Baseball: The Great Escape
As they always do the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins in a playoff series as they captured the one-game American League Wild Card last night.
Even when they fell behind in the first inning I expected the Yankees to come back and win because Rutgers has a better chance of beating Ohio State in football than the Twins do of beating the Yankees in the post-season. That might have been a low blow but I was trying to make a point.
Here’s another one. The Yankees unexpected success this season is actually a good thing. Let me be clear. I am not and never will be a Yankees fan and rooting for them is simply not in my DNA even with Todd Frazier wearing pinstripes.
However since the majority of people who live around here are Yankee fans why shouldn’t they have something positive to cling to at a time when there is so much negative.
You see at its best sports is supposed to be a diversion from all the garbage that often surrounds us. For about three hours (or 4 if the Yankees are playing the Red Sox) you can push your problems aside and watch Frazier, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius play a game.
You can do so in your home or with a bunch of friends or if you have a credit card with no limit sit in those seats behind home plate at Yankee Stadium.
Problems around the world or at home and work are briefly forgotten and you can jump up and scream like an idiot when Judge hits one of his titanic blasts.
If ever we needed diversion it’s now and if the Yankees winning brings joy to the masses then I am okay with it. No matter what their fans have another week to care about baseball as they open the best-of-7 American League Division Series in Cleveland Thursday night.
So to all you passionate Yankee fans, I’m not on the bandwagon but I hope the season keeps going well into October so you have something to root and cheer for.
In full disclosure, I also hope it ends with a loss in game 7 of the World Series. Come on what did you expect from a Mets fan.