Which book to read first?…



I received the e-mail from Amazon that the two books I ordered are on their way (Joe Torre’s The Yankee Years and Jane Heller’s Confessions of a She-Fan).


After Joe’s softball interview with Larry King on Friday, his book tour gets underway this week.  I agree with those who say that Joe is backpedaling, and his “clarification” of his A-Fraud comments is case in point.  In the book, he does not reference that it was in jest, but now he supports Larry Bowa’s comments that it was a fun-natured comment that was made to A-Rod directly. 


Bob Klapisch of The Record (newjersey.com) interviewed Mike Mussina last week, and I thought Mike had some very insightful comments:


“it’s not just what goes on in the clubhouse, it’s sitting on the bus, or if you’re out having lunch. As a ballplayer you need to know who you have to watch out for and who you can trust. First and foremost, you should be able to trust your manager.”


Mike went on to say several statements of the obvious:


“I mean, people knew that Brown was out there, and that Randy was ornery all the time. And Pavano is whoever he is. But if you’re their manager, you can’t go out and write about them like that.”


It’s unfortunate that Joe Girardi has to learn on the job, but in the end, I think the Yankees will be much better off with Mr. G. than Mr. T.   I personally wanted Donnie Baseball to get the job after Joe T. left, but for personal reasons, he clearly wasn’t ready.  Although I am hopeful that he gets his opportunity one day, I believe that the time is now for Joe Girardi, and he deserves every opportunity to lead the ship to battle. 


As much as I am looking forward to reading Torre’s book, I have to admit that I am more excited about Jane Heller’s Confessions of a She-Fan.  Clearly, her book will get preferential treatment upon receipt.  I can relate to her story first and foremost as a fellow Yankees fan.  But I can further relate to her story.  The Minnesota Vikings have been my favorite football team since 1972, and I was so upset when Fran Tarkenton retired and they gave the QB job to Bob Lee (I hated that guy!).  As a product of my frustration, I wrote a letter to the Vikings organization informing them that I had resigned as a fan.  I came back around with Tommy Kramer, but admittedly there are incredible highs and lows when you are passionate about a sports team.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every blog Jane has written, and I am very excited about the book.  I will provide my review after I have received my copy. 


I have been a Yankees fan for over 33 years, and I met the first Yankees fan that I am proud of during the 2001 World Series.  I attended Games 2 and 6 in Phoenix, and during Game 6 I encountered a very knowledgeable Yankees fan from New York who made me realize that the World Series was beyond anything short of a Yankees championship.  He had attended the games in New York, and the magic and inspiration that he shared that day were incredible.  Of course, the Yankees then got shellacked by the D-Backs, but it was still an experience I’ll always remember.  Jane sharing a story that is so engrained in our hearts is incredible. That places her among the top two Yankees fan I’ve encountered.  Considering that the Yankees are THE most storied franchise, she has written a book about us, among us, with us…


Thanks Jane.




Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their record 6th Super Bowl championship.  Perhaps we can put an end to the talk of the Cowboys as “America’s Team”.  I want to say that the TD catch by Santonio Holmes was one of the greatest acts of concentration and attention to detail that I’ve seen in a Super Bowl in a long time.  It was a incredible catch, and certainly deserves placement up there with the likes of the “Immaculate Reception”. 


The latest rumors have the New England Patriots placing the franchise tag on QB Matt Cassel and then trading him to the Kansas City Chiefs (due to the Scott Pioli connection).  I think that the Chiefs and Vikings rumors will run rampant until a trade actually happens, but I do hope that Cassel is wearing purple and gold when all is said and done. 


As Kevin Millar says, the Orioles aren’t going to win this season, but they have quietly been making some very sound acquisitions…


If the Dodgers are down to making a one year, $25 million offer for Manny Ramirez, why don’t the Yankees enter the game?  Trade Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher (there is significant interest in both), and ensure YES ratings with Manny in right field.  Sorry, I just can’t let go of my totally gluttonous dream!


Adding a Jim Edmonds to platoon in center with Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera is probably not a bad idea…


I hated to hear that Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers will miss 8-12 weeks due to a tear in the medial collateral ligament of his right knee, but at least it wasn’t a season-ending injury.  I wonder how much different last year’s NBA Championship would have looked had Bynum been healthy and available to play.


Bobby Knight at the University of Georgia?  C’mon, Bobby, give it up.  I am sure that ESPN will provide for a very comfortable life in your remaining years.  But you are like the guest who stayed too long, we’re ready for you to leave…


Just 10 days until pitchers and catchers report…










  1. juliasrants

    I picked up my copy of Jane’s book today so that’s the one I’m reading first! I had heard about the Franchise tag on Cassel but I hadn’t heard about trading him to KC. Until we can be sure that Brady will be back I think we need to keep him.


  2. pinstripepride3

    I picked up Jane’s book yesterday. That’s definitely the one I’m more excited about. I believe that it’s a book that we all, as fans, can relate to. The 2001 World Series transcended baseball for those of us in the NY area. I attended one of the games in NY and wrote about it in my blog titled “My Greatest Baseball Experience.” BTW – I love that you used a Lou Gehrig quote to name your blog.


  3. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, scofid … “Welcome” to mlblogs !!!

    I just noticed your blog on “Julia’s” Link List, so it’s always good to see another Yankees fan blogging at our great baseball community here at mlblogs/mlb.com !!! … Looking at your bio brought back many memories, as I remember that New Years Eve in 1974 very well … The signing of Catfish Hunter [of all the Yankees free-agent signings] was always the happiest I felt as a long-time, die-hard Yankess fan; and, I had that same feeling this winter when the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira !!! … I look forward to the Yankees having a great year in 2009, as the signings of Tex, as well as, CC and A.J., certainly improved the team which hopefully will lead the New York Yankees to their 27th World Championship in 2009 !!! … Excellent work on your mlblog so far; and, I look forward to your future posts, comments and thoughts !!! … Also, I just purchased Jane’s and Joe Torre’s books yesterday — both, look like a great read; and, I’m very interested and excited to read every word of both accounts of our favorite team, the NY Yankees !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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