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Let’s face it, as the most storied and successful franchise in the history of… professional sports, the New York Yankees are loved by countless fans. Around the world.
There’s something to be said about their popularity—negative or positive. They’re the team everybody loves to hate; and, moreover, the team that everyone loves to love.
So while many fans out there despise the Evil Empire, simultaneously, it wouldn’t be surprising if you knew several friends or acquaintances who actually admire them.
The numbers speak for themselves: 40 American League pennants, 27 World Series titles and 16 numbers retired. Yes, the Yankees are, to nearly anybody’s admission, the greatest baseball franchise in history. Why not root for them?
If you are a fan of the game of baseball, a student of its history, you can appreciate the venerability, the hallowed worshiping of a team that practically supersedes the sport itself.
And one can’t help but revere Yankee demigods like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. These immortals themselves exist as the pantheon of baseball.
And that universal superiority has continued on into the 21st century. With the likes of modern-day icons Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, et al., the Yankees are forged to be the most dominant team money can buy. The Yankees roster is a constellation of superstars, and they’re the most recognized and watched galaxy in the MLB universe.
Baseball is America’s pastime, and the Yankees are America’s team. Rooting for Yanks is like rooting for apple pie, or the stars and stripes, or… capitalism?
Forget about it! What’s not to love about them?