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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
As a sports fan, sometimes it's difficult to determine which feels better: the fact that your team won or the realization that your rival has lost. It's easy to focus too much on one's opponent, particularly when your own team is accruing damages like it's going out of style, but enjoying the misery of others can only satisfy a person for so long (although it is fun, don't get me wrong). For so long this season the Yankees have been mired in 2nd-place status - the Red Sox came running out of the gate in April and played much better than the Yankees for many months; for a while all we Yankees fans had to live for was the hope that we could at least maintain some dignity. In fact, a few times at some of the lowest points in the season (think 14.5 games back... ouch), I became so accustomed to seeing the Yankees blow it that I began to take greater joy out of rooting against the Sox than I did out of rooting for the Yanks!

That, my friends, is wrong.

Sure, it's fun to see Gagne blow it. Yes, it's heart-warming to know that the Red Sox wasted a lot of money on the injury-saddled JD Drew, and the antics of poor Julio Lugo are a sight for sore eyes, no doubt about it. But (wo)man cannot live on the suffering of others alone!

Miraculously, over the past month or so, I have slowly weaned myself from my addict-esque need to have Boston's GameDay running in the background of my computer so as not to miss anything potentially mock-worthy (which is a good thing, really, because have you ever tried to get any actual work done while you're watching a Yankees game on TV, checking Boston's GameDay every 10 seconds, and heckling your Red Sox fan coworker simultaneously? It's not easy). I have refocused 100% of my attention on enjoying the successes of the Yankees - and they have been most kind in helping me in that regard. In the span of just a couple months the Yankees have managed to muscle out a very comfortable 5.5 game lead in the wildcard and turned themselves into viable contenders for the division, which is now just 1.5 games out of reach with 10 left to play.

Since the Yanks and Sawx are, of course, in a race with each other, no one is immune to a little scoreboard watching. But I can honestly say, lovelies, that when Gagne blew that save yesterday and when Papelbon served up that grand salami to Adams tonight, while I absolutely giggled with glee and felt my heart swell with joy, I kept my focus on the most important matter at hand: the Yankees' record.

The moral of this story (there isn't one) is this: it is the successes of one's own team, not the failures of another, that should bring one the most joy. The failures of others are just delicious, delicious icing on the cake. Cream cheese icing. On carrot cake.

I'm hungry now.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
  • At 9:25 PM, Anonymous mets guy said…

    Nothing wrong with getting most of your joy from hate. What do you think Mets fans do during long stretches where we don't make the playoffs? We hate on the Yankees. We like that just as much (if not more) as watching our own team win.

  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Khoa Le said…

    Happy time indeed! GO YANKS. Lets avoid the Angels first round!

  • At 9:57 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    The past three days have been like none other Yanks fans have experienced this season... so you're forgiven as far as that goes. It's just been a whirlwind, first struggling to maintain (remember that early July series against the A's?), then the Yanks forcing their way into the Wild Card hunt (I was sooo ready to bring up that blown Bloomquist out from May again), and now they have a chance at the division. Good lord. All things being equal, NY is going into the playoffs with hella momentum, and that's all you can ask for. Though you'd like to see ARod get some hits before his usual October swoon. Bottom line, the Yanks lose one less game than the Sawx the rest of the way, and that division is ours. Who saw that coming? GO YANKS

  • At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Toxic said…

    The other advantage is they start pulling their necks in on Yankees sites and less of the "best team in baseball" posts now they're behind the tribe and halos.

  • At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Ol' Goat said…

    Nothing wrong with getting a thrill out of seeing your team doing well, while watching as the other implodes.

    We saw plenty of that in the early part of the season from the other direction.

    I am mainly focused on what the Yankees are doing, the RS is just a little side bar that I can use to jab the RS friends I have.

  • At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh everybody's back on the band wagon! Hey that's great!

    You all are the reason why A-Rod, Posada, Mo, Damon & Giambi will not be back next year. Enjoy today as much as you can, because after the Blue Jays sweep you this weekend and your tied with Detroit for the wildcard. You typical Yankee fans will hop right off the band wagon..... and don't think the players don't know it.

    Your strangle hold on dominanting the AL East is over. You'll be just a middle of the pack team for the next 20 years. You better pray that there's never a salary cap enforced or you'll be at the bottom of the barrel every year!

  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    yeah, you're right, i'm a total bandwagon fan. thats why i bother having a blog. i only like them when they're good.

    have you read ANY of this website at all?

  • At 1:14 PM, Blogger james said…

    Schadenfreude is a German word that means enjoying someone else pain. Figures the Germans would have one word for it. And i am 1/4 German so don't anyone be insulted

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