Blog Entry

Get This - "I Can't Stand the Yankees, Man"

Posted on: May 1, 2009 1:48 pm

How do you feel about the New York Yankees?  How do you really feel?  It seems that for most baseball fans (the abbreviated form of the word "fanatics") it is on one of only two sides of the issue.  They either love 'em, or really loathe just the mention of 'em.  That makes me think of the collegiate world of basketball and the Duke Blue Devils.  Love or hate.  Very few, if any, fans of the game are on that narrow strip of middle ground, somewhere between the two. 

As seen on the CBS boards, most loyal posters, myself incuded, hide our real identities behind a manufactured screen name.  Anonymity brings it's benefits.  For one, you can rant and rave, scream and shout, and express how you really feel about the other team and it's players.  Why not?  That shelter behind a name other than your birth name, and keeping all other contact information private, makes it real easy to let it all out.......within the guidelines of the boards, of course.  As for the players earning a salary on our favorite teams, providing soundbites revealing deep-seated feelings about "the other guys" can be relayed worldwide within minutes.  Not only that, those words find their way posted to "those guys' " lockers, providing some fuel and fodder the next time you square off with them on the opposite side of the diamond.  They may end up eating those words, being shoved down their throat by "those guys" the next time around.

Listening to post-game interviews rarely gives me much more than the feeling that the sentiments are well-guarded, the comments scripted, and the "company line" being followed.  Either that, or the editorial "no comment" followed quickly by a tangent leading to some ambiguous meanderings about the field conditions or the bus ride over to the ballpark.  Managers probably cringe when something is said by his player that can be taken either out of context and sounding ridiculously hateful, or used as motivation for the opposing club.  That's why I really liked what came out of a couple of interviews with Detroit Tiger's relief pitcher Joel Zumaya.

While completing his rehab assignment with the triple-A Toledo Mudhens last week, he was quoted as saying "I'm ready to face those Yankees."  Alright.  Some fiestiness and self-assuredness coming from a pitcher that was lock-down effective and fearless for a 95% chance at closing out a game regularly when?  In 2006?  However, it sounds like his confidence level and bravado, which really never have taken a large dip throughout the past two tumultuous seasons, is now being caught up to by some solid performances and consistency once again.  We'll see as he makes regular appearances for the Tigers.  This past Wednesday night he was called on in relief during two innings of the game where the Yankees tore into young starter Rick Porcello for six runs in the fourth inning of a once tight game.  In those two innings, Zoom-Zoom Zumaya gave up one solitary hit to the visitors from NYC, and his fastball touched "100" on the radar gun.  Lock-down, shut-down pitching, no more runs scored.  In a loss by the home team.

"I think (Leyland) wanted me to show the Yankees I still have a little gas", stated Zumaya.

"The ball was coming pretty good out of my hand.  You know, I can't stand the Yankees, man.  I'm going to go right after them.  But that's just part of this game.  I like to go after guys."

Right on, Joel!  Tell it like you feel it.  But be sure to back up those words on the field.  Else, you will sound like an unbelievable gum-flapper like Rasheed Wallace of the Pistons.  I think for this outing, he did just that.  Nice work out there against your nemesis.  In being asked what he did not like about the Yankees, he added a bit more to the soundbites.

"There are little things about them I can't stand.  They're just the Yankees."

Yes, I have to agree with Zumaya's feelings about the Yankees.  I don't like 'em either.  Why not?  It's the aura, the reputation, they have built up over the decades.  Is it jealousy over the dominance they have held for so long over so many teams, and the grand success they have had in garnering almost countless World Championship pennants?  Not really.  I believe my pet peeves have been fed by the media.  While living in New York City for over 10 years, I read the New York Post and Daily News every day.  Looking at the back cover, with the headlines about the Yankees, I just rolled my eyes.  They were haled as God's gift to mankind on Monday.  Tuesday, after Monday nights' close loss on an error, they were touted as the Worst Team of the Century.  New York media.  Love 'em or hate 'em, they know how to sell papers.  In attending many games in the Bronx and Queens, and watching the teams, my team of choice was the New York Mets.  I grew up and went to school in Michigan, so have deep down connections with the Detroit Tigers.  While in New York, I did what New Yorkers do.  Cheer wildly for one of the home teams, while in the open.  Of course, when the Tigers visited Yankee Stadium, I donned the olde English "D" and heckled every Yankee hitter.  To the point of being mobbed and threatened to get tossed on my * * * by the fans.

Passion is good in the game.  For the 2009 Tigers, I just hope that they can back up any feelings they have, and statements made, with some superb play on the field.  If Zumaya can continue to go after guys, pounding the strike zone with that 100 MPH heat, so much the better.


Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2009 3:11 pm

Get This - 'I Can't Stand the Yankees, Man'

First good to see you too OleMiss. Hope all is well with you.

Main the Nets couldn't have done worse than your Pistons did against the Cavs. They might not have an idea where they will be playing their games in a few years but they still have a franchise.

I do give you credit for being a Lions fan. Sticking with a club no matter how pathetic they might be is the mark of a real fan. I did stick with the Yankees through the Horace Clark years as well as the stretch between 1978 & 1995.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2009 2:53 pm

Get This - 'I Can't Stand the Yankees, Man'

You know what, YankeeLuvnGator, you are so right.  Yankee fans, and the Yankees themselves, expect, accept and feast on the hatred of their detractors.  I saw that first hand out there in NYC.  I won't comment on the Lions.  Nothing to comment on yet.  As many have said, any publicity is good publicity.  Why?  People are talking about you.

I'm not sure the when I last heard anything about the New Jersey Nets.  Do they still have a franchise?

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2009 2:48 pm

Get This - 'I Can't Stand the Yankees, Man'

Wholly crap. Yank has returned from beyond the grave. How the hell have you been doing? There a few guys who have wondered where you and Sadur disappeared to. Glad to see you back posting even if it is just a temporary stop. Hope everything is going well. If you ever talk to Sadur tell him I said hello.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2009 2:41 pm

Get This - 'I Can't Stand the Yankees, Man'

Well  you can see by my screen name where I stand on this topic.

Yankee fans are used to the hatred jealousy and boos of others. Many of us thrive on it.

Bet you wish that your Lions generated some hate instead of pity and being laughed at.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2009 1:50 pm

Get This - 'I Can't Stand the Yankees, Man'

I LOVE DA YANKS!!!! were goin' all the way this year.... i also hate duke

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or