Love At First Sight……The Highs and Lows of Being A Fan!
Anyone who is a sport’s fan knows how it feels thrilling when your team wins. Its even better when your team has been predicted to be lucky to survive the season by experts alike but in turn you are celebrating winning the super-bowl, for example.
I bet you guessed that I am referring to my NY Giants 07′ season. It just proves that being the absolute underdogs, 12 point spread, against a team with a perfect record of 17-0 does not guarantee anything. When comparing the two quarterbacks before the last game of the season would have been pointless but Eli Manning‘s potential to be great was obviously seen internally way before the fans. Manning was beyond erratic the seasons prior and I was so afraid of being embarrassed again in the playoffs. Boy was I taken for a ride and know Eli is a favorite when previously I would give dirty looks to any Giants fan wearing his jersey. Now Eli is a force to reckoned with and he earned it! That win was also a huge part of Earth, WInd and Fire, out amazing defense, top of the line offensive protection, a catch from a player who had four completions in all during the season and a pre-shot wide-receiver. I will never forget Sunday, February 3, 2007, my 31st birthday and historically one of the greatest day to be a New York fan.
I guess what I am trying to grasp is the fact that when a fan gets so down on a team that is supposed to be dominating! And regarding baseball the highs and lows of the never-ending season is the hardest to grin and bear. The Yankees of last season is a prime example. I was not surprised as the season was a mess but even almost getting the wild card didn’t feel right to me.
Now it is a new season and my hopes are beyond high. I want to win it all but know the experience of not making it past the regular season is always in the back of my mind. Football in general I consider easier to predict due to length of season, injuries of one player can be season ending and usually the predictions pre-season are not far from what unfolds. Also notice in other sports the head of the team is a “coach” and in baseball it is a “manager”. Could it be that baseball is more erratic? Continue reading ‘Love At First Sight……The Highs and Lows of Being A Sports Fan!’ »
I am going to get right to the point and give you some suggestions. Please do not take this as an insult and I know most of the suggestions you have already thought of already.
To be blunt watching the last two losses against Boston were beyond frustrating to watch. Very close games, as expected. Wang starting was a risk that didn’t pan out and I know the past is the past but I was confused as to why not start him at home? I know Wang is a 19 game winner for two season’s in a row but he is not the same player. Considering his mental game was a mess now and last season his weakest starts were on the road and not on Astroturf that it just made no sense to put the pressure on that thick. Whether it was Island or Cashman it is your job to put your 19 game ace in the best place to win for the team and that is not what the organization did. Look it’s done but for Wang it could be a means to an end, which is sad and kinda of unfair considering Hughes would have been better.
Tonight’s game should have been a win for CC and if I were him I would be so pissed off. In this circumstance I am confused about why Mariano could not have been brought in the eighth inning? Or at the very least after the first two outs cause he can definitely handle four outs. Mo hadn’t pitched in three days so it makes no sense to me. And if you try to prove it with the Subway Series coming up this weekend is crap because losing now eight games to Red Sox is going to sting. I just hope that it is not as disruptive on the players as it has been on me as a fan. Furthermore we are going into a hometown series, where the Yankees typically do not fair well in.
After venting my woes to you sir, I hope without going on too much of a tangent. I am not going to get into the many other issues of the debauchery that just happened in Boston because it is in the past or at least in theory.
He was the USA captain; he is managers and players most respected player; he has 4 rings…these are just a few facts on Derek Jeter’s resume.
As a fan I look up to him. I walk head high, with a sense of arrogance because this man is my captain. He doesn’t break promises, on or off the field. He’s not all about ‘getting mine’ as he respects his elders, learns from his peers and the traditions of the Yankees is his pride. That is why A-rod only makes him look better everyday.
He is ‘Captain Clutch’, Mr. November and plays under the microscope of the greatest city on earth. Since the day he entered the majors, to do under that pressure, in a game-on the line situations… everything so flawlessly and effortlessly is remarkable. He is about as god-like for an athlete I can think of.
I know most of the what I saying is common knowledge, even to Yankee haters but that’s not why I am writing this. It is because this man is now being called washed up, with the worst stats for a shortstop in baseball and over-rated. This hurts, as it makes me so upset that in sports we cannot give credit to the good guys, the leaders, the role-models.
A leader is “a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal”. To be a leader, a person must have a deep-rooted commitment to the goal; and he will strive to do meet it even if nobody follows him. Someone that I can confidently tell a child, with not even a pause to follow him, to follow his example as a person, an athlete and a captain.
