My big dilemma
In my nearly 23 years, there are a lot of things I have never done. To list everything that I have never done in my life would take more time than I care to spend (that whole doing one thing for eternity thing doesn't appeal to me much). Some of the items on my list of things I've never done I would like to be able to do at some point. Others, I very much hope I never have to do. Fortunately, only two of the things I have never done are relevant when discussing my current dilemma. One of these two things is of the variety that I would like to sometime do and the other is of the variety that I would just as soon keep on my list of things I've never done.
First, I have never rooted for the Yankees to win a playoff series (or even rooted for them to win a single game). Second, I never been to a Red Sox playoff game (or even to any major league playoff game).
Now, in order to have a chance to do the latter for the first time, I am going to have to do the former for the first time. Let me explain.
My best friend, Rob, is a big Yankees fan from Long Island. His family has four tickets to every Sunday game in Yankee Stadium. Twice, he and his family have graciously allowed me to use one of those tickets to attend a game, including once this summer against the Red Sox. Along with their regular season tickets, they also get tickets to one game for each Yankees postseason series. This year, their youngest son is in Australia, so they have an extra ticket. They have offered that extra ticket to me for any series that I want to attend with them.
Now, obviously the game I would most like to see is an ALCS game between the Red Sox and the Yankees, but I would also like to just see a playoff game in person, since I never have. However, Rob is not planning on going back for the ALDS against Minnesota because he can't go back there three times and he wants to go to the ALCS and World Series if they make it that far. So, he's taking the risk that he won't see any Yankees playoff games this year for the chance to see more important games.
For me, this means that I have to root for the Yankees to defeat the Twins so that I can see my first playoff game. I was obviously already going to be rooting for the Red Sox to beat the A's, but it's going to be a new (and probably unpleasant) experience for me to be rooting for the Yankees.
In fact, I'd prefer not to think of it as rooting for the Yankees. Last night, one of my co-workers who is a Yankees fan said she doesn't want me rooting for the Yankees fan because she doesn't want any help from Red Sox fans. So my solution is that I'm not rooting for the Yankees, I'm rooting for myself. And myself wants to see a playoff game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, October 9. Especially if the Red Sox are involved.