08 October 2010

Uncle David

This post is dedicated to the yet unnamed baby that was born into my family today- hereafter referred to as Ruby J.
My sister Emily has been heavy with something for about nine months, and today it was confirmed that indeed that burden in her belly was a human being. The child manifested herself at about 8am ET this morning, weighing in at six and a half pounds. Ruby J and her mother are both physically healthy, although the real question is on the baby's mental state. More particularly, the biggest question on everyone's mind is: Was Ruby J born a Yankees fan or a Red Sox fan? With her parents split on the issue (actually, they're both Yankee fans now but I'm not yet mentally able to admit that in anything but a parenthetical aside) everyone is awaiting the news as to which way she will sway. Let's take a look at the contributing factors:
  • As of press time, the Yankees are up on the Twins of Minnesota 2 games to 0, with the next two games being in the Bronx. This is a bad sign for any hope that she might not be a Yankees fan.
  • Her birthday, October 9, has not been kind to Red Sox fans. On 9 October in 1988 the Oakland Athletics completed a sweep of the BoSox for the American League pennant. In 2003 the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 6-2 in the ALCS game two. In 2009 the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Red Sox in game 2 of the ALDS. Frankly, after a fairly extensive Google search I haven't found anything good that happened to the Red Sox on this day for at least 60 years.
  • Ruby J's uncle on the Jackson side has season tickets to the Yankees. Her uncles on the Bennett side have... math teaching skills? Cloud computing skills?
Yes, it appears that Ruby J is going to root for the Bronx Bombers. But, I am trying to stay positive and at least taking delight in the fact that a lot can happen in the time it will take her to be cognizant of the game of baseball (I give her 18 months) and the fact that since she lives in New York she at least won't be a bandwaggoner. At least she'll be true to her home city. I think we can all respect that.
I am very excited to be a first-time uncle, and I think my parent's are thrilled for me as well. Oh yea, they're pretty excited to be grandparents too.
**I'm the worst Uncle ever. Upon posting this I noticed the date at the top says "8th October." Dangit. I guess she was born on the 8th of October. Never mind all that Red Sox stuff above. Maybe the 8th of October is a great day in Red Sox history...


Danielle Mendel said...

It's ok... I have 7 little cousins under the age of 10 that think I am pretty much the coolest thing since barbie and ken and I consistently forget their birthdays. Luckily their ability to hold a grudge has yet to manifest itself and they forgive me easily, usually with the persuasion of sugary substances :)

Emily said...

You are hilarious and a GREAT unle. Ruby J can't wait to meet you:) Maybe she'll be a Phillies fan - I watched Roy Halladay get his no hitter while in labor - that has to count for something, right?

Megan said...

I have an Uncle Dave on my mom's side who is really funny and is probably my favorite uncle. That said, congratulations on the birth of your niece! You will be a fantastic uncle.

P.S. You are really close to 10,000 page views. It is at 9994 right now.