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2003 Women’s Baseball Diary, Part 2

April 30, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: On Playing the Game, Women In Baseball, Women's Baseball Marathon

Originally posted on June 7 2003: Baseball Diary 2003, Part 2.

Photo of ctan in uniform here.

May 15

My arm hurt all weekend. Then again, so did my back, my knee, my neck… it has gotten cold and damp again, if you can believe that, and every part of me that has any nagging injury is aching. And the Yankees are on a losing streak, which makes me feel down, which makes me ache more. This is all very annoying, but doesn’t keep me from doing my morning routine no matter how creaky I get. I’ve added some things to the rehab exercises I did over the winter, and here’s what I’m doing pretty much every day: 100-200 crunch sit-ups, 50 leg lifts with the 5 pound ankle weight–each leg, 10-20 “superman” lifts for my back–lying on my stomach, 10-20 “crawl” lifts (lifting left leg and right arm off the ground, then vice versa), 3 sets of ten wrist curls with the blue Theraband for my elbow/wrist, 3 sets of 10 the other direction, both arms of course, and then sets of 10 lifts with a 3-lb. dumbell for my arms, butterflies, etc… I don’t have names for them all. It all takes about 20 minutes with backstretches thrown in. I’ve been doing this routine, gradually adding to it, for several weeks now.

All the light lifting must be helping. I know because tonight we had batting practice in Pawtucket. (more…)

May 7 2003 : Out Standing In The Field

April 29, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: On Playing the Game, Women In Baseball, Women's Baseball Marathon

Cecilia’s Baseball Diary 2003
May 7 2003 : Out Standing In The Field

Here I am again, trying to play baseball. For those who are new to my endeavors, here’s a quick recap.

March 23, 2000 — While surfing the Internet, I discover the existence of “organized” women’s baseball in the US. While there’s no “major league” per se, there are several organizing bodies, including the AAU and the loose confederation of leagues that form the “feeder” system for Team USA for the annual Women’s World Series and such. I wrote in my journal that day: “Does every fan long to be in the game, somewhere deep in his or her heart? Or is it just me?” A dream is born.

April 10, 2001 — I decide that sitting around dreaming is not enough. (more…)

2003 Women’s Baseball Diary Repost

April 29, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Women In Baseball, Women's Baseball Marathon

Starting later today I will begin at WHY I LIKE BASEBALL to re-post my diary entries from the 2003 season, when I was cut from playing part-time in the New England Women’s Baseball League and took up full-time with the Pawtucket Slaterettes, then capped off the season with the 24 Hours for Africa women’s baseball marathon in Arizona.

Follow “whyilikebb” on Twitter for daily reminders when the posts appear.

When I first posted these, “blogs” didn’t really exist and Why I Like Baseball had no way for folks to post comments other than to email me. So please feel free to comment this time around!

Disclaimer: I’m reposting these without editing them or fixing former typoes. Also many of the images may be missing at first until I fix all the links.

Today’s Game/Baseball in Tweets

April 29, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Uncategorized

  • @Ledger_Yankees Replacing #nyy Why? #
  • I worked a little late today so by the time I got home it was 10 minutes into the game and the #nyy were already up 2-0! Nice news. #
  • Wow. Jorge drilled in the soft tissue of the knee by a pitch. He barely made it around the bases, but he made it. By the way, 5-0 Yanks now. #
  • Ah, I'm caught up now, @Ledger_Yankees. 1) Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2) Ketchup. #rollcallnyy #
  • The Cisco Kid is in for Posada now. Better hope he doesn't get beaned or take a backswing or we'll see if Swisher can catch. #nyy #
  • Cano has such a pretty swing. It's almost Griffey-esque. And he's hitting .392. And he just hit a home run. No slow start this year! #nyy #
  • (more…)

Today’s Game/Baseball in Tweets

April 23, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Uncategorized

  • A-Rod infield hit and a triple tonight. But the eyes are all on Hughes. #nyy #
  • Aww, dammit. Hughes gets hit with a comebacker that ends up an infield hit. His parents are in the stands, though, must be proud. #
  • So I guess this kind of quiets the arguments about how Hughes should've stayed in the bullpen, eh? #nyy Now let's win the game, guys. #
  • 22 A's Ks in 2 nights. CC tomorrow. What's the record for strikeouts in 3 games? #nyy @YankeesWFAN @Ledger_Yankees @BobKlap @BloggingBombers #
  • Ok Joba, now don't blow it for your pal. #nyy #
  • Phew! Joba gets out of it, Yankees clinging to a one-run lead. I can haz insurance run nao, plz? kthnxbye #
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Jeter the leader

April 22, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Yankee Fan Memories

I’ve been feeling very spoiled lately watching Derek Jeter and thinking about how much we’re going to miss him when he’s gone. He’s be “The Man” for so long, it’s hard to remember what it was like in the days before he arrived, since when he arrived in 1996 he and Joe Torre and a World Series win transformed the franchise out of a very moribund phase.

Two media pieces have come up recently worth noting about Jeter. First, Michael Hoban points out at Seamheads.com that ranking Jeter by Win Shares and Core Value (win shares for a player’s top ten seasons), Jeter is #6 on the shortstops since 1920 list. (A-Rod is number one.)

Jeter moved up from 8th to 6th thanks to his outstanding 2009 season. Not too shabby. He still has a way to go though to surpass Cal Ripken:

Today’s Game/Baseball in Tweets

April 16, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Uncategorized

  • @ed_price All time low at Jacob's Field tonight, too. Coincidence? #

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Today’s Game/Baseball in Tweets

April 15, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Uncategorized

  • Weather is beautiful! And I have mango bubble tea, an apple and beef lo mein, all bought inside #Yankee stadium! #
  • The only thing that could ruin this day is Javier Vazquez… #
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Ringing In The New Season at the Stadium

April 13, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Great Games, Yankee Fan Memories

I’ve been at every home opener since 2000 except 2009, which got rained out and so I drove back to Boston in tears instead of staying in the city another day to go to the make-up game.

Today made up for it.

My two favorite Opening Days of the past decade were in 2001, seeing the actual raising of the Championship Banner and the “ceremonial golf cart ride” to Monument Park, and in 2003, when after the game was delayed one day by snow, Matsui finally took the field in pinstripes for the first time and hit a grand slam.

Today might top both of those. (more…)

Not Ready For Prime Time

April 05, 2010 By: Cecilia Tan Category: Great Games, Yankee Fan Memories

The 2010 baseball season kicked off on Sunday night with a gala ESPN debut. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Neil Diamond, and Pedro Martinez were on hand to lend star power to the evening, which featured the Yankees and Red Sox facing off at Fenway Park on a pleasantly warm April evening.

Unfortunately, the game turned into something more like a dress rehearsal, as both teams had their star turns, but also their lapses, duds, and missed cues. (more…)

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