No Crying In Baseball…Right?

ImageWell, it’s official.  The Sandman has left the stadium, and with the company of Andy Pettitte.  The Core Four has dwindled down to just the Captain (where is my box of tissues?).

This past Sunday when the Yankees celebrated Mariano Rivera day and acknowledged Andy Pettitte’s retirement, I sobbed.  I sobbed like a baby actually.  Being a diehard Yankees fan, could you blame me?  Today was no different either.  Watching Pettitte and Jeter go to the mound to get Mo, and Mo resting his head on Pettitte’s shoulder crying….if you didn’t shed a tear, you are not human (or you’re a Boston fan).

One of my cousins once said to me that being a sports fan is like being a part of a cult.  Of course I looked at him like he was off his rocker.  He explained his theory to me… “When a team loses, no one says, ‘The team lost. They say we lost.'”  Think about it, it’s true.  However, contrary to my cousin’s belief, I don’t think that makes sports a cult.  Instead, I think it shows dedication, and adds a sense of unity among the world; even if just for nine innings or four quarters…

That’s one of the many reasons I love the Yankees so much, but also just love sports in general.  I love the essence of a team.  The whole “I got your back, you got mine,” type of attitude.  I think that’s all anyone really wants in this world.  I think that’s why people take sports so seriously.  It really is more than just a game.  Sometimes, it’s the only thing that people have to make them feel like they’re not alone in this often cruel world.  I mean think about it, how many times have you struck up conversation with someone because you’re both wearing the same team logo?  How many times have you fist pounded the person next to you at a game because you both have a common enemy?  Life can sometimes be a joke, but a game is always serious.

So watching a teammate retire – in the case of the Yankees, two teammates retire – is absolutely heart wrenching.  Especially if those teammates have been a part of the team that you have looked to for comfort throughout the years.  It pulls on your heartstrings, or at least it definitely did for me.

I’m the girl who doesn’t cry during “The Notebook,” and yet cried at the end of “42,” and sob at any type of baseball ceremony for the Yankees.  I don’t just cry because I’ll miss the person either.  I cry because the history that goes along with certain players and organizations is so overwhelming and powerful, and I got the honor to be a part of it.  I know what you’re thinking, “You weren’t a part of it.”  But, I was.  Every fan was.  Every true, dedicated, diehard fan has been a part of the history of the team they root for.  The history the team accomplished also gets added on to every fan’s history of accomplishments; because it’s a team effort.

Seeing two of my favorite Yankees leave their heart on their home field one last time is upsetting.  Some people will tell me (and all the other crazy fans) that I’m being dramatic, simply overreacting.  My team is changing though, and therefore it’s like an aspect of my life is changing as well.  This may sound crazy to some, but I guarantee the diehards will completely understand.

And I’m well aware there are some people who would love to comment on this blog and say what a terrible season the Yankees had this year.  Well, I beg to differ.  With all the injuries we were dealt this season, the fact that we were still considered a candidate for the playoffs in September was a huge deal.  And not for nothing, we (yes we) have a tendency to come back with a vengeance.

Mo, Pettitte, we’ll miss you; I’ll miss you.  Thanks for letting me be a part of such great memories.

It’s Been A Great Run

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I still miss Posada and now two more of the Core Four are hanging up their uniforms after this season. Growing up I watched these four guys continuously leave their heart on the field. They define what it means to be a Yankee time and time again; and I hate to see two of them tipping their hats at the stadium for one last time. No one works as hard as Andy Pettitte to win, and no one is trusted in a game more than Mariano Rivera. It’s gonna be so strange not seeing these two next season, but they will forever be true Yankees. Thanks for the memories boys. It’s been a great run.

Power In Pride

September 11, 2001.

I still remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember those next few days. I remember those weeks that followed. I remember every news channel showing the clip over and over again. I remember all the tragic stories, heartbreaking pictures, and unbearable facts.  Yet the thing that I remember most is the patriotism.

I distinctly remember this Ad Council Freedom commercial. To this day it is one of my favorite commercials. It emphasizes one of the biggest American outlooks – united we stand.

As time has elapsed since that tragic day, it is sad to me that so many people seem to have lost their patriotism. With the economy, the Korean scare, the conflict now in Syria, it seems everyone thinks the government is out to hurt them. It bothers me that so many of my peers see the American government in a negative light. I’m not saying I agree with every choice that is made or the way we go about some things, but I truly do believe it’s for the greater good. Maybe I’m just a foolish optimist, but I still trust that America is standing by the principles our founding fathers (and mothers) generated.

I understand why some people, my peers especially, think that we should be focusing solely on helping our country and our country alone. However, we are all interdependent and as a country that stands for freedom, how do you expect us to turn a cheek to wrongdoing and injustice? Still some people argue that it’s pointless for us to help any other country because no one would stand by us if we needed the help. That’s like saying it’s okay for a high school jock to walk right past an elementary school student being bullied because the elementary student wouldn’t be able to help him. Seriously, it’s time to wise up. By us speaking up, it is keeping our principles of freedom, that we love so much, intact and relevant.

So many people bash their own country, and yet they’re the ones who have the power to change the reputation of this country. After the attacks, America was regarded as strong because of the strength and camaraderie of the American people. There is still power in pride. America is still strong because we still stand by the morals we held originally. America is still strong, we’re just not sending the message anymore. Let’s change that. As a way to honor the victims of 9-11, I think we should all try to bring back the patriotism we all displayed back in 2001.

May those who passed away due to September 11, rest in eternal peace. May those who put their life on the line to save others that day, know that we are all eternally grateful. And to those people who have fought, or currently fight for the American people and our beliefs – a sincere thank you.

God Bless America. Land that I truly love.