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Monthly Archives: February 2000

Feb 29 2000: Offseason Blues: Part 2

So my brother Julian calls today, and we’re talking about our trip to Tampa next week. “I’m thinking about bringing some baseballs,” he says. For a moment I’m thinking, will we need gloves and bats, too? Then I realize, oh, for autographs… “But there’s a problem,” he tells me. “If we want these to be […]

Feb 27 2000: Spring Dreams

I know I don’t leave for Tampa for another seven days, but you know what I did last night instead of my taxes? I packed for my trip. Unbelievable, I know. But there’s a fully packed suitcase sitting in my room right now, full of shorts and tank tops and other hot weather clothing that […]

Feb 26 2000: Why I Never Played Ball

You know what has never made sense to me? Baseball is for boys and softball is for girls. This doesn’t make sense because boys have much, much bigger hands than girls. I have such tiny hands that I have trouble keeping a softball in my hand. A baseball, on the other hand, fits alright. I […]

Feb 25 2000: The Strawberry Rocker Soap Opera

The news is fairly well-plastered these days with two types of negative articles about baseball. Those about Darryl Strawberry’s relapse into cocaine use, and those on John Rocker’s December Sports Illustrated interview, where he offended just about everyone with his racist, homophobic, and generally ass-headed comments. It has been interesting to see how few people […]

Feb 20 2000: Waiting For Spring Training…

I’ve said before how I “can’t wait” for the season to start. (Or even for Spring training to start!) But now I know I have it bad. Well, not that I didn’t know before, but yesterday I went to new extremes for my baseball fix. I knew that Mariano Rivera, Yankees closer, had his arbitration […]

Feb 19 2000: I Need A Scorecard

I always liked going to Yankees games as a kid, even if I didn’t really understand what was going on all the time. Being with my Dad, the excitement of the crowd, having a picnic lunch in the stands or getting to stay out late, those were plenty of reasons to like going to the […]

Feb 18 2000: On Rehab, Injury, and Work

So, today spring training gets underway in earnest. So many of the articles I’ve been reading have been about the players who have rehabbed from injury or surgery during the winter. Even Cal Ripken! Pitchers galore. And more. I’ve been “recovering” from a back injury since 1996, so I can say something about strength, or […]

February 17 2000: On Stadiums

I’ve waxed poetic before about Yankee Stadium, and well, I’m about to do it again. Yankee Stadium embodies, for me, the Platonic Ideal stadium. If my baseball history is right, it was the first three tier stadium, as well. Add to that the fact that it is The House That Ruth Built, and the tremendous […]

Feb 16 2000: On “Diamond Girls:” Female Baseball Fandom

So, I never really thought about the difference between female baseball fans and male baseball fans, until the whole Derek Jeter thing. Let me explain. Growing up as a kid, I was a tomboy, and was always doing this that the “guys” did: I ran cross country track, and played the sousaphone (tuba), and I […]

Feb 15 2000: Why I Like The 1999 Red Sox (No Really!)

OK, OK, I’ve talked before about being a Yankee fan in Red Sox Land. It’s tough, let me tell you. I go into the copy shop where I do thousands of dollars in business a year wearing my Yankees cap, and they give me s**t about it. The give me the evil eye in the […]

February 14, 2000: Why Baseball Is Better Than Movies

There are a lot of reasons why I like baseball. I’ve already talked about formative experiences of youth, bonding with my father, and so on. But I think there’s more to it than that, and this has to do with sports in general. Because in recent years I’ve found my interest in all sports becoming […]

February 13, 2000: Born-Again In Baseball – Part Three: The Comeback

In 1999, corwin and I had been together eight years. Eight years! And now that we’re both in our thirties, we’ve gotten on to a kind of second-childhood kick. (We also took a vacation to Disney World this year.) I decided that, with our limited funds, we ought to take a vacation to New Jersey, […]

February 13, 2000: Born-Again In Baseball – Part Two: The Slump

When I hit about 15 years old, a couple of things happened. I was still a tomboy, yeah, but I started dating. And I started thinking about college. And I ran cross country track, and played tuba in the marching band, and was on the staff of the school literary magazine, and was in the […]

February 13, 2000 : OFFSEASON BLUES

I never anticipated how difficult the offseason was going to be this year. It’s my first offseason since my return to baseball fanaticism, and I just had no idea it would be this hard to get through the dark months. Oh, sure, in November there were a few tidbits, like the awards and such, that […]

February 13, 2000 : Born-Again in Baseball: Part One: Rookie

So, how did a young fan of Reggie Jackson, the Year of the Comeback, Bucky Dent, Ron Guidry, and Thurman Munson, a woman who still counts among one of the best days of her life witnessing Dave Righetti’s Fourth of July No-Hitter live at Yankee Stadium, lose her faith in the late ’80s, forget the […]