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.