Helping the Yankees

To begin with, I’m not traditionally a Yankees fan.

Since I grew up in Philadelphia, it is my moral duty to not like the Yankees.

It’s not like the Yankees did anything to me. My dislike is more of a territorial deal.

Plus, why should I root for a team that’s won that many championships?

Part of me is a socialist. I like to see a decent measure of equality of life.

Simply put the Yankees have won too many championships. That’s too many for one team.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the Yankees.

Not like I do the Mets.

Now, if the Mets were in a super slump, I wouldn’t be writing this article at all.

As a Phillies fan, I would happily let the Mets lose every single game until the season ends.

And I would be dancing in the streets.

But it’s not the Mets who are slumping; it’s the Yankees.

Complicating the issue is that the coach of the Yankees is Aaron Boone.

Aaron Boone, is the son of Bob Boone who used to play catcher for the Phillies.

So I feel an emotional connection to Aaron Boone.

His father won a championship for us; consequently, I feel the need to reach out and help this man in his time of need.

Clearly when you bang your hand on a table that hard, you are at your wits end.

Did he break that hand?

Baseball is a strange and frustrating game.

The streaks and slumps in baseball are unfathomable.

How is it possible for a team that could do no wrong in the first half of the season now do no right in the second half of the season?

What switch was turned off, and where is that switch?

It’s the same players, goddamnit.

What in hell’s name changed, and what can the Yankees do to fix it?

Clearly, the manager and his players are lost.

Here is my offering.

I can’t guarantee my advice will work, but I feel confident that it will put the Yankees in a better position to win.

In short, I think the players have to get over themselves.

It’s important that they realize that winning and losing a baseball game is pretty small in comparison to some of the other major problems that are going on around us in the world today.

Losing a baseball game is nothing in comparison to losing everything in your life to war.

Losing a baseball game is nothing in comparison to living in a tent as a refugee.

Losing a baseball game is nothing in comparison to having to line up at a food bank because you can’t afford the basic necessities in life.

Losing a baseball game is nothing in comparison to living on the streets as a homeless person.

Losing a baseball game is nothing in comparison to a child undergoing chemotherapy.

Losing a baseball game is nothing in comparison to what a parent goes through in taking care of a chronic child who lives on a ventilator.

If it’s possible for the Yankees to understand this and to remove themselves from the obsession of winning a baseball game, then it’s possible for them to relax and perform as they normally would.

The best way to get over yourself is to go out and help other people.

It might be a good idea for the Yankees to not attend practice for a week or so, to stop thinking about themselves and their game.

Focusing on others and their needs is the best way for the Yankees to get over themselves.

There’s no guarantee that doing such will lead to more victories, but there is a good chance that it will put them in a better position to function more normally.


Archer Crosley

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