In a classic “get off my lawn column,” the ageless Maury Allen ripped into AJ Burnett, Joe Girardi, and the pie throwing culture of the 2009 Yankees:
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are spinning in their graves.
The Yankees, winners of 39 pennants and 26 World Championships, have become the pie-in-the-eye team instead of the Bronx Bombers.
Sure they are hitting plenty of home runs and blowing away the opposition in their first season at the new Yankee Stadium but they are celebrating with cream puffs in the face instead of dignity in their deeds…..
Imagine still, a pitcher of little note pushing a pie in the bulbous nose of Babe Ruth, the stoic face of Lou Gehrig, the slick hair of Joe DiMaggio or the blond locks of Mickey Mantle.
What a load of bull. Firstly, DiMaggio, Ruth, and Mantle all had their own childish indiscretions that were splattered unceremoniously across the tabloids. Furthermore, as I noted when Michael Kay made a similar complaint, this idea of respect and honor as “The Yankee Way” is a crock. The professional atmosphere has never been about class and always been about money. Prior to the advent of free agency, players signed with the Yankees counting on their playoff checks. In fact, some took lower initial offers, knowing that they would usually be bringing home a World Series share as well. The veterans, very protective of their bonuses, did not condone any behavior that would cost them their money. The focus on professionalism was always about the bottom line. The Yankee Way, if we must use the term, is about money and winning. Period. This Yankee team is following The Yankee Way by winning more games than anyone else, and if they want to celebrate to build team chemistry, I am all for it.
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