And DON’T Call Me Frances

Worth a new thread, here’s a nice, scathing article regarding the Yankees’ conduct over the past 24 hours.

The choicest nugget? This:

By the way, Frances wiped out the final three games of the Florida State League season, making Steinbrenner’s Tampa Yankees, up by two games, West Division champion by default. Nobody in New York complained about that, did they?

This whole event has been handled atrociously by the Yankees organization. So why is this so hard for Yankees fans to cop to? It was an easy target for us Yankee-haters, for sure, but the reflexivity with which the fans of the team have defended such a callow move exposes much about the sense of entitlement those who root for the Yankees possess. There hasn’t been a forfeit for a no-show since 1902, and that was under such ridiculous circumstances it’s worth a Google search to see what they were. The Yankees front office pursued a dead-end here at the expense of a team whose players and families were in the middle of a maelstrom, and in doing so exposed themselves to be a nasty sort. And they did this all while in the midst of a pennant race, with a team nipping at their heels and their pitching staff in disarray. What competitors, those Yankees. What’s not to admire about their drive, their desire to win, in any way, shape, or form?

And before anyone accuses me of blanket judgments, this was clearly a front-office move, not a players’ move. I don’t doubt for a second that the Yankees players (or for that matter, any team) would always prefer to suit up – it’s their life and work. The General Manager, Team President, they are the culpable ones here.

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  • It’s not very hard for Yankee fans to cop to; as I wrote, “The decisions here may have been mercenary and they may have been handled insensitively”.
    So, the Yankees didn’t exactly do Howard Rubenstein proud. Whatever. When the season’s over, they can all fly down to Tampa and help Aubrey Huff bail out his Cris-Craft. Meanwhile, if their pitching doesn’t improve, that may come sooner rather than later.

    Anonymous September 7, 2004, 4:57 am
  • Daily News:”Yankees sources and baseball union sources also contended that two major airlines had offered to charter the Devil Rays to New York Sunday night. And DuPuy acknowledged that multiple flights were available Friday night through Saturday afternoon.”
    And with regards to the “be with their families” talk, Larry Mahnken said, “By saying that they wanted to be with their families, the Devil Rays are spinning this situation to make anyone who disagrees with their decision look like an asshole. I mean, what, do you hate families?”
    While I have a healthy dislike for the Red Sox, it’s apparent that you think the Yankees are the second coming of Cthulhu. SF, please enjoy the last word on this.

    Anonymous September 7, 2004, 10:54 am
  • Apparently TypePad clears the name/email/url after you preview. That post was from me.

    Clay September 7, 2004, 11:16 am
  • //the Devil Rays are spinning this situation to make anyone who disagrees with their decision look like an asshole//
    …which is something the Yankees practically friggin invented.
    //While I have a healthy dislike for the Red Sox, it’s apparent that you think the Yankees are the second coming of Cthulhu.//
    this tack from MFY morons is getting so, so old. SO old. yankees’ dislike for a franchise that to date has never beat them is healthy–red sox fans have a “fixation” on the yankees, are “obsessed” with them, and somehow have also given MFY apologists the ability to see into our minds, what we really think, and tell us about it.
    you don’t know what we think, clay. the “cthulu” thing is crap. what we think is that the team you follow is run by a bunch of craven elitists who deserve to be brought down a few pegs. kind of like how you believe we’re a bunch of maniacs who should be silenced.
    or am i just putting words in your mouth? i guess turnabout is fair play.

    beth September 7, 2004, 1:24 pm
  • I was speaking only about my attitude towards the Red Sox and my perceptions of SF’s attitude toward the Yankees. Nothing more. No pronouncements on the mental state of fans of either team.
    Ok. I’m done. No Mas. You win. Enjoy the bile.

    Clay September 7, 2004, 1:53 pm
  • I am not going to get in an indirect argument with Larry Mahnken, who I have enough problems with as it is. See the first ever post on this website, our intro, for more information.
    This whole affair has been sordid, a nasty attempt by the Yankees’ front office to hijack a game. Dave Anderson, the esteemed columnist from the Times, gives the Yankees more credit than I ever would, but still finds them at fault. Check his column.
    And if anyone wants to insinuate that the Devil Rays somehow wanted out of the game, then that’s supreme arrogance – the Rays players, professionals, likely wanted to play as eagerly as the Yankees players, also professionals. The Yankees front office, seeing a chance to rest their decimated rotation and tired bullpen, pull a game off the schedule and distance themselves from the Red Sox, were more than eager to play the coward, and that’s a fact. Again, we’re talking about rescheduling a doubleheader, not splitting the atom. The Yankees, not the Rays, took this way too far, and did it in a anti-competitive and classless manner. Not the players. The front office. To be expected, considering any trickle-down theory of classiness extant in the Yankees organization. This one starts at the top.
    Lastly, who the hell would invoke 9/11 as a means to inspire a team after a nasty defeat, then brazenly call for a team grounded by a hurricane to forfeit a game? The Emperor has no clothes.

    SF September 7, 2004, 2:05 pm
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