Transmogrifier wrote: Lofunzo wrote: Transmogrifier wrote: rmeesig wrote:
haha...oh well...maybe the DBacks will make a strong run, make it to the WS - in which case Randy WILL be pitching in the Bronx this fall!!
or maybe I was wrong. Guess that's why I'm just a fantasy mgr, and not a real one.
yeah, you were wrong. And the all-too-often Yankee fan belief that they will always get the best player available is quite annoying.
Anyway, I think I told you that he wouldn't be going anywhere...
I would expect better from you, T-Mo. If you want me to explain why a lot of Yankee fans feel that way, I will.
Please do. It's not that they want the best players, but that they expect
them. It's a big difference. I should note that it's not all fans, but there's plenty of them out there.
And, what's with the T-mo? I thought we killed that awhile back.
As for my explanation, here goes. I try to see this realistically but I could see why it's difficult for many Yankee fans. Part of it is that Steinbrenner is an owner who has shown time and time again that he will do whatever it takes to try to field a winner. Generally speaking, whenever there has been a need, they have addressed it with no regard to who or how much. The fans are just used to it. There is a big difference in feeling entitled to every available player and being used to getting almost every available player. I feel that most Yankee fans fall under the latter, believe it or not. When you are used to things, not getting it can be a bit of a shock. For instance, when I walk into my local watering hole, by the time I get to my seat, the beer is already poured. If I was to walk in 1 day and it wasn't there, I would be very surprised as I am accustomed to it. Bad example but you get the point.
The next reason is the media. They have been used to this as well. Let's see. Daily News writer sees that the Yankees need a starter. DN writer sees that they also could use a lefty. DN writer knows that George will pay whatever. DN writer sees that RJ is a FA soon. DN writer writes an article about how the Yankees are pursuing RJ, whether it's true or not. Once rumors are started in NY, look out. That, combined with people calling talk radio with crazy ideas, gets this stuff out of control.
Nsul also brought up a good point. Many Yankee fans here don't remember the days of Maas, Hawkins, Whitson, etc. I can't really blame them because I would expect many of the Yankee fans here to be young. It is 8 years since the '96 run began but they started to get good prior to that. You could say that the post Stick Michael respending began around there, for arguments sake. An 18 year old Yankee fan today was 10 back then. They really haven't known it any other way.
Finally, there are more Yankee fans than fans of any other team. All over the country. For the most part, a Yankee fan in Michigan isn't as attached to the team in a day to day sense as a NY/NJ fan.
I may have forgotten something but this is a start.