This blog may be a bit premature, because as I write it, the New York Yankees have not yet clinched the American League Pennant.
But should the Bronx Bombers (Bums?) reach the World Series, I will not be on their side.
That's been true of every Fall Classic in which the Yankees have appeared since I was born. At that time, they were still in the midst of their original dynasty.
Therefore, it has nothing to do with Nick Swisher, who, as you probably know, has played with the Yankees this year.
Even when I wasn't growing up in the Cleveland area (which, as I have written before, included a long residency of New York State), I was an Indians fan. And the Indians were no friend of the Yankees.
I normally don't say publicly who I will be pulling for in the World Series (or the Super Bowl, for that matter). But I have no problem declaring my fall allegience to the Philadelphia Phillies.
It isn't the first time, either.
Swisher is the son of Steve Swisher, the Parkersburg native who was a member of championship teams of my alma mater, Ohio University, back in the early 1970's. So was Mike Schmidt, who went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Phillies which included winning the Most Valuable Player award in the 1980 Series, which the Phillies won.
The Phils are managed by former Indians manager Charlie Manuel, and, in the past, has had a roster which has included former Tribesmen Jim Thome and David Bell. The current roster includes a recent Indians trade, Cliff Lee, who could face former Indian and current Yankee C.C. Sabathia in the Series. Sabathia and Lee also are the past two winners of the American League Cy Young Award.
And while they're usually not mentioned in the same sentence as "lovable losers" such as the Indians and the Chicago Cubs, the Phils have the dubious distinction of having the most losses, all-time, of any major league team. If they beat either the Yankees or the Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels in the Series, they will be the first back-to-back National Leaguers to do so since Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" of the 1970's.
I do hope Nick Swisher makes his hometown proud by someday hitting a home run that wins the World Series.
For another team.
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