mo!" and have him actually hear us at every game.

 2. A Steuben Crystal Yankees Baseball: I have absolutely no need for this but that doesn't mean I don't want it. It's just so shiny and pretty, kinda like me.

3. A Yankees Apron: So I can keep my clothes flour-free when I'm baking Baseball Cookies. Or Behind-the-Dugout Cookies.

4. A Yankees Garden Gnome: I live in an apartment and have no plants on my terrace, hell, I kill plants, but this lil lady would look lovely atop my TV. 

(Image/MLB)

5. Yankees Class of '85 shirt: Dave Winfield, Donny Baseball, Willie Randolph...so many great faces! Aren't Etsy vendors so creative? I'd love a shirt from back when I was too young to really get the concept of baseball. Size medium, please.

6. Phillies Phans "Yankees Suck" Ornament: Yankees-hating Phillies phans are worse than angry Mets fans who at least have to share a city with the winningest team in sports history. I would like this, actually, a dozen of these, because sometimes, I just want to smash things.

7. Cafe Press Yankee Girl Underroos - Hella cute. I'd actually take any but the "I root for 2 teams..." pair. Let's keep it classy, afterall.


***It should be noted that I wrote this while wearing a tiara.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On the Third Day of Baseball Christmas...

...the Baseball Fairy gave to me: something that doesn't rhyme with "Three French Hens..." divorce rumors around my A.J.

I'm not going to rejoice in the dissolution of anyone's marriage, but you guys know it could not be more clear that I have a serious crush on #34 and his tattooed arms.

All I want to say is that I hope that if it is true that A.J. and Karen can both move forward amicably for the sake of their two children. On a lesser note, I hope that, if his marriage was the distraction for him in the 2010 season, this will help A..J. clear his head for the 2011.

                                                                                                                                   (Image/Me)

I would also like to let A.J. know that he can usually find me at Brother Jimmy's on East 77th Street on a Friday night. You know, whenever you're ready.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On the Second Day of Baseball Christmas...(UPDATED)

...the Baseball Fairy gave to me: two trade rumors and the promise of no Yankee named Lee...

As I tweeted this morning, I didn't want Cliff Lee to become a Yankee because I knew I could never love him. We all know I have a complicated relationship with my baseball players and, as was the case with Grandy this year, it takes me some time to love transplants. I just know that with all of his undesirable tendencies (shooting snot rockets in the dugout, anyone?) that even if Lee got his clean-cut-Yankees-team makeover that I would still shudder at the sight of him in Pinstripes. Yes, I'm selfish, but you love me so it's okay.

Have phun in Philly, Cliph (Image/PicApp)
Texas Rangers' pitcher Cliff Lee pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of game one of the World Series in San Francisco on October 27, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom


On the rumor side, the Yankees are set to pick up Russell Martin to back-up Jorgey (UPDATE: this has actually been confirmed, per this NY Mag update) and Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton may be headed to B*ston to lead off the Bad Sox's rotation.

I wonder what the Baseball Fairy will bring us for the third day of Baseball Christmas? Come back tomorrow and find out, kiddies!

Monday, December 13, 2010

On the First Day of Baseball Christmas...

...the Baseball Fairy gave to me: pictures from the Swisher wedding near Miami!

The gorgeous bride with the even more gorgeous first name wore a Monique Lhuillier gown. Attendees included A-Rod and Cameron Diaz. I had to send my regrets so I wouldn't miss a Friday night at Brother Jimmy's with Smash. I mean, I do have my priorities.

Congratulations to the happy couple!
 
(Yes, I'm going to see how creative I can be and actually turn all 12 days of Christmas into baseball-related bits. Stay tuned!)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lunch Break: The Best Fake Sports News That's Fit to Link

I have always and will always love The Onion. As a kid, I would grab a copy, after church on Sunday, from one of the many newspaper boxes on the campus of the U of I, and flip immediately to my horoscope and Red Meat. Now, I grab a new issue on the corner of Houston and Broadway every week and also follow The Onion on Twitter. I never fail to giggle when they rib the Yankees, like in today's piece, where they report on the re-signing of the Yankees' mascot, Derek Jeter.

For my money, he IS the best mascot in all of the MLB. Certainly hotter than the Phanatic.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hello, Angels

I have missed you SOOOO much. Have you missed me? Obvi!

