I was jonesing for some good Yankees fan-candy tonight. So, I broke out the MSG Network produced VHS tape that documented the Yankees 1999 season. It’s entitled Champions of the Heart. Watching it, and reliving the 1999 season, three things dawned on me:
1. MSG did a nice job in producing these year-end summaries. It was just about this time last year that I had the itch to watch The Season Of Their Lives – also by MSG for VHS. (I guess that I have some sort of Yankees Fan Pon’far thing that hits me each season right around New Years?) It’s a shame that the YES Network cannot come out with something at year end that chronicles the season, month by month, moment by moment, etc. It would sell – of this I have no doubt.
2. There were many more blocks of empty blue seats to been seen in Yankees Stadium highlights from 1999 than there are from today. Ah, the good ol’ days of averaging 35,000-40,000 fans per game (as opposed to averaging 50,000+ per home game).
3. Watching the big clips from 1999, I noticed the emotional displays – during both good and bad times – in the faces and body movements of Yankees players like Paul O’Neill, Roger Clemens, Chad Curtis, El Duque Hernandez, Joe Girardi, Andy Pettitte, Tino Martinez, David Cone, and Jim Leyritz. You don’t see much of that on the Yankees now, or in the last three years or so. As a fan, I miss seeing that fire.
After watching this tape tonight, I’m ready for some Yankees baseball now. Is it really just less than 7 weeks until Pitchers and Catchers report?