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International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by tucