I'M A YANKEE FAN SONG (written by a Red Sox fan!)
My late Mom was the world's greatest Red Sox fan and she near worshipped the great hitting teams led by Ted Williams and followed the Red Sox on TV, radio, at Fenway for many decadeseven wrote a song about her. Those great Yankee teams of Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle and beyond always caused her deep pain. When I mentioned Bucky Dent..she "wanted him planted in cement!? Sure, she knew baseball was only a game but the Red Sox were her team. Though she was deeply disapponted by the Yankees winning nearly all the important games with the Sox, she never had any anything but respect for the Yankees. Why? She loved the game of baseball along with all the other sports bit baseball most. She admired quality play the fact was and is the Yankees over the longest period of time have been the best. She would have never used the derogatory terms assigned to the Yankees. It was not in her nature. One of the proudest moments of her life was to go to Yankee Stadium and watch the Yankees play and win the world series in the 1940's.
Maybe, that is why I have that grudging respect for them. Phil Speranza the owner of the oldest Yankee Fan site was somewhat surprised that I could write a song about the old Yankee Stadium. Why not? It was the greatest sports stadium in the world. Not, as pretty as Fenway but the greatest. One of the best if not the best quote I ever got for that song was from Phil. He called my Yankee Stadium an anthemn for an icon. Great great quote. But, let me tell you I am a Red Sox fan. I love my song called Baseball's Mortal Sin too. Guess which team that song is about? I have written many songs about the Red Sox and Yankees Rivalry including the song, "One Strike Away" and that is what Mike Mussina did...just one strike away from the first perfect game in Fenway's near 100 year history. My son Chris and I werer fortunate to witness the greatest pitched game that I ever saw and oh it was so so close. And, quite frankly it was not to be. Carl Everett singled over the head of Derek Jeter's head and one of the Yankee players said, "It felt like we lost the game." Well, they didn't. The Yankees won beating a former Yankee David Cone who pitched a beautiful two hitter and had at one time pitched a perfect game.
Thought I would share with you my very latest song. It is called," I'm a Yankee Fan" sung by Harry King who did a fantastic fast paced, exciting song about being a Yankee Fan.(Harry King has won grammies.) It actually took me months (not full time!) to write the song because I could never figure out how I celebrate Yankee fans and their very long successful history. If I started naming names of famous fans, I would get the Bronx Cheer. Who needs the Bronx cheer? So, I avoided that. I think of my Yankee Stadium song and the I'm a Yankee Fan song as two companion pieces. Anyway, I tried to write a song that would capture the thrill of being a Yankee fan and the pride that you folks have with the most successful sports franchise in the world. Here is the song lyric if you wish to read it:
I'M A YANKEE FAN!
DRUM ROLL! TRUMPETS! STRIKE UP THE BAND!
WHO'S THE GREATEST YANKEE FAN IN THE LAND?
ANY BOY OR GIRL, ANY WOMAN OR MAN
WHO CHEER AND SHOUT I'M A YANKEE FAN!
CALLS ITSELF THE BRONX BOMBER DYNASTY
THE NUMBER ONE SPORTS TEAM IN HISTORY
OUR WINNING TRADITION MAKES US STAND TALL
ALL YANKEE FANS BELONG IN BASEBALLS HALL
I'M A YANKEE FAN FOR ETERNITY
I'M WITH YOU CHEERING EVERY YANKEE
OUR TEAM'S WON MORE TITLES THAN ANYONE
WE'LL WIN MANY MORE CAUSE WE ARE NOT DONE
WE CHEER THEM ON IN THE SPRING THROUGH FALL
DREAM ALL WINTER OF THE FIRST DAY OF BASEBALL
WE LOVE OUR PINSTRIPES LIKE THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
OUR YANKEES THEY'RE IN OUR BLOOD THEY'RE FAMILY TOO
BABE RUTH AND OUR TEAM BEGAN IN BALTIMORE
NINETEEN THIRTEEN WAS THE START OF YANKEE LORE
THANK YOU BALTIMORE WITHOUT YOU WE WOULDN'T BE
THANK YOU BOSTON THE BABE STARTED OUR DYNASTY
MOST RETIRED NUMBERS, MOST IN THE HALL OF FAME
LET'S CHEER! LET'S SHOUT EACH YANKEE NAME
WE LIVE FOR THAT WORLD SERIES WIN IN THE FALL
OH OUR YANKEES ARE THE YANKEES AFTER ALL!!
COUPLET BELOW AND FADE
ALL YANKEES FANS BELONG IN BASEBALL'S HALL
ALL YANKEE FANS BELONG IN BASEBALL'S HALL!
Joe Pickering Jr. Songwriter King of the Road Music Publisher Harry King Producer, arranger and singer. C 2011
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TOMORROW PHIL SHOOTS BACK AND TELLS YOU WHAT HE THINKS!