Yankees win! Thhhhheeeee … Yankees win!

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I live in New York, land of baseball.

I love it here in the summer, because the games matter and the fans are intense and all anyone wants to talk about is Yankees! Yankees! Yankees! (and, sometimes, mets, mets, mets).

Yet this year, with the Bronx Bombers sitting at 76-45 and holding a whopping seven-game lead on the Red Sox (and 10 on Tampa), I am again reminded of the inanity of it all.

This offseason, the Yankees purchased the two best pitchers on the market (C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett), then went out and bought Mark Texiera, the in-his-prime, top-of-the-league first baseman superdooper stud. In other words, how can anyone with a human head actually attend, say, a Yankees-Royals or Yankees-Orioles or Yankees-Rays or Yankees-A’s or Yankees-Mariners or Yankees-Rangers or Yankees-Twins or Yankees-Anybody Except The Red Sox or Mets game and truly, strongly, lovingly, audibly root for the Yankees to win?

Really, it makes no emotional sense. I go to the movies to see The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Vader is absolutely loaded: The Emperor is supplying power and vital support. A new Death Star is in the works. He’s got a whole fleet of ships. So how in the world does anyone root against Luke? Actually, better example: You go to pick up your kid at school. There’s a fight in the playground. The bully lives next door to you. You like his parents, have attended BBQs at their house, remember when he was just a baby. However, now he’s a snarling 6-foot monster. His opponent is Richie Cunningham, the early high school years. Do you root for the thug, just because he’s familiar? Just because, once upon a time, he was likable?

Hells no.

If I’m a Yankee fan, I’m bored and unamused. Wow. Oh, wow. We won a game. With A-Rod at third, Jeter at short, Cano at second and Tex at first. Amazing. Whooie! Hee-haw.

Zzzz.

40 thoughts on “Yankees win! Thhhhheeeee … Yankees win!”

  1. When looking at folks who root for the Yankees, I think to some of Doug Stanhope’s comedy:

    They bought their team. Rooting for the Yankees is like going to a casino and rooting for the house. “Yeah, my dealer busted your ass!”

  2. Jeff,

    I can’t disagree more. The Yanks money has not bought them anything in years except disappointment. The new Free Agents could have sucked like everyone thought – CC can’t handle pressure, AJ will be hurt. This team is exciting cos they win, which is the most exciting thing in sports. And those who complain about money, every team spends money- like the jays who gave big money a few years ago to wells rios and Ryan. 2 of those 3 are gone and wells has been worth a nickel. Go Yanks

  3. The Yankees sign these players every year. It doesn’t always work. They haven’t won the series in a decade, and they didn’t make it to the playoffs last year.

    Your argument is not much different than the idea that small market teams can’t compete. It’s an easy complaint, but every single year there are small market teams that compete. (Yes, Yes, I know, not the Royals and Pirates, but there’s always going to be a Royals and a Pirates in any sport, in any league.)

    The Rangers and Orioles, by the way, used to be some of the biggest spenders in baseball and they suuuuuucked. The Mets signed some HUGE names in the past few years too, and they suuuuuuuuck.

  4. Hey, Mr. Pearlman, if you did not take notice, three-of-the-four infielders you mentioned (i.e., Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano) are either homegrown products of the New York Yankees (Jeter; Cano), or was acquired via trade using homegrown products of the Yankees (Alex Rodriguez).

    Also, the Yanks employ a homegrown starting catcher (Posada); a homegrown starting center fielder (Melky Cabrera); a starting right fielder they acquired via trade using some homegrown products (Nick Swisher); five-of-the-six relievers in their bullpen are homegrown (Rivera; Hughes; Coke; Robertson; Aceves); and one-third of the six-man starting rotation is homegrown (Chamberlain; Pettitte) – the Yanks’ Opening Day rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Chamberlain and Pettitte included more homegrown players than their starting-rotation counterparts in Boston (Lester), and as many as Tampa Bay (Shields; Sonnanstine; Niemann).

    To just blanket the Yankees as some “Evil Empire” (a nickname most Yankee fans like, by the way) that buys all the talent in the world is uninformed. Don’t blame the organization because they developed players like Jeter, Cano, Posada, Rivera, Pettitte, Chamberlain, and Hughes, among others; and used their farm system to acquire players like Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher.

  5. Lifelong Yankees fan here- and in my defense, that goes back to their lousy late 80s/early 90s period, so at least I’ve paid some dues as a fan…

    And Jeff, while I can see where you’re coming from, I think jweb271 sums up my feelings more than you. I also hope it’s not nitpicking to add that your bully analogy is a little unfair. I certainly wouldn’t root against Richie Cunningham, because there seems to be a serious chance he could end up with some life-threatening injuries. On the other hand, if the Yankees pound the Royals, the Royals aren’t going to the hospital. It’s just a Major League Baseball game; most likely the only thing that would get hurt is the Royals’ pride.

