As we get closer to the announcements of this year’s MVP, Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards, I realized I’d better get busy thinking about who will secure a nomination for the 2010 gold fan in honor of the best video recorded by the She-Fan Cam. As you may remember, last year I sifted through all my videos of fans, young and old, and picked the five I thought were most deserving of recognition. And then you, the readers of this blog, chose the winner from among the nominees. (Your winner was Surf Dog Bill, with my mother a close second.) This year, the task won’t be easy. I’ve got everyone from last year’s top two contenders, Surf Dog and Mom, plus:
* Paul, the Yankee fan pharmacist in New Milford, CT.
* Rachel, the Yankee fan nurse who was taking care of Michael in the hospital.
* Dr. Cami Ferris, the Red Sox fan who performed my root canal surgery.
* Evan, my five-year-old Yankee fan great-nephew.
* Sue, the Phillies fan and “Raves, Rants, and Random Thoughts” blogger.
* Jane Lang, the Yankee fan who was honored at the Stadium during HOPE Week.
* Alphonso, the “It Is High” Yankees blogger who ate my Yankees cap cake this summer.
* Harold, the Yankee fan father of Friend of the Blog, Barbara.
* Stephanie, the Tampa-based Yankee fan who sat with me during spring training.
* Denise, the Yankee fan and A-Rod adorer who went to Yankees-Dodgers with me.
* Ladyjane, the Yankee fan, and Emma, the Dodger fan/blogger, who sang a “Happy Birthday” duet to Jeter.
* Amanda, the Yankee fan who made possible my first-ever Tweet-up.
And many more. How will I ever narrow the field down to five? I don’t know, but I’ll be spending the next few days pouring over the footage so get ready for the nominees next week!
Not to discount everything that happened before the playoffs started, but I was thinking about all the Yankees “truisms” – comments the media kept pounding into our heads that turned out not to be true in the ALDS. For example:
* The Yanks have trouble beating lefties.
* It’s harder to win on the road.
* Jeter’s not hitting.
* Mo is showing his age.
* Hughes doesn’t win at home.
* Andy’s rusty.
* Berkman’s power days are over.
* The Twins are hungry while the Yankees are fading.
When I look over that list, I have to laugh. What happened to all the conventional wisdom?
* The Yankees beat Lefty Liriano and Lefty Duensing.
* They won two games at Target Field.
* Jeter had four hits in the series.
* Mo notched two saves.
* Hughes won at home in convincing fashion.
* Andy gave up two runs in seven innings.
* Berkman homered and doubled.
* The Twins may have been hungry but the Yanks were hungrier.
I wonder what the pundits will say when the ALCS gets going. There will be story lines galore – the TBS guys have all that time in the booth to fill – and I can anticipate some already.
* Posada can’t throw out runners.
* Posada can’t catch A.J.
* Posada is too old.
No, everything won’t be about Jorge, but we’ll be hearing about him for sure. You can also cue the “Girardi could be managing the Cubs next year if the Yankees don’t win it all” blather. And: “Cano is having a fine year but Josh Hamilton is the MVP.” Oh, and brace yourself for the Payroll Conversation; it’s a given. All that being said, I cannot wait until Friday night. If this week is a taste of what life will be like once baseball is over, I don’t want any.
P.S. A quick reminder about the Crumbs Yankees Cupcakes Contest. We’ll know our opponent by the end of the day tomorrow, so be sure to answer all the contest questions, make your predictions, and enter to win six scrumptious cupcakes. Click here for details.