As anyone who follows this blog knows, I am a Red Sox fan. As a convert (I have rooted for the Dodgers, Phillies, and Atlanta Braves through the years), I am pretty rabid. The one thing all those teams have is a dislike for the Yankees. So last night as I watched the Yankees come back in the 9th I couldn’t stand to watch any more. Around the 11th I turned off the radio, too. I should have stuck it out for one more inning. Instead I started thinking about the musical Damn Yankees.
Damn Yankees was a Broadway hit in 1955 with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston. It is the story of a middle-aged Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to the devil for a chance to bat and beat the Yankees. In the movie version, he turns into Tab Hunter so I remember it well. Anyway the cursing of the Yankees goes way back and not just for Sox fans.
What happened after I stopped listening was both thrilling (Detroit won!) and sad because Derek Jeter (the only Yankee I like) broke his ankle in the top of the 12th. His season is over and we can only hope it isn’t the end of the career.
Fans everywhere wish him a speedy recovery. But I for one hope that this is the end of the damn Yankees for this season. I know that baseball executives want a major market team in the World Series, but I’m hoping for Giants-Tigers.
Photograph: Barton Silverman/The New York Times