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Every year when this holiday rolls around, Yankee fans everywhere follow our team extra closely, imagining which players will be in pinstripes before Opening Day. With it so many months away, it always reminds me how tough it is to be one of us this time of year.
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Given the team’s storied history and incredible record of success, fans of other teams may scoff at us, and they can just never understand. But being a Yankee fan means winning it all, and anything less is failure. We didn’t win, and now we’re looking at the possibilities for winning it all next year… it becomes the new imperative. And the truly mind-boggling part of THAT exercise is that the possibilities are always virtually limitless. They’re the only team in sports that can shock and amaze equally by making multiple mega-deals or by making no deals at all! And that’s just the Yankee Hot Stove!
Yep, in season or out, there’s no question being a Yankee fan can be a wild ride. But even when we don’t get everything we want at the the end of a season, I think it’s a pity more of us don’t take time to stop and savor all the moments during the regular season that only this glorious team could’ve given us. Those moments are treasures and forever memories. And on this Thanksgiving day, that’s my plan.
I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee fan this year because of…
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Another year of Tanaka making monkeys out of hitters and every amateur cereal box surgeon who insisted only TJ surgery could save his arm from snapping off and go flying over the backstop.
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The amazing two months of The Kraken. Just… just… screw it. Words simply fail me.
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Alex’s final inning as a New York Yankee. I know I’ll see you there someday.
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