Listen, I'm going to do my best to write in the off-season. I know I missed out on covering some trades, some Jeter drama (including the four-hour meeting today down in Fla.) and the MVP titles, but I've been quite busy.

You will be happy to know that I am working on a book and I have been writing some freelance articles. So, I'm not neglecting my talent, or anything tragic like that.

I'll be back soon, I promise. Until then, know you are in my heart, right next to the special place where I hold my love for AJ's tattooed arms and Brett Brett's backside.

Nice place to be...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Bronx's Golden Trio

The Yankees infield snagged three of the nine Golden Glove awards for AL Players. Cano, Jeter and Teix were each named best at their positions in 2010, due greatly to their amazing chemistry and ability to turn 6-4-3s like the pros that they are.

Marky Mark certainly earned his Golden, um, Glove (Image/ME!)
The entire AL Golden Glove breakdown is as follows:

C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees (!)
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees (!)
3B Evan Longoria, Rays
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees (!)
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
OF Carl Crawford, Rays
OF Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
P Mark Buehrle, White Sox (!)


While I was initially shocked at the awards for Yankees' players, since the wounds are still fresh from the final weeks of the season, I do remember how few errors the Yankees made this season, which actually were the fewest in franchise history. So how come the above list wasn't all Yankees? Okay maybe still Ichiro instead of Swish.

Congrats, boys! Can't wait to see you in, oh, 142 days! Oh, and the MVP awards will be announced on November 22nd and 23rd. Stayed tuned for Robbie's second big award of the year!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ice Queens

Today, two women were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame; no small feat in a sport that has never admitted women into its home for champions.

Canadian Angela James and American Cammi Granato received their Hall of Fame rings today, along with Dino Ciccarelli, Jim Devellano and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman.

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Angela James and Cammi Granato (R) laugh after receiving their rings for being inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, November 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Congrats, ladies! Thank you for paving the way for other women on ice.

Via Jezebel

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oh, Fall

The crunch of the leaves under my boots, over-sized warm sweaters, making mischief on Halloween, cuddling under my down comforter; there are many things that I love about fall. What I don't love about fall? It is the longest possible time before more baseball. As soon as the World Series ends, I grieve.

The morning after the World Series, I instinctually went on Yankees.com for baseball news and the coming schedule. My brain hadn't processed that the end was upon me and my heart took even longer to accept that I wouldn't see pinstriped action for several months. But all I found was Giants news and information about 2011 partial season package.

So, I got mad. What do you mean there is no game today?!? I'm not ready to watch hockey yet! I put on my Yankees hat and defiently turned on MLB Network to only find World Series coverage, confirming that the 2010 season was over.

What do I have to do to get more baseball? I asked the universe. I promised to watch every minute of every game, to save my pennies for dugout seats, heck, I even considered trading my soul for another month of ball.

But before I could offer my kidneys to see batting practice, the tears rolled down my cheeks and I curled in a ball on my leather couch. Baseball will never be back! I moaned. I'm doomed to watch football on Sundays and pretend I like the Knicks for the rest of my days! The world closed in tight, and I hugged my Yankees' teddy bear to my chest for some semblance of comfort.

But a glimmer of hope emerged as I calmed and reminded myself that too much of a good thing is bad for the soul and absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yes, the cliches I loathe so much helped me accept that a break from baseball won't end my world and a little time away from what I love will make it all the sweeter when I return to Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 for the home opener.

So, I will go out and cheer for the handful of NFL teams that I want to do well, bundle up for trips to MSG to see my Rangers and follow the trades, the contract negotiations, the rumors and the girly stuff like whether Derek and Minka marry at Christmas. And I will do it with a smile, but that doesn't mean I won't be quietly counting the days until the Yankees Home Opener.

Which is 144...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

They Are the Champions

After the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs, my baseball fandom dictated that I had to pick a team for the World Series. I've never had feelings either way for the Rangers but after the sting of their steamroll-over-the-Bronx-Bombers performance in the ALCS and my excitement for Tim Lincecum after his first game in the NLDS, I went Giants all the way.

How many 14-year-olds have thrown World Series-winning games? Go Lincecum! (Image/PicApp)

San Francisco Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum holds the World Series trophy after the Giants defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game 5 to win the series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas on November 1, 2010. The Giants won the series 4 games to 1.  UPI/Pool Photo via Newscom

Congrats to Timmy and his entire team on winning their first title in 56 years. And with that, baseball is over for 2010. Let's not cry too much, shall we? It will be back before we know it, and there is plenty of speculation and gossip to come and then it will be spring training before we know it. And there is always drinking and pretending we like football too.

