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Originally published on October 26, 2009 at Yo Mama For Obama

The New York Yankees took the American League pennant last night —– for the 40th time!  In my lifetime, the Yanks have won the pennant 21 times.

It has always been a thrilling ride.  When I was growing up in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. my father would manage to get tickets to each of the World Series in which the Yankees participated.  There was never any question as to whether or not I could justify skipping school to attend the games.  No contest: Yankee baseball was heads and tails more important, more enlightening, than my junior high school classes.  My father never questioned this, nor did my teachers.  I would have had to be out of my mind to give the choice one iota of consideration.

Can you imagine the euphoria I felt watching Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Joe Pepitone and Mantle and Maris performing?  Even at my then young age, I knew I was watching history.  My devotion to the Yankees was signed, sealed and delivered during those impressionable years.

Then this season, I ran into a huge dilemma.  Perhaps my very favorite Yankee was Joe Torre, under whose capable managing skills the Yanks took home six pennants.  I frequently say that Joe Torre is the only man on this planet for whom I would leave my husband.  It is not as if Torre is a looker, or a trendy media darling.  He is simply a man fulfilling his employment duties in a solid manner.  His understated personality and abilities speak volumes to me.  So when the possibility of Torre’s Dodgers winning the National League pennant this year crossed into the realm of reality, I almost lost my baseball compass.  If the Dodgers would have won the pennant and then faced the Yankees in the World Series, who would I root for: Joe Torre or the Yankees?

Thankfully, that is a decision I do not have to face.  However, I daresay that I would have gone for Joe Torre in a heartbeat.  Over the years, I have been so impressed with his downright managing capability coupled with his understated public persona.  And, every time, I will back that person, one individual, who shows a respect and responsibility for his job.  A job well done is to be admired and supported.

It is absolutely not my intention to minimalize the talent and team effort of the current Yankees, nor to underrate Joe Girardi’s managing skills.  You can bet your sweet bippy that I hope the Yanks wallop the Phillies in the Series.  I just miss Joe Torre.

So Joe: say it ain’t so.  Don’t tell me that you just lost the pennant.  But find some solace in the fact that you would have had Yo Mama’s wild and crazy devotion if you had wound up in the 2009 World Series.

Originally posted to yomamaforobama on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 05:41 AM PDT.

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  •  I was pissed when the Dodgers fell out. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rip Van Mongo

    "Jesus Christ was black, ronald reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." Huey Freeman

    by cee4 on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 05:59:25 AM PDT

  •  I'm A Heterosexual (0+ / 0-)

    But I am gay for Torre. Would have rooted for the Dodgers against the Yanks in the series. Partly out of love for Torre. Mostly cause it would have been damn interesting to to see the estranged husband and wife owners of the Dodgers accept the World Championship Trophy.

  •  I may have been a Dodgers fan because of Torre (0+ / 0-)

    I have been a Yankees fan since 1963 and never would have thought I would be for the Dodgers over the Yankees.  But when the Yankees forced Torre out and he went to the Dodgers I became a Dodgers fan first.  Sadly, for the second year they didn't make it to the Series.  

    I started the year against the Yankees (like last year) because of Torre.  Howeever, when they made the playoffs and I started watching, I realized that the Yankee fan in me was too strong and I was into each pitch like any other year since 1963.  Like you, I don't have that decision to make but now don't know what it would have been.  

  •  This WS is a Mets' fan nightmare ... (0+ / 0-)

    The Yanks or the Phils, they don't know who to root against

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