The ALMOST Yankee Fan ….Posted: September 13, 2010 Filed under: Dailies | Tags: Astros, Braves, Cardinals, fun, phillies, Phillies Outside, Pirates, post season, Reds, Roller Coaster, season end, September, Texas, Yankees 7 Comments
A picture I came across not long ago, reminded me of how close it was that maybe I could have become part of the evil empire, it wasn’t to be, I saw the passage to the good side and followed the light. In defense of the fact that I had managed to wear a Yankees hat without my head burning, it was sometime in the 80’s and I had yet to see my first Phillies game. It wasn’t long after this I was resident down the 1st base line at Veterans Stadium enjoying the sight of the Philadelphia Phillies playing the New York Mets. It was early in my understanding of the game, so I was more into why this or why that, than any rivalry.
The brief visits over the next 10 years gave me more of an understanding of the game and an increased passion for the Phillies, even though during those early years in my baseball life L’s were a premium for the Phillies and the W’s could be something of a rarity. I learned that wins and loses aren’t necessarily what get you hooked to baseball, it definitely helps to have a post season visit at some point in time, but right down to the last game before elimination there is still hope and the knowledge that any team could and at times does collapse giving way to the unexpected.
The National League East is definitely heating up, with both the Phillies and the Braves playing only teams within the division through season end, with a 3 game set against each other in Philadelphia next week, the season will end on a 3 game series in Atlanta between the two clubs. I say tighten your belts it’s going to be an up and down roller coaster final couple of weeks for both Braves and Phillies fans.
Some have already written the Cardinals off, but with a couple of shots at the sCrUBs and the Pirates in the final weeks and the Reds having to play double duty with the Brewers and the LOLstros, in my opinion they could be in for a bumpy season end, it only needs the Reds to continue at the 3-7 pace and the Cards to improve with a spurt of wins, after all this is baseball anything can happen and it could be that Texas is the only team that appears safe at the moment, but even they could collapse and make the final weekend full of games that shape the post season.
Useless stats 101 – The year I got the Yankees hat and ultimately became a Phillies fan, there were just 2 divisions in each league and the Phillies finished 26 games back of the Cardinals, in the NL, with a 75-87 record.
You’re very brave to put that picture online for all the world to see. 75-87, that was not a good year. That was actually two years before my first visit to a Phillies game, when the Phils were slightly better and almost broke .500.
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
Fuhgettabout the Yanks cap, take a look at that bonafide P0RNSTACHE!!!!! DUDE! That’s impressive. Very, very impressive. I take back all the mean things I’ve said about your Phils… wait, no I don’t. But I’m still impressed.
First I thought that was a picture of a player back in the 80’s. OMG! LOL! Major moustache there. Did you have any sideburns too? ahhh the 80’s. Last time the Dodgers won the W.S. in 1988 and 1981 before that. Good times…
Sue- no one can ever accuse me of not being brave or stupid
Jeff- pornstache one of the great mans man element of the 80’s
Emma- yep sideburns the whole deal it was my time late 70’s early 80’s loved it
I’m with Jeff. The Yankees cap was fun, but the stache is priceless!
Jane – and I didn’t have to use a Mastercard to get it…:-)
deep breath ~ Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Man I hated the 80’s! by far the worse decade in the last 1/2 century…and a complete embarrassment to humankind.