Just got back from spending five days with the family down in Disney World…doing the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot stuff. (We skipped the Hollywood Studios attraction – basically because we felt there was more to do at the other parks for our kids, ages 5 and 7.)
We had a great time…and I got to listen to Robbie Cano’s walk-off, on the car radio, on the way home from the airport. Nice re-entry in to Yankeeland…thanks Robbie.
Hey, my thanks, also, to MJ and Corey for all their posts over the last 5 days – great job guys! So, did ya miss me? Maybe not…I’ve already heard from one WasWatching.com reader who shared that they thought MJ and Corey made some wonderful posts this week.
A quick story about the vacation…
Baseball is doing pretty good. I noticed a lot of people visiting Disney wearing some sort of baseball T-Shirt, cap, or uniform jersey. I saw a few fellow Yankees fans. And, one or two Mets fans. But, I also saw fans of the Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Tigers, Royals, Phillies, and Brewers. (I did also see one kid running around wearing an A’s T-Shirt with “Zito, 75″ on the back, for what it’s worth.) Of all these teams mentioned, I would say the fans of Red Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Phillies were most represented.
Me? I wore my Yankees cap on Monday through Thursday and got no reaction from anyone. But, today, I wore a “Staten Island Yankees” T-Shirt and a few people stopped me about it.
One of the cast members greeting park visitors on a ride saw me and joked “Yankees? We don’t let Yankees on this ride!” And, in a souvenir shop, another cast member, a woman in her late 50′s, saw my shirt and said “They lost last night.” When I told her that I knew, but, it didn’t matter because they had a nice lead, she noticed it was a “Staten Island Yankees” shirt and she then said “Staten Island Yankees? Did you know they used to play in my hometown first?” I then asked her if she was from Oneonta. And, when she said yes, we talked about the Yankees leaving there and the Tigers coming in to take their place.
Later, when we were on the monorail, an older couple spotted my shirt and they joked at us with “Staten Island? We don’t generally listen to people from Staten Island.” And, when we looked at them funny, they told us that they were born and raised on Staten Island and lived there for many years before moving to Long Island.
Lastly, as we were going through the metal detectors at Orlando International, one of the security officers saw my shirt and asked “Staten Island Yankees, are they still playing?” And, when I answered him, we talked about the ballpark by the Ferry and then chatted about the Brooklyn Cyclones and KeySpan Park.
So, next time you’re looking to make some conversation…put on a Staten Island Yankees shirt and head on down to Florida…and see what happens…