It’s been said that you hate most in others what you actually see in yourself.
Perhaps that’s why many Yankee fans hate Kevin Youkilis. Cliff Corcoran at Bronx Banter calls him the "Jewish God of Sqwalks" and did so even when Youkilis was writhing on the ground in pain, wrist potentially broken by a Chien-Ming Wang fastball. Likewise, reaction to Youkilis’ reaction on Yankee blogs was nearly universal disdain; rare was the fan who expressed concern about a player who was clearly in pain.
Meanwhile, Youkilis’ contention that his style of play wasn’t that much different from Yankee-fan favorite Paul O’Neill’s was met with snickers from the New York faithful. One of our YF co-moderators in an email even pulled out the old Bentsen/Quayle chestnut — "… Paul O’Neill was a friend of mine …"
Now, someone else says Youkilis reminds him of O’Neill: Paul O’Neill!
“I loved to compete and I loved to win,” O’Neill said. “He’s the same way. In Boston and New York, they really care about winning and losing. I think they appreciate that about you more than in other cities.”
So let’s stop the hate, people. Because, really, it just means you’re hating yourself.