So, thank you Mr. Jeter for making me believe and for all the pride you have brought me over the years. You still have lots more baseball to play, and I am thrilled to see you for years to come. My applause has only grown over the years, as you are my captain.What you represent as a person is a lot more than that.
From everyone watching you on TV, or live at the stadium; from your dugout, or an opponents, we are all honored and humbled to call ourselves a Derek Jeter fan.
Well the Yankees lost tonight 6-5. The team is a game out of first place, do I dare or for that matter, need to explain why I am so furious? I am going to state the obvious, so bare with me.
It’s the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees came to Boston in first place, after last night’s victory Boston caught us for a tied lead and now my Yankees are in second place with Toronto just a half game behind us. Forgot about Toronto Blue Jays pretty fast. So now that the I had to be reminded of the Jays, I almost forgot all about the young and talent Rays catching up is inevitable I predict!
Did Girardi and company think tonight was a good time to test Wang? Obviously but I sure did not agree. Fact is Wang did win 38 games his last two seasons which is the most in all the majors. No one can knock that stat but most of the wins were in our own Stadium and Wang is not as reliable on the road except he is great on astroturf fields but other then the Rays and Texas not to common. In his first couple of start this season his ERA was almost equal to as his total # of wins over previous two years, his sinker was not sinking like the Wang we know in addition to the speed being slower as well. His broken foot (from running the bases) is fully healed but he seemed like in his first start was an initial struggle he has not broken out of.
My confusion is….what was going through the brain of the Yankees managers when putting Wang in his first game in Boston, against our rivals, during a race to be in first, in one of the oldest ballparks where the grass is as real as Fenway would only have it? Not much strategy there but who knows and really I can’t put the entire loss on one player. Let’s not forget how the Yanks have made stranding players on base. It became their M.O. The team seemed to shake that reputation by dominating the past six or seven weeks. Enough to climb up and take the lead, which was well deserved I might add. So what is the problem? 7-0 against Boston has not happened since 1923 and leaving ten stranded on the bases scared me back to the idea that a slump might be inevitable, it sucks all around! I literally felt sick to my stomach tonight watching this game, pacing in front of my TV and I hated every minute of it.
I finally said to myself PLEASE STOP, PAUSE and STOP THERE ARE TOO MANY REASONS TO LOSS FAITH. All of a sudden I felt like the wacko!
Instead I started to think of many reasons why these last two games need to be put in the past asap. Here are just the facts, read them and you will agree! If you don’t get what I am talking about you have a lot more problems then being in denial…..
Wow did the Yankees ever waste my time tonight and I thought I was watching a different team. Pretty scary when you think about Yankees line-up of yesterday compared to what I witnessed tonight. As of the past 6-7 weeks the Yanks have been absolutely destroying teams in their way and good teams to back this fact. Tonight, the destroying got destroyed!!!
I do no think anyone who is not from Boston really needs me to recap the game, anymore then I just did in the paragraph above. Here are three things I experienced during this game:
Big Papi still got it and I was clapping for him. I will respect and cheer for any athlete like David Ortiz. He is rarified air in sports these days. How you might ask? Ortiz, Jeter, Federer, Mickelson, Eli, Mariano to name a few on this short list all possess the same quality that makes these athletes adored by everyone who gets the honor of watching them. You cannot ‘how’ yourself into having this characteristic, it comes from the individual way each of these athletes define themselves. Each man on this list know that what they do in sports is a privilege which each one of them respect and understand that they are role models to the future. With this respect they use it as an opportunity to be leaders both when playing and when not. When I watch Mariano Rivera blow a save he loses with more grace then when he wins. And each of these distinguished men and the few more I haven’t name are blessed with a gift. So that is why I was so happy for Big Papi tonight. WELL, DONE PAPI!
Do you ever remember a situation that was undeniably always fun to watch, unpredictably exciting, in complete awe of another person’s
talent? Accompanied, unquestionably by the personality to match, liked by enemies and peers.
The face of a nation greatest triumphs and all of a sudden this hero is not the same. It is as if he went flat, lost his the confidence of the leader that deserves respect forever. No one wants him to become an individual, who used to be a hero now be the man who is told that the is becoming undone by his deteriorating self.
For example in tennis watching Agassi struggle in his last match at the US Open, last match ever as a pro stagger cause his pain was so crippling. Even his opponent was rooting for him. Andre made me cry my eyes out as I grew up with him, watched him grow from a total punk into a graceful legend of the sport he loved. I have watched his speech after that loss on youtube.com many time….…Watch below even if it is not the first time: Continue reading ‘Yes I Will Cheer For The Red Sox…..’ »