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Yankee Fans: Intolerable or Unbearable?

Daniel Guider, Staff Contributor

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What makes Yankee fans so horrible? Is it the storied past of their admittedly successful organization? Is it the classic players everyone loves like Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Andrew Pettite, Alfonso Soriano, CC Sabathia, Johnny Damon, Nick Swisher, and Michael Pineda? Could it be as simple as the general ignorance of New York and their fans? Or rather, is it more simply the anguish of knowing that they’re team is not as good as they seem to believe. “But 27 rings, bro!” Mhm, how many of those were won since 2000? Exactly. If a lightbulb is broken, you fix it. A Yankee fan just talks about how the lightbulb used to be great in the 90’s. Yankee fans are universally disliked for great reason. Let’s delve into a smaller subculture of Yankee fans, Oratory Prep Yankee fans.

Yankee fans are already insufferable, everyone can agree on that. So what makes Oratory Prep fans even worse? First, let’s discuss Yankee fans in general and why they are arguably the worst fans in sports history. The year is 2004 and the Boston Red Sox are at battle with the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez), had just slapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove to prevent him from tagging him and while the ball rolled away he made his way to second, allowing Derek Jeter to score. While the stadium erupted Tito Francona, the Red Sox manager, ran out to argue the call. For those who don’t know, a runner is not allowed to sheepishly slap the ball out of defender’s glove so that he can’t be tagged. Only in Little League does this happen and even then, it is frowned upon. Irregardless, Francona argues the call and it is reversed, justly. A-rod is out, and Jeter is put back on second base. So naturally, Yankee fans start trashing the historic Yankee Stadium with beer bottles, baseballs, trash, and an assortment of other things on the field.

It got so bad that New York riot police had to be called onto the field. This is just one example of how Yankee fans take rejection. They don’t. Always classy and always loyal, the majority of Yankee fans left the stadium in game 7 of the ALCS once the Red Sox started winning. In fact, there were so few Yankee fans, the stadium began filling with chants of, “Let’s go Red Sox!”.

Now that we understand how general Yankee fans are, let’s look at OP Yankee fans. Already annoying people, they prance around school shouting from the rooftops about how great their Yankees are. Unable to take into account about how they have the most advantages of any team in the MLB. Advantages like a $250 million budget and the resources to acquire any player they wish. Despite this power that teams like the Athletics or Padres dream of having, the Yankees still are not successful. They haven’t won a World Series since 2009. Although it is true they made it to the ALCS in 2017, they lost the series.

Again, Yankee fans still think they are the best in the world because of this! Okay, the Yankees are better at losing to the Astros, I mean, factually that is correct. At least Red Sox fans can admit they lost and know they have to improve. Yankee fans still think they are the best, and not because of their young core or for any discernible reason other than, “27 rings bro!”. In addition to that, Yankee fans went from shouting, “28 rings!”, to spewing excuses like, “It was a rebuilding season, bro!” after their loss in the ALCS. Yeah, with a $250 million budget you can’t really rebuild.

Let’s go into some interviews of some Yankee fans here at OP. Tom Sodano is a senior here at OP and has some choice words about the Yankees. When asked, “What is the best baseball team in the world?” He responded, “Uhhhh, the Yankees!” I ask, “Why?” He proceeds to say, “27 rings!”. Tommy, claiming to be a true fan, struggled to name 5 current players on the Yankees. His final answer was, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Joe Dimaggio, and Mariano Rivera. I’ll be honest, I was surprised he knew that much. Also, if you couldn’t tell, not one of those players are currently on the Yankees. It’s bandwagon fans like him that tarnish an already poor reputation. At least people like Mike Cantaluppi can have an intelligent conversation about baseball. Fans like him are realistic, they understand the setbacks of their team and accept it. They don’t just shout, “27 rings!” when ever asked about the Yankees. That being said, fans like Mike are few and far between, and fans like Tom outnumber the loyal fans like Mike, greatly. For every one Mike, there are 100 Toms. It’s a shame, really, because for fans like the Mikes have to go through all of the pain of seeing your team lose, watching your home stadium empty by the 4th inning, and the Toms of the Yankees seemingly forget about the Yankees; until they start playing better. It’s fans like the Mikes that make baseball great and it’s fans like the Toms that make people not want to get into baseball, and that is a shame.

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