Yes, July 15th has truly been a champion of the 365.
But, with this historical day of unique accomplishments comes a major commonality. Regardless if you were watching the Babe tie his own record of 29 homers on this day in1920, or witnessing Johnny Bench smack his record-breaking 314th dinger, surpassing Yogi Berra for most as a catcher, back on July 15, 1980, one of two things happened as a fan. The reactions to these events, with 60-years difference, is the same today as it was in any day, in any year, of any month. Either you cheered when Ruth went yard, or you boo'd. Either you cheered when Bench broke a Yankees record, or you boo'd. History creates and history keeps going, and going...and going, until, we as the sports society form a cliche, and it sticks, historically forever.
"There are two types of people in this world - You either love the Yankees or you hate them."
Friday marked the beginning of the competitive ending to the MLB season. The second-half is always the most difficult part of the puzzle.Some teams will find early success and have all the pieces fitting, correctly, then, as so often seen, the final pieces do not fit, or go missing, usually because the dog, or better, more experienced teams, took them. This is what the Yankees have done and are doing, currently. You either love it, or you hate it.
Cano has forgotten about Kansas City as quickly as everyone else does and his swing, psyche and plate-presence has not dwindled at all. His bat, along with Granderson's, has put the Yankees streak in full-blast. The Red Sox, Orioles and Rays may be taking the ear phones off, sooner-than-later, because they have heard this song before, and enough. The Yankees win, Thaaaaaaa Yankees win. You either love it, or....you get the point.
But, with History comes predictions and lessons learned as well.
July 15th is also St. Swithin's Day. On this national, albeit English, day, proper peeps come out of their dwellings, lofts, flats... whatevers and look up. The English believe that the weather you have on this day will be similar for the next forty. Think of it as "Groundhog Day" minus the hog, Bill Murray and drinking liver-exploding loads of beer before 6 a.am.
American sports fans can take this history and make it their own. While the original tradition relates to apples, and the harvesting, the Americanized version can relate to the "Big Apple." When New York Yankees fans stepped outside in the Manhattan area today, and looked up, they saw gloomy, dark and overcast weather. Traditionally, as we now know, this means the weather, or Yankees season, could be mushy for the next forty days or so. Just enough time to possibly knock them out of playoff contention? Possibly. The Yankees lost today against the Angels. Their late-inning heroics fell short behind the forever, non-clutch goat known as Alex Rodriguez.
Which happens to be the English's favorite animal, historically.