Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the upcoming baseball season. I’m always excited about the baseball season. And, as a Yankees fan, I’m excited to know that soon I can watch Yankees games, etc.
A Yankees game is perhaps one of the most comfortable back-drops in everyday life for me. There are so many good feelings that I link up to it. The span from November to March, without having that (almost daily) visit from a “friend,” seems more like a year than 5 months.
But, I’m not excited about the Yankees chances to win the World Series this year. I expect them to do well – and win more often than they lose – and have many, many, thrilling moments this season. But, it’s not the same feeling as most of the recent years – where I thought “OK, this team should win a ring this year.”
From 1997 through 2001, each Spring, I thought the Yankees would win the World Series that year. Starting in 2002, through last year, I was not sure about it. But, this season, I’m 99% convinced that the Yankees need something like a dozen things to go right in order for them to be the last team in baseball this year to win a game. And, what are the odds of that?
After the World Series of 2001, the ALDS of 2002, the World Series of 2003, the ALCS of 2004, and the ALDS of 2005, and seeing bad things happen because of short-comings in the Yankees game, I guess I’m starting to get conditioned – in a way.
Maybe that’s good? Now, if they do win, it will be as pleasant as that ring in 1996? Things always do seem to taste better when you’re starving.