All this talk about payroll and how the highest paid team does not win it all… the Yankees have the highest payroll, blah-bitty, blah, blah… I’m sick of that talk.

 

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I don’t think of how much somebody gets paid to do their job when the pitches are being thrown. I could care less… I’m watching for the love of the game, the church of baseball, the game I played, the game I love… shut up about how they get paid!!!

I believe in the Church of Baseball… there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball… My heart and soul… my ecstasy, my agony… was on that field last night. Through all of it, after painfully watching that game last night, I thought of the number 64, over and over, 64, 64, … 64.

Why is the number 64 significant?

64 is the square of 8, the cube of 4, and the sixth power of 2…
64 is the smallest number with exactly seven divisors...
64 is also the total number of black (dark) and white (light) squares on the game board in chess, and the code for international direct dial calls to New Zealand…

I remember the number 64, and don’t feel so bad.

In the bottom of the 8th inning last night, there was a ball struck off Derek Jeter’s bat that landed just about 64 inches short of being a herculean awe-inspiring go-ahead homerun.

64 also represents the 64th year of the 20th century and the year I was born…

In my lifetime… the Yankees record since 1964 – (yes, I believe I’ve been a Yankee fan that long):
1st place finishes… 19
Post Season appearances… 22
1st Round wins… 13
1st Round loses… 8
2nd Round wins… 8
2nd Round loses… 3
World Series appearances… 12
World Series wins… 7
World Series loses… 5

Total post season series played in… 44
Total post season series wins… 28
Total post season series loses… 16

Total post season winning percentage… 64%

Thhheeee Yankees Win! …. 64% of the time!

When the Yankees make it into post season, they win their series 64 percent of the time… that’s not too shabby and that’s why today, a day when as a Yankee fan I should feel pissed off we let yet another post season get away from us… I remember the number 64, and don’t feel so bad. They took their shot, they got up to the plate, dug in, swung… and missed (they missed more than usual last night and they lost) – but that’s baseball.

The Yankees are work of art, the art of being a Yankee fan… the agony and the ecstasy of it… means we carry with us the knowledge that one pitch can change an at bat, a single at bat can change an inning, and a single inning can (often does) change the course of a series… however, a single series does not make a team… and the Bombers will be back.

No team can win “all the time”… but there is a team in the Bronx that wins 64% of the time, and they’re my team… my team since 64’…

SB

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