Yankee Hospitality

"We’re going to honor him and welcome him," Steinbrenner said through Yankees spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein. "We’re going to give him a New York Yankees welcome."

Jeez, some 12 year-old kid takes a life’s savings (a thousand bucks earmarked for a trip to Yankee Stadium) and does a noble thing and donates it to his school just so it can survive, and all George can think of as a reward is to make him take a physical and shave?  Yeesh.

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  • What a mean-spirited spin on the story, SF. Yeesh to you.

    john February 15, 2006, 11:39 am
  • Yeah, but afterwards Derek and Johnny are taking him for a night out at Bungalow 8.

    YF February 15, 2006, 12:01 pm
  • I agree, that is a mean spirited spin on the story.
    Don’t you and Lucky have some checks to write to some little-leaguers somewhere?

    lp February 15, 2006, 12:08 pm
  • My god you people need to learn how to laugh. Seriously, A SHAVE AND A PHYSICAL!!?!?! What is wrong with you humorless Yanks fans?!??!?!

    SF February 15, 2006, 12:19 pm
  • Dear John and LP,
    If you guys think this thread is mean-spirited, you don’t get out enough. I do more mean-spirited things in my sleep than SF does in a year. As evidence, consider this:
    I don’t think the kid deserves anything at all.
    First of all, we all know a real Yankee fan would have kept the money. Anything left over would have been spent on stupid crap, like an autographed Hensley Meulens rookie card, or a Kyle Farnsworth t-shirt.
    And does anyone think this was the first worthy cause that he’s come across? Kids don’t just happen upon $1000. That took him a while to accumulate. He must have passed on other admirable causes while he was saving up… Katrina relief, the tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake. Where was the little weasel back then?
    And what did he eventually spend the money on? His own school system. That’s right. He is a direct beneficiary of his “generosity,” since now he won’t have to travel to another district, make new friends, etc. Doesn’t sound so generous to me. Giving him a free ride to Yankee Stadium will only congratulate him for being selfish.
    And let’s not rule out the potential influence of performance-enhancing drugs on the kid’s decision. Just because he was saving up for Yankee Stadium doesn’t mean he was interested in the game. Maybe he just wanted to raid Giambi’s stash. (To borrow John’s core argument from the Manny-on-steroids debate, you can’t prove it’s not true. Speaking of mean-spirited.)
    Anyway, I think I’ve made myself clear. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some little-league uniforms to distribute. Until next time, get over yourselves.
    One love,
    Larry Lucchino

    larrylucchino February 15, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • funny stuff, sf. I wonder if the Boss will start questioning the kid’s clutchness come next October through the press.
    I’ve arrived in San Francisco in time for a cold front from the north. It’s a chilly 50 degrees here, and I imagine it’s a warm 50 degrees in NYC. The people here have winter coats on and are all theatrically shivering. Also, everyone on Market Street is bat shit crazy. And, the most off-putting thing was the counter-woman at the cafe who after asking my name for the order, proceeded to ask me “Well, how are things going with you, Nick?” I just didn’t understand that this was possible, like how does she know me and my name and all? Do we have a history? Is this her business to know?
    I’m jet-lagged and not used to these Californians and their SF Giant welcomes (tying this to the thread’s topic). Forgive me my indulgence. Culture shock.
    You guys should do a position by position comparison of both teams by the way. That’s be fun.

    Nick February 15, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • All right, SF. I think it was a nice gesture on Big George’s part. AND I did laugh at your little joke. See, not bad for a Yankee fan, huh?
    When the kid is done with his physical and shave, maybe the private eye can check up on him. ;)

    sandy February 15, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • Nick: I think the only possible respone to such a question is, “Go fuck yourself.”

    YF February 15, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • And that is, in fact , what I said. I also farted on the way out the door, and said “Welcome to da Bronx, biatch!”

    Nick February 15, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Wow, some anger from the YF contingent!
    I, for one, think “pissah” would have done just fine.

    SF February 15, 2006, 3:10 pm
  • What’s a “pissah”?
    I think the SF response would have been to give her directions to the Dunkin Donuts nearest to Gardner.

    Nick February 15, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • That’s “Gahdnah”, thank you very little.
    “Pissah” is really “Pisser”, Masshole-ese for “awesome” or “cool”.

    SF February 15, 2006, 3:14 pm
  • Dear SF,
    Shave and a physical. . .Oh yeah now I get it. . . Am I supposed to laugh too?
    Dear Larry,
    You should have stopped at “a real Yankee fan would have kept the money”. You were trying too hard after that. If you persist in follow-ups please refer to Letterman’s Top Ten for joke structure.
    Now about my check…

    lp February 15, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • Hey Nick, it might be too late but try and find some tickets to the Yanks/A’s Openind series. It’ll be the only time tha Bombers come to the Bay this regular season (you might have to pay through the nose on craigslist).

    Nate February 15, 2006, 5:01 pm
  • Nate, that’s exactly what I was about to do. I’m praying they’re available. Walein, get on it!

    Nick February 15, 2006, 5:31 pm
  • To be fair, SF, since Nick traveled 3,000 miles for the experience, I think the lady behind the counter deserved a “Wicked Pissah.”

    Eric February 16, 2006, 1:48 pm

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