The best team that money can buy just won the World Series. Whoopity doo. This is the part where I should congratulate the Yankees on their championship, but that isn’t going to happen. As an Angel fan and a baseball fan in general, I can’t bring myself to do it.
I refuse to congratulate the Yankees.
According to my father’s philosophy, I actually should be happy to the Yankees won it all. I am an Angel fan and the Yankees are the team that beat my Angels, ergo, I should be pleased that the Halos lost to the best team in baseball and not to a lesser team. Yeah, not so much for me. I’m actually more pissed off now because I still think that the Angels could have beaten the Bronx Bombers and by that corollary should have been able to defeat the Phillies and be the world champs themselves, not the Yanks. I fail to see how that is supposed to make me feel better.
What really chaps my ass though is that it is the Yankees who won. I just hate the Yankees. Maybe it is because I went to college in New York state and came to know many a Yankee fan and while living there cultured a justifiable loathing for both the Yankee team and their fan base. Mind you I have several good friends who are Yankee fans. They are good people, they just have horrible taste in baseball teams. You almost can’t blame them… almost. There is just something about rooting for the Yanks that brings out the worst in people. Yankee fans just have an aura around them, one of false superiority. It is like they think that because they are Yankee fans that they are somehow better than you. They aren’t even really ever that euphoric that the Yankees have won the World Series, instead they act like they were entitled to it by the sheer virtue of the fact that the Yankee are the Yankees. If you were surrounded by that crap for four years, you’d detest the Yankees too.
For me, this might actually be the most despicable Yankee team of the century, which only makes me that more annoyed at their crowning. They have always been the Evil Empire, but they took it to a whole new level with this team, shelling out the gross national product of Australia to bring in ringers like CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira. Somehow we are supposed to believe that his 25-man unit of mercenaries is some sort of gregarious group of fun lovers who just play the game for the sheer fun of it all because they occasionally rub shaving cream in each others faces. I find it both insulting and disingenuous.
I fully admit that the Yankees were definitely the best team in baseball this year and outplayed the Angels in the ALCS and the Phillies in the World Series. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. If that makes me a sore loser, than so be it.
You can have your championship, Yankee fans. Just don’t expect me to help you enjoy it.