HERE), by baseball great, Rogers Hornsby just about sums it up for me, “People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
(In Photo: Rogers Hornsby)
I feel this way about the Yankees and it hurts a little bit more this year than in years passed. As a fan that watches or listens to every game, I feel this void in my life as Thanksgiving approaches and Spring Training feels like a century away. So why do I miss the Yankees so much? There are many reasons, but I will narrow them down to three.
The first reason why I miss the Yankees so much is the thrill of the game. It is exciting to watch our Bombers battle it out in the field for nine innings. They always make it interesting. If it is not the defensive excellence of our first baseman Mark Teixeira, 2012 gold glove winner, it is the hustle of Grandy in center and the professionalism of our other gold glove winner, Robby Cano at second. They make it look easy and they make the game a thrill to watch. All three can hit too, usually!
This brings me to my second reason of why I miss the Yankees so much. I love the way we win and I love the way we hit our way back into a game. In an article posted this October (HERE) in the New York Times stated, “The natural rhythms of the baseball season remind us that summer never lasts. In places like New York, the postseason arrives with the cold snap of autumn, the first sign that winter is coming. This is when the Yankees make their mark.”
Babe Ruth hit his famous “called shot.”
We beat up on the Dodgers, the Giants, the Cardinals, the Braves, the Mets and the Phillies. We did it with hits and when we are unstoppable, we are truly unstoppable. I am a Yankee fan and I always believe we can win.
Derek Jeter, our leader, our captain. He told us that the ghosts would show up in Boston back in 2009 and they did. Jeter is a straight shooter, who goes out every day and does his job. It is not just Yankees fans like you and me who love to watch Jeter, but his fierce competitors love to have him in the game they are playing against the Yankees.
Delmon Young following Jeter’s injury in the postseason.
So, as the frosts of November hit us in the Northeast and we batten down the hatches for a long winter’s nap, I dream of our Boys of Summer and think about the thrill of the games yet to be played on the green grass of Yankee Stadium in 2013.
What are you missing this off season? Comment.
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Opinion Columnist
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