There's no joy in the journey for Yankees fans anymore

It's very sad that a Yankees season is considered a failure if they don't win it all, and Yankees fans can't enjoy the journey. Story

Updated: October 9, 2007, 1:27 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

Once, not all that long ago, Pete Ottone was a die-hard New York Yankees fan. He could tell you that Hensley Meulens' full name was Hensley Filemon Acasio Meulens; that Ken Griffey Sr. was traded for Claudell Washington and Paul Zuvella; that Ron Guidry struck out 248 batters in 1978; that Roy Smalley had an almond-shaped mole on his left calf.

When the Yankees won their first World Series in 18 years in 1996, Ottone was euphoric. When they won the World Series again in '98, he was ...

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