11
Oct
07

I am a Yankees Fan and I Don’t Care

This is a story for Babes (Who) Love Baseball:

It is true. I am a Yankees fan, and I’ll tell you why this fact does not make me an agent of Satan. (I know you all don’t think this way, but it makes me feel better to say it).

I grew up on the Eastern Coast. Not the East Coast that anyone west of Michigan might call East, but the real east. The East that borders on the Atlantic Ocean, for real. Anyway, there I was subjected to a constant dose of the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays…and Montreal Expos.

So, at the age of…I dunno…really young, I decided that I was an Expos fan. I think now that the reason was because I was chastised – even as a small, unsportsmandeveloped child – for cheering for any of the other teams my non-cable small town recieved coverage of. Much of the population of the town was pretty evenly divided between the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and the rest, who covered the Mets and Orioles.

There were, if I remember correctly, three Expos fans. But they were French and no one paid them any attention; they felt like they were still in Canada and it worked out well for everyone.

Anyhoo, I became an Expos fan because I like to be the rebel; the loner; the one your momma…Oh, never mind.

Alright, I’ll tell you: in the 1981 NLCS, the Expos were playing the LA Dodgers in the NLCS and were up 1-0 in the ninth inning in the fifth and deciding game. The manager of the Expos was Jim Fanning, and he decided to take out pitcher Jay Burris and replace him in the bottom of the ninth with Game Three winner and Expos favorite Steve Rogers. As we all know, Steve Rogers is the alter ego of one of my childhood-best-loved comic book heroes, Captain America.

OK, I thought he was the Bionic Man, too, but that was Steve Austin.

Rogers had two out and one on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Last man at bat was Rick Monday, who went to a full count…

Now, imagine being a small child with all your hopes and dreams for what you even then knew was a franchise destined for financial failure unless miracles were to occur, and then watching as Rick Monday hit a two-run, game-winning home run to beat your team.

You got it. I hated the Dodgers.

Oh. my. god.

In my mind, the Yankees had come back from three games down to beat my hated Dodgers. I just looked it up and, in fact…well…there, my friends, is a perfect example of why perception is reality. Wow! The Dodgers really did win the World Series that year; not the Yankees. Color me flabbergasted.

Still doesn’t change anything. Anything I gained as a young fan was lost the year they cancelled the World Series and I was supposed to have been able to watch the Expos play the Yankees. Now, the Expos are gone and I am still a Yankees fan. And now I don’t care if they win or lose.

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Like most MLB fans, I suspect. Really. But I am still watching the playoffs!

Now, give me NFL!

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