The Yankees are snubbing one of their biggest fans. Novelist Jane Heller’s latest, “Confessions of a She-Fan,” chronicles the time she spent traveling the country with her husband, watching the transformation of the 2007 squad from the doldrums to a wild-card playoff berth. The book earned praise from play-by-play man John Sterling, but the Yankees wouldn’t run an ad for it in their Opening Day program because they deemed it too “controversial.” “It’s sad to have the Yankees so mad at a fan who writes about how much she loves her team,” Heller said. A rep for the Yankees declined to comment.
Now, I’ve read Heller’s book. Believe me, it’s a good read – and I enjoyed it. But, if the Yankees are painting her work to be in the class of Ball Four, Joe You Coulda Made Us Proud, The Bronx Zoo and/or Perfect I’m Not, then I think we’ve discovered what has happened to the sod from the last Yankee Stadium. The gang in the Yanks’ front office has rolled it up and started smoking it…
Really, I know what this is all about. In the book, Jane Heller shares that people in the Yankees front-office gave her a major league stiff arm during the season in which she was following the team – with Jason Zillo and Jean Afterman leading the charge. (Heller also shared that Kim Jones blew her off – but, I doubt that the YES Princess of Tight Sweaters has the pull to keep someone from running an ad in the Opening Day program.)
Could Zillo and Afterman be this thin-skinned? Hey, we know how thin-skinned Brian Cashman is…should it be a shock that his underlings are the same way?
The really stupid thing here: With this action, the Yankees have done exactly what they didn’t want to do: Give Jane Heller’s book some publicity. And, in fact, they saved Team Heller the dime of having to buy the ad now…smart, huh?
Score this one: Heller 1, Yankees 0.