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Jay, I don't buy it. I think your examples are an indication of entitlement. In 2001 the Yankees went as far as a team could go without winning, this after championships in 96, 98, 99 and 2000. Was it a tough loss? I guess, but I can't imagine it is anything close to what Cleveland Indians fans felt in 1997.
Were some of those other losses tough? Again, I guess. But after those seasons ended Yankee fans knew that the team would be back in contention again the next season, primarily due to their financial advantage over other teams.
There is nothing wrong with being a Yankee fan, but rooting for the Yankees is a different experience than rooting for any other team in baseball. It is understandable for other fans to be bitter, when a very intelligent baseball fan, considers 8 years (coming off of winning the WS in 4 of 5 years) that included 7 playoff appearances, and 2 World Series appearances, feeling like a long time between championships.
Yankees win totals during a lot of crappy baseball in the 80's: 103, 59 (strike year, lost in WS), 79, 91, 87, 97, 90, 89, 85, 74.
The team had down years from 89-92. Back in contention in 93, 1st place when the season was canceled in 94, playoffs 95.
So that is why a lot of baseball fans feel Yankee fans have a sense of entitlement. Taking out the stike year the Yanks averaged 88 wins a season and that is described as "a lot of crappy baseball" by someone who is one of the more intelligent voices writing about baseball. Now imagine dealing with more visceral fans who don't know a damn thing about VORP and don't care but know that Jetes always comes through and the Yanks have the mystique and aura and can't believe it has been 8 long, long years since the last World Series title (and think of what Hank said...it's been a long time for us) and tell me that you can't understand why people get annoyed by Yankee fans.
As for Joe saying baseball isn't a morality play, that's true, but it cuts both ways. Most Yankee fans ignore the fact that they were born with a silver bat in their mouth and claim their team wins due to heart or mystique or intelligence or Jetes or whatever. They should enjoy the privilege, but at the same time realize that their team has enormous advantages over the rest of the teams, and that is why they win so often and no other reason.
Beckham is 305/376/470 as a 22 year old in his first full year of pro ball. Even if he is DH only that is pretty special. He is playing 3B now b/c that was where the White Sox had the greatest need, I suspect he is either at SS or 2B next season. I don't think I would trade Beckham straight up for Halladay, never mind adding the rest of the Peavy package.
Any concern that Austin Jackson has K'd 62 times in 229 AB and has only 1 HR on the year and only 20 extra base hits total?
I am hoping Ollie Perez can win ONE more game...never mind get to 300
Right, but you used to spend the same amount for crappy fries at Shea. They may be overpriced in relative terms but at least they are good. I has the Frites too and thought they were solid. So far at Catch of the Day I have the Lobster Roll (now that is overpriced at 17 bucks but figured I would try it once and it was good, but not exactly ball park food) and the Shrimp Po'Boy, which I believe was 13 bucks but really good.
BTW Blue Smoke has chicken wings and pulled pork for non-red meat eaters. I had the wings, don't remember how much they cost, but they were good.
I disagree with the "overpriced" food comment. While the food may be pricey at Citifield it is well worth the money. Granted, I may be a bit of a food snob but after years of your best options being dry burgers that had been under a heat lamp for 3 days and greasy sausage and peppers it is pretty cool to have a Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Taqeria (Floyd Cardoz-Tabla) and Catch of the Day (David Pastenak-Esca) to snack on before the game. The beer selection is also improved as you can get Brooklyn Lager and Toasted Ale amongst others.
The new food selection is actually the highlight of Citifield for me.
Since you have already said how much you enjoy using the software I don't think you will take my suggestion, but I would consider ditching all the bells and whistles and just going with a pen and paper approach. I have confidence that you know the value of all the players in the AL, I think the software may be a distraction. Use the force Joe!!!
I don\'t think the ticketing will be much of a problem. Anyone who has tickets to \"home game 81\" will get to go to the last game regular season game at Shea no matter when it is played. Between the internet, WFAN, etc getting the word out won\'t be that difficult.