  6. Oh, and respect to Jamal G’s comments, which weren’t up when I started posting. Jeff, you don’t give nearly enough credit to the Yanks’ homegrown talent.

  7. Jeff–

    I have to agree with a lot of these comments… rooting for the Yanks is NOT like rooting for US Steel for the exact reason that they have NOT won a WS since 2000 (in what I feel IS direct coorelation to their budget-busting spending). The late 1990s Yanks who WERE winning titles DID NOT have the same level of outlandish payroll they do now. It was up there no doubt, but Charlie Hayes at 3B in 1996 is far from ARod.

    Big money names like Giambi, Mussina, Hideki, Sheff, Abreu, and to some degree ARod (tho, far from finished here) have all cemented their legacies over the past 10 years WITHOUT a NYY WS ring.

    Money DOES NOT buy rings. It buys a better oppty to get one. Certainly better than KC, but pls stop with the Evil Empire stuff, as MANY smaller market teams in this decade have been competitive, made the postseason, and even won WSs. Minny, Oak, Fla, LAA, TB are all fine examples of lower-payrolls that have out-classed the free-spending Yanks over this span.

    Maybe you’re a Met fan, and Yankees successful spending irks you over the Mets ill-advised signings, but I have been a Yankee-fan long before Free Agency rolled around and allowed this system to create itself (no true cap). You might want to take umbridge with the MLB powers-that-be for letting this system take hold so firmly…

  8. Just to provide a little balance…can’t stand the Yankees, love it when they struggle and lose. Same with the Red Sox. Baseball needs revenue sharing, not a bogus luxury tax.

  9. To Jamal G.,

    But the homegrown talent is not the point. All of those players you have listed there all had to be resigned. If some of those players were on small market teams, there would be no way they could afford them. Jeter? 189 mill? Rodriguez? 300 millish?

  10. The most illogical thing here is how Jeff forgets to mention that all teams buy players. Did it not occur to you, Jeff, that the Red Sox bought JD Drew, Julio Lugo, Edgar Renteria, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Matt Clement, and used their financial resources to acquire Josh Beckett, Jason Bay, Victor Martinez and Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    I’m a Yankees fan and it infuriates me when the record is skewed in such a way as if to say the rest of baseball stands by and watches as the Yanks spend freely. Does Boston not spend freely? Do the Mets not spend freely? What about the Cubs? Didn’t the White Sox just take on nearly $100M in payroll in the form of Jake Peavy and Alex Rios?

    Jeff, seriously, get the facts straight once in a while…

  11. …and how much in outgoing salaries did the Yankees “lose” before signing the “Big 3”?

    I think you’ll find that the salaries of Sabathia, Burnett and Teixiera are more than matched by the outgoing salaries of Giambi, Mussina, Abreu, and Pavano.

    So, was it OK for them to finish out of the playoffs with a payroll that was $8 million higher than it is this year?

    It’s acceptable for them to pay tons of money for old, declining players, but not to pay slightly less money for players in their prime? How does that work, exactly?

    (And by the way, they’ll be players in decline themselves by, oh, about 2012 or 2013. Will their salaries be acceptable then?)

  12. rooting for the cesspoolian scum is like rooting for the sun to come up in the east…YES, the SUUUUUNNNNNN came up in the east!

  13. Any talk about the White Sox? As MJ mentioned on WasWatching, “The White Sox added Jake Peavy and Alex Rios who, combined will earn at least $111.7M (and possibly as much as $142.2M if their team options are exercised) over the next several years.”

    Man, $111.7 million in a matter of an extremely short period of time? The shock, the outrage, the horror!

    What about the Blue Jays, middle-of-the-road and having the money to give out two horrible contracts in Wells and Rios?

    What about the Red Sox? Mets?

    I’m a Yankee fan, and I only ask in accordance with that fact, what is emotionless about cheering for an organization that has done as much as they can to build a strong team with a mix of free agents, players off of trades, and homegrown talent (as JamalG mentioned)?

    Btw, what’s “thuggish” about the Yankees anyway? Ridiculous example.

  14. Yo, Jeff. I suppose your preseason picks must have slipped your mind before you started waxing poetic about the Yanks’ success:

    “AL East

    1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.

    2. Tampa Bay Rays—I smell a letdown. But not a huge one.

    3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc …”

    The inanity of it all, indeed…

  15. Nice, Pearlman. Trash the Yankees for spending $200 million a third place team, then trash the Yankees for being in first place.

    What a hack.

  16. ow can anyone with a human head actually attend, say, a Yankees-Royals or Yankees-Orioles or Yankees-Rays or Yankees-A’s or Yankees-Mariners or Yankees-Rangers or Yankees-Twins or Yankees-Anybody Except The Red Sox or Mets game and truly, strongly, lovingly, audibly root for the Yankees to win?

    Millions of people do it every day. What the bleep is your point? Why are you trying to apply logic to sports fandom?

  17. Jeff Pearlman’s pre-season predictions:

    “AL East

    1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.

