Why I Hate the Yankees

Why I Hate the Yankees

by Kevin O'Connell, Josh Pahigian

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Why I Hate the Yankees offers a humorous take on the most beloved--and at the same time, most reviled--franchise in American professional sports. The book attempts to answer the question: Do we hate the Yankees merely because they always win, or is there more to it than just that?

The authors deconstruct the origins of the so-called Yankee mystique, offer countless examples of Yankee arrogance, and critique the Yankees' easy-way-out business model whereby they merely outspend other teams for talent. The authors leave no one exempt from blame, parodying the Yankees' fans, players, and overbearing owner, and questioning the motives of the national media and Major League Baseball.

The tongue-in-cheek narrative is interspersed with revealing quotes from Yankee players, fans, media members, and other writers.

A must-read for any hater--or lover--of the Yankees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461748854
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Why I Hate
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 848 KB

About the Author

Kevin O'Connell was born into the baseball abyss that was the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest of the 1960s. He supported the San Francisco Giants as a youngster, and then the hapless Seattle Mariners expansion team. His conversion was finalized when Edgar Martinez arrived in Seattle. He and his wife now reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Josh Pahigian swore off baseball for the first time at age twelve when the ball went through Buckner's legs. He rejoined Red Sox Nation the following March when the Red Sox won their first spring training game. Currently, he covers collegiate and high school sports for the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife, Heather.

O'Connell and Pahigian are the authors of The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip.

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Why I Hate the Yankees

By O'Connell, Kevin

The Lyons Press

Copyright © 2005 O'Connell, Kevin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781592287635

"George Steinbrenner is the center of evil in the universe." ~ Ben Affleck

"One's a born liar, and the other's been convicted." ~ Billy Martin, on Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner

"After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that." ~ Reggie Jackson

"This is my 24th year of doing this, and the Yankees' payroll has been 'dangerously high' 24 of 24. They've been the Goliath of the game, and I don't expect their position to change." ~ Scott Boras, player agent

"I wasn't trying to turn around the outcome of the game. I was just trying to get a ball. I'm starting to understand what it did. It struck me this morning when I woke up. Wow! I may have really helped the Yankees win." ~ Jeffrey Maier, a 12-year old fan who interfered with a fly ball hit by Derek Jeter in a 1996 ALDS game against the Orioles, turning a fly ball out out into a home run.

"I thought it was the ball." ~ Roger Clemens, after throwing a broken bat at Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.

"Is it me, or was the last home-grown prospect to stick in the Yankees' locker room Jason Giambi's and Kevin Brown's intestinal parasite?" ~ Bill Scheft, Sports Illustrated

Excerpt 1:
To understand how out of whack things have become, consider the 2004 season during which the Yankees spent $184 million on player salaries. Thenext closest payroll belonged to the Red Sox at $125 million, followed by the Angels at $101 million. After that, the figures fell off dramatically, with the mean payroll of the average major league team settling at $63 million, about a third of what the Yankees spent. The bottom five teams on the list-the Marlins, Pirates, Indians, Devil Rays, and Brewers-combined to spend a total of $172 million, still $12 million less than the Yankees.
What's a Detroit Tigers fan to do?

fs20Excerpt 2:
In 1974, Steinbrenner found himself in hot water when it was revealed by federal prosecutors that he was being investigated for his role in the Watergate scandal. Steinbrenner eventually pled guilty in federal court to charges of making illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon, and of obstructing justice. He was given a $15,000 fine, which amounted to a slap on the wrist. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn made a strong statement that there was no room in baseball for illegal, immoral characters when he handed Steinbrenner a two-year suspension from the game. The ban prevented the Yankee boss from attending major league games and from participating in the operations of his team...Finally on March 1, 1976, Kuhn commuted Steinbrenner's sentence, allowing him to return to the game after a 16-month hiatus. Columnist Red Smith continued to refer to the Yankee owner as "convicted felon George Steinbrenner" in the New York Times. Amidst a public dispute with Yankee slugger Dave Winfield in the 1980s, Steinbrenner paid $40,000 to Howard Spira, a renowned gambler from the Bronx, to fabricate incriminating evidence against Winfield. In 1990 Commissioner Fay Vincent handed Steinbrenner a "lifetime ban" from baseball. When it was announced during a game at Yankee Stadium that Steinbrenner's involvement with the team was essentially finished, the fans in attendance responded with a 90-second standing ovation. But in 1993 Vincent inexplicably allowed Steinbrenner to resume his previous post at the Yankees helm. Talk about second and third chances...and we thought MLB's drug policy was lax. (Insert your own Steve Howe joke here.)


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Table of Contents

Authors' Introductionvii
1Yankee Baseball, Yankee Business3
2Family Ties: One Family's Contentious Baseball History19
3George Steinbrenner: The Man, The Myth, The Felon25
4Trader Josh37
5Over-Played, Over-Hyped, Overrated41
6Film Review: Damn Yankees55
7Yankee Fans-Just What Makes 'em Tick63
8The Sad Case of Mr. Salvo79
9Yankee Pride, Yankee Arrogance85
10No Day at the Ballpark101
11The Axis of Baseball Evil-It Wasn't Always This Way107
12The Yankees Always Get You in the End121
13The Yankee Mystique-The Mystery Unraveled127
14Into the Heart of Darkness141
15Yankee Imperialism153
16The Greedy Glutton's Curse169
17An Open Latter to Yankee Fans177
18An Open Letter to George Steinbrenner191
About the Authors207

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