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I Still Believe in a Place Called First

Yes We Can!

Win the National League East, I mean.

Yes We Can! was the rallying cry of the long-dormant Phillies in 1974, popularized by second baseman Dave Cash. Cash apparently co-opted it from Chavez (Cesar, not Endy). I always assumed he co-opted it from the Pointer Sisters, whose “Yes We Can Can” reached No. 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 around the time the Mets were rallying behind “You Gotta Believe!”

The Mets won a pennant in 1973. The Phillies finished third in 1974. Then they co-opted the guy who came up with “You Gotta Believe!” Co-opted Dykstra, Brogna and at least one division title from us, too. Once a decade, it's Phillie co-op time.

Turnabout is fair play then. I'm co-opting Yes We Can! regarding the Mets' divisional chances — as long as nobody else is using it in a stadium setting at any point in the next several hours.

After watching last night, I know we can make it work, I know we can make it if we try.

Besides, “Win With Willie!” or whatever our last slogan was didn't really have legs.

Meanwhile, all sincere White Sox sympathies aside, we encourage the Chicago Cubs to be extraordinarily serious over these next four days.

I'm a Mets fan and I approve this message…and I rarely approve of anything the Cubs do.

3 comments to I Still Believe in a Place Called First

  • Anonymous

    If there's a polar opposite to White Sox sympathies, I've got 'em. I hope they never win another game that isn't against the Yankees.
    And the Cubs? Sakes alive, I hate them. I was forced to like them every fifth day for a while, but I was thrilled to jump ship the second that was no longer necessary. That said…
    GO CUBS!!! Summon all your evil powers (and the devil only knows, you have 'em in spades) and do what needs to be done! Bring your demons to see their demons!! JUST DO IT!!! And with the exception of Sept. 22-25, we'll be happy to return the favor any way we can. Like, say, Sept. 1-3?

  • Anonymous

    “Yes We Can Can” was written by the great Allen Toussaint. Catch an interview of him by Harry Shearer here.

  • Anonymous

    I don't want to remind everyone what the “slogan” was last year, except it provides me the opportunity to re-tell the only 2007 joke I continue to laugh at. I believe this was first posted on mbtn, but I could be incorrect.
    “your postseason has come… in its pants”