• Aloha, Gracias & Amembah Me?

    Posted by on August 28th, 2009 · Comments (10)

    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…

    Comments on Aloha, Gracias & Amembah Me?

    1. MJ
      August 29th, 2009 | 12:40 am

      I’m glad you’re back because Corey and I were only half as prolific as you are on a normal day…and there was two of us!

      Anyway, welcome back Steve. I hope you had a nice time down in Florida and that you’re back, rested, recharged and better than ever!

    2. Raf
      August 29th, 2009 | 7:42 am

      Yeah, I don’t know how you do it, Steve… Work has increased, I haven’t been as prolific as I could or should be.

    3. Raf
      August 29th, 2009 | 7:47 am

      Welcome back!

    4. Corey
      August 29th, 2009 | 10:36 am

      MJ wrote:

      I’m glad you’re back because Corey and I were only half as prolific as you are on a normal day…and there was two of us!
      Anyway, welcome back Steve. I hope you had a nice time down in Florida and that you’re back, rested, recharged and better than ever!

      second all of that. Good to have ya back! Poor MJ was alone on Monday too, as I was sick as a dog and skipped out on work to be in bed all day. It was fun though!

    5. MJ
      August 29th, 2009 | 10:39 am

      Corey wrote:

      second all of that. Good to have ya back! Poor MJ was alone on Monday too, as I was sick as a dog and skipped out on work to be in bed all day. It was fun though!

      Funny, because I’ve been sick all week and didn’t go into work after leaving early on Monday afternoon. In fact, the only thing I could muster up the strength to do was periodically hit refresh on the laptop from my “deathbed.”

    6. August 29th, 2009 | 11:30 am

      Thanks guys! It’s good to be back…’tho I’m sure the kids would rather still be in Disney now…

      Recharged? Actually, I’m wiped. We left for the airport at 5:15 am on Monday and got home at 10 pm on Friday. And, at the most, I got 6 hours sleep each night…because we were out late and up early each day…

      Again, I do appreciate all those posts MJ and Corey – esp. since you guys were not feeling well. Sorry to hear that!

      And, Raf, there’s always next week – I’m sure I’m going to get beat up at work for being out this week – so, post away next week, if you want and can! ;-)

    7. MJ
      August 29th, 2009 | 11:36 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Again, I do appreciate all those posts MJ and Corey – esp. since you guys were not feeling well. Sorry to hear that!

      Steve, I think I can speak for Corey by saying that it was our pleasure. Personally, I love this blog and it means the world to me that I can contribute to in in some small way.

    8. Corey
      August 29th, 2009 | 11:44 am

      @ MJ:
      agreed

    9. August 29th, 2009 | 10:25 pm

      Hey, more than a few readers, who don’t post comments, have shared with me outside the blog how much they enjoy reading the comments of our frequent commentors – such as you guys – as much as seeing what I have to say,…so, if this blog is anything, you all have a huge hand in that. You all contribute, a ton…believe me!

    10. August 31st, 2009 | 2:09 am

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