Monday, September 25, 2006

Sports Illustrated Really Hates the Yankees

Besides the oft mentioned A-Rod piece of trash by Verdouche, we now get this gem, courtesy of "lifelong Mets fan" Pete McEntegart (whoever the hell that is). Oh, and as a warning, if you don't care for profanity you should probably click one of the links to the right. Go ahead pick one! Ok, I'll help you. How about oh, let's say cstb.

With the Yankees clinching their ninth straight AL East title on Wednesday, I can no longer keep these feelings of rage (and, perhaps, envy) to myself. So here are the Top 10 Reasons I Hate the Yankees. (And in the interest of full disclosure, yes, I am a lifelong Mets fan.)

1. Arrogant Yankees fans: When I moved away from New York for a few years in the mid-'90s, my anti-Yankee feelings softened. I even found myself rooting for the likable '96 champs, especially since Mets fans always enjoy watching the Braves lose. Then I moved back to New York and realized anew what drove me most crazy about the franchise -- its fans. Yankees fans have a greater sense of entitlement that the Hilton girls. If, heaven forbid, the Yanks ever failed to make the playoffs, Bombers backers would view it as a sign of the apocalypse. Consider that this fan base has just in the last decade turned on both the greatest hitter (A-Rod) and pitcher (Roger Clemens) of their generation because they didn't instantly deliver a World Series title. "Spoiled" would be a step up for these louts.
Mets fans don't boo their players? Mets players have never had to wear earplugs to shut out the booing? Really? My history must be way off. Oh, and the best part is this little nugget of research, which I will now repeat for you:

Consider that this fan base has just in the last decade turned on both the greatest hitter (A-Rod) and pitcher (Roger Clemens) of their generation because they didn't instantly deliver a World Series title.
Roger Clemens, aquired by the Yankees in spring of 1999. Yankees win World Series in 1999. Yankees win World Series in 2000. Instantly? What are you smoking, Pete? You expect a World Series title in May or June? Nothing pisses me off more about a sportswriter than when one is lazy, sloppy, and doesn't check his facts because they seem to back up his prejudices. Roger Clemens delivered World Series trophies his first two seasons. That's pretty fucking immediate.

2. Bandwagon Yankees fans: Even if they view winning titles as their birthright, I don't (entirely) begrudge fans who have rooted for the team through thick and thin. (Valid reasons include that your dad rooted for the team, that you picked them at a young age, etc.) But the hordes of Yankees "fans" who have hopped aboard in the last decade make me nuts. Sure, rationally speaking, I can understand the reasons. If you moved to New York City at some point during the past decade -- as millions have -- it's hard not to get caught up in the undeniable excitement of postseason baseball, which the Yanks have delivered every year since '95. But to have these latecomers brag about "their" Bombers, while simultaneously viewing Mets fans as some lesser life form, is intolerable. Listen, chumps: I know more about "your" team's history than you ever will, so pipe down. And yes, there was a time not that long ago (1986, anyone?) when New York was a Mets town, and just because your fresh-from-Omaha mind can't fathom that doesn't make it untrue.
I am fairly sure there are poseur fans of every team. Every successful team, anyway. Have you noticed a lot of brand spankin' new Red Sox gear out there on folks? I have. I also noticed a lot of Mets gear in the late 80's. But I suppose you're OK with that, since only the Yankees have asshole bandwagon fans. You curse someone who "can't fathom" that New York was once a Mets town while currently you "can't fathom" that it is a Yankees town.

You sound like a bitter little man. I'm going to guess you're about 5'4". In heels.

3. Unintentionally patronizing Yankees fans: Some Yankees fans, secure with the near certainty that their team is headed for the playoffs, will magnanimously "root" for your team as well. (This doesn't happen, though, if your team is the Red Sox.) What's unspoken, of course, is the understanding that your team is no real threat to the Mighty Yanks. Thus it can come off like patting a team of Little Leaguers on the cap, congratulating them on the "home run" that was really a ground ball that went through the shortstop's legs. Ugh. I'd rather you showed my team some respect by hating it.
Wait, so now he's upset that some Yankee fans would be rooting for a subway series? Or that they may (egads!) have another second favorite team (by the way, I do have a second favorite team and I am rooting for them in their division this year). What an asshole I am!

4. When national media assume that all of New York roots for the Yankees: Never was this more prevalent than during the 2001 World Series, which took place just after 9/11. While I appreciated the sentiment that the country was standing behind New York, I didn't need Joe Buck waxing eloquent with statements like (and we're paraphrasing here): "Nothing will bring a salve to the people of New York City like a victory by their beloved Yankees." Sorry, Joe. I'm a New Yorker, but I couldn't care less about how the Yankees perform. I'm a Mets fan, and there are millions more like me. It's a two-team town. Did Cubs fans rejoice when the White Sox won last year? Of course not, and no one expected them to. Yet somehow all of greater Gotham is assumed to be Yankees territory.
You insensitive prick. Excuse my language here folks, but the city of Chicago did not have the fucking Sears Tower attacked and have to watch it collapse right before the goddamned World Series, killing 3000+ people in Chicago.

