Day Three In Tampa (With The She-Fan Cam)

Saturday was a day game after a night game. Good thing I didn’t have to play shortstop or even DH. I was really dragging. When I spotted the Marriott’s bellman on my way to the ballpark, I was tempted to ask him if he knew where I could score some boli. Instead, I bonded with him after he complimented me on my garb (Mo T-shirt/Yankees visor).

There was a packed house at Steinbrenner field for Yankees/Braves, and the weather couldn’t have been more cooperative.
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Even George was present and accounted for, as was Reggie Jackson.
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I got a stiff neck looking up at his box every few minutes, waiting to see if Hal would appear. Only Hank did. You can’t have everything.
On my way to buy bottled water, I ran into a Red Sox fan and felt compelled to ask why he was attending a Yankees game.
And as I walked by the woman in charge of the Customer Service booth, another urge to whip out the She-Fan Cam overtook me.
See how much we can learn through baseball? If we want a happy, 50-year-marriage, it can be ours – if our spouse is never around.
The game got underway and Wang looked sharp (well, except for the non-sinker stinker he threw to Kotchman that put the Braves on the board). He covered first and managed to avoid another Lisfranc injury, and there was a collective sigh of relief.
Hideki was the DH and seemed to be stroking the ball well.
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But the Yankees offense was anemic. I mean, come on. Men on first and third with no outs and nobody scores? I hate that.
Wang was pulled for Brett Tomko, who promptly served up a Bombko. Phil Coke gave one up too.
Rather than sit in my seat behind home plate and stew about the 3-1 score, I worked off my frustration by roaming the stadium. I encountered a couple of hardcores from New York.
(I really do want that robe. Memo to self: Go shopping on the MLB web site.) He also mentioned that he was getting married soon and that he was not only planning to wear the Mantle robe at the wedding but to stick the Yankees N-Y logo on the back of his fiancee’s gown. Excellent idea. 
I was returning to my seat when I spotted a she-fan in training. I don’t care what team you root for; her smile will melt your heart.
(Full disclosure: Her slightly older brother is a Red Sox fan, and they got into a fight after I shut off the She-Fan Cam. He didn’t punch her, but he pinched her really hard.)
Random game notes….I continue to be impressed by Ramiro Pena, who played second while Ransom took over shortstop duties and Justin Leone played third. I’d never heard of Pena before, but the kid is slick with the glove. Damon looked sluggish on an attempted steal. Get those legs in shape, Johnny. Opinions about A-Rod’s hip echoed throughout the game – from the guy who said A-Rod should play with a torn labrum for an entire season to the woman who insisted that surgery should be performed immediately to the kid who wanted the Yankees to trade for Adrian Beltre.
As we were exiting the stadium after the 3-1 loss, I chatted up one of the Yankees security officers. Her ears were pierced in places I didn’t know you could pierce an ear, and her tongue had a silvery thing embedded in it.
Later, Michael and I had dinner with John Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees, at a swanky restaurant overlooking Old Tampa Bay. He’s a regular there and was given the royal treatment – as well as the “15% Yankees discount.” I figured it would be gauche to bring the She-Fan Cam, but I wish I had.
Looking forward to another great day on Sunday. The Yankees will be in Lakeland playing the Tigers, so we’ll be driving to St. Pete for some sightseeing and a drink with bestselling author Peter Golenbock. (I will definitely bring the She-Fan Cam to that.)
 

23 Comments

Spring Training is my favorite part of the year
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

It’s up there, Gomets. But I’d have to put playoff baseball at the top of the heap.

I loved your Red Sox fan & the little girl was really cute! Hope you get some rest!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

That little girl and her missing front teeth really got me, Julia. So cute. Whoever thought a vacation would be so much work!

