11 signs you might be the world's biggest New York Yankees fan
The New York Yankees brand is among the most recognizable in all of sports. And with millions of fans globally, the battle to be called the world's biggest Yankees fan is quite intense. But how do you know if you're in the running to be the biggest Yankees fan? Well, if you can relate to any (or all) of the following, you might just be the one.
1. YOU NAMED YOUR CHILD AFTER A YANKEE
Anybody can name their kid Jackson or Aiden. But the only thing that proves is that you know how to Google "popular boys names." It takes a true Yankees fan to name their kid Jeter, which happened 47 times after the Yankees won the World Series in 2009.
Interesting note, the increase in "Jeter" being used as a baby name directly coincides with the type of year the Yankees Captain has at the plate.
2. BOB SHEPPARD DID YOUR WEDDING INTRO
The married members of the YESNetwork.com team are kicking themselves for not thinking of this:
3. YOU HAVE A YANKEES LICENSE PLATE
When HDV-739 just isn't expressive enough, you deck your ride out with a Yankees-related vanity license plate. Side note: Apparently, New York fans aren't afraid to ride around Red Sox Nation with a Yankees plate. Bonus points for that.
4. YOU KNOW HOW TO PRONOUNCE "PAGLIARULO"
The average Yankees fan usually fails to drop the "G" when pronouncing the last name of everybody's favorite third baseman of the mid-to-late 1980s. And the less daring fans tend to call him by his considerably-easier-to-say nickname, "Mike Pags." But you're a big Yankees fan, so you know it's:
5. YOUR TWITTER HANDLE IS @BIGYANKEESFAN (DUH!)
Well, if the Internet says you're a big Yankees fan, it has to be true. Let's see if @BigYankeesFan's Tweets support the claim:
Tweets by @BigYankeesFan
6. YOUR CAR IS PINSTRIPED
Solid-colored cars can be so boring. But the biggest Yankees fans have the solution: Pinstripes. The only catch: Parking lot scrapes aren't as easily removed as the grass stains acquired by the car's cloth counterpart.
7. YOU'VE MET AT THE BAT
Longtime Yankees fans recognize the oversized Babe Ruth baseball bat standing outside the old stadium as more than just a near-150-foot exhaust pipe. It's also a well-used rendezvous spot for fans meeting up at the game.
8. YOU RAISED YOUR PET TO BE A YANKEES FAN
When naming your child "Jeter" just isn't enough ...
9. YOU OWN ENOUGH LETTERS FROM THE OLD STADIUM'S MARQUEE TO FORM A FIVE-LETTER WORD
That would run you $2,625, by the way. But if you have that type of coin, Steiner Sports has your letters. They also have punctuation if you're interested in forming a full sentence.
10. YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ESTABLISHMENT OUTSIDE YANKEE STADIUM
For most Yankees fans, it's Stan's or Billy's. But River Avenue in The Bronx is actually littered with quality places to stop before or after (or in some cases, during) the game. Which is your favorite watering hole? Tell us in the comments section below.
11. YOU'VE HIT THE FREDDY SEZ PAN
Freddy Schuman, who was better known to Yankees fans as Freddy Sez, was a fixture at the Stadium for years. The Bronx native would regularly walk around the stands urging fans to send the Yankees good luck by banging his pan with a spoon he carried.