The Yankees continue their classy efforts to sabotage public opinion of the WBC (contrast this with Red Sox’ owner John Henry’s open support for the tourney).  If they are going to make the effort to put up obnoxious signs the least they could do is turn on spell check.

(hat tip to Dirt Dogs)

18 comments… add one
  • What’s really classic is that “Yankees” is not spelled correctly on that sign… Hilarious. Did Steinbrenner type this message up himself?

    Hudson March 5, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Who gives s*** about the WBC?

    john March 5, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Make that “a s***”.
    Or “a flying f***” if you prefer.

    john March 5, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • I actually don’t consider the move by the Yankees front office to be all that terrible. They see a potential problem with letting about a quarter of a billion dollars go play for another team just before the season starts for the Yankees, and so would I.
    People are free to think whatever they want about the WBC, and frankly I’m aginst it. When I was at the brunch I told you guys about that Lucchino hosted, the question surrounding the WBC and injury came up, and his response was “we all have insurance policies out on the players that will be participating in the event”.
    Insurance is great news if you are the person in charge of balancing the books, but for a guy who dishes out the dough to see the games on a more-than-normal basis, I could care ‘friggin less about the insurance policy. I want to be sure that David Ortiz, Mike Timlin, and Jason Varitek are actually PLAYING in the games that matter, and not the ones that don’t.
    I applaud Steinbrenner for his outspoken tone with these games; the winning means a lot to him, as it does myself and millions of fans of MLB. He has every right to stand up and say so.
    Very rarely do I give credit to anything Yankee or even Yankee related, even when it’s due, and for all his stupid, irrational, brash, and well, idiotic moves – making a mockery of something that could cost him what he loves most, his team, is not one of them.
    This is a dumb idea this WBC thing, and I hope it does not take the injury of one of the games prominent players to prove that to anyone. The commish is correct in one thing: a player can get hurt walking down the street, but the player is much less likely to get hurt on that street if he’s where he’s supposed to be – in SPRING TRAINING.
    All spelling issues aside, I understood the comedy attempt.

    Brad March 5, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • I can’t agree with that Brad. Spreading the gospel of baseball (and the MLB brand) is, in my opinion, a good thing, and in the long-term interests of the entire league, Yankees included. Who’s to say playing a couple of exhibtion games in the WBV is any more dangerous than playing the spring training schedule? Or, for that matter, getting out of the shower? It’s easy to be cynical, but I’m looking forward to some exciting and fun baseball–in March. Hard to complain about that.

    YF March 5, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Hooray for Captain Spaulding!

    Groucho March 5, 2006, 11:23 pm
  • I have to agree with Brad on this one. Getting hurt preparing for the season with the team is one thing; getting hurt playing full tilt for another team when you’re not ready is much worse, and should be treated like a breach of contract. I wouldn’t be surprised if contracts had WBC clauses from now on.
    Still though, I can’t disagree with YF on being thankful for some (meaningful?) baseball after what seemed an eternal winter.

    tom yf March 6, 2006, 12:07 am
  • They have to start this somewhere if an international professional baseball competition is ever going to be a fixture. I am sure there are many people who don’t care if there is ever a “World Cup” of baseball, and that’s a totally reasonable position, but I am in favor. The first players who participate (and probably the second slew too) will be in a tough position, as we see this year. But it’s a worthy goal to try to accomplish, a global tourney. My beef with the Yankees, and please understand this is a minor one being exploited for the sake of this blog, is not that they don’t prefer their players to go (which is understandable), but that they seem to be making an effort to undermine the tournament and embarrass Selig in the process. Not that I am surprised, considering what Big Stein and Bud think about each other.

    SF March 6, 2006, 6:36 am
  • Just floating this out there for those who know more about this sort of thing than I do, but what if it wasn’t during spring training? What if they made it a week, two even, after the World Series? That’d give everyone 4ish months to heal up from any injuries, and really, they’d be doing that anyways after already having played a season.
    I’m not saying that’s a perfect scenario (especially that it cuts into the euphoria of the world champions – yet it might evne enhance that), but it seems like it’d get rid of a lot of the negatives of having it start right now. And don’t a lot of the players already play winter ball?
    Tell me if that’s a crazy idea.

    rk March 6, 2006, 9:58 am
  • It would have to be either now or then, RK. I can’t see them shutting the season down for a week or two once it started up. It’s probably arguable whether it’s more dangerous to the health of the players to have the tournament before or after the season. To play devil’s advocate, after the season you have run-down guys who have been working their asses off for 7+ months and who may be uninterested in spending another 2 weeks competing, pitchers who have already thrown 200+ innngs as starters and relivers who have probably stretched themselves thin. You’d have to wait until after the post-season ended, which means that the majority of guys would have already shut it down for 3 weeks. Plus, baseball in November? They’d be competing with the heart of the football season, and I am sure that’s a consideration. Now is probably the best of all possible times to do it, but first you have to buy into the idea that the tournament is worth playing in the first place.

