With Spring Training Just Around the Corner….

February 9th, 2014 by Jane Heller

Steinbrenner Field

…..I thought it was time I posted here. Just a few things on my mind:

  • I’m very relieved that A-Rod decided to drop his lawsuits and his threat of appearing in Tampa. I don’t think he’ll go off into the sunset never to be heard from in 2014, however. There’s probably at least one big interview coming (Oprah? Matt Lauer? Anderson Cooper? Good Old Michael Kay?). I don’t know what he could possibly say since he’s unlikely to admit he used PEDs. He seems more interested in trying to repair relationships with his fellow players, the fans and the sport itself by not fighting everybody in court. As one of the writers said, he’s decided he’d rather be Ryan Braun than Pete Rose. No winners in all this. He’s tarnished. MLB’s tarnished. And then there’s the matter of third base for the Yankees. Will we get any production out of whoever will end up playing there this season? (Hopefully someone not acquired in a trade for Brett Gardner.)
  • I’m looking forward to Tanaka’s press conference and, of course, his first outing on the mound. Cashman says he’s a #3 pitcher in the rotation – I like Cash’s idea of lowering our expectations – but I have a feeling Tanaka will do better than anticipated despite the learning curve. After all, he’ll have quite a mentor in Kuroda.
  • I’m hopeful that Jeter will stay healthy and play well. He won’t be the Jeter of the past, but as long as he can perform at a high level, his comeback won’t be a cringe-worthy experience for anyone.
  • I’m eager to see how CC rebounds from his off-year; ditto Tex after his wrist injury. I’m excited about McCann, Ellsbury, Beltran and all the other newbies. I’m psyched to watch baseball, period.

But here’s the thing – and I hope I won’t be disappointing anybody – I’ve decided not to post on this blog as often as I used to over the years. I’m not shutting it down by any means and I intend to add my two cents whenever there’s something of interest to me, but I just don’t have the time these days to write after every game. Not that I won’t be tempted to. And not that I wouldn’t love it if others wanted to leave comments whenever their mood strikes. “Confessions of a She-Fan” can be an open forum for everybody and I’ll answer when I can. My focus now is on my books though – I’m slaving away to get a new novel out there – so I’ll likely be posting more often on the Mainly Jane blog than I will here. I’m also on social media a lot, and you can always find me on Twitter here or on Facebook here and here.

Right now I’m into the Olympics, figure skating especially, and look forward to each day’s events. (Poor Bob Costas and his pink eye. Not a good time to get that!) And on March 2nd comes the Oscars, my personal Super Bowl, and the parade of stars and gowns and movies, all of which I’ve seen. But soon – very soon – there will be a new baseball season, a chance to start over, a chance to get back to the postseason, a chance to win a championship. Who will be the success stories and who will fall by the wayside? Baseball is the best reality show on television and I can’t wait.



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6 Responses to “With Spring Training Just Around the Corner….”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    All good comments, Jane; I agree with everything. I think Jeter will be in fine shape…I just don’t know how long its going to take him to get “back in the game” comfortably. At any rate, I am looking forward to a very successful season with the additions the team has made and without A-Rod’s drama. We will definitely be better off without him. I did hear very nice comments about A-Rod from Michael Kaye on his show so I guess he is hoping that he will be the one that A-Rod selects to make any public comments. I don’t partake in Facebook or Twitter so I’m still going to be communicating this way, but I’m really looking forward to a new book to read.

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to baseball season, most particularly because the football season is over and The Super Bowl was no fun to watch. I’ve been following the Winter Olympics hoping that would fill my sports starvation but its really not helping. GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    Michael Kay has always been A-Rod’s champion, relative to others in the media, Diane, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he goes there for an interview. I just think he’ll want a broader audience since this case extends far beyond Yankeeland.

  3. Christy says:

    Bah, humbug, I am saddened you won’t be posting your daily New York Yankees musings. I would look for you each morning – even before I checked the scores, way before I checked the box scores. The Yankees won’t be nearly as much fun without you. I will miss you very much.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I’m flattered that you stopped by every day, Christy. Sincerely. But I’ll be throwing my two cents in. Just not on a daily basis. It’s a loooong season!

  5. margaret says:

    I loved Tanaka’s answers that I read. Wish I had Yes.
    Anyone see it?

  6. Jane Heller says:

    He’s adorable, Peg! I love that he flew that $200k jet so he wouldn’t miss the presser because of bad weather. Talk about showing up in style. (Here’s the YES clip for anyone who missed it: http://web.yesnetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140211&content_id=67646576&oid=36019). Very excited to have him – and, apparently, his wife and his poodle. LOL.