Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Alex!

Happy Birthday A! Come back soon! In Gina's're ridiculously good looking and play baseball well, and we love you for that.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Birthday C.C. Sabathia!!

Happy Birthday C.C.!! The best birthday present would be a win tonight!

Some Derek Jeter tidbits

Here is an awesome Jeter-Sportscenter commercial. We don't see Derek do much of this kind of thing anymore, so enjoy:

Also, Jeter's DJ3K special is set to air on HBO next Thursday night, July 28th at 9:00pm. Gina and I will be having a viewing party at my house and probably live-tweeting. Don't forget to tune in, here is the promo from HBO's website:

Monday, July 11, 2011

From Bleachers to Box Seats

Sweet Suite 16!!

Gina and I made our way to Yankee Stadium early on Sunday morning after the disappointment of Friday night's rainout and the elation of Saturday's historic events. We were unfortunately a day late to witness history, but we were so happy for Derek and the way he accomplished his 3,000th hit in grand fashion, and we were also excited for our first glimpse of a luxury box at the Stadium.

We took the Yankee Clipper from New Haven to the Bronx and arrived at the Stadium at around 11:30. We quickly made our way to one of the stadium stores and purchased our grey Jeter 3,000 shirts:

Then we made our way to the secret luxury box entrance. It looked secret to us anyway. There was an escalator near the store going up from the main level to the suite level. Then it looks like you're entering the offices of some very classy business. All glass doors and blue carpets. An attendant opened the door, looked at our tickets and then let us into the suite level! Wow, he didn't know what havoc he was releasing into this quiet, serene, almost museum like corridor.

We began to make our way towards suite sixteen. The muted light and extreme quiet of the corridor was strange to us. It didn't even feel like we were in a baseball stadium. Along the way, each suite is numbered with a blue, florescent light with block numbers that look like the away jersey type. And next to each suite is a plaque listing Yankees players that have worn that number. There are also beautiful, framed pictures of some of the players that have worn that number. We passed by the picture of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, where just a day earlier, we had seen Dr. Charles Jeter interviewed in front of by Kim Jones.

The moment came, we entered suite sixteen and pretty much lost our minds! Immediately to the right there was a private bathroom, then a kitchenette with an island, refrigerated drawers full of beer and soda, then a little living room area with a leather couch and two leather swivel chairs. A coffee table with Jeter 3,000 programs on it, chips and popcorn. Pizza, hot dogs, french fries, salad for the taking. A bar area with windows facing out towards the first baseline, and a door leading outside to two rows of seats. Two flat screen TVs re-playing the Jeter 3,000 special on YES. Amazing! Gina and I were overwhelmed. We snapped about 15 pictures of the room and us touching stuff in the room before our attendant for the day, John, came in. We quickly stifled our erratic behavior and tried to act like adults, probably unsuccessfully.

Our next order of business was exploration. We started to stroll down the hall and take in all the framed pictures on the walls. All of the attendants throughout the halls were very friendly. A photographer stopped us and asked if we wanted to take a picture in front of one of the framed photos. We said we wanted to stand in front of a Jeter picture. One of the attendants said there was a great photo near suite 51, so we walked all the way around with our personal photographer. She snapped shots of us in front of Jeter, Teixeira, and Bobby Murcer, and basically spent about 20 minutes walking around with us and feeding our frenzy.

Once we returned to suite sixteen and the game started, it was a Derek Jeter love-fest from then on. His first at-bat was amazing. The crowd went crazy when Bob Sheppard's voice announced him. Chants of Derek Jeter could be heard throughout the stadium. Derek ended up striking out his first at-bat, but that didn't stop the crowd from cheering it anyway. Here's a video of his at-bat, the first after the magical day he had on Saturday (excuse the shaky video at times & the loss of picture for a moment when a foul ball came right at us):

The game was so exciting. A great pitcher's duel between Sabathia and Shields. A complete game shutout by our big guy (and all-star) CC, some pie in there at the end. A 1-0 gem won by the Yanks! Unfortunately, it was also one of the shortest games either of us could ever remember! We had to leave the lap of luxury much too soon for our liking; but it was an unreal experience that neither of us will soon forget. See our picture slideshow below.

-- Dana

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Congratulations Derek!!

Total Bummer!!

So the game was rained out last night! Total Bummer! Gina and I were monitoring twitter on our phones and found out about the rainout and the Rays not wanting to play a double-header today. Needless to say we were angry and fielded questions about the rainout from the non-smartphone passengers. The New Haven to Yankee Stadium train stopped and let us off in New Rochelle and we got on another train going back to New Haven.

Then we went to the bar...where only one beer in, the forecast for the Bronx said "light rain" DJ3K for us. Fingers crossed for Sunday!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Ticket update!

Gina and I will literally be going from "Bleachers to Box Seats" this weekend! Not only are we sitting in a luxury box on Sunday (Score!!) but we decided we could not sit out the DJ3K hype when he's so close to the milestone. So, we'll be taking the New Haven Yankee Express to the stadium tonight and sitting in the right field bleachers, section 202. Look for our hot pink DJ3K sign. Pics & video uploaded either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

-- Dana

Thursday, July 7, 2011

You can't take the shine off these Diamond Gals

Stay tuned, this Sunday Gina and I will be on another Yankee Stadium adventure. This time, we scored tickets in one of the stadium's luxury boxes (lucky us!!). We'll have a special "From Bleachers to Box Seats" report with pictures and videos; maybe we'll even see a little history?? Here's hoping.


Happy Birthday Chuck Knoblauch!!

