So my question is why do we constantly get a reminder that the Yankees are the devil or anti-Christ of the sports world? And that Arod is a cheating, self-absorbed, Jeter obsessed, overpaid player who is the cancer of any team he plays on?
Manny Ramirez is more popular than ever. Mark Maguire is still a hero in St. Louis. Jason Giambi is considered a man of dignity by the fans.
Petite has been forgiven. Selena Roberts gets a pass when it comes to fact checking. And how is Joe Torre still a hero?
I guess my frustrations about the ‘Haters’ seemed to be starting to fade again until yesterday. The Yankees are in first place, winning games with consistency as a complete team and starting off the second half winning nine out of ten home games. Even my Yankee fan-hating doorman, Pat was smiling and nodding that the Yanks got it this season.
Then my father came into the TV room and asked if I had read the NY Times book review section this weekend and I replied no. He continued to inform me there was a 2-page spread about three books all on the Yankees and Arod.
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My shock was that there were three more books this season about the Yankees. What more could be done to a team in which their old skipper, who was worshiped in my hometown sold them out as cheaply as celebrity tabloid?
To my disbelief two of the three books have been out for months, Selena Roberts and Joe Torre’s books. And a third one that is called ‘The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime’ which has been out for three months.
Why now? Haven’t these books been out long enough or is the writer really Torre and Roberts using a ghost name to trash the Yankees and attempt to make fans question the team. The team that made them both rich too; forgot to add that part in the article.
It seems to be the same idea of the books by shredding all aspects of the historical franchise and trashing Alex Rodriguez but still worshipping our beloved captain.
I have read Mr. Torre’s novel. It actually came out in stores on February 4th, the day after my birthday. Anticipating the greatness of Torre as a person, I pre-ordered two copies so I would defiantly not have to wait.
The eagerness and impatience very quickly turned to disappointment with each page of the “Yankee Years“.
The stories, thought maybe true were just flat out mean. Well, the years Torre won with the team were just as imagined, inspiring and nice pieces of history to hold onto.
The unsuccessful seasons had a different tune to them. It was a handful of insults individualized to specific players as almost trying to take the reader off the fact that post season was a failure. Damon was not wanted. Rivera lost the team the World Series in 2004 tight from Mussina’s mouth. Arod where to begin, Jeter lover and unaccepted, waste of talent who Torre really never accepted himself.
It was the lowest kind-of blame or distraction from the truth that the teams just not winning. And it was the journal from the man I got goose bumps at the mere mention of his name, skipper Joe Torre. By no means am I saying that he didn’t have the right to published his years with the Yankees but after he retired from the game he claims to have respect and love for.
There was no heed for timing. It was a selfish, money-making and just plain out mean to quote current teammates backstabbing each other. And if Arod is the insecure, in dire need for acceptance player as Torre claims then why would anyone who witnessed him struggling want to cement it as fact.
I guess money is the devil’s best weapon because I never thought that Joe Torre would trash the franchise that made him so rich and so famous. It makes one question all of Torre’s character and to me the better have been a huge check to sell out the players who idolized like a father.
On Selena Roberts book, I will not buy it as I don’t read trash. Regardless if any truth is behind some of the ‘facts’ Roberts writes about, I find it pretty pathetic to have to make a living off attempts that ruin other peoples lives. Roberts has made a career off making her presumptions into facts for no other reason then to profit from it. Hey, I just couldn’t live with myself. Ms. Roberts must have a lot of anger and I feel sorry for her as a person who is sick.
The third book I am not as familiar with but I will read it. Since everyone else seems to do it, I will presume the title speaks for it self, “American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime“; the pages will trash Clemens in all respects but might get the historical facts about the years known as the ‘Steroid Era’. Freedom of speech is a right in this great country of ours but so is guilty until proven innocent, right?
Oh whoops innocent until proven guilty is the law. I guess with Clemens being guilty the minute, his totally broke trainer, hummed the word steroid made his wallet fill up makes me wonder why the immediate judgement?
Another question is the fact that Roberts got a sneak-peak at a court-ordered, anonymous names, never to be ss=”blsp-spelling-corrected” id=”SPELLING_ERROR_17″>released list of performance enhancing test results of random players? Is that not breaking the law or does a judge’s ruling have loop holes?
Here is the conclusion I got from this ‘book review’ but I guess the NY Times needed an excuse to let a reporter bash the hell out of my Yankees. This article couldn’t be in the sports section because it is not about the weekend results. It is so hateful that the newspaper thought this is way to take credit but not the blame because Roberts was fired by the publication for her lack of correct facts; so how can the same paper have anything to do with it this kinda of reporting. The NY Times can’t and did it the smartest way to slide by actually putting this in the paper.
So to respond to the opening question in this article, ”Why do Yankee fans still love the Yanks?”; here is my answer:
As a fan I hope that anyone involved with these books or this article realize that what they are trying to accomplish was not achieved. It makes me embrace my New York Yankees even more. It makes me realize jealousy is so unbecoming.
My Bronx Bombers deserve as much as any other player in baseball to be respected as the talented athletes each one is. Hating someone or something takes so much more energy and in this case a waste of time on a team that has the most loyal of fans behind them. And that includes everyone from the bat boy, to the batting coach to out third baseman to our captain.
Isn’t time to focus on the good? I can promise you the New York Yankees have a lot of that!!!
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