How can you even compare the two? Even if you're a Mets fan and let's say (for the sake of argument, because we both know there are far more Yankee fans) that the fans of New York were split 50/50 between the Yankees and the Mets, you would begrudge half of the city having something good to think about instead of the absolute horror that's been their lives for over a month? Fuck you, Peter McEntegart. Fuck you up your small minded, penis-envy ass.
5. The cult that has grown around average players that were part of the recent Yankees dynasty: This was touched on in Thursday's 10 Spot. While legitimate superstars who somehow don't qualify as "true Yankees" like A-Rod are pilloried, career mediocrities such as Scott Brosius and Luis Sojo are lionized because fans focus on the few clutch hits they contributed in their many postseason opportunities. Since we discussed Brosius on Thursday, let's take a look at Sojo. The pudgy middle infielder is lauded primarily for his 92-hop single up the middle that delivered the winning runs in Game 5 of the 2000 Subway Series against the Mets. Of course, the eminently forgettable Kurt Abbott was playing shortstop that night in place of the injured Mike Bordick (who was replacing the injured Rey Ordonez.) Am I bitter? OK, just a little.
Yes, you are a bitter, whiny, little prick. Were you valedictorian of Mike Lupica's Jackass University or something? Did you get your BA in Douchebaggery? Yes, of course guys who contributed to championships are appreciated fondly. What the fuck? Mets fans don't love Mookie Wilson? Or Rafael Santana (OPS+ in 1986: 52!)? I honestly bet you jerked off to your Danny Heep poster when you were but a lad.

6. When Yankee defenders downplay their team's financial advantages: Yes, other teams with fat payrolls have failed to win. Look at the Orioles, some past Dodgers teams and many recent Mets squads. Indeed, the Yanks still need to make some smart baseball decisions, and over the past decade they have made many. But the Yanks' $200 million payroll gives them a bigger margin of error than any franchise. If a few big-money acquisitions don't pan out, the Yanks just make some more. If the franchise needs a midseason boost, they look for high-priced players that other teams can't quite afford (hello, Bobby Abreu) and pick them up on the cheap in terms of prospects because they alone can foot the bill. Level playing field? Yeah, like Mount Everest.
HAHAHAHA, A METS FAN IS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE YANKEES MAKING TOO MUCH MONEY. Your Mets play in the same market and spent their asses off recently. Aquiring players other teams can't afford? You have Beltran in CF for Crissakes, and the only team the Mets outbid was the Mets.

7. The myth of Yankees' scouting and player development: Bronx Bombers fans like to talk about their "homegrown" stars, but in reality this is an outdated notion. Sure, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada get credited to the Yanks' farm system, but none is younger than 32. Increasingly, what is billed as the Yanks' drafting acumen is anything but. Rather, the Yanks excel in throwing money at players who aren't subject to the draft at all, those from baseball-rich areas such as the Dominican Republic and Asia. The Yankees' best current young players -- Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera -- were all available to the highest bidder as amateurs. Gee, guess who that was?
You mean kinda like Jose Reyes, whom the Mets signed in 1999? But this is a Yankees rant, I forgot. Continue!

8. Joe Torre as genius: Hey, it's hard to say anything bad about Torre. He seems like such a nice fellow, and in truth he is unusually well-suited to his current position. If you need a guy to massage complicated but extremely talented players in a pressure-cooker like New York, Torre has proven himself to be the perfect man for the job. Still, let's not forget that Torre managed 14 seasons before landing with the Yanks in 1996 in what was then a widely panned hiring. His record at the time? A thoroughly mediocre 894-1,003 (.471). Did he not acquire his genius until late in life? Or does the Yanks' typical surfeit of store-bought talent have something to do with Torre's success in pinstripes?
Wait, so Torre is perfectly suited and a good manager, but he is not a good manager. Which is it? If Willie Randolph wins the pennant, is he a good manager? I'm no Torre defender, but what exactly are you trying to say here? He either is a good manager or he is not a good manager.

9. The griping we're about to hear about tearing down Yankee Stadium: Traditionalists have already starting carping about the supposed travesty of the Yanks replacing the House That Ruth Built. Sorry, but that park is already long gone. Sure, the current Yankee Stadium sits on the same site, but the reconstruction of the stadium in 1974-75 already dismantled that piece of history. The current Yankee Stadium has as much a tie to Babe Ruth's home as Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field has to the Comiskey Park of the Go-Go White Sox. Of course, it's understandable that Yanks fans want to ignore the two seasons the team spent in Shea Stadium, which is admittedly a crappy park.
Yankee Stadium is an institution. I wouldn't expect you to understand since your team plays on a runway.

