John Rolfe at S.I. shares a fan’s thoughts on Big Stein, the Yanks, and their fans:
One particularly bracing missive arrived the other day from Lisa Keenan of South Portland, Maine. Herewith, the Reader’s Digest condensed version:
“I can’t speak to Yankee fans of the 20s, 50s and 60s, but I CAN tell you that the ones of the new millennium are about the most insufferable bunch on the planet, and THAT’S what drives the rest of us to distraction. It has nothing to do with Yankee tradition or history at this point, and everything to do with money and George Steinbrenner.
“Yankee fans say that the rest of the league hates him only because of his ‘passion’ to win, which is completely false. We hate him because he’s a pathetic, arrogant fool, with no eye for talent or feel for chemistry, whose sole talent lies in being able to sign a check. He’s the Mr. Potter (It’s A Wonderful Life) of baseball. Like a poor little rich boy, he has acquired all these most expensive things (in his case, ballplayers) without thought as to how they will fit in or complement what he’s already got, and still something is missing.
“So he just goes out and buys something else (probably Barry Zito). It’s also sad to say that most of the players he buys are the type motivated only by the money (see: Johnny Damon), not the tradition and certainly not by winning. The money spent may buy talent, but not heart and soul (see: A-Rod, although I tend to think his heart and soul was simply beaten out of him). Face it, John. At this point, Yankee Stadium has become a Field of Bad Dreams for underachieving losers.”
I’m guessing that Ms. Keenan must have had a bad “meet-up” with a Yankees fan or something?