The better half of my genetic DNA is Italian. As such, family was a big part of my life. In former days, family life was different than it is today. It used to be that family was forever. Sure there was the occasional scandalous divorce, but mostly, family members remained a constant. All that is changed today with multiple marriages and easy divorces. Each family handles those ex-family members differently. For some of us, those ex-family members are dead to us. For others, they are remembered fondly. Baseball has undergone a similar transformation. Like the family, in older days, those family members remained more static. There were occasional trades but basically, the guys you rooted for one year remained the same the next. Today, with free agency, the family of a baseball team changes all the time. Just think back to the New York Yankees of the last twenty years. The team did have a core with Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, Bernie and Posada, but the other cast members changed all the time. And some Yankee fans choose to hate all former family members. And others remember them fondly. I am of the latter category. Well…for the most part.
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