This weekend, I went to all three of the games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. I've never been to three games on three consecutive days before. But these games were special for me; they featured the hated New York Yankees against my favorite team in all sports, the Texas Rangers. There is nothing better than seeing your team play against a storied franchise like the Yankees. The only thing that is better is watching your team win.
This weekend, my Texas Rangers stomped the Yankees and won all three games. And it was awesome.
My dislike of the Yankees goes back over two decades. As a die hard Rangers' fan growing up, it was one of the greatest moments of my young sports career when the Rangers made it to the playoffs for the first time ever in 1996. They went into the Bronx and beat the Yankees to score their first ever playoff win! But then the Yankees won three in a row and moved on into the playoffs, later winning the World Series. In 1998, they made it back to the playoffs and were unlucky enough to pull the Yankees again in the first round. The Yankees won all three games and then again, won the World Series. Exact same story in 1999, swept the Rangers in three games in the first round of the playoffs and then went on to win the World Series.
So, when I moved to New York City, I knew one thing, I would never be a Yankees fan. In fact, I was predisposed to root against them. Over the years, my proactive dislike has softened a touch as I do respect their franchise for what it is, but my teenage sports fan heart break at their hands has never been truly surmounted.
But, watching sad Yankees fan being sad as they left the stadium the past three nights was worth the price of admission. My 14 year old self gave me a high five.
Also, for anyone who doesn't like baseball, just a bit of encouragement to give it another shot. I took a different friend with me to each game and I have to believe that there is no better sport to sit and watch with a friend just enjoy the conversation as much as the game itself. Thanks Ali, Gretchen, and Alex!