• Hi, My Name Is Steve, And, I’m A Yankees Fan…

    Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 · Comments (15)

    Yankees fans are everywhere. And, at times, my wife likes to playfully give me the business about this…such as…

    …when we’re on the road and another car cuts us off, or does something else that is vehicularly selfish and/or irresponsible, and we notice that it has a Yankees magnetic decal on the back of the car, she’ll turn to me and will say:

    “There goes one of your peeps.” Or…

    …when we’re out in public and we come across some goomba Eminem wannabe, acting like an orangutan performing a mating ritual, who is wearing a Yankees cap crooked on his head, she’ll mention:

    “There goes one of your peeps.” Or…

    …if it’s a nice warm day and we find ourselves walking behind some young lady wearing a pink Jeter or A-Rod T-shirt, rolled up above her sweat pants that have some suggestive slogan written across her fanny, in order to display the tramp stamp tattoo on her lower back to all that follow her, she’ll make note and share:

    “There goes one of your peeps.”

    Again, it’s all meant in fun when she says this to me. It’s just a good-natured tease.

    But, you know, what? All kidding aside, I take pride in being a member of the Yankees fan fraternity. Heck, it’s like family to me. Yup, even the fanboy Yankees-blinders and Pinstripe-Pollyanna throng – I dig them too. (Hey, as I’ve said in the past, I was “that way” too, once, when I was in my teens and early twenties. So, I do know where they’re coming from, etc.)

    You can put me in a plane and drop me in a lot of places – and I’d be O.K. But, in terms of being most comfortable, my best place to be is among several other Yankees fans. That’s part of the beauty of going to Yankee Stadium – to be with so many other people who are…just like me…

    And, just as you can’t pick your family, I realize that there are some Yankees fans out there who are…well…let’s just say more “interesting” than others. But, in the end, just like all Yankees fans, they’re “my peeps.” And, that’s cool. It’s a big club – lotsa room for all…

    How about you? If you’re a Yankees fan, does the association feel like a warm security blanket for you too?

    Comments on Hi, My Name Is Steve, And, I’m A Yankees Fan…

    1. clintfsu813
      December 22nd, 2009 | 10:39 am

      How about you? If you’re a Yankees fan, does the association feel like a warm security blanket for you too?

      Abso freaking lutely. Why do you think I have Corey and MJ as Facebook friends, lol. Here in Tallahassee the Yankee haterade is in full force. I get it everywhere, all the time. (Except from my Mother, Donnie’s #1 fan for life) Defending this team is a full time job…and one I take seriously. This is why I visit this site..and others..every day. When I go to the Trop for a game vs The Rays its usually about 75% Yanks fans. I sit back and say…these are my peeps. Lookin forward to my trip to the Boogie Down this coming year vs The Mets in June!

    2. MJ
      December 22nd, 2009 | 11:26 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Why do you think I have Corey and MJ as Facebook friends, lol.

      LOL – I’m FB friends with you, Corey, YankCrank, Steve, Raf and a few others. There’s absolutely a Yankee community and I love being a part of it.

    3. YankCrank
      December 22nd, 2009 | 11:36 am

      How about you? If you’re a Yankees fan, does the association feel like a warm security blanket for you too?
      —–

      Honestly? No, i’m embarrassed by most Yankee fans and think they’re some of the most idiotic, spoiled, irrational people on this planet.

      Our fan base is filled with an annoying sense of entitlement where we need every good player no matter the cost and where we need to be the best team every single year. I can’t go to the gym without some stupid Yankee fan going “Hey I heard we’re getting Mark DeRosa. He’s like, AMAZING!” or going to the grocery store and hearing “It took A-Rod six years to win, what was he waiting for? You know how long it took Scott Brosius to win??” or seeing another Yankee fan at the gas station saying “What’s the problem, why don’t we just sign Halladay AND Holliday?”

      I love all the guys on this board and some other Yankee blogs because, for the most part, there’s some reason in what we propose. But, overall, I can’t stand the people that populate the fan base of the team I love more than anything.

    4. clintfsu813
      December 22nd, 2009 | 11:44 am

      LOL – I’m FB friends with you, Corey, YankCrank, Steve, Raf and a few others. There’s absolutely a Yankee community and I love being a part of it.

      Not me..hit me up guys! Its Clint Albritton out of Tallahassee, FL

    5. G.I. Joey
      December 22nd, 2009 | 12:35 pm

      YankCrank wrote:

      Honestly? No, i’m embarrassed by most Yankee fans and think they’re some of the most idiotic, spoiled, irrational people on this planet.