Friday, October 29, 2010

ALDS Game 4: The One that Got Away

ALSC Game 4: I walked in saying I hoped it wouldn't be my last game in the Bronx this season but it turned out it was.

I got a single ticket for rather inexpensive since the usual suspects weren't able to make it, or didn't want to see what AJ was going to do.
AJ started well...

Looking good...

But it didn't stay that way.

Homerun Robbie!

My favorite game!
Brett Brett!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lunch Break: Dang, Dave!

The Yankees just fired Dave Eiland, as reported in USA Today. Guess someone had to get blamed but I think the offense was just as much T fault as the pitchers were in the post-season.

I hear the Mets are hiring for many positions, Dave. Maybe I'll see you in the Queens!

(BTWS, I haven't forgotten I promised you pictures from the ALCS. I have the entry drafted but haven't had time to write all the words).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Win Some, Lose Some

Well, this post season has been interesting, hasn't it? I was at Game 3 of the ALDS and then Game 4 of the ALCS last night. A win and a loss. I'm excited/terrified/curious/head-in-the-sand about the next two Yankees at Rangers games. But, of course, I will be watching.

I'm hoping for a Yankees (obvi) and Giants World Series, both because I don't care to see the Phillies in the World Series for the third year in a row and because I have a new found fandom for Lincecum. What other 14 year old threw a shut-out his first post=season appearance? Of course, I can't wait to see CC and the Yankees stomp the crap out of him and the Giants in Game 1 next week.

I promise, nah swear, that I will have pics up this weekend. In the meantime, check out the Simpsons (Season 22!) episode from last Sunday that featured a Money Ball theme surrounding Lisa's ability to math the hell out of Bart's Little League Team (PUT DOWN THE BINDER, GIRARDI!):

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lunch Break: Really, He'll Be Fine

"Really, I'll be fine."

That's what A.J. said about his position in the rotation for the ALCS, which we now know will be against Texas.

A.J. is 4th in the rotation, meaning game 4 will be the one that Ashley and I attend. If only to see my A.J. and likely get cheaper tix from Yankees fans who have less faith in him than we I do.

Image/PicApp
New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws to first base on a pickoff attempt on Baltimore Orioles base runner Adam Jones in the second inning of their American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland September 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Joe Giza   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Source USA Today

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Swear, I Was There

I was at the ALDS Game 3 when the Yankees swept the Twins on Saturday night. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life; Yankee Stadium was electric.

So why haven't you heard about it yet? Well, I've been busy but I also have not quite felt like myself. A little under the weather, a little blue, I don't know what it is but it has kept me from uploading and talking about my pictures and the amazing time I had with Stef and Tommy and Pete, Marc, Jonathan and every other Bleacher Creature who didn't yell at me.

I promise pics soon, since we still have three more days 'til Yankees baseball. I'll try to get them up tonight, after the gym, while I'm watching Rangers/Rays.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mo Knows Baseball: ALDS Game One Done

Last night's game was intense but the Yankees came out on top, as they always will. Mo's pitching in the 8th and 9th helped and our dear Teix got the lead back with a two-run shot that brought, and kept the game to 6-4.

Mariano shuts is down in MN (Image/PicApp)
New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Divison Series baseball playoffs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Andy King (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


Tonight we get to see another one of our Core Four start the game. Go Andy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Beating the Off-Day Blues: Click with the Clicker

The Clicker is a new universal remote with one key feature for sports-lovers, or anyone over 21: a built-in bottle opener. I wrote about the Clicker in my Father's Day Gift Guide and the reps for the company were nice enough to give me one to test out AND drumroll please, one Clicker to giveaway to my readers! Details on that at the end of the post.

The Clicker has features for your TV, cable box, DVD/Bluray player, VCR (whatever, I still have one. How else am I going to watch old Disney cartoons), satellite and pretty much everything else you have hooked up to your entertainment center. The most exciting feature for me? It works with my DVR!

