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Breakfast of Champions

I poured the milk on my sons’ Rice Crispies this morning. “Who wants to hear the cereal talk?” Turns out, both of them wanted to hear the cereal talk, so breakfast was a smashing success. (Is there any meal, except maybe pizza, that your children do not have to duped into eating?)

As they sat there at the table, I paced back and forth as the coffee brewed on the counter. “Today’s lesson is about not giving up,” I told them. “Let’s not worry about losing, because if you actually lose, there will be plenty of time to worry about it after the fact.”

“What?” asked the three-year old. He says “What?” very sweetly, but it’s hard to distinguish whether he doesn’t understand or if he just wasn’t listening. This time, it was probably both.

“I’m talking about the Yankees,” I said. “Yankees!” said the three year-old. “Boom!” said the 21-month old.

“Yeah, the Yankees need more boom. They lost last night,” I said.

“I like De-rak Jeee-tuh and Mar-i-an-oh,” said the three-year old. “Me too.”

“Snap, crackle, pop,” said the cereal.

When we went out the door for school, I asked them if they wanted to wear their Yankee hats or their Stegosaurus hats. “I want my Yankee hat,” said the three-year old. “And me,” said the 21-month old. I checked the temperature, 48 degrees. Hmm, yeah, we don’t need to cover their ears this morning.

“Where’s your Yankee hat, Daddy?” asked the three-year old. I went into the bedroom and couldn’t find it. I grabbed my 1936 Cooperstown Collection version from the pile on my dresser and slammed it down on my head. “How about that one?”

“Bay-ball,” said the 21-month old.

“Snap, crackle, pop,” I said. “Let’s go Yank-ees.” And we walked out the door and into the first morning that it really felt like October.


1 wcyankee   ~  Oct 20, 2010 10:47 am

That is awesome Jon. You paint a really great picture. If it were me, this is something I'd put up in the Yankee locker room today. But that's me, mr. sentimental.

2 jfd001   ~  Oct 20, 2010 10:53 am

Snap, Crackle and Pop! And BOOM! Yanks to make some noise!

3 RIYank   ~  Oct 20, 2010 11:13 am

Okay, Jon, I'm ashamed. I'll put on my Yankee hat too.

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Oct 20, 2010 11:27 am

[3] Yes, wear it proudly!

I do think about it putting it on those mornings after humiliating losses. That's why it's important for me to do it. Because it's hard.

5 ms october   ~  Oct 20, 2010 11:41 am

thanks for sharing that jon.
i don't really wear my yankee hat to work, but i will later. boom!!

6 ebrine   ~  Oct 20, 2010 11:55 am

Ah, through the eyes of babes... Poetic piece Jon. I brought my hat with me to Little Rock today in hopes of a comeback.

7 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 20, 2010 11:57 am

I really want to win this game simply to prevent Texas from celebrating on our field while Nolan Ryan's continues his insane expressions and giggling like a lunatic.

It hit me last night that ryan has literally turned into the human embodiment of Montgomery Burns from the simpsons with his hair, liver spots and expressions.

Let them win the series in their own Fucking park.

8 thelarmis   ~  Oct 20, 2010 1:10 pm

i thoroughly enjoyed this piece, jon!

i can't wear my yankees hat to work today, 'coz i'll be wearing headphones. but i will be wearing a yankees shirt. two of them, in fact!


9 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 20, 2010 1:11 pm

I believe A-Rod's hip is hurting (given his woeful defense of late).
Jeter still isn't handling outside breaking stuff well.
And is CC OK?

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