• Joel Zumaya Hates The Yankees…

    Posted by on May 1st, 2009 · Comments (4)

    …but, I’m sure he’ll learn to love them, quickly, if he ever hits the free agent market and needs to have it appear that New York is interested in him in order to help his contract offers…

    Via the Detroit News yesterday:

    With two scoreless innings of relief in the Tigers’ 8-6 loss Wednesday night, Joel Zumaya was back at his best against the team he likes the least.

    The Yankees.

    When it comes to his opinion of them, there’s just no holding back.

    “I can’t stand the Yankees, man, and I’m going to go right after them,” he said after an outing in which he hit 100 mph on the radar gun. “But that’s just part of this game. I’m going to go right after guys.”

    When asked by John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit what he doesn’t like about the Yankees, Zumaya said, “there are little things about them I can’t stand. They’re just the Yankees.”

    Of throwing 100 mph again, Zumaya said “to me that’s old news. If I pound the strike zone, it doesn’t matter how hard it is.

    “I was throwing strikes and if (100 miles an hour) popped up, that’s a real good thing. But I’m just going to try and pound the zone, as I said earlier. That’s going to be my key to success.”

    Comments on Joel Zumaya Hates The Yankees…

    1. Corey
      May 1st, 2009 | 2:37 pm

      i like it, that’s how the game should be played…you’re not supposed to like your opponent

    2. ken
      May 1st, 2009 | 2:54 pm

      Its funny, Jose Molina thought the same way until he got traded to NY. I know that a lot of fans hate the Yankees because of their piggy bank, but I wonder what the actual players have against the team?

    3. butchie22
      May 1st, 2009 | 3:18 pm

      The Evil Empire? It’s funny how great the so-called Empire shoves bushel loads of filthy lucre in someone’s bloody face!It was so old school to hate the other team, so I’m used to it.I also call it the Damon syndrome…remember how he wouldn’t go to the Yankees? Caveman became Mr GQ overnight when the money talked! No surprise there.

      Ken, it’s a function of the big bad Yankees winning all the time and them spending so much money. It’s a case of envy to a certain degree. Yeah, the Yankees are seen as the Establishment and the other teams as the rebels. I’ve always analogized the Yanks as the US of A and the rest of the teams as the rest of the world. So many people and other nations envy the US and even secretly admire us BUT it is chicer to trash the US than otherwise. I see the Red Sox as France(quite a befitting example for Bostonians who are the Parisians of America, that is not a compliment). The Yankees are still somewhat the biggest baddest wolf around even though the Red Sox have become more of a target in the last 5 years.

    4. MJ
      May 1st, 2009 | 3:46 pm

      Who cares what Zumaya says. After taking the past 2 seasons off, he barely registers in the game. But if it makes him feel any better, he won’t ever be on the Yanks since his career will be close to done before free agency hits.

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