If you read this blog, you know that I am a die-hard Yankees fan. I've been one ever since my parents took me to see the Angels play the Yankees back in July of 1964. I remember that game like it was yesterday.
The game was at Dodger Stadium because Anaheim Stadium had not yet been built. My sister got Albie Pearson's autograph on my baseball glove (he was an Angels outfielder and a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and I still have that glove). Jim Bouton pitched for the Yankees--I remember that his hat kept falling off because of his odd follow-through. The Yankees won 5-0.
My folks were hoping I'd become a fan of the new local baseball team (the Angels). We are Orange Countians after all, not New Yorkers. But when the Yankees took the field, it was love at first sight.
And now here we are, forty-five years later and I am as thrilled today, as I was on July 29, 1964.
Don't give me the same old line about A-Rod and Pettitte being cheaters, or that the Yankees bought the pennant. They've spent big bucks every year from 2001-2008 and didn't win the World Series. A-Rod and Pettitte came clean and the PED issue is a much bigger story than these two guys.
The Yankees won this year because they played very good fundamental baseball, which made them a blast to watch, and in the end ensured their twenty-seventh World Series victory! And I am thrilled!