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Fo, Fo, Fo

Tom Verducci has lunch with the “Core Four” (also the subject of this week’s SI cover story).

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1 The Hawk   ~  Apr 27, 2010 4:40 pm

I'm on record already but I'm eager to jump in immediately and say "the core four' bore me. That is, I'm sick of the story.

Bernie fan, maybe that's the key here.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 27, 2010 4:43 pm

Then it'd be Five Guys named MO!

3 Ken_P   ~  Apr 27, 2010 4:48 pm

[1] I completely agree. There were, last time I checked, 25 players on the team, and many of them are not named Jeter, Posada, Rivera or Pettitte. As awesome as those guys are, the Yankees have a lot more going for them than just those players that happen to have been here the longest.

4 RIYank   ~  Apr 27, 2010 5:20 pm

[2] Is one of them Moses Malone?

5 FreddySez   ~  Apr 27, 2010 5:51 pm

I'm all for keeping things in perspective, and when writers wax too poetic we ought to roll our eyes. But let's not go too far into the realm of backlash.

Having these guys stay together for so long is pretty special. Not so much that they're with each other -- that's for them to enjoy, or not -- but that they're with us.

People ask me why I can't get into college sports. The fact that no one sticks around more than four years is a big part of the answer. Yet it's often the college fans who deride pro sports fans by saying that we "root for laundry."

If you count my visits to Scranton, where I used try to catch the Clippers visiting the Red Barons at least once a year, this is the 17th season I've watched those guys in the photo above play baseball. They're part of the reason I can feel rational in rooting for the Yankees -- that I value them individually, maybe even know them a little bit, and want them to succeed, not just the logos on their hats.

Apart from the coach, anyone on your favorite college team still around from 1994? How about the Jets, Knicks, Rangers or whatever? How's that laundry doing?

There's nothing so fashionable on the internet, or so predictable, as the "oh I'm so tired of this" phase every meme goes through. But please. Baby over here, bathwater over there.

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