      In my experience most Red Sox, Phillies, and Angels fans are just as idiotic and irrational, but I’ll give you that they’re not as spoiled.

      I have a big problem with people wearing a baseball hat for fashion purposes and not being a fan of that team. This happens with the Yankees more so than any other team and it bothers the crap out of me. I understand that the interlocking NY is one of, if not the most iconic logo in sports, and represents NY as well as the team, but it’s extremely disapointing to strike up a baseball conversation with someone wearing a Yankee hat and they tell you “I don’t really follow baseball.” This has happened too many times to me.

    6. 77yankees
      December 23rd, 2009 | 12:59 am

      There are generally two categories of Yankee fans: The life long fans and the fair weather crowd. I’m sort of on the same wave length with Steve – been a fan since 1976, and I’m not much older than that.

      Then you have the fair weather people whose fandom seemed to start the last week of October 1996. Of course, all you have to do to out and shame them is drop some Yankee trivia history. Ask them what team Jim Abbott no-hit in 1993 for instance. Plenty of ways to weed out the frauds.

    7. clintfsu813
      December 23rd, 2009 | 7:51 am

      Ask them what team Jim Abbott no-hit in 1993 for instance. Plenty of ways to weed out the frauds.

      I cant remember that off the top of my head, lol. I was only 13. I got serious in around 1995ish, but thats because I was getting out of GI JOE’s and toys and more into sports.

    8. December 23rd, 2009 | 10:13 am

      You know, years ago, at NetShrine, I had a baseball knowledge test:

      http://www.netshrine.com/devoteetest.html

      Don’t take the test – I stopped grading them years ago!

      Maybe I should do something like that here, that’s Yankees related?

    9. clintfsu813
      December 23rd, 2009 | 10:34 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Like who hit the last home run at YS2? Jose Molina!

    10. Corey
      December 23rd, 2009 | 10:47 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      I cant remember that off the top of my head, lol. I was only 13. I got serious in around 1995ish, but thats because I was getting out of GI JOE’s and toys and more into sports.

      If I didn’t just watch that a few months ago on yankee classic, I might not have known either. It’s a fun game to watch with a lot of future all stars in it.

      Back then I was 7, though.

    11. December 23rd, 2009 | 10:47 am

      @ clintfsu813:
      Yes, it would be those types of questions – but, obviously, more of them targeting pre-1996. ;-)

    12. 77yankees
      December 23rd, 2009 | 10:50 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      You know, years ago, at NetShrine, I had a baseball knowledge test:
      http://www.netshrine.com/devoteetest.html
      Don’t take the test – I stopped grading them years ago!
      Maybe I should do something like that here, that’s Yankees related?

      Giving the test a once over, I’d probably get between 30-40….43 seems a bit out of my range.

      Sounds like a plan for a Yankees quiz here…..we’ll need something for those boring cold January days.

      Here’s one: Name two of the three Yankees who turned the last Yankee triple play. Hints: One is a Yankee legend, and another is an infielder who was the first base coach for the season in my name handle (And no, his nickname is not “Stick”)

    13. MJ
      December 23rd, 2009 | 10:56 am

      Corey wrote:

      If I didn’t just watch that a few months ago on yankee classic, I might not have known either. It’s a fun game to watch with a lot of future all stars in it.

      I was a freshman in college that year so I didn’t get to see it live (had to read about it in the newspaper).

      That’s one of my favorite games of all time. Watching a young and skinny Manny Ramirez dog it to 1st base in the middle of a no-hit bid should’ve told everyone what they needed to know about the young prodigy. Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga…that Indians team became a who’s who of stars.

    14. clintfsu813
      December 23rd, 2009 | 11:19 am

      Yes, it would be those types of questions – but, obviously, more of them targeting pre-1996

      A great one I just saw on my Yankees Desk Calendar. Who started the most Opening Day games for the Yanks in the 1900s? If you know this off the top of your head, I will buy you a pitcher of beer when I come up in June, lol.

    15. December 24th, 2009 | 6:03 pm

      As a longtime Yankees fan who moved out to Seattle this fall, I couldn’t help but notice how many fellow fans we passed on the drive cross-country, or bumped into randomly in restaurants and bars (we sat near a fellow fan in a Ruby Tuesday in Omaha during the postseason). After landing here in Seattle, however, I’m definitely in the minority. I watched two games out at a bar, both times with people who were Philly transplants, rocking their home team’s hat. They both found it amusing to end up near little old me, of all people, and not just some Mariners fans.

      Definitely a ton of Yankees fans, no matter where you go, but I’d agree that the ones that aren’t so fairweather are fewer than one would like.

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