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12. Winning a Championship in New York Is Like Nothing Else

Just ask these guys.

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Derek Jeter
Yankees, 1996, 1998–2000, 2009
“The parade is just crazy. That many people?”

Keith Hernandez
Mets, 1986
“I loved winning in St. Louis, but winning here was special because the Mets were down for so long. After so many years of bad play, it really captured the town. I couldn’t buy anything for weeks. One night at Canastel’s, dinner for a party of ten, they sent over Cristal for everybody. Everyone remembers me as a Met. Even in St. Louis.”

John McEnroe
U.S. Open champion, 1979–81, 1984
“It’s the greatest city in the world. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball. LeBron could save the sport. He could save the sport of basketball for about 10 million New Yorkers.”


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