apparently you didn't read my last post. The acts that make the yankees classless are as such
- Arod slapping a ball
- Andy phillips making a ridiculous stupid slide into second with the intent of cleating someone (if you dont believe this you are just naive)
- "Sending a message" on the first batter in ST
- Don zimmer charging the mound
- George suspended for connections with the mob
- Re-firing a manager 5 times
- Tampering charges
That list is clearly not dominated by two people but the organization as a whole. From the front office to the players, its all there. Hank was basically told to shut up when he was commenting on Johan Santana. Nothing was made official but he was obviously out of line. This is the quickest link I could find...http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/12/03/does-hank-steinbrenner-understand-the-concept-of-tampering/
I'll retract my statement as the yankees being the most classless organization in all of sports because that was probably too bold. But I dont think you can deny the fact that the yankees walk around with less class than most organizations...
No, I read your post.
First of all, you didn't even get the guy's name right. It was Shelley Duncan who slid into 2nd base today. And I never defended it. But if you think that Duncan is the first guy to go into 2nd base with his spikes up, you're the one being naive. And "sending a message?" Are you joking? Tampa fans in this very thread have stated that it didn't look intentional when he hit Longoria. And even if it was intentional...how often to pitchers bean batters in retaliation? Bob Gibson made a frigging career of it.
A-Rod and Don Zimmer? Ok...two isolated, minor incidents that did nothing to affect the game are enough to consider an organization classless? What if I were to say that the Chicago Cubs are classless because Sosa used a corked bat. Or the Red Sox are classless because Manny poses every time he hits a homerun. Or the Devil Rays are classless because Delmon Young threw a bat at an umpire. Or the Twins are classless because Joe Niekro got caught using a nail file. Or the Tigers are classless because Ty Cobb was a racist pig.
Catch my drift? It's ridiculous.
In terms of tampering....there was none. If Hank had tampered, he would have been punished for it. George Steinbrenner said the same thing in 2004 about Randy Johnson. He stated that he obviously would love to have Randy Johnson on the Yankees. That's tampering? Stating that you'd love to have one of the best players in baseball on your team? I don't call that tampering, I call it logic. And MLB agrees, since they didn't punish George or Hank.
And again...how is firing your manager 5 times, 50 times, 500 times, classless? Billy Martin kept returning to the Bronx, didn't he? If he felt so disrespected, why didn't he just quit?
Every team has dirty laundry.