A Yankees Ring Means Everything To Me
First off, let me give you a rundown of what has gone on in my world. I will try to make it as quick as an Alex Rodriguez opposite field, game tying home run.
I am 26 years old and I live just West of the city of Atlanta in the state of Georgia.
During my High School years, some of the roughest times of my life, I didn't have many friends, nor did I fit in with most of the crowds.
Baseball was my escape from the everyday grind of life, and it still is today.
Seeking friends and a career, I got a job with a local grocery chain when I was 16. The second month on the job, I met a guy named Michael, like my name, only spelled the correct way. Thanks mom.
I also met Derek Coffelt that year, a fellow Bleacher Report writer. Both have become my best friends and have given me extra coverage when baseball isn't so kind to me.
However, baseball is, and always will be, my passion and my first love.
Today, I am almost the same guy as I was ten years ago, only a bit more mature. I've learned some things along the way. Treating others kindly goes a long way and for the most part, it has paid off.
It wasn't that I wasn't kind when I was a teenager in High School, I just didn't understand a lot of other people and I wasn't into doing the things that they were.
I have met a lot of great people along the way after becoming a Yankees fan, one namely being A.J. Martelli, who I met here on Bleacher Report. I have enjoyed the last year and a half, sharing Yankees moments with him.
That is about it, didn't mean to make that so long, I guess that A-Rod home run got some air underneath it.
Going forward, Derek Jeter was my favorite player when I was young, along with Alex Rodriguez.
I have always enjoyed the playing styles of both players. The way Derek Jeter can be at the right place at the right time, and how Alex Rodriguez can lift his leg, flip his bat and a ball soars out of the ball park like it had been shot out of a cannon.
I didn't really have my own team until I met my friend Michael, his family is from New York, so he was a Yankees fan.
Already being a Jeter fan, I wanted to learn more of the mystique of the New York Yankees, so, I did my homework.
I expanded my knowledge into the past of Yankees. I really wasn't aware of the things the team had accomplished, along with all of the amazing players, and the stories that followed them.
I have truly enjoyed the last ten years of my life.
I wasn't born into the Yankees like some people are, so I have had to play catch up, and every day as a Yankees fan is greater then the day before it.
During the subway series of 2000, I can't really say that I cared enough then for that championship for it to matter to me.
2001 hurt because I was pulling for New York for several reasons, for the people that live there to have something to celebrate after the attacks, and the fact that it seemed like the Yankees weren't going to lose no matter what.
I don't need to talk about the reversed curse of 2004 and all of the first round exits that followed.
However, 2004 did bring the controversial Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx, which was cool to me, because now my favorite two players were on the same team.
I have had A-Rod's back the entire time he has been with the team, and the short time he left the team after opting out.
Through the playoff struggles, and the recent steroid controversy, I still kept my head held high for my player and knew he would bounce back.
I can say this year, that even Alex Rodriguez himself has surprised me. After coming off hip surgery and his admission to performance enhancing drugs in 2003, I didn't see a 30hr/100rbi season or the playoff run he has had. It has been a story that Twilight's Stephanie Meyer couldn't write on her best day.
Last year saw the Yankees miss the playoffs completly, but the off season brought a lot of hope to the Bronx.
The signings of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira.
After the Yankees signed Teixeira just before Christmas, I didn't need any gifts that year, that felt like a gift. I immediately had high hopes for 2009.
But, 2009 didn't start off well. I had to recover from the injury to my favorite player, along with the steroid admission.
If that wasn't enough, the Yankees didn't get off the a good start. Losing the first game of the season to the Baltimore Orioles and being under the .500 mark for a good period of April.
If that still wasn't enough, they lost their first eight games to the rival Boston Red Sox.
But every story has a happy ending, well, not every story, but it seems this one will.
Fifteen regular season walk-off's, coming back and evening the series against Boston, and winning 103 games and the AL East, the Yankees soared into October baseball.
The Yankees have made it to the fall classic. Its been six years since they've been there, nine years since they have won it all.
With that being said, its felt like a lifetime to me, because I haven't had the chance to celebrate a championship for the team that makes me who I am today.
Rather it makes sense to anybody or not, the Yankees are everything to me. I enjoy every big win, and I suffer during every big loss, but its worth it because of moments like this, and that makes sense to me.
Four more wins until the promised land and I will be the happiest I have been my entire life. I don't want to think about it any other way, except that my team is about to win the 2009 World Series of Major League Baseball.
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