Jane,
Thank you very much for being polite w/me. I have been insulted several times for my views on A-Rod. It was nice to have someone politely disagree and argue their point.
I am very relieved about A-Rod, but this time for a more solid reason than an admittedly random report not backed up by the Yankees. The Yanks say A-rod will only be out 6-9 weeks. That’s it! Factor in 3 weeks of March and there’s even a chance he could only miss three weeks of playing time, w/the other outlier being a month and a half. If the Yanks can’t last that long w/o A-Rod, they don’t deserve a ring.
Glad Tex did well, I think we may see something special from this guy. Go Yanks!
-Letsgoyankees

I love the She-Fan Cam! That little girl is so cute! So’s the bellhop, actually. That guy who wants to put the Yankee logo on the back of his fiancees wedding gown must be marrying a saint, even most fellow She-Fans I know would never go for that! Although, I’m kind of surprised Alyssa Milano hasn’t designed one for her line.
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

Jane,
I like your customer service rep (not Marge Schott?!). Of course, she gives all the credit to her husband : )
That little girl is a doll…are all Yankees fans that adorable?

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

Sorry the Yanks lost… the good news is every time the Yankees lose an angel gets his wings ;-)
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

I’m relieved about A-Rod too, Letsgoyankees. I think the type of surgery he’s having tomorrow gives him a good chance of playing fairly soon – and playing effectively. Sounds like a decent compromise, although I was initially lobbying for the full surgery, just to get it over with. And I agree on Tex: He will be great.

Maybe Alyssa has designed baseball wedding apparel, Erin. And if not, maybe she should. Glad you like “the cam.”

No, all Yankee fans are not that adorable, Happy. LOL. We have our monsters just like other teams.

But they won today, Jeff. So much for my moaning about the anemic offense. They scored 12 runs against Allen’s Tigers. Yay.

Jane – I finally got a hold of your book today! It was fantastic, you’re a great writer…keep it up! Congrats on the Yanks win today.
Canuck

Hey Jane – it’s my first time stopping by on your blog. I was so captivated – awesome job! The little videos are fantastic and really let the fan element shine. I’m a Mets fan, but found myself wading through all of the vids. I hadn’t heard of your book before now, but it sounds like a dream come true. Congrats. Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

So glad you got the book and are enjoying it, Canuck. And yeah, the Yankees won today – in a convincing fashion too. I like it!

Thanks for stopping by, Ash. I’ll hop over to visit your blog now. I’ve been spotting a lot of Mets jerseys around Tampa (many Santana shirts, in particular), so you’re well represented even here. And yes, following the Yankees around the country for the book was a dream come true for sure.

Aw, man! Just missed getting my post in! Anyway, heard A.J. did really well. If he’s not injured he’ll be a force, and if he is I think Hughes will do fine. Thoughts?

Jane – I am really enjoying your video clips. I wonder what the security officer’s comment on A-Rod would have been off the record? Hmm.
Looks like the weather is beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your stay!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I love these spring training posts and interviews! Can you stay down there in Tampa for the rest of spring training and keep on reporting?
-Kathy
http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

Another incredible day in the life of a She-Fan. Thanks for helping make your trip to FL so memorable for all of us!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Jane, you got a knack for this interview thing! i enjoy your interviews.. She-Fan on the Street perspective

you gotta let us know when you get your Mickey Mantle robe

Letsgoyankees, it did sound like AJ pitched well. 98 mph? Yikes. Sorry I missed that game. And I agree that Hughes seems to be maturing. I’m sure we’ll be seeing him in the bigs this year.

Sue, the security officer said, “No comment.” And then she went on to add that A-Rod has always been nice to her, personally, so she didn’t want to say anything bad about him.

Kathy, I’d love to stay. I’m so sad I’m leaving in a few hours. I’m in the groove of going to games and hate that it’s over. Waaaaah.

You’re welcome, Scott. I wish you could have joined us. It’s great fun down here.

Levelboss, as soon as I get home I’m checking out the Mantle robe. If I find one, I’ll post a pic of it for sure.

Dinner with Harold Moskowitz? Wow. Spill, babe!

Also, they just got your new book at my local library, so a potential criminal act has been averted.

A final question: Did you spend any quality time with the Bard of the Yankee Blogiverse during your pilgrimage?

Can’t spill, Whitey. For once in my life I’m trying to be discreet! Glad your library came through and you don’t have to resort to a life of crime. And no, I didn’t see the Bard. I’m not allowed in the press box, as you’ll find out from reading the book.

This was a great blog! =)

~King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

Thanks, King!

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