Y is for Yankees

9B98C3B5-973C-4665-A5FD-6746012E81A1The New York Yankees — the baseball team I love to hate.

When I was a lad growing up in the Washington, DC area in the mid-fifties and sixties, my favorite baseball team was the Washington Senators. They played in the American League and their arch rivals were the New York Yankees. Back then, the Yankees were the perennial American League champs, while the hapless Senators were the basement dwellers.

There used to be this saying, “Washington: first in peace, first in war, last in the American League.” Most Senators fans, including me, hated the Yankees.7715B4F8-1531-462C-884B-0C32EC35431CThere was even a 1956 Tony Award winning Broadway musical and a 1958 movie version titled “Damn Yankees.”

It was about a frustrated Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the American league pennant against the Yankees. I loved that movie!

About 35 years later, my family and I moved to the Boston area, where, once again, my home town team, this time the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees were — and still are — fierce rivals.

And even though it’s been a decade since I moved to San Francisco, I still, to this day, hate the Yankees just as much I did when I was a kid in DC and for the almost 20 years we lived near Boston.

In fact, the only thing I hate worse than the Red Sox losing is the Yankees winning.


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10 thoughts on “Y is for Yankees

  1. eschudel April 29, 2019 / 6:54 am

    I don’t know much about baseball, but I loved Damn Yankees!!

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    • Fandango April 29, 2019 / 8:38 am

      The Senators became the Twins and the “new” Senators became the Texas Rangers. Other than Yankees fans, who is happy with the damn Yankees?

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      • Michael B. Fishman April 29, 2019 / 9:01 am

        As a Twins fan I like the Yankees whenever they play someone else in the AL Central!

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        • Fandango April 29, 2019 / 9:18 am

          I was devastated when the Senators moved to the Twin Cities. It broke my heart. And then the “new” Senators moved to Texas. Another broken heart. After that, I gave up on baseball until I moved to Boston. But no matter where I lived, baseball fan or not, I hated the Yankees.

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          • Michael B. Fishman April 29, 2019 / 9:48 am

            I was just a kid when the Twins moved to town but it was an exciting time and despite all the failed years, it’s been nice having an MLB team here. As an adult looking back, I think it would have been nicer had the Giants moved here rather than the Senators because I like NL baseball better than AL. But that’s a pretty minor complaint. I’m not much of a Red Sox fan either. They were OK until we gave up on Ortiz and they signed him.

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  2. BlackSheep April 29, 2019 / 11:56 am

    I don’t care for the Yankees, either. Right now I feel bad for the Red Sox.

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    • Fandango April 29, 2019 / 1:40 pm

      Yeah, considering the Red Sox won the World Series last year, they couldn’t be off to a worse start this season.

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