    SF March 6, 2006, 10:05 am
  • I’d have to strongly disagree with Yankee fans who are opposed to the WBC.
    I understand the argument about injuries. But I think it’s splitting hairs and grossly overestimating the injury risk brought on by playing hard vs. whatever they do in spring training. For one, most, if not all, top tier players work out for 12 months a year. So the notion that players are too out of shape to play a game of baseball is stretching things. After all, the game is not as dependant upon physical conditioning as say soccer and basketball where the running is more or less continuous. (And pros in those sports manage to play in off-season tournaments.) Secondly, players will probably get more playing time (and more exposure to the risk of injury) in camp than they would in the WBC. And for the bulk of the participants, the tournament will only last a week at most before their team is eliminated.
    Lastly, I think the efforts by the Yankees to speak out against the WBC are ill-conceived. I can go on and on about the long term merits of the tournament. Suffice it to say that, like the World Series, the All Star Game, and the Wild Card – all of which were initially branded as “a dumb idea” for all the resons Brad lists, the WBC is an innovation that baseball is committed to. Posting stupid apologies and openly knocking the tournament is silly and it puts Steinbrenner on the wrong side of history. I think the real problem he has with it is that it eliminates his perceived overseas scouting advantage. In the end it’s all about money – HIS money.
    Ideally, the tournament should happen after the season. But November is the heart of hurricane season in the Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf Coast. It would be hard to travel and to get games in during that time. I’m not against shutting the season down for a couple of weeks and having the tournament preempt the All Star game in the years it runs.

    lp March 6, 2006, 12:22 pm
  • I think that sign is really part of a long, expletive laden, conversation between Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner.

    walein March 6, 2006, 12:50 pm
  • “I’m not against shutting the season down for a couple of weeks and having the tournament preempt the All Star game in the years it runs.”
    So, wouldn’t the mlb season end in mid-November then?
    Ip, I’m not sure you can with full-confidence say that George is on the wrong side of history. This doesn’t strike me as some kind of historical inevitability. For all the initiatives that you cite that lasted there are other ideas (failed basketball leagues, Vince McMahon’s ill-conceived football league, etc)that have died out soon after they were created.
    It’s also not as if there isn’t an economic motive underlying this for Bud and the other owners in his clique (when have these owners not acted primarily out of self-interest and together?). Certainly the WBC has the potential to open up markets and pocketbooks to MLB.
    That said, I’d be psyched if there were an annual world cup of baseball, except I’d prefer countries to use non-mlb baseball players. I guess that goes against the idea of highlighting the best talent around the world, but it’d be fun to see an American team of Duncan, Lester, Milledge going against up and coming Venezuelan talent.

    NickYF March 6, 2006, 12:59 pm
  • The injury argument is laughable. This is just another example of George not wanting to follow the rules. MLB and the Union said yes— party is over. Support it, like John Henry is doing. It is good for baseball and good for American relations, most partiularly in the Caribbean and Latin America. And besides, let’s just try it one year. If it stinks, we drop it. Who knows, maybe with the WBC the Yankees might scout out some opportunities to buy a front line starter worth a crap.

    John in Georgia March 6, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Sox fans: this isn’t about George. This is about players playing baseball before they’re ready to.
    MLB knows that. That’s why we have all the pitch count rules, and the Little League too-many-runs-ahead rule.
    MLB used to be 150 or so games per year. MLB won’t go back to that because they won’t give up the revenue. But perhaps they could figure out some way to make up the revenue with a REAL WBC. The solution is not obvious, but as I said, that’s why they pay Bud the big bucks. There’s obviously some potential for revenue from countries who currently give MLB $0.

    john March 6, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Maybe it’s not just about George, nobody says it is. But this post, and that foolish sign, most certainly are. No other owner has taken such a public stand, made a point of trying to embarrass the Commish (as if he needs any help), and nobody but the Yankess (sic) put up a sign intending to point blame at Selig for their sub-par spring training product.

    SF March 6, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Yes, SF, George can be a jerk. And you like to mock the Yankees. What else is new?

    john March 7, 2006, 10:47 am
  • this WBC is a fake ass olympics in my mind. George has a right to put that sign up because he was the only one who publically went agaist it. now if it was in favor of it and then put the sign up i would agree that its wrong. but he never wanted the WBC in the first place. and then bud says. well a player can get hurt in spring training just as they can in the WBC. yes bud but they are SUPPOSED to be at spring training. they are being paid to be at spring training and paid to win a world series. if they want a WBC they should try to get into the REAL olympics. i think the WBC is a dumb idea. its like a world baseball allstar tournement.

    yankfan March 7, 2006, 10:18 pm

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