The NY Yankees, led by the Core 4 of Mariano, Jorge, Andy and Derek dispatched a very tough Angel team on a beautiful night in the Bronx. Add the accomplishments of A-Rod, who kept the Yankees breathing on a couple of nights, the next stop is the World Series.
The post season continues with the beginning of the Turnpike series. New Jersey is now a battleground state, where the respective fans of both New York and Philadelphia will duel for the jewel that is the World Series. These fans will pour out their souls and hearts over the next two weeks in supporting their team.
The rest of the country will sit and watch, while the baseball fans from New York to Philadelphia will be enraptured by this series. All those, except for Met fans.
It is the Big Red Machines wannabes against the legendary Yankee history. It is the Pat's or Geno's Philly Cheesesteak, against the Coney Island Nathan's Famous hot dog. It is the Cathedral vs. Citizens Bank Park. It is the $700 Standing Room Only ticket at Citizen's Bank Park vs. the $300 Grandstand ticket in the Bronx.
Who said Yankee tickets are overpriced? Cheap compared to the Philly ticket prices.
If you want to see what this series is going to be all about, you need to start looking at Twitter!
The past two series in both the AL and NL have been played out on the pages of Twitter. The friends I have become acquainted with are among the most passionate supporters this side of the Red Sox - Yankee rivalry. Joining Twitter half way through the season, I began building a group of Yankee supporters, and some Yankee haters, that will rival any Bleacher Creature.
This is my Bleacher Crew, sharing stories between games, agonizing over the ups and downs during the game, and watching while our Yankees continue their march into the 2009 World Series. The bond is the love for the NY Yankees.
Led by the likes of Optimist Prime, otherwise known as Rebecca_Glass, who has kept us grounded through the grind that was the ALCS. OP as she is called, consistently focused on the positive. When many of us were looking for the closest ledge, OP kept the eye on the prize. Rebecca also brought incredible insight into the game of baseball, combinng baseball knowledge with a deep respect for history.
The West Coast contingent led by SheFanJane, kept an eye on those thundersticks and rally monkeys. Jane was always upbeat with her creative and insightful blogs. She also brought us the cutest Yankee fan west of the Mississippi. Her blog posts never ceased to make me smile and made me glad to be a Yankee fan.
I also learned about the Rally Bra, never knowing that one existed before, from Meg in Philly. She also introduced us to the cutest Yankee fan east of the Mississippi. He will hold his own against those crazy Phillies fan in his class. I also will never forget the comments of YankeeGirl20 who focused on not swearing in her tweets, but I could hear the screams coming from her apartment as if I was next door.
The passion and creativity of this group in supporting the Yankees while conducting their lives at school, work and at home illustrate the beauty of baseball. The passion of Irishhothead, LadyBlueICU, Yankeechick78, Legendary23, Hsilvem11375, dp57, champingthebit and all the rest of the "Bleacher Creatures" show the true heart of the Yankee fan!
I also learned more about baseball, than I ever knew existed. Who knew about leverage? The knowledge of this group and love of their team, our team, is a testament that baseball still can be the Field of Dreams to so many fans. I imagine sitting in a cornfield in the middle of Iowa with this group, as we regale each other with stories of Shoeless Joe, Thurman Munson, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson and so many more.
Off-days were the worst for this group, and rainouts were even more painful. The wait between games, the umpire incompetence, and the travails of players like Swisher and Teixera, who were never knocked but always supported. Watching these players rise above their own adversity, made us cheer louder for them.
The insight of this group of "bleacher creatures" tells you that they eat, sleep, breathe and bleed Yankee pinstripes.
As we wait for the World Series to begin, there will be the usual trashtalking with Phillies fans, confidence that we are the best, and then the inevitable anxiety of what could happen, as we wait for it to all unfold.
In the end, we have all been touched by this post season in a very special way, and have been able to share the experience as if we were sitting in the stands together!
Let's Go Yankees!!
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