Hal Steinbrenner tells us that the rumors about his family selling the team are a "complete fiction". Here, then, are 15 fictional characters who might be able to buy the club.
The New York Daily News made waves on Thursday, when they cited unnamed sources in publishing a story stating that the Steinbrenners were "exploring the possibility of selling the Yankees." With the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers recently, the Daily News reported that "experts estimate [the club] could be worth up to a stunning $3 billion." If you ask Hal Steinbrenner, however, he'd say that the newspaper was trying their hand at speculative fiction:
Sometimes all of us are subject to the fantasy of fandom.
I don’t consider myself a sportswriter. That shouldn’t be taken as a statement of superiority over actual sportswriters; rather, it’s separation, because I don’t feel what I contribute should be compared to what they do. I consider myself a scout first and a writer second, and I’m liberal with the definition of the latter, making the following story all the more difficult to document. Last Monday, on March 11th 2012, I happened to be at the right place at the right time, watching random groups of players rotate in and out of cages on field number two on the Rangers side of the Surprise, AZ complex. Behind me I heard the explosion of a hundred shutters, like a symphony being conducted through the fingers of dozens of eager Japanese photographers. The intensity of the orchestration continued to build, and right before the crescendo, I realized I was face-to-face with Yu Darvish.
As Darvish attempted to navigate the obnoxiously large pool of spectators standing in his path, my geographic location on the field occupied a pathway for escape, a pathway Darvish was motivated to exploit. Standing just inches apart and aware of his exit strategy, I casually relocated my position to allow him to pass, only Darvish moved in the same direction as my attempted relocation, and the great Harpo Marx pantomime was upon us. After four or five times of going left and meeting a fellow human who is going right, what was once awkward and random shifts into creepy territory, like a coin landing on heads ten times in a row or Miguel Olivo taking a walk. We were both frustrated, yet oddly amused at the same time; it was obvious that our paths were in sync, and what bound us needed some kind of acknowledgment. Right there in the middle of the media scrum, the great Yu Darvish acquiesced to the moment, reached his precious right arm towards me with his left arm reaching up to my right shoulder, and offered a formal greeting, which was captured by the eyes of the world around us. I relished the palm-to-palm embrace with every ounce of my fandom, and gathered my bearings after the whirlwind slapped me out of reality. Did I really just share a moment with Darvish?
A perhaps NSFW exploration of fan fiction that puts a whole new spin on "fantasy baseball." [Warning: We alert you to the presence of an adult theme that may offend some readers.]
[Ed. Note: We alert you to the fact that this article deals with an adult theme that may offend a few of our readers.]
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the maxim that if you can imagine it, there’s porn about it on the Internet. That’s no joke. It was only a few years ago that I first learned of fan fiction, when a friend explained that one of his coworkers not only contributed to, but ran, an extensive website entirely dedicated to fan-written stories about the characters from the animated series Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. The stories that turned sexual—yes, stories about cartoon chipmunks that turn sexual—were called slash fiction, named for the typographic symbol in the "Kirk/Spock" liaisons that launched the genre in the 1970s.
A look at the expansion teams and why they have or haven't won it all.
By popular request, the last set of capsules covering teams with the longest wait since their last World Series win. In the previous installment, we reached all the way back to the Cubs. For this final entry in a series that I feel like I undertook back when I was about 13, the expansion teams that have never won:
The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.
Not a subscriber?
Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.
Roger Angell, The New Yorker's celebrated baseball writer, has a new compilation out titled Game Time, which contains many new pieces along with some previously published ones as well. BP correspondent Alex Belth caught up with Angell last weekend and talked about growing up a New York Giants baseball fan, the present-day Yankees, plus other topics New York baseball-focused and otherwise.
Baseball Prospectus: How did you get your start as a baseball fan, and as a writer?