Thursday, November 14, 2013

The 50 Best Sports Movies, As Ranked by a Men's Website - And My Additions

This website Guyism (I don't know it either, but Thrillist linked to it this a.m.) ran a top 50 movies about sports list.

On a website dedicated to the interests of men, are we surprised only two movies that focus on female athletes are included? Fine, I guess not.

That said, those two movies*, especially A League of their Own which barely broke the top 20, should be higher on the list. Frankly, the write up on ALOFO was pretty lazy, imploring readers not to be sexist because the cast was good. Okay, there's a lot more to say, but I'm not here to write your columns for you, Guyism guys.

What female-centric sports movie would I add to the list? Definitely The Cutting Edge, which was super cheesy but also really adorable and made me, a young ice skater, even more excited about my sport. See also:

  • Bring It On, the 90s masterpiece about high school cheerleading
  • Bend It Like Beckham, if you like soccer and Keira Knightley (I don't but girl power and such)
  • National Velvet, which has Elizabeth "Freakin'" Taylor as the star
  • Blue Crush, because we all know surfing is the most bad ass sport. Seriously, which other mainstream sports put you in such imminent danger of being attacked by two great white sharks?
  • Girlfight, which is not only poignant as hell but introduced us to Michelle Rodriguez
  • and the lesser figure skating romance movie: Ice Castles
What other women-in-sports movies would you add to the list?

*Million Dollar Baby was the other movie and the Academy Award winner came in at #27, not even in the top half of best movies. To be fair, I've never seen the film, but it had Clint Eastwood so shouldn't a sexist men's website rank it higher?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hi guys!

How is everyone? I know I haven't posted in three months but I am still here.

This is what has been going on in my life:

  • I started living alone in NYC, which is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I'm in the same apartment that I've shared with lovers and roommates over the past eight years
  • I went to many Yankees games but was, in all honesty, very relieved that they didn't make the playoffs. I didn't think they deserved it and I didn't want to give the Yankees org any more of my money in 2013
  • I kind of watched the MLB playoffs and can truly say good for Boston for winning this year. It's sort of like redemption for the Yankees not winning in 2001. When bad shit happens to your city, it's victories like this that really lift people back up from the ashes
  • I also went to my first NFL game! Go Jets! I mean, go Jets when you aren't playing the Saints! Geaux Saints!
  • I've taken several trips to far-flung, exotic locations, like Ogden, IL and Warwick, NY
  • I've been on about 1 million first dates and a few second and third dates...but no one has been lucky enough to grab my heart yet
  • I've thrown quite a few house parties and BBQs and am currently planning for a big Thanksgiving feast at my home
  • I stopped drinking temporarily
  • I started drinking again, but a lot less. Give me one glass of Pinot Noir and I'm like wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • I continued to grow my yoga practice, namaste
What's been going on with you?

Joanna, aka Your Baseball Girl

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gina Davis Is Still a Peach

Homegirl is looking good in a replica of her iconic costume, shown here on the US Weekly website.

Can you believe she is 57? But, really, can you believe "A League of Their Own" was over 20 years ago? Neither can Rosie O'Donnell, I'm sure. My sister and I saw the film when it was in theaters. I said to her, as we left to presumably wait for our parents to pick us up since we were like eight years old, that I thought our little brother would like it. Her response "probably not." #coolstory

Also, I'll be in the Bronx tomorrow night, seeing A-Fraud make his return to The Stadium. I cannot be responsible for what comes out of my mouth...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Was That Some Spirit the Yankees Just Showed?

The Yankees lost in 11 last night, after the Red Sox proved they are a slightly more-cohesive team and took the game 8-7 in extras. Mike Napoli was basically the burr in C.C. Sabathia's birthday suit, earning many of the runs with his magic bat. The Yankees did try, quite hard. Case in point, my Brett Brett:

At the top of the 7th, Gardner had a 10-minute, 15-pitch AB which resulted in a walk. Not only was this SUPER FREAKING awesome, but he was covered top-to-bottom in dirt, which made it quite possibly the most adorable at bat of the series.

Dirt in the skirt, Brett! (Image/Screenshot, don't sue me, MLB)

The Yankees are at Rangers for the next four days then head home, where my girl, Dina, and I will see them on Friday night. Then, on Sunday, my darling office friend, Ruth, and I will be getting to the Stadium at the crack of dawn for our Matsui bobbleheads and chance to glimpse his radiant glory once more on the field at Yankee Stadium.

Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This Also Happened at the ASG

But I missed it because I went to bed after Mo crushed the opposition in the bottom of the 8th:

Prince Fielder gets a triple and he gets it good.

Mariano likes.

ASG Recap: He's My Boy!

Mariano shut down the All Star Game last night. Well, duh! Of course he did.

Mo does his thing, you watch in awe (Image/Wikipedia?)

Even though he came in for the bottom of the 8th, not the 9th, his appearance, subsequent standing ovation from every human being within a five mile radius for CitiField and 16-pitch 1-2-3 inning was just another game for Mariano freakin' Rivera.

Texas' Joe Nathan came in to close out the game for the AL (whatever, does HE not know who Mariano Rivera is?) and now home field advantage for the World Series lies with the AL...if only the Yankees had a shot in hell.

