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I am a veteran of the Vietnam war, having served as a medic with the 101st. Airborne Division. I was a social worker and therapist for thirty-five years. I now spend my days writing, hiking the Sonoran Desert and volunteering/playing with stingrays, - more...

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"Damn Yankees" by David R. Davis

Damn Yankees
To let you know up front, this is a short story. Yes, it started more than sixty years ago and it's lasted since, but today it's a short story.

I was eight years old when I first felt that twinge of love. That's inaccurate, it started as liking, quickly changed to longing and progressed to adoration. No, it was not a girl, it was the New York Yankees. Wiesbaden, Germany -- October 8th, Fifth game of the World Series. Yes, I became a lifelong Yankees fan that night. The radio was filled with static, but I listened without breathing until Don Larsen threw that last ball and recorded a perfect game.

I admit the addiction only started that day, it has gone on without therapy or treatment for the past sixty-three years. Sure, the players have changed. Gil McDougald, Bill Skowron, Whitey Ford, Yogi, Mickey and Roger; all gone now. But there was 1978 -- Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Catfish Hunter and of course the mild-mannered Billy Martin. What about 1999 -- Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and the gentleman of all baseball gentlemen (okay, that was redundant), Derek Jeter.

Now there is the shame of 2019. Why should I care, I was born in Texas, I was educated in Texas, I met my first love in Texas? I could be an Astros fan. No, I couldn't. Last night a small part of my heart was broken. I won't lie, it was only hope that made me watch. They had beaten Verlander, of course the Bronx Bombers would somehow prevail. Who cares that Aaron Judge hasn't hit a curve ball since junior high? Who cares that I can only name one Yankees player? What, CC wasn't playing? I don't need to know their names; they are the Yankees. No big deal, the ghost of The Bambino would stand guard over my beloved Yankees.

Now we all know what happened. That damn dwarf Jose Altuve hits a walk off home run. Five foot-six inches, one hundred sixty-five pounds. WHAT! I'm bigger than he is. Be assured -- Joe D., Babe R. and Lou G. are all yelling "What the hell!" today.
It's Ok, It's Ok. I will get my revenge. I will! The Nats will take them in five games. Who am I kidding? The Nats, what the hell kinda name is that. Sounds like some annoying insect.

Well I don't care. I don't.

When does Spring training start for 2020?

Author Notes
I did listen to that 1956 game. I have been a lifelong Yankees fan. I'm now considering taking up pickle ball. I can at least keep my dignity.
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