From the frequently ridiculous Jeff Pearlman:
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……
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?
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.
Firstly, apparently most Yankees fans do not agree with Pearlman, seeing how the team leads the league in attendance on a regular basis. The fans are enthralled and amused, as they shell out plenty of their hard fought cash to watch the team play. I am not sure where Pearlman gets off telling Yankees fans that they should not be enjoying their team’s success.
Secondly, this is just trite bellyaching from a writer who reveled in the Yankees failures of 2008, and picked them to finish 3rd in 2009 because “Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.” Every time the Yankees spend on a free agent, we are told that we are not allowed to enjoy it, yet we have to sit through mockery and derision should the player fail. Where was this article last year, when the Yankees had the same bloated payroll? Oh, right, the Yankees missed the playoffs, so we were allowed to root for them.
Finally, I root for the underdog Green Bay Packers and the big bad Yankees, and I can tell you that neither provides a more satisfying fan experience than the other. I enjoy watching a team play the sport well, and rarely think of economics when watching a game. Does anyone really watch a game winning homer from A-Rod and think, “Eh, not so exciting, he makes a lot of money?” I highly doubt it.
The Yankees are 76-45. Amazing!!! Whooie!!! I do not know about you, but I am anything but bored and unamused.
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