I caught a little of the Yankees Encore on YES this morning – where they were showing yesterday’s game (in the bottom of the 2nd inning) – and Michael Kay was going on (with Al Leiter) about how impressive it is that the Yankees are “26 time World Champions.” You hear those 26 World Championships referred to a lot in Yankeeland. It’s almost as if the team is not named “the New York Yankees.” More so, it’s as if they are the “26 time World Champion New York Yankees.”
And, while I don’t want to take away from what the Yankees have accomplished in their history, I can see where this would rub fans of other teams the wrong way. Often, I’ve heard, on this topic, from non-Yankees fans “Yeah, it’s twenty six. But, in the last 46 years (prior to this season) it’s six rings. Six for forty-six. That’s great. But, don’t make it out like you guys win a ring every four years or so – because that ain’t what’s happening.”
It’s an interesting point. In the last 46 years, the Yankees have won 6 rings. But, in the same time, the Dodgers, Cardinals, and A’s have each won 4 rings. Is six all that more than four? Well, sure, it’s more. But, it’s not a heap more, is it?
Further, in the last 46 years, the Orioles and Reds have each won 3 rings. And, the Tigers, Mets, Pirates, Twins, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Red Sox have each won the World Series twice since 1963. So, overall, lots of teams have won more than one World Series in the last 46 years.
Think of it this way: Say you met someone and they bragged to you: “I have a .243 lifetime batting average.” But, you knew that this meant they had gone 26 for 107. And, in fact, in their last 46 of those 107 At Bats, they only had 6 hits. Wouldn’t you be tempted to say back to them “Yeah, but, that was all front loaded – because you went 6 for your last 46 and that’s an average of .130″?
That’s basically what non-Yankees fans are saying when they’re responding to having “26 time World Champions” thrown in their face – in just about every Yankees conversation. So, maybe it’s time for the Yankees, and their fans, to give that “26 time” thing a rest? What do you think?