"He's one of our boys".

It's a sentence commonly thrown around by sports fans all over the world, often used interchangeably with "Hometown Hero" and other monikers that indicate a term of endearment.

It's what Chicagoans said when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, what (some) Detroiters said when Eminem made it big on the national rap scene, and what Austin and Dallasites alike proclaimed after each of Lance's Armstrong seven Tour De France titles... before all the allegations came out.

"He's one of our boys" is also a sentence used by many sports information officials when making the case for you to vote certain players from your hometown team on an All-Star game. "This is his first year, but he's doing awesome! Vote him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, anything you can," they state in mass mailings, trying to find ways to create more press releases for you to read on the team website during the season, even if you feel no connection to the particular player.

In the era of mass player trades, free agency and little loyalty amongst players to the cities they live in and the teams they play for, the term "one of our boys" is used in an ever-lessening heartfelt way. This statement bodes even truer for those sports teams residing in the New York area.