Dear Yankee Fans: Yes, we hate you. Yes, we hate your team.

Dear Yankee Fans:

So, you won again. Goody for you.

You do understand that some of us really hate your team, right?

We can even admire the franchise, its history and tradition, and all of what it means to our American cultural heritage. But we still hate the Yankees. And, yes, we hate Yankee fans.

And, no, we’re not just “jealous.” We genuinely hate you.

I’ve only been to NYC once as an adult. But on that trip I did go to Yankee Stadium, out of respect for the history and tradition. Saw the Yankees play the Red Sox there (the last series at the old Yankee stadium…). Sat on the 20th row, right behind home plate.

And, with great pride, I wore the Red Sox cap that I’d bought at Fenway Park the week before.

Now, please understand, I’m not that big Red Sox fan. They count as only my second-favorite American League team. In fact, my favorite National League team is the Reds, which means I spent a good bit of childhood rooting *against* the Red Sox.

But I know that the Yankees hate the Red Sox, and so on that July afternoon it gave me GREAT pleasure to be a Red Sox fan.

Today, I’ve been listening to the Ticket guys talk about their feelings on all this, so what follows sort of mirrors what they are saying…

No, Yankee fans, we’re not just jealous.

Oh sure, we definitely are jealous. I mean, you’ve won 27-freakin’ championships. That’s something approaching one out of every four. We’re totally jealous.

But that’s not why we hate you.

We hate you because last night, and today, both you and the national media are acting like there’s been some long and unbearable “Yankee-drought” that last night rectified. I heard players and pundits alike saying this.

“It’s been nine long years…”

“At long last the wait is over…”

Boo Hoo.

You want to know what a long time to wait is? How about “NEVER?” Can I interest you in “never?”

As a Ranger fan, I think I can safely argue that “never” is slightly longer than nine years. “Never” is definitely longer than one out of every four championships.

So…
…when you bloviate on and on about how “long” it’s been…
…about what a “drought” it’s been…

THAT, Yankee fans, is why we hate you.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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