Are you happy that you are the ringleader of the new breed of Yankee basher? Because that is what you are. I would HATE to be a “fan” of your ilk. So, have fun “rooting” for the Yankees, if that’s what you call it.
This is not an attempt to single out “SteveB.” But, I am using his inquiry to tee-up this entry since it (the claim) is something that has been thrown at me before in places – just perhaps not so directly. And, as I expect (if things go according to plan – don’t ask, but, I promise to share information as soon as I can) the readership of this blog to soon increase (and the claim is something that may come up again in the future), I thought it made sense to do a one-time entry on this topic – to use now, and again, if needed, to quell these types of accusations towards my “fandom” of the Yankees.
I must confess, when it comes to Yankees like Kei Igawa, Kyle Farnsworth, Carl Pavano, yes, without question, I have a tendency to beat on them pretty good. If that makes me a Yankees basher, then I guess that Yanks-basher team photo is going to be pretty darn crowded.
But, have I ever “bashed” Andy Pettitte? Melky Cabrera? Hideki Matsui? Mariano Rivera? Worm Killer Wang? Joba Chamberlain? Ian Kennedy? Joe Girardi? No, not as far as I know.
At the worst, maybe (somewhere) I may have had a small isolated critique on some of them – if anything. And, such feedback from me on them would be hard to find – and offset by many, many, more positive entries from me on them.
If anything, I believe that some feel I am a Yankees “basher” because of comments/opinions that I have shared (at times) regarding Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi Alex Rodriguez, Phil Hughes, and Brian Cashman. However, I’ve also said good things, in the past, on these people as well. Go ahead, check the links on each of their names. You’ll see positive things that I have written about them in the past. If I were a true “basher” would I have written these “good” things about these men?
I can say the same about Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada and various Yankees prospects in the minors. Yes, at times, I’ve been critical of them. But, other times, I’ve written glowing things about them. If you don’t believe me, just do a search on this blog and see for yourself.
Why does this “positive and harsh” comments thing happen? To put it simple: WasWatching.com prides itself in being “Yankees-blinders and Pinstripe-Pollyanna” free. I believe that it’s only fair to look at “the other” side on “Yankees” things – as well as the favorable side. If something or someone is good, I’ll trumpet it. However, I’m not going to sugarcoat anything “Yankees” at the same time – just to make it savory to the reader.
Does that make me some anti-Yankee fan who feeds off pinstriped schadenfreude (as some like to claim)? Or, does that just make me a Yankees-blogger who is attempting to provide unique commentary from someone who is a diehard Yankees fan?
After all, I am a diehard Yankees fan.
I think about the Yankees everyday. Need proof? Check the entries to this blog since “Day 1.” Over the last 1,020 days, I’ve written something about the Yankees in just about every one of those days. Would a non-fan think about the team, everyday?
Have you ever watched a game with me? Go ask Alex Belth. Back in May 2006, we went to a game together and this is what Alex wrote afterwards: “Yeah, and I’ve got to say Steve was a real pleasure to watch a game with. First, because he’s been to many games over the years and is a first-rate storyteller but also because he’s just mad enthusiastic. He cheers loudly, claps his hands, gets the chants going. Just a load of fun to be around.”
Actually, I pity the poor people who sit around me at a Yankees game. I’m sure that I’m annoying to some – the way I root so hard for the team at the Stadium.
Further, if I wasn’t a Yankees fan, would the October scars of 1995, 2001 and 2004 still burn so badly for me (all these years later)?
I could go on for a while on this; but, at the end of the day, I fear some people are going to believe what they want to believe – for whatever reason. Maybe it makes them feel better, or more like a fan, if they question someone else’s “fandom”? I dunno.
Nonetheless, the more I think about this, I now find myself wondering about “bashers.” After all, when someone goes on the attack, and starts launching accusations towards my “fandom” of the Yankees, because of something that I did or didn’t write, calling me “the ringleader of the new breed of Yankee basher” (as “SteveB” did today), aren’t they, then, in turn being a “basher”?
Is not the definition of “bash” to “criticize (another) harshly, accusatorially, and threateningly”?
Now, that’s interesting. In reality, when people call me a “basher” they’re performing a form of “bashing” themselves – via their harsh accusations.
Having now gone through the exercise of hashing this out through writing about it, at this junction, it seems to make more sense to just realize where these accusations are coming from, and the “bashing” nature behind them, and just ignore them with the security that I know I’m a diehard Yankees fan and that I shouldn’t have to prove it any time that someone wants to come out of the weeds and question me on it.
Yeah, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s the most rational approach to deal with such a thing.