Thees beisbol, she is beetch, no?
Well, then, I guess I am, too.
But wait. Stop right there. It's not what you think.
This was my comment, and I stand by it:
Alex, I like you and I like your writing, but there is a huge difference between Red Sox fans and Yankee "fans".
Sox fans have already bought more than 2 million tickets--at the highest average price in all of baseball, no less--to see their team, and packed Fenway Park, win or lose, till the last pitch of every game--and all this *after* a devastating loss in the ALCS just six months ago.
Yankee "fans", meanwhile, handed the Stadium over to Red Sox Nation by the fifth inning on Friday, and stayed away in such numbers that by the time Manny hit his dinger yesterday, the crowd in the House that Ruth Built was *cheering*.
Nothing like this would ever, and I mean, EVER happen at Fenway Park. I don't care if we were losing by 25 runs to the freakin Devil Rays.
For shame. If the "fans" in New York are always that fair-weather, every championship you have is wasted on you.
Do you guys even realize that since 1995, every Yankees team that has started off under .500 has wound up winning the division? Last year included? Do you even know this? Do you even care?
Today there's all kinds of boo-hooing, but where were you guys when it came time to actually step up, show some guts, and support your team?
Already on the train back home, it looks like.
And they say Red Sox fans are a bunch of whiners. Jesus Christ.
To be honest with you, all the hand-wringing in the Evil Empire doesn't make me feel like gloating much.
It makes me sick.
Just 20 games into the season with a payroll bigger than the Gross National Product of not only most Third World countries but of several industrialized nations as well, and Yankees "fans" are fleeing the House that Ruth Built like rats from a sinking ship. The Boss is fed up.
And yes, if we want to be fair, there probably have been some twinges of despair inside the Evil Empire from time to time in the past. But most people seem to agree that this is different--especially after the acquisition of A-Rod that was supposed to have been the Yankees' finest hour.
People are really letting loose this time. Want proof? They've actually taken to booing Derek Jeter.
Let's put this in perspective, shall we? Yankees "fans" booing Derek Jeter because he's in an 0-25 slump through the first 18 games is roughly equivalent to Patriots fans booing Tom Brady after the Patriots win the next three straight Super Bowls because of an intercepted pass.
And, I mean, how dare they?
Four world championships since 1999. Do you know how much we'd give in Boston for just one?
26 world championships since the trade of the Babe. Do you know how much we'd give for just one?
Six appearances in the World Series since 1986. Do you know, can you even fathom, how much we'd have given last year for just one chance?
How dare they file out of Yankee Stadium, with faces as long as Cubs fans' after the NLCS, when the Yankees drop an April series to the Sox? How dare they piss and moan on public radio, in the newspapers, on the Internet? How dare they offer up even one little complaint after what they've enjoyed in the last decade?
How dare they trivialize what we want so dearly?
The bottom line is, they got the Babe. They got the Rocket. They got A-Rod. They have the money. They have the palatial stadium. They have the pennants and the rings. And all of that is fine.
But how can they possibly have the audacity, at long last, to try to usurp our grief?