The 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.There 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.