Damn Yankees (fans)
My wife Sharon and I enjoyed the Twins-Yankees game Sunday at Target Field Sunday. Yes, as you know, I hate the Yankees...always have, always will. They have that swagger, which I don't begrudge them because they walk the walk as well as talk the talk. It's not that they earned it...they bought it. They are simply an all-star team, from Jeter to A-Rod to the great Mariano. What really galls me is their fans. Big, hairy, arrogant and stupid...and that's just the women! They've never done a single thing to earn a victory on the field, yet they act like they're on the team. Sharon and I rode the elevator in the parking ramp with some Yankee fans. The first thing they said was, "Oh, I guess I'll let you ride the elevator with us, even though you're Twins fans." I said something like, "Just like this elevator, you're going down!" Then I tried to be nice and said "Don't worry, whenever the Twins play the Yankees, I expect to lose." And they came back with..."And we expect to win!" Of course, later on you think of a million things you wish you would've said, like "How about those Texas Rangers" or "I was so glad you guys lost the 2001 World Series" but off course the best retorts always come too late. The thing is, the Yankees simply find the best players and sign them, no matter the price. You can see it on the field...the Twins send the mighty Drew Butera, Rene Tosoni and Matt Tolbert up against Nick Swisher, Mark Texiera and Robinson Cano. It's laughable. The Pollad family, which owns the Twins, has more money than the Steinbrenners, yet they are happy to maybe sign one or two guys like Mauer and Morneau and never pursue that big free agent that will put them over the top. Only the Yankees and Red Sox do that. Perhaps they should only play each other all year, and the winner gets an automatic trip to the ALCS against whoever else the league can put up.