I've dissed the Red Sox a lot. We all have. I hate the Red Sox. But this comparing them to the Yankees, oh my heavens, no. With George Steinbrenner mostly out of the way in recent years, there hasn't been that big, booming, obnoxiously arrogant voice out there championing the New York Yankees as not just a baseball team, but Baseball Itself. The creamest of the cream of the crop. Theeeeeee Yankees, who win, except when they don't.
Hank Steinbrenner is bringing it all back. All the reasons I hate that smug bunch of pinstriped jackasses more than I could ever hate any other team.
I have compiled some Hank gems. Poor Hal, he'll probably get bought out by Hank as soon as Big George kicks the bucket.
"Where was Joe's career in '95 when my dad hired him? My dad was crucified for hiring him. Let's not forget what my dad did in giving him that opportunity--and the great team he was handed."
"It's a shame. But we are all in agreement: myself, my dad, my brother, all the baseball people. If you don't want to be a Yankee and paid what you're being paid, we don't want you, that's the bottom line. You'd be hard-pressed to argue that point. If you don't understand the magnitude of being a Yankee and understand what that means, and being the highest-paid player in baseball, I think it's pretty obvious."
"If we're going to make you rich and we're going to give you the privilege of being a Yankee, you've got to show us you want to be here."
"It's a shame, because (A-Rod's) an alright guy. I hope he doesn't have outside influences that are causing him to make a mistake."
"Does (A-Rod) want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee, or a Toledo Mud Hen?"
The only franchise in Major League Baseball where you are privileged to be part of the club is the New York Yankees. Everyone else is second-rate, even though the Yankees are smoked out of the playoffs every year. "The magnitude of being a Yankee" -- get the fuck over it, already.
Alex Rodriguez has done plenty of annoying things in his own day -- the purse slap in the ALCS was chief among them, the weird yelling thing to distract the opposing defender in Toronto (which I, personally, thought was super).
But I will defend A-Rod with two things, if nothing else. The guy is, first and foremost, one of the best players to ever pick up a bat. And second of all, he accepted, rather graciously, a move to third base to play for the New York Yankees, leaving an entirely inferior player in his familiar position.
I don't think Rodriguez is a selfish player. I don't even really think he's a prima donna. And Rodriguez was not lucky to be a Yankee, the Yankees were fortunate enough to have him carrying that club all season. Without A-Rod, they don't sniff the ass of the playoffs.
For being the most dominant player in the American League, at the least, he took an insane amount of shit from the idiotic New York fans every time he failed. Those are, in large part, not baseball fans. They're clothing fans. When A-Rod went deep, they cheered. At least be consistent.
It's not the same class of player at all, but Roger Maris went through some of the same garbage in his historic 1961 season. It was horseshit then, and horseshit now. These fans deserve the Toledo Mud Hens, not the New York Yankees.
Hank Steinbrenner, I thank you. You've reminded me why the New York Yankees are the most disgusting franchise in the history of organized sports. And best of luck running the organization into the ground. Alex Rodriguez, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly are all already out. Rivera, Posada and Pettitte may closely follow them. A bang-up job thus far from Lil' Steinbrenner. Praise the heavens for you, Hank.