After my son’s Fall Ball Little League game this morning, the four of us ran over to Lowe’s – since I had to pick up some filters for our furnace and humidifier. My wife and son waited in the car – and my daughter and I went into the store. I was wearing a Yankees hoodie – navy with the white inter-locking “NY” on the front.
On the way to checkout, one of the guys working in the store said to me “You better hurry home to watch that Yankees game tonight! Oh…wait…that’s right…they lost and there is no game today.” He was smiling as he said it – but, I couldn’t tell if he was playfully teasing or just being a hump. In any event, I had my 8-year old daughter with me and I didn’t feel like getting into it. So, I ignored him.
The guy standing in front of me at the checkout heard him. And, he turned to me and said “Lemme guess, he’s probably a friggin’ Met fan.”
I was still in a mood – but, I could not ignore a compadre. So, I replied with “Hey, what can you do? They got beat.” And, he then said “Yeah. I’m happy for Texas. Good for them and good for Nolan Ryan. They deserve to go to the Series. The Yankees played like they were dead. Did you see that thing with the Rangers coach – the list of things that he wants their batters to do? The Yankees didn’t do any of those things. They never do. So, they should have lost.”
By this time, he was checked out and it was my time to pay. And, he was off on his way. Still, now, I’m wondering: Didn’t Paul O’Neill sort of mention this in the YES post-game last night too? It was late – but – I thought O’Neill said something about the Yankees batters putting up big numbers against so-so teams and less than great pitchers. And, because of that, when they faced great pitching, like in the post-season, they forgot and/or didin’t do the little things you need to do, in order to win, when you’re not going to be able to slug your way to five or six runs a game.
In any event, for sure, it’s open season on Yankees fans – already – as my trip to Lowe’s this afternoon stands testament. Brace yourselves Yankeeland.