Tonight at Yankee Stadium the following were seen and heard:
- Yankees fans chanting "Papi Sucks"
- A home run from an admitted steroid user (or as I call him, the roided up ape) which should never have happened
- Your defending AL MVP making a clusterfuck error that arguably led to the go-ahead runs for the Sox
- Yankees fans cheering when Dustan Mohr fouled one off his foot and fell down. Hard to tell whether it was because they thought he'd been hit or because they were just plain happy that he fell. You know what? It doesn't matter, does it?
Listen. I have no problem with Yanks fans wanting the Yanks to play beanball. I really, really don't. I understand all the arguments in favor of pitching inside, etc; I have no problem with them being bloodthirsty like that--it's how we are.
What I DO have a HUGE problem with is that they (or, at least, the online members of the Yanks-fan species) simultaneously cast themselves as "classy" fans and Sox fans as the boorish, uncouth ones. I have a HUGE problem with the moral indignation--only when it suits them. I have a HUGE problem with the fucking hypocrisy.
Where did this "classiness" bullshit come from anyway? Why do we even need to play that stupid game? Is it because they have no answer yet to our World Series win that they keep trying to tell us how to act about it? Is it because they have no place left to feel superior anymore? At any rate, between today's post article and that reaction to Mohr's fall, I think it's time for YFs who like to harp on "class" to come off it.
PLEASE NOTE: In NO WAY am I saying that Red Sox fans are "classy" or "classier" than Yankees fans. So let's take all the usual rebuttals about Fenway booing Damon or Manny posing after hitting a home run off the table right now. I'm saying the whole pissing contest in general is completely meaningless and I have no use for it anymore. So come up with some other angle if you want to argue Yankees / Sox with me. Period.
P.S. Here's a possible topic for further debate: defense is apparently only important if you're arguing about MVP voting between an infielder and another team's DH. Tonight, however, it's a convenient way to explain away Randy Johnson's craptacular outing as "not that bad", since "most of the runs were unearned."