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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: But dad, I don't want to be a Yankee!!

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

But dad, I don't want to be a Yankee!!

There are a lot of things we don't get a choice on in life, but one of the funniest moments in my 12 years of covering youth sports happened tonight.

The Clifton Park Baseball League hosted the second of three "Meet the Coaches" nights where young ballplayers meet their new teammates and their coaches for the upcoming rec league season.

League president Joe McCrudden announced to each table, what their team name would be and the new coaches handed out MLB replica hats to their players.

Table after table was announced, Mariners, Cubs, White Sox and then the final big three...Red Sox (which had the loudest applause by its team), the Mets (some fanfare)..and finally the Yankees!

I was poised to take a picture, looking for a huge, arm-raising, boisterous reaction and instead, I got just a few claps and one 6-year-old ballplayer who burst into tears, put his arms around his father's shoulders and sobbed..."but I don't want to be a Yankee..."

From the mouths of babes...

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