With all due respect to Yankees fans, people like my cousin Chrysti, Louis, my Jersey relatives and my husband’s relatives, my kid-sitter Lauren, and my former counterpart at the Yankees who’s still a fan, Gregg Mazzola, it’s time.
Time for revenge.
As a front office employee during the 1996 ALCS, I sat and cried when the Yankees beat us. I could smell my World Series ring. I thought it would be the year. The team was good, Davey Johnson was at the helm, and the Orioles were strong.
Of course, a World Series didn’t come to pass for Baltimore.
But tonight, who knows what will happen. We’ve waited patiently for a very long time. Now, 16 years later, I’ll be in my seats rooting for an Orioles win, rooting for them to go all the way.
I will never get a ring as my professional life is in the field of education now, but my longtime friends who are loyal front office employees just may. I’m so happy for them. What a year to work for the club!
Here’s to Baltimore. Here’s to the Orioles. Here’s to an exciting playoff.
It’s so nice to feel the magic again.