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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Streetalk: When are you ditching that stupid cap for an Atlanta one?

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Orlando: Never. I’m from Havana. Everybody plays baseball In Cuba. I was a catcher. And we all grow up loving the Yankees. The Yankees have been a winning team for years. They’ll spend the money. The Braves won’t. They let [Rafael] Furcal go and [John] Smoltz go. He had plenty of gas in the tank. If you let them go, you don’t know much about baseball. The Yankees are all about winning. It’s not about money. The Braves are about money — keeping a limit on it. You can only go so far.

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Jeannine: You would have to pry the hat from my cold dead hands. Everything that is good about America is represented by the New York Yankees. Yankee fans are true fans, in good times and bad — unlike Red Sox fans and Braves fans who don’t understand you root for your team even when they’re bad. Many aspire but few can achieve the greatness of being a Yankee fan. Braves fans need to learn not to Yankee-hate, but to congratulate and appreciate. Bobby Cox learned to win by playing for the Yankees. Braves fans should be grateful for us.

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Steve: Never. Born and raised in the Bronx. Everybody has the same sense about Yankee fans: That we’re abrasive, conceited and cocky. But Yankee fans are people, too. We have a lot of pride because of the history of success. Yankee fans are lovers of baseball and the history of baseball and the American tradition of it. Yankees fans embrace all the same things that Braves fans embrace. Baseball brings everybody together.  We should be all proud of what baseball is and how the rest of the world has embraced it. But the Red Sox suck.

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