Happy New Year, readers of TYU! For the Yankees, and their fans, 2009 was absolutely incredible. This is clearly a blanket statement, but I think for many of us, it carries personal value. For those fans out there who are at or around my age–22–I think 2009 will forever hold the most special place in our hearts.
While we were alive for and watched the late ’90′s dynasty, we were most likely too young too fully appreciate the championships that those special teams brought home to the Bronx. This past season, though, we were obviously of age to completely and totally plug ourselves into our beloved team and truly feel just how special a championship is.
From the end of 2008 on, I was more engaged with the Yankees than I had ever been in my life, and 2009 brought many great Yankee-related things into my life. On a very personal level, the Yankees brought me to three different blogs. First, there was my original blog, A Connecticut Yankee, then Rob over at Bronx Baseball Daily picked me up, and finally, in late December, I landed here at The Yankee U (Huge thanks to Rob and Moshe for allowing me to become even more connected to the Yankees through blogging).
On the field, 2009 was as perfect as it could be for a baseball team. There were the walk-off wins. There were MVP caliber performances from two different players. There were great contributions from the new guys. And, of course, there was the World Series.
2009 was the most special year for me as a Yankee fan to date. Frankly, I don’t think any year will ever top it. Here’s to hoping that 2010, and every year thereafter, gives 2009 a run for its money and settles in as a close second.
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