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When I first moved up here in 1994, I didn't hate the Yankees. They were wallowing for the early part of the 90's with sub .500 seasons, and then 1996 rolled around and they beat the Rangers (3-1), Orioles (4-1) and Braves (4-2) to win the World Series. I remember cheering for them, heck, it was 1981 since the Yankees were in the World Series previously - only a year after my beloved Philadelphia Phillies won the 1980 World Series.

So what happened? I guess like any other fan, I enjoyed seeing a a veteran team rise from the ashes of mediocrity and win a title. In 1997 the Indians knocked them aside, and they came roaring back in 1998 to win the World Series again! I cheered that one, but not as loudly. Ok, nice victory - they swept the Padres and got 2 Championships in 3 years.

Then 1999 and 2000 rolled around. The bet the Braves 4 games to 0! They beat the Mets 4 games to 1! Now, this is getting ridiculous. Hey, I will be first to say that yes the Yankees did a very good job with their farm system, but what does it take to have a good farm system? What does it take to retain players on your team? What does it take to have good scouts, front office and management?

Money.

Can you buy championships? No. But, money is certainly a very key component into making a sustainable and competitive team every year in baseball. The Yankees spent their money wisely on talent and management to build the team that won 4 championships in 5 years.

Think about that. 4 championships in 5 years.

Philadelphia has 4 sports teams, which have ALL been in a championship draught for 21 years. Not only that, but we have had a ton of "paper champions" over the last 21 years - only to disappoint us again and again. My last article told about how frustrating it is to be a Philadelphia Fan.

Here is some advice from a fan who watches their teams perpetually lose since 1983:

1. At least you HAVE trophies! Keep your heads up, its not all that bad. 4 Championships since 1996 is GREAT - and that is for baseball alone!

2. You are living in the greatest city in America, everyone loves NYC, except terrorists.

3. The Yankees aren't a flash in the pan like my 1993 Phillies. Although, Kevin Brown is now the NYC version of Mitch Williams.

4. You always can start rooting for the Giants and the Jets.

5. At least you aren't a Philly fan.

Ok, these are weak arguements, but the fact is that you are going to get some people heckling you over the next couple of days. You have to just have the coined phrase that I have developed over the years and said through gritted teeth:

"Congratulations to [enter team name here], they deserved to win and my hat goes off to them, they proved they are the better team. I feel as if we still have a good team, and next year will be contenders once again."

Then calmly proceed to a bathroom stall, find a toilet and vomit.

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