Friday, March 27, 2009

Are the She-Fan's 'Confessions' too much for Yankeeland to handle?

Shocker! Best-selling author - and friend of the Squawkers Jane Heller - has been deemed "too controversial" by the Yankees!

Here's the story. Jane, whose book "Confessions of a She-Fan" I've highly touted in this blog, was all set to buy a full-page advertisement for her book in the Yankees' Opening Day program. In the ad, she had blurbs from three people: Peter Golenbock, John Sterling, and...wait for it...yours truly! (I was quoted describing the book as "passionate, funny, smart, and sassy.")

Anyhow, I was very excited for Jane that she had this ad. And I, of course, was excited for myself, that the Squawkers were going to be mentioned in the same breath as the Yankees - or at least the same program!

So much for that. Jane's ad was rejected by the Yanks this week.

When asked why they refused to approve it, some knucklehead in their front office explained, “We know who she is and we know about her book and it’s too controversial. We don’t want it in the publication.”

What the heck? (I actually said stronger words than that when I heard about this, but I try to keep the blog PG-rated!)

It's not like Heller is Selena Roberts here. Readers of "Confessions" know that not only is the book a love letter to the Yanks, but that John Sterling, the Voice of the Yankees, is very helpful to Jane's journey in the book. So why in the world could somebody who has that Sterling seal of approval be deemed too controversial for the Yanks? It makes no sense.

Given all the problems the Yankees have had in selling their luxury boxes in the new stadium, you would think they would be happy to take Jane's money for her ad. Not to mention that her book would be of interest to Yankee fans.

C'mon, Yanks, free the She-Fan's ad!

What do you think? Leave us a comment!


Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

I'm used to being censored ... Pete Abraham has me censored in his blog just because I called him a fat toad. Not sure if it's an IP or an e-mail address, but now that I've switched to another e-mail maybe I'll get something there.

Andrew Fletcher said...

If Jane is too controversial, the Yankees should remove any mention of Alex Rodriguez from the publication too.

Ross said...

I haven't read the book. What about it is controversial?

Caryn said...

For the most part, MLB doesn't like any voice that they don't control in some way. This isn't the Midwest, where teams have Blogger Nights and encourage non-MLB Blog type folks (and hell, the DODGERS did that too). The Reds include bloggers in their PR emailings.

The Yankees don't want to help promote Jane. That's how they see it. They don't want to be seen as endorsing her book, for whatever inane reason.

Not being allowed to insult someone on web space that they maintain and pay for is not censorship, so let's not confuse the two. I'd ban you too if you called me a fat toad. Start your own blog if you want to do that.

nutballgazette said...

The Yankees seem to be making a special effort to run off any and all of their longtime fans,
From She Fan to the Blog by
New Stadium Insider about The Bait and Switch Ticketmaster Scandal to the relocation Scandal I am positive the last paragraph of my Blog from Thursday March 26th about the (Yankees No Longer The Model Organization of Sports) will come true in the next couple of years

Anonymous said...

While this may suck for you in some insignificant way Im going to go ahead and side with the Yankees.

Dont disturb their delicate fucking mood. Nothing goes wrong this year. Nothing.

Ok, Nothing else.

Bronx Baseball Daily said...

They obviously haven't read the book. Which they should hae before making that call.

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