10. The constant talk about how the Yankees are all about winning: Increasingly, the players who spout the bromide about how all the Yankees care about is winning the World Series are guys like Mr. BALCO, Jason Giambi. Last time I checked, Giambi owned as many World Series rings as I do. The philosophy that only a World Series championship is sufficient for a successful season supposedly comes straight from the top, owner George Steinbrenner. Funny, I don't remember hearing much about that when manager Stump Merrill was sending out the likes of Mel Hall and Andy Hawkins in the early '90s. So were those Yankee teams all about winning too? How did that work out?
You are correct. Those teams did not win. I bet the 1972 Yankees were not all about winning, either. (If you want to bet, click here).

Steinbrenner has always been about winning. Whether he went about it right or not, that has always been his goal.

You're one of the biggest jackasses I have ever read. Who hired you, your uncle? Also, get a proofreader. Or a spellchecker.

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posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 6:04 PM   10 comments


At 9/25/2006 8:15 PM, Blogger June said...

hoo boy. decided right off the bat not to read the blockquotes because figured i would probably have no choice but to hunt down the author and kill him with my bare hands, and only read YOUR part...based on what your comments, feels like a good choice...

you know what really really kills me? the smugness and arrogance that he presumably complains about? UH EXCUSE ME BUT WHAT IS *HE* DOING but exhibiting those EXACT qualities himself? HYPOCRITE MUCH?

speaking of secondary fake fanhood, if the cardinals lose another one-run game (which they seem hell bent on doing right now), I just... can't even. No words.

Preston Wilson sucks.

At 9/26/2006 5:11 AM, Blogger Jeff Brisbin said...

i am a life-long yankee fan. i currently live in boston.

as you could probably imagine, i am confronted with similar arguments on a daily basis.

baseless, hypocritical, ridiculous arguments.

for instance, the same people who trash alex rodriguez here (keeping in mind that rodriguez is at least attempting to contribute... if anything he may be trying too hard) are the very same people who blindly defend manny ramirez (the manny ramirez who has been sitting out the majority of the past few weeks due to curiously & conveniently undetectable "injuries" and has just recently demanded to be traded away from their beloved team for the umpteenth time).

it will never end.

but you are doing a public service by calling these people on their BS.

keep up the good fight.

At 9/26/2006 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations for playing right into this tool's hand. Bringing attention to nonsense pieces like this only validates what he has to say.

At 9/26/2006 9:11 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

Anonymous, the main point here is fighting douchebaggery wherever it lurks.

At 9/26/2006 9:29 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

June my favorite is the "fact" that Yankee fans booed Clemens because he "didn't immediately deliver a World Championship."

At 9/26/2006 10:13 AM, Anonymous A.J. said...

I understand. My point is that the SI dude's logic in that pile of crap was to get the attention and that exact reaction. People buy way too much into this shit... and that's why sports journalism has taken the direction it has.

I know a lot of Mets fans that are exactly like this guy, but I know even more that are embarrassed by stuff like this.

And don't think that I don't understand your frustration and wasn't saying a LOT of what you said to myself. One of the most frustrating aspects of being a Yankee fan is trying to find even-handed analysis... b/c it all seems to be anti-Yankee crap like this or ballwashing borderline propaganda like YES.

(Left my name this time so I don't come off like a troll or seem like a

At 9/26/2006 10:20 AM, Anonymous A.J. said...

And I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that the Clemens bit (and other obvious oversights like Jose Reyes and Kaz Matsui for instance) isn't so much lazy research or bad copy editing so much as it was intentionally thrown in there to see how many people write in to call him on it.

And really all anybody is doing is letting this asshole know they're reading him. If it's ignored, then there becomes no place in the world of journalism for trouser stains like this guy.

At 9/26/2006 7:27 PM, Blogger lupe_velez said...

the main point here is fighting douchebaggery wherever it lurks.

a real american hero, you are!

At 9/26/2006 8:17 PM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

AJ must not realize that the most popular journalists, the highest paid guys, are 90% douchebags. Skip Bayless, Mike Celizic, Jackass Lupica, etc.

You don't ignore them, you inform the masses of their douchebagness.

Oh, and thank you Lupe. I need a fucking cape is what I need.

At 9/13/2007 1:04 AM, Blogger TaggedTruck said...

I hate that we still have to fight douchebaggery, thou that will never stop. All I can say, after all this time, this article still has all the truth behind it now as when it was written. Go Scooter, and scratch out his eyes. The douchebaggery ends here.
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And the sky keeps turning grey
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