New York Yankees: 5 Reasons Rooting for Yanks Is Fun, from Eyes of a Diehard Fan

Rich StoweAnalyst IIIJune 3, 2011

New York Yankees: 5 Reasons Rooting for Yanks Is Fun, from Eyes of a Diehard Fan

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    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 31:  Derek Jeter #2 and Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees congratulate one another after they scored on a single by Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees in the sixth inning against the the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-A
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    I read this article by a former Yankees fan this morning and felt I just had to counter it.

    He listed 10 reasons why rooting for the Yankees isn't fun. While a couple of his reasons were legit (the new Yankee Stadium catering to upper-class fans, for instance), there were several I vehemently disagree with (winning and the Yankees tradition, for instance—he complained about rooting for a constant winner and how the tradition doesn't exist anymore, that it's just money).

    What that article really showed me was that the current crop of Yankees fans (those who became fans during or after 1996) is truly spoiled.

    So here are my five reasons why rooting for the Yankees is still fun and why I was born a Yankees fan and will always remain a Yankees fan till the day I die (unlike the author of the article I linked to, who has since stopped being a Yankees fan). 

    Why only five while the other writer listed 10? You only need five reasons to be a Yankees fan.

Winning

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  Brett Gardner #11 and Chris Dickerson #27 of the New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    Winning is what any fan of any team in any sport wants his or her team to do.

    You have a choice: You can be a Pittsburgh Pirates fan over the last 20 years or a New York Yankees fan over the last 20 years. Which do you think is more fun?

    Rooting for the Yankees, of course. Knowing that your team has a chance to win every game, an opportunity to make the postseason every season and a legitimate shot at the World Series makes the game enjoyable.

    Imagine being a Pirates fan over the last 20 years and realizing that two weeks into the season, your season is pretty much done. That's not fun at all.

Tradition

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    NEW YORK - MAY 02:  The monuments of (L-R) Lou Gehrig, Miller Huggins, and Babe Ruth are seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium prior to game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The
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    Having a team with a deep and storied history makes rooting for it more enjoyable.

    There's nothing better than writing an article about the Yankees' former players and realizing just how great they were or sitting in a bar talking to a man in his 80s about Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio or even Lou Gehrig and listening to him describe how powerful Mantle was or how smooth Joe D was.

    There's nothing better than taking a stroll through Monument Park and realizing how many all-time greats in baseball history wore Yankees pinstripes.

    What would you rather have—over a dozen retired numbers or be like the Miami Heat and the only retired number is for the fans?

    Rooting for a team with 27 World Series championships, 40 pennants and scores of Hall of Famers is fun.

Payroll

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Owner George Steinbrenner looks on from his luxury box during an opening day ceremony at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the ne
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    Yes, the Yankees "buy" the best players in baseball (or keep the best players in baseball).

    In order to win, you need to assemble the best team possible, and this takes money.

    What would you rather root for—a team where the owner pockets all the money he can and never spends a single dime on any free agent or any player that would improve the team, or a team whose owner is willing to lose money if it doesn't win the World Series simply because he knows in order to win you have to spend money?

    Would you rather watch your team trade away each and every superstar or watch your team bring in other teams' superstars?

    Give me an owner willing to spend money any day. At least then I know the team should have a chance at winning.

The Current Players

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 1, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Even though Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada's careers are coming to an end, it's still hard not to root for them.

    Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in baseball history and is still going strong at the age of 41.

    Nick Swisher, while having a down year, is one of the most fan-friendly players in baseball today.

    Brett Gardner is a scrappy player who's fun to watch.

    Watching Mark Teixeira scoop an errant throw at first reminds me of watching Don Mattingly back in the 1980s.

    While rooting for Alex Rodriguez is hard to do, especially with him still hanging out with his steroid-dealing cousin, watching him at the plate with the bases loaded is great entertainment.

Old-Timers' Day

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    NEW YORK - JULY 17:  Hall of Famer Whitey Ford is introduced during the New York Yankees 64th old timers day before the MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 17, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Ge
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    The Yankees are the one franchise that does Old-Timers' Day right.

    They bring back all the living former Yankee greats and near-greats every year.

    Where else can you see players like Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry and Paul O'Neill on the field at the same time?

     

    If you call yourself a Yankees fan and these five reasons aren't good enough for you to continue being a Yankees fan, I'm sure the Bleacher Creatures will be glad to show you the door.

    What do you think? Does a Yankees fan need more reasons to root for the Yankees than I listed? If so, what are they? Please feel free to comment below.