Life is Better…When You Are a Yankees Fan…

 

Yankees fans are everywhere…

 

 

Even the Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre admittedly that he was pulling for the Yankees during the World Series.  Okay, maybe he has good reason, but you can find us Yankee fans in the most unlikely places.  Don’t look now, but the person standing next to you could be a Yankees fan!  ;)

 

 

Of course, in a championship year, that’s the problem.  Suddenly, everyone is a fan.  In the down years, not many people admitted they were Yankees fans.  I have stood by the team through thick and thin, but I recognize that the good times have outweighed the bad times.  As a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings, I knew the heartbreak of championship losses (four Super Bowl losses in the Joe Kapp/Fran Tarkenton eras).  The Vikings have never won a championship and they haven’t been in the Super Bowl since that dreadful 32-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders on January 9, 1977.  I am still haunted by the visions of Brent McClanahan’s fumble, Willie Brown’s 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Chuck Foreman sitting on his helmet with a blank expression at the end of the game.

 

 

 

Anyway, I digress.  “Yankees fan” Joe Torre was in New York for his annual Safe at Home foundation benefit dinner, and he indicated he was pleased the Yankees won the World Series.  That was good to hear, particularly considering that he would have every reason to hold bitterness against the Steinbrenners and Yankee top brass for how the end of his managerial reign was handled.  Don’t worry Joe, we would have pulled for you had the situation been reversed.

 

 

 

It does sound like Joe wants to continue to manage beyond 2010.  He is still having fun, but I still think his wife will eventually help him realize that it’s time to step aside and turn over the team to Donnie Baseball.  So, I guess the question is how many World Series championships can Joe Girardi win before Joe Torre retires?  ;)

 

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I was sad to hear the situation in Texas with former Yankees closer John Wetteland.  The initial reports came out that he was hospitalized for depression and attempted suicide.  His employer, the Seattle Mariners (where he is bullpen coach), stated that the hospitalization was due an elevated heart rate.   Wettleland has since been released from the hospital but regardless of what happened, I hope that he gets the care and treatment that he needs. 

Watching Mariano Rivera set up Wettleland in 1996 was a thrill, and I remember being a bit unsure when the team made Rivera the closer following Wetteland’s free agent departure that winter.  Wetteland was a great Yankee, even if his stay was short.  He deserves much happiness and success, so I hope all goes well in his world.

 

 

Did you see that Derek Jeter has a cameo appearance on Will Ferrell’s next film, “The Other Guys” which also stars Mark Wahlberg?  I guess he’s starting to contemplate a career post-Yankees.  But of course, the Yankees have a few more championships to win before that happens!

 

 

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Hey Derek, stick with the day job!  ;)

 

–Scott

 

 

 

3 Comments

It might be just me – but the picture with the pie is just a bit creepy…AND I for one say “GO FOR IT JETER!!” He can give up his day job and go into acting! ;-)

And yes – I know what you mean about bandwagon fans and waiting for years for your team to win a championship. It is hard to believe that the Vikings have never won the Super Bowl. How about a Patriots-Vikings Super Bowl? (Someone can knock off the Saints – right?) You know who I’d be rooting for though..lol! I hope that Tom Brady can help your fantasy team this week. It will be a tough game but I see my Pats knocking off Indy! And I’ll even be nice – GO VIKINGS!! Well…I did pick them in my pool! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

I felt awful when I heard about Wetteland. I was in the car en route to my mother’s from JFK when they reported his hospitalization on the radio. Good thoughts for him. I can’t wait to see Jeter in the movie, even if he’s only on screen for 10 seconds. I’m not sure Torre will stick around with the Dodgers beyond 2010. I would think he’d want some assurances about ownership and right now that situation is a mess!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I also was sorry to read about Wetteland, Scott. I sure wish him well, regardless of whether he remains in baseball or not (I hope he does, though!).
That photo of Jeter is a RIOT! I’m with Julia–Jeter can give up his day job ANY TIME! (Esp. if he can get more than 10-sec cameos!) ;)
I am not surprised at all that Torre was rooting for the Yankees. As long a career as he had with them, that only makes sense. I hope Torre can continue coaching the Dodgers–he seems to be getting the Dodgers moving in the right direction–with or without ManRam.
Vikings? What Vikings? Who are they? ;)
Take care, Scott.

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