FAQs: What team did you root for growing up?

Sadly, I never owned this iconic poster. A few years back I tried to win one on eBay. I lost.

HARLEM — Our first-ever community submitted FAQ comes from @OSingh91, a devout Yankees fan who I count as one of my favorite followers on Twitter:

Q: What team did you root for growing up? Did you ever like the Yankees as a kid?

A: I grew up rooting for the Bash Brothers era Oakland A’s.

(Pause here for steroids scoffing).

As for the second part of that question, no I did not like the Yankees as a kid. Back then, there wasn’t much to like. When I started watching, the Yankees stunk.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t aware of the great Yankees’ tradition. Babe Ruth swinging fast and tip-toeing around the bases, Joe DiMaggio using his bat to break through the “56,” Reggie Jackson taking his curtain call after homer No. 3 faded to black — even in across the country it was hard to watch games on TV without seeing these images.

And Don Mattingly, as far as I could see, was a hell of a player.

Still, the things I most remember about the Yankees were:

1. Watching on TV and seeing a ton of empty seats Yankee Stadium.

2. The funky view from the center-field camera.

3. Stump Merrill.

4. Steve Howe.

5. Kevin Maas.

Not exactly Murderer’s Row.So, yeah, I didn’t pay much attention to the Yankees. Besides, I was busy with more important matters, such as learning Carney Lansford’s batting stance, throwing sidearm like Dennis Eckersley, and figuring out how to build the Coliseum (a round ballpark) out of Legos (square bricks).

But, alas, that’s another topic for another day.

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “FAQs: What team did you root for growing up?

  1. Thanks for the honest and quick answer.

  2. Chad Jennings

    Oddly enough, I actually did have that poster. It was hanging on the wall of a bedroom that also housed a St. Louis Cardinals foam finger that I absolutely had to have.

    I loved those A’s teams. It was a very long time before I learned there were some pitchers in baseball who were possibly better than John Tudor and Dave Stewart. It blew my mind.

  3. Matt

    Reading this story reminds me that I still have Kevin Maas’ rookie card in my mom’s attic. Any takers?

  4. Nicky D.

    I remember Kevin Maas. I had his upper deck rookied card and it was worth $5 bucks. Outside of Griffey’s rookie Upper deck, most valuable card I had. too bad it wasn’t the same for his career.

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