Last week, when friends and acquaintances kept asking, “You enjoying this?” I’m pretty sure they were not referring to the Celtics playoff run.
I was, of course, enjoying the goings-on in Yankeeland a great deal. But I was keeping my mouth shut.
One thing is certain: the Yankees have earned this moment. By watching as their position players got older and more immobile, but misidentifying the problem as a shortage of pitching, rather than defense, and by investing in arms this winter rather than picking up the true center fielder they desperately needed, they made this happen.
And from Sheehan, a YF himself, at that! Against all my better judgment, I replied back, “I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to enjoying this just a little.”
Big mistake. But I wasn’t the only one. On the members-only Pinsetting & Gutterballs section of Sons of Sam Horn,posters were having a field day in a thread called Lose It For (a play on the seminal SoSH thread, now a book, Win It For):
Lose it for….Jerome From Manhattan who should be closely trailed by the Secret Service now that the Yankees are off to such a poor start.
Lose it for….that horrid animated elevated train competiton they show on the Jumbotron in centerfield. Both the A and D trains suck.
Lose it for….Suzyn Waldman who must cringe every time she says, “The World Champion Boston Red Sox.”
Lose it for….every cocky Yankee fan who has ever shouted “1918” at me at The Toilet over the years. As I said to one recently, “1918 is just another year that the Red Sox won the World Series.”
There were, by the way, about 800 of these. Which made for a particularly gratifying Saturday morning of reading.
Shoulda known better. As I told Shep later in the day, “The second I start allowing myself to enjoy it, the Yanks will rip off a 14 game win streak.”
Naturally, they’re three in. One only has oneself to blame.