Happy Birthday Chuck! Follow Chuck on twitter: @chuckknoblauch

Monday, July 4, 2011

Some pics & video from Sunday in Trenton

Trembling in Trenton, Part 2 - Notes from the game

Props to Michelle at Kat Man Du restaurant in Trenton - we were starving and thirsty- great sangria! AND the yanks were on..This place is definitely the only game in town.. Lucky we found it...

4:34- First tear of the day..I can hear him speaking! Believe it or not, never been close like this..

Rain 4:55 - People leaving, not me.
Keeping ball dry. Michael went to get a beer-- what??? Come back out DJ! Give us love...

5:05- Pushed my way to front row... Just left of the plate .. He NEEDS to come over here...

Sweating profusely - in anticipation.. It's not even hot out here..5:16 Derek is in the clubhouse... Everyone waits. Kay on the PA ... They're playing the NYY game on the screen.. Mentions Trenton. Crowd goes wild! Old lady next to me points out dark cloud over our heads..I politely brush her off.

People clapping for two strikes for the NYY game! Wow- Mo blows save... People think Jeter's watching the game inside. I had to tell them he doesn't do things like that- he's probabaly eating, talking, using restroom...

ROUGH loss for NYY... Crowd is getting antsy. Including me. But I'm a pro! No liquids half-hour before we came in.. Nike Shox.. Could stand here all night!

6:10 rain started back up. Holding my post.

6:19 Derek Jeter chant begins .. The people want their captain.

6:35 they tell us to go to our seats.. Blah! No Jeter.

6:47 discouraged, I rush to the store to make a frivolous purchase .. They're selling Jeter Thunder shirts - who knew? Might have to get one.

6:50 got one.

7:00 Thunder hit the field in red, white and blue jerseys .. Even DJ! All these uniforms... History, baby.

1st inning- dog picks up DJ's bat as he trots to first - believe it was a golden retriever

7:45 People behind us getting kicked out for allegedly smoking a joint...gettin' rowdy on Derek Jeter night in the Jerz!!

top 3- I can hear Jeter's glove popping when he punches it before a pitch is thrown - I died.

Top4- I'm back. They announce happy birthday to Cashman- no one cares.
More reaction to the A League of Their Own clip they showed on the screen- Jimmy Dugan!

Mid5- fifth inning fist pumps... They say Jeter did it, but I don't think so...was filming whole time.

Top6- DP - DJ steps on second - fires to first ... Wow nothing like seeing a major league play like that up close- he's so amazing - age ain't nothin' but a number!!

Bot6- made a new friend.. Candi from Philly- offered to email me her wayyyy better pics than I have!

9:36- rain.. Good time for a bathroom break. Jeter's out due to downpour. Set to speak with media. Thank you, Derek.. An awesome night!!

Got word that Jeter was on his way out.. Sure was.. Walked out the back and there was his car..DJ texting on his iPhone in the passenger seat... Screaming people ... He gives a little fist pump.. Car speeds off.

It's not goodbye though- it's welcome back!!

-- Gina from Trenton, 7/3/11

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Trembling in Trenton, Part 1

Gina arrives in Trenton...

Traveling to Trenton...

Hey guys! 

Gina is on her way to Trenton, NJ to bring us a fan(atics)'s eye view of Derek Jeter's rehab game tonight.  So, as we're all watching for the Yanks to sweep the Mets in the Subway Series this afternoon, Gina will be listening in to the radio broadcast as she makes her way from New Haven to Trenton.

We're firing up the Jeter Mobile and heading to Trenton, stay tuned for updates!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Old Timers' Day recap

I know, it's a week late....but we just started this blog today!

Me, Gina, my sister Erica and our friend Erica (hereafter known as E-Rock) traveled to the Bronx for the 65th Annual Old Timers' Day on Sunday.  We made our way to the upper deck, after taking many pictures with the walls of Yankee Stadium, which have over-sized pictures of Yankees all over them.

Since E-Rock was out all night saving lives in her ambulance, she promptly fell asleep during the 1st inning of the actual game.  I had to de-fibb her back to life.  I mean come on, right?  Tino's here, we need to stay alert!  Here is a photo rendition of what actually went down:

So, the old timer's were introduced with great ovations for Gator, Tino, Bernie, Torre, Whitey and of course, Yogi.  I personally blew a vocal chord cheering for Tino!  The fans finally got to show their love for Bernie Williams and Joe Torre, two guys that left the Bronx before the fans could give them a proper send off.  Tino hit a home run to right field in the Old Timers' game and Gina and I nearly fell out of the front row of the upper deck.  He drove in Bernie and it really was just like old times.  The ceremony held for Gene Monahan was so classy, as only the Yanks can pull off.  I kept calling for the team to give him a car, so I was glad to see the center field wall open up and that big pick-up truck roll out.  We love you Geno!

The game itself was text book!  We all felt so fortunate to see back-to-back (belly-to-belly) home runs from Swisher and Posada, some insurance from Mark, and then "Enter Sandman" playing and Mariano shutting the door!  We know someday we will be watching an Old Timers' Day where these guys are introduced followed by other players whose names we don't even know yet playing the actual game -- so we took it all in as much as we could knowing it won't last forever.

....And, of course, Gina and I did our Frank Sinatra "New York, New York" dance at the end of the game.  Classic.



Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our blog Pinstripe Love.  This is Dana and Gina coming to you from East Haven/New Haven, CT!  We're BFF's going back to middle school in good old East Haven.  We visit Yankees spring training and eat giant steaks at Charley's Steakhouse every March!  For our first order of business...Gina will be traveling to Trenton, NJ to report on the Derek Jeter rehab games.  Stay tuned here and to @jeterlover & @lucyhenley115 on twitter for updates on Sunday's rehab game.

That's Pinstripe Love in the Jerz this Sunday updating everyone on our manz, Derek, the longest relationship either of us has ever had...16 years and going strong.
Dana & Gina