There's no baseball tonight, so I'm thinking about watching A League of Their Own in bed and painting my nails white with navy Pinstripes. We've gotta get the momentum going for the second half.

Stay cool, sweet readers!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Or You Could Just Watch the Dang Game

BuzzFeed posted seven games to play when a baseball game gets "boring."

I think a 19 year old wrote this list. Why wouldn't you just go get another round of beers rather than gamble dollar bills out of a cap?

Not that I'm being totally objective, but the list is stupid because baseball does not get boring. BuzzFeed is otherwise awesome. Usually.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Guest blog: Wherein Jean Puts Down "The Great Gatsby" and Watches Some Baseball

On the first of May, my friend, Jean S. joined me for the Yankees v. Astros game. We skipped our Grandstand seats to sit in available left-field Terrace seats, having found an unguarded section and rows and rows of seats without butts. 

Jean, being a baseball newbie, asked a lot of questions, including if she could guest blog on YBG.

Below are the top five takeaways from the game, as written by Jean:

1. Canada only has one baseball team 

2. Jayson Nix has a brother named Laynce 

3. Joanna got into a fight with a bongo player on the 4 train. [ed: he is a horrible, horrible man who deserved to be arrested for harassment, panhandling and general assh*lery]

4. Papa Johns makes damn good pizza. [ed: LIES]

5. Innings are stupid. 

About Jean S.: Jean lives and works in New York City. Her experience with baseball involves one Mets game in high school (it rained, so we went home); and a Yankees game last summer, when she met Mariano Rivera. However she considers her outing with Jo, Yankees fan #1, to have been her true introduction to the sport.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Buzzfeed Stadium Food Post Is Lacking

Check it out at the link below, where they list the bucket of sliders and fries at Yankee Stadium as a top eat to spend your hard-earned cash on...

Really? Those soggy sliders and even soggier French fries are a must-nosh? There's much better food to be had in the Stadium, including Nathan's dogs and cheese fries, Brother Jimmy's pulled pork, heck, even a slice of S'barro's pizza is a better choice. There are fancier selections at the stadium, like a Lobel's Steak Sandwich, freshly-rolled sushi, a mini Dylan's Candy Bar assortment or a massive turkey leg that will make you feel like a caveman.

On your next trip to the stadium, check out all the selections for Beers of the World to my go-to, a spicy Italian sausage with peppers, onions and French's mustard, but please, go ahead and skip the mush fest of sliders and fries.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Let's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Number 11

11 days until Yankees baseball and I am EVER so delighted that Brett Gardner is healthy and playing in the starting line up (knock on all the wood in the entire universe).


Here are some things (11 things) to do to pass the time over the next 11 days:

1. Watch preseason Yankees ball on YES, admire the cute uniforms sans Pinstripes

2. Plan to watch preseason ball, forget and go to see Tina Fey's new movie instead

3. Iron all of your Yankees shirts, fold neatly, admire your Gap-worthy folding skills

4. Place bets on who the starting catcher will be (DHAB is offering 2-1 on Cervelli)

5. Massage Mark Teixeira's wrist for him (and then report back, please)

6. Watch NBA basketball (as IF!)

7. Watch every Simpsons baseball episode, and the two Blernsball episodes of Futurama for good measure; learn Dancin' Homer's "Baby Elephant Walk" jig

Dance, Dancin' Homer, dance! (Image/FOX)

8. Watch the World Baseball Classic, cheer for Puerto Rico...oh, wait...

9. Buy a new baseball cap. Yours is looking a little worse for wear and frankly, after the way the Yankees ended last season, is probably ripe with bad juju

10. Stock up on bargain peanuts, cracker jacks

11. Spend time bidding all of your non-baseball-loving friends a happy spring, summer and fall. See you in November!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Los doce dias antes de el beisbol

I'm learning Spanish, okay?

There are twelve days before Yankees baseball kicks off. I have to work on the 1st (don't shoot the messenger, also my 10 days in Hawaii in May will make up for it) so I am missing the home opener but I will be there for the next game...

(Image/AP) Even though he's a Diamondback this year, I'll always love the view of Chavez's "12"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

The smell of summer

On days like theis, when it is snow and sleet and rain in Manhattan, a foot of snow predicted over the next twelve hours and baseball is still seven weeks away in this interminable winter, it is the little things that make me smile and think of the Stadium.

There is an Etsy vendor, Man Hands, who makes manly-scented soaps. One such soap is touted as smelling like a well-worn leather glove (Derek Jeter's right palm, anyone?).

(image/Man Hands via Etsy)
Baseball Glove Scented Soap 3 oz. Bar

From the manufacturer: This is a dead-on leather scent that will bring back the childhood memories of that favorite baseball glove pressed up to your face ... 3 oz. bar

Other scents include "Red, Red Wine" and "Bacon" so I gotta say that this baseball girl would love to feminine her hands on some Man Hands. I'd also love to see "dead-on balls" used a little bit more in the product description, but I drop a Mona Lisa Vito from My Cousin Vinny quote at least once a day.

The soaps retail for $6.95 plus shipping and it might just get me through the next seven weeks without making an emergency trip to Tampa.