Yesterday, because they beat them 4-3 with three runs in the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees moved ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays into first place in the American League East by 0.5 games.
Today, the Rays won in the 11th inning and are now in first by 0.5 games.
But that sweet day belonged to the Yankees.
I'm a life long Yankees fan, one of few from southern West Virginia, I'm sure.
But my dad was and so I was.
I know I've written it here, but I'll tell it again briefly: Dad was in NYC about to ship out to Europe for WW II and got a ticket from a patriot to a Dodgers/Yankees World Series game. He decided whichever team won would be 'his team' and he Yankees won.
My childhood was taken up with Mantle and Maris and Yogi and Richardson and Kubek and Elston Howard and Whitey Ford...on and on.
Being a Yankees fan has, for most of my life, has been a good deal.
During my childhood, the sports cast from Channel 6 in Bluefield at 11 p.m. began--in the summer--with "Let's see who the Yankees clobbered!"
The Yankees are so close to the lead and they have, count them--5 starters and their biggest stars out with injuries.
When they all get back, let's see who the Yankees clobber.....
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