I'm not the most tech-savvy person in the world (I'm lucky I can use basic HTML in a pinch and as you may remember, it took me more than a month to figure out the "Sports Action" feature of my camera) so Howie set up the remote on Sunday night. We were drinking wine on Sunday, so Frenchie and I used the Clicker tonight to crack open a couple of Blue Point Toasted Lagers and watch Sunday's Mad Men. Using the remote, it was easy to access the DVR list, and after sifting through all of the How I Met Your Mother reruns, we settled into our show.

The Clicker worked seamlessly to open our beers and to watch our show. Neither of us had any complaint and there was no rushing back into the kitchen to grab the bottle opener magnet on the fridge to open our next round.

And can you argue with the fact that the Clicker comes in Yankee blue? Pick one up tomorrow to get ready for the playoffs and it will keep you company through football season and the start of hockey before baseball returns. Visit www.MyClicker.com to get one. Or...

I have one Clicker, retail value $24, for a lucky reader. Want to win it? Just do the following:

To get one entry: Leave a comment on this entry with your email address and your favorite beer/refreshment that requires a bottle opener - also feel free to comment about the post. Only one entry per person, please.

To get an additional entry: Tweet the following about the contest, once per day, so you can get five extra entries doing this! - Visit @YourBballGirl's blog at http://bit.ly/bevKdp by Saturday 10/9/10 to win a free Clicker remote!


Don't use Twitter? Maybe it's time you did! There is always great baseball talk going on.

Please note, the contest is open to U.S. residents only and you must respond to my email telling you that you have won within 48 hours of the contest ending at 7:59 p.m. EST on Sundday, October 10, 2010 (one minute before first pitch of the Yankees 4th ALDS game, if necessary). If you win, but I don't hear back from you ,I will have to go to another person.

One winner will be chosen by random.org on Sunday, October 10, 2010. Good luck and thanks for playing!

*While I am a savvy PR girl, I was not paid for these opinions. I was provided product to test and review and additional product for a giveaway. Thanks for reading the fine print.*

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yankees Hell with My Dear Janelle

My wonderful friend, Janelle, took me to the Yankees game last Thursday.We had originally planned to sit in her seats in section 420B, behind the dugout but at the top. When I arrived, Janelle had a wonderful surprise waiting for me.
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Seats in section 223, row 1. She scored them from her friend who was sitting in field-level seats with a Mets pitcher. The first thing I did in our new seats? Stalk the dugout with my camera.
I didn't get there until the top of the 2nd. Before CC got in trouble. Enjoy his brief pitching flip book.


We were closer to home plate, but still had an excellent view of 3rd. Sup, A-Rod?
Before the bottom of the 2nd, they did a Bernie Williams montage. Since he is the great Yankee ever (a mon avis)...
his tribute deserved to be photographed.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My New Favorite Flip Book

Shot from my field-level seat on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. A-Rod was warming up for what turned out to be a strikeout.






 "I threw you good, beeoch!"
And with that, Yankees post-season tix just went on sale. Did you get yours?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Clinched, Clanched, Clunched

The Yankees just clinched their place in the playoffs!!! Who cares if it is the Wild Card spot or not, it is the effing PLAYOFFS, BABY!!!

Yes, that pic is from Sunday night's game. Sorry, I'm not in Toronto.

Also, I LOOOOOOOOOVE YOU, MO!!!!!!

Flying Solo - Wednesday, September 22nd

My only solo game last week was on Wednesday. I bought a seat infield, upper deck but front row because I knew AJ was pitching and I wanted to get some good shots of him. Which I did:



 I also had some good shots of Legends seating pandering. I'm sure they got on TV.
 Look familiar?
 And then, the skies opened up. The faithful and I waited two hours for the rain to end.
 And after it did...
 I ended up with my first field-level seat of the week, which gave me this view of Jeter, warming up after the delay.
 My AJ didn't make it back in after the rain, but I got a good view of Brett Brett at the bat.

Monday, September 27, 2010

4 Games and Over 1,000 Pics

From the four games I attended last week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, I have more than 1,000 pictures, ranging from shots in the upper deck right field to the Bleachers to the aforeblogged behind-the-dugout seats.

I was quite under the weather today and didn't have the energy to even begin working out how I can share the best of these pics with you. So, I plan to post shots from each game one day this week, along with the usual bloggy goodness that you have come to expect from me.

Until then, please enjoy these Brett Brett flip-book style pics from last night's attempt to steal 2nd base. Shot from Bleacher section 203.








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