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Keep Rooting For Your Favorite Team

Updated on May 31, 2008

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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