Posted by Rich on October 30, 1999 at 14:17:49:
In Reply to: RICH AND HIS YANGEESE posted by Bill R on October 30, 1999 at 12:33:57:
: HEY RICH! WHAT ABOUT THEM YANKEES OF YOURS, EH?
: Bill R
Well, it's like this ... if you MUST know the truth.
Back in the 50's, when I was just a tadpole, we lived in Brooklyn ... and then Lynbrook ... New York. My Dad was a HUGE Brooklyn Dodgers fan. He HATED Les Yengeese! A true Huron!
So, I had "Dodgers" tattooed on my brain, and became a Dodger fan. My all time best baseball moment was Kirk Gibson's DRAMATIC home run in the 1988 World Series. I bleed Dodger Blue. During baseball season, I live & die with my Dodgers. I can't help it if
they absolutely STINK! ... despite one of the highest payrolls in the game & a wealth of talent. You think I have it bad??? Pity the poor Cubs fan ... or Red Sox (hear me Sandy??) fan!
So, I'm not REALLY a Yankee fan, though I certainly was pulling for them this, and last, year.
After the Dodgers left Brooklyn for LA, there was a baseball void in NY for National League fans (the Giants left, too, you might remember) until 1962, or so, when along came the hapless Metropolitans (Mets). So, during that time, I did root for the Yanks ... and saw some GREAT Yankee teams in the early 60's. I grew to loathe them, however, when they beat up on my boys in the '77 & '78 World Series. Not nice at all ...
This current Yankee squad is hard to dislike, however. They are a no-nonsense, no frills team that plays hard all the time, does everything it takes to win. Remarkable! And, hard to believe, but the New York Yankees, all by their lonesomes, have won exactly 25% of all Baseball World Championships in the 20th century. Incredible. As a New Yorker (still, at heart) I can't help but to be proud.
Despite all that ... it's still ...
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