Keep Rooting For Your Favorite Team

Rooting for your favorite team can be disheartening when they aren't doing well. It hurts even more when they're not the local favorite. Being a LONGTIME Yankee fan, I have heard it from my Met fan friends, my Red Sox loving brother and even from strangers on the street.

"How 'bout them Yankees" I would hear, then a chuckle. Still I never wavered' Although this year it seems like deja vu all over again".

There is something to be said about sticking with your favorite team, through thick and thin. It's a lesson to be taught to our kids: stay true blue to your feelings and beliefs. I know it develops character, independence, confidence and tenacity.

I am a youth baseball coach. Last year, one player on the team was a real big NY Met fan. He wore a Met hat, a Met jacket and talked Mets all the time. As the Major League Baseball Season went on I noticed a change; he was wearing Yankee paraphernalia. So I asked him why the change. He said "the Mets stink and my friends make fun of me".

I told him that I've been a Yankee fan for many, many years and for more than 10 years (1982 to 1994, the years of Mattingly, Winfield and Pinella: to name a few). the Yankees were pitiful and they didn't make the playoffs. I never lost hope and I rooted for them the same each of those years. And now I'm proud of it!! I was proud that I didn't switch allegiance. I told him how my friends would "rub it in" that the Yankees stunk and I was rooting for the wrong team.

The point I was trying to make is: stay true to your convictions. Don't sway to popular opinion. Be proud of what you stand for, don't be afraid to be different. Believe you, me - this attitude will help when he gets a little older, to avoid the relentless peer pressure of teen years!

Anyway, after our season was over I ran into the kid at the mall - he was wearing a Met hat. He saw me and I looked at him with a great big smile (the mesage was implied).

He tipped his hat to me and said "Thanks coach"!

What a great feeling!

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