Hey, New York Yankees: Your Fans Really Miss You!

david cooperContributor IMay 8, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 05:  Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees bats against the Boston Red Sox on May 5, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 7-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the Yankee's have fallen off their perch as the classy, proud, prepared and more importantly,....winning franchise they once were.

Many of us have mentally circled the date, November 4 of 2001, as the day things started to go downhill. Has it really been eight years already? The mighty "Mo" couldn't close the deal and Arizona won the deciding game of an incredibly exciting World Series.

Sure there have been some dazzling moments since then; Boone's home run to beat the Sawx in 2003. Giambi's grand slam in the pouring rain to beat the Twins in extra innings. Roger's 300th win and 4000th strikeout. Arod's 500th Homer. Sweeping five games in a row from Boston in 2006 to virtually knock them out of the playoffs.

Hell...right now I'll be happy if we actually compete for a playoff spot!

Those of us that used to expect year after year of thrilling victories and parades have now come to expect excruciating losses and quiet Octobers. Some of the happiest moments of our lives have been delivered by the NY Yankees...we yearn for those days to return.

As someone who watches every game on TV, attends 10-15 games a year in the Bronx, and reads even the most obscure articles I can find every morning about the Yankees...I feel as though I'm reaching my breaking point.

The new stadium feels like a brand new shopping mall. Am I in the Mall of America in Minneapolis or in the Bronx? They lock soaking wet fans out of the stadium who paid through the nose for their tickets and drank 10 dollar beers during a three hour rain delay? We all know it's a business, but do they have to rub our noses in it?

Watching Jeter and Rivera compete at the highest level is becoming painful. They are aging and their skills are quickly eroding with every game. Jeter has lost a few steps on offense and defense and Mo has let up four home runs before Mother's day.

Couldn't Arod or Manny slip something into their cereal bowls when no one is looking? Unfortunately folks...Jete and Mo are human (unlike the aforementioned Arod and Manny).

You feel for the new guys...400 million dollars and the NY faithful expects results now!Teixeira, Sabathia and Burnett have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  They look like they were just voted off of American Idol every time they take the field.

You want to give them a hug! Joe Girardi must wish he stayed in the booth or took another job. Thank god Swisher and Damon are on the team for some comic relief from time to time!

Isn't this supposed to be a game? A way to lose yourself for a few hours? The magic bond between father's and sons?

I am actually looking forward to Arod coming back tomorrow to take some pressure off of everyone else...and add some spark to this under performing sad franchise. Maybe he can holler at an opposing infielder during a routine pop-up or something? Ok...i'll settle for a game winning home run...

I haven't gotten off the train, but watching the great chemistry and solid play of the Red Sox and Rays' make me long for better days...when watching the Yankees was actually fun.