    2. Tampa Bay Rays—I smell a letdown. But not a huge one.

    3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc …”

    so….before the season you predict that all of their overpaid stars will lead to a collapse like in the 80’s. and now that you are 100% wrong, and the Yankee stars are playing well, you change course and rip them for spending that money.

    can’t have it both ways, d-bag. either spending money is a good strategy, or it’s a bad strategy. make up your mind instead of flopping in the breeze.

    why don’t you go back to what you do best: crying like a 5 year old about steroids.

  18. Sooooo, how does your inane brain reconcile picking the Yankees third in the pre-season with your statement now that Yankee supremacy was decided the moment they signed those three free agents in the offseason??? Do you even think about what you write, or do you just aimlessly bash the keyboard with your fists and publish what comes out?

  19. “Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.” – That explains a lot.

    MR. Pealman I’m not really sure why you write about the Yanks seeing you have little clue.

    Nice work Jamal and Tyrez.

  20. Writters get paid to write. It doesn`t have to make sence. Just so they keep people reading and reacting. That sells ads. That keeps them a paycheck. I think I`ll try reading another baseball writter because reading pearlman is as interesting as rooting for the Royals or Pirates.

  21. Don’t waste your breath – Jeff doesn’t deign to respond to criticism. When he was falling over himself to praise Selena Roberts in the offseason in the process of tearing Alex Rodriguez apart, he never saw fit to answer a simple question I asked him – namely, whether it is worse to cheat at baseball or to libel innocent men as rapists, repeatedly and unrepentently, in the most prestigious newspaper in the country. I don’t think he enjoys being called on his baloney.

    And your supposed analogy is the most asinine thing I’ve ever read. It figures that you were employed by Sports Illustrated, since that rag hasn’t been more than emergency toilet paper since I was in elementary school. Most diehards are born with their team. They grow up with that team, and they’ll die with that team. You know, the way the mouthbreathing mob at Fenway is. Unless that team is really, really successful, in which case one apparently is expected to throw aside his life’s history to go be a fan of some other team.

  22. You are dumb as fuck. If the Red Sox or Rays went out and signed all their players to their market value contracts, their pay roll would be just as high.

    Give Pedroia, Youkilis, Lester, Beckett, Bay etc what they should be paid and their payroll is just as high.

    In fact if you knock Jeter, Mariano, and Posada down to the pennies Pedroia, Youkilis, and Paps are making.. The Yankee Payroll is 165M. Let’s see how the Sox or Rays are when they give their players their market value or let them walk. Yankees pay for consistency to avoid lulls in competitiveness.

  23. “Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.”

    hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

    how can anyone get paid to write this?

  24. Youre an idiot.

    Hey, how did Smoltz and Penny having more wins than Burnett and Sabathia prediction work out?

    Do us all a favor and drop dead.

  25. Jeff, I’m a life long Yankee fan so I’m obviously going to take exception to what you’ve said about me not having a “Human Head.”
    However I’m going to take it apart a little out of order.

    Lets start with the Star Wars reference. It’s not difficult to root for Vadar because he’s loaded with power, it’s difficult to root for Vadar because he is bent on the distruction of peace and equality and democracy throughout the galaxy. He also wants to kill his son(In Empire anyway). In baseball the big guys(Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Angels,)are actually doing what they are supposed to,trying to win the World Series.

    To your referencing the school yard bully, it’s a little closer to the way the Yankees look against say the Orioles, but it still doesn’t work. Because where the bully is just naturally that six foot monster and the skinny kid is naturally skinny. The Orioles have enough money to own a baseball team, have one of the best ball parks in basebal,and have the money to compete. However as apposed to the Yankees, who put ticket revenue and such back into the team, the Orioles line there pockets with them. So both teams have the ability to be that bully, one just refuses to use it.

    “3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc …” “This offseason, the Yankees purchased the two best pitchers on the market (C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett), then went out and bought Mark Texiera, the in-his-prime, top-of-the-league first baseman superdooper stud…” You need to pick a side, either the Yankees spending money is there downfall or it leads to there success. By the way those three players where available to all 29 other teams, not just the Yankees.

    thats all I really feel like writing right now.

  26. and u call urself a yankee fan? if a 4 game sweep of our hated rivals and a a 20-11 destruction of the red sux than u should cease bein a fan i m sorry

  27. Are you aware that the Yankees have one of the highest (if not THE highest) percentage of home grown players on their roster?

    Kindly kys.

  28. “1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.”

    Just checked my crystal ball, and I don’t see a GM job in your future.

  29. Mr. Pearlman,
    “Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.” I believe this statement exposes you as something other than a baseball expert. You might want to try tiddlywinks. Your expertise might be more suited to that endeavor.

  30. Congratulations! You’re only the 80 millionth person to ask why people root for the Yankees and make the analogy that rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Big Business.

    And ‘Hells no’? Are you a 13 year old girl?

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