15 Reasons Why You Know You’re a Fan of the New York Yankees
15 Reasons Why You Know You're a Fan of the New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are the most storied franchise in all of sports. Winning 27 World Series Championships, the Bronx Bombers are both loved and hated for having a tradition of excellence.
Legends and Hall-of-Famers have graced Yankee Stadium with their presence over the years, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and most recently Mariano Rivera. These historic figures make up some of the 18 numbers retired by the organization.
Out of the 27 World Series wins, perhaps there was no greater time in the life of a Yankee fan than between 1996 and 2000 when the Yanks won four out of five straight World Series titles, including a three-peat between 1998 and 2000. Position players like Tino Martinez, now-manager Joe Girardi, Wade Boggs, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, Ruben Sierra, Darryl Strawberry, Cecil Fielder, Jim Leyritz, Scott Brosius, Jorge Posada, Chuck Knoblauch, Chad Curtis and Derek Jeter all played a role in this success. Pitchers like Roger Clemens, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, David Cone, Davis Wells, Andy Pettitte, Jeff Nelson, Mike Stanton and Mariano Rivera provided stability in holding leads for the Yankees’ stacked lineups. For those born around 1990, as I was, we knew nothing but success for George Steinbrenner’s ball club.
However, prior to their 1996 World Series win, the Yankees had not won a title since 1981. Previous to that they won three in a row from 1976 to 1978.
But long before that they experienced dominance like no other pro sports team ever had -- with exception to the Boston Celtics' run of 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons between 1956 and 1969. The Celtics won eight straight titles between 1958 and 1966. Between 1947 and 1964, the Yankees won 11 titles in 18 seasons and made it to the World Series 16 times in that span. Talk about consistent dominance. Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series Championship in 1921, and ever since then the tradition of excellence and demand for excellence from the Yankees fanbase has never faded.
Here are the 15 reasons you know you’re a fan of the New York Yankees.
15. You Refer to the Team As "We" Even Though You're Not On the Team
“We have to find a way to pull this one out. We can’t afford to go down 2-1 in the series.” If you have said this and have not actually been a member of the Yankees' 25-man roster, then you are certainly a true fan. I’m sure you’d also have a great response for anyone who would dare to point that fact out.
14. You Know Your Yankee History
Just because you were born in the 1990s doesn’t mean the team was born the same year. A true Yankee fan will understand the phenomenal pasts of Yankee greats and legendary teams.
13. You Know About the Roll Call at Yankee Stadium
If you are watching the game on the television or at the game and you’re confused at the roll call led by Bald Vinny you’re not a true fan. In the bottom of the first inning, super-fan Bald Vinny leads the Yankee faithful in a roll call around the defense, greeting the team one-by-one. The players usually respond with a nod or a tip of the cap.
12. You Hate the Red Sox With A Fiery Passion
You hate the Boston Red Sox and everything about them, especially now that they’ve won three championships since 2004. The picture above makes you want to vomit.
11. You Own Obscure Team Memorabilia
Do you have that old David Wells Jersey and can’t seem to get rid of it? Were you dumb enough to buy an A-Rod jersey? Dear God, I hope not. Do you have a game ball signed by Luis Vizcaino from the 2007 season framed in your den? How about a glove signed by Don Zimmer? That really makes no sense, but I know someone who actually had his glove signed by the former Yankees bench coach. If you own anything like the aforementioned, you my friend, are a true fan.
10. You Know Every Player on the Team's 40-Man Roster
Cesar Cabral? Zoilo Almonte? David Phelps? You’ll refer to these guys on a first-name basis if you’re a true fan.
9. You Have a Defensive Attitude Against Yankee-Haters
The Yankees buy all of their players. The Red Sox are a dynasty and the Yankees fans are just jealous. The Yankees are screwed in years to come. Blah, blah, blah. These are some of the statements Yankees fans have to deal with on a daily basis. If these get you all riled up and enrage you to the point of you getting in a verbal, and sometimes physical, confrontation, you are certainly a Yankees fan.
8. You'll Spend Your Whole Paycheck Bringing Your Family to A Game
The Yankees had the second-highest per game ticket price topped only by the Red Sox in 2013. The average cost for a ticket in the Bronx was just over 50 dollars a seat. If you have kids and you plan on eating and buying them cool foam fingers or other necessary items in the mind of a child, you can easily spend around 500 dollars once you factor in transportation as well. But in the end, it will be worth it with a Yankees victory.
7. If You Loved Every Second of Mariano's Farewell Tour
Mariano received a rocking chair, guitar, sand sculpture, bicycles, fishing pole, inscribed cowboy hat, multiple paintings, surfboard, a gold record of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and many generous donations to his foundation in a league-wide tour during his self-proclaimed final season in the league. If you’re a Yankees fan, you loved every second of Mo’s last season where he posted a 6-2 record with a 2.11 ERA, saving 44-of-51 opportunities.
6. If ESPN's "Hip-Hip, Jorge" Commercial Made You Crack Up
5. If You Don't Care About a Second-Place Finish
With 27 World Series wins, second place doesn’t matter. Second place and last place are synonymous.
4. If You Don't Believe In Farm Systems
The Yankees' farm system is depleted due to apparently a combination of bad scouting and a lack of focus. When you can go out and sign literally anyone you want, why commit major resources to finding potential gems when you can just sign them? However, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, both homegrown talents, will be in the Hall of Fame someday.
3. If You Have No Regard For Player Salaries
The Yankees have led the league in highest opening day payrolls for the last 15 seasons. Yes, 15 seasons. That’s certainly an impressive run and proves that money is not a matter of concern if you’re a fan of the Bronx Bombers.
2. If 27 Is Your Favorite Number -- Until the Next World Series Championship
The Yankees have won 27 World Series championships in their history. That leads all franchises in all pro sports. The Montreal Canadiens come in second with 24 Stanley Cup Championships while the Boston Celtics come in third with 17 NBA titles.
1. If You Legitimately Cried During Lou Gehrig's Speech
In his famous speech in 1939, Lou Gehrig formally announced he could no longer wear his pinstripes and continue playing his beloved game due to his illness. He proclaimed himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” because of the support and encouragement from fans and also for having the ability to play pro baseball for 17 seasons. The crowd stood and applauded Gehrig for about two minutes as the Yankee legend wiped away tears after showing an immense amount of courage and gratitude while delivering an incredibly moving speech.