Why I love the non-conformist Yankees

Why do I love the New York Yankees so much?
Let me count the ways.
I grew up in the New York metro market in the era of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford.
I could stop right there, but I won’t. Don’t have to. In fact, I like today’s New York Yankees as much or more than I loved those old timers.
I also suffered through some lean years with my team – 1965-1975 to be exact. No championships from the team that leads all sports in them. But that was OK, because it tested the mettle of the true fan.
There was only one career aspiration I had during that decade – to play shortstop for the Yankees. What did I know? I was just a kid, but the Yankees shortstops in those down years were not exactly Derek Jeter caliber. It seemed like an eminently achievable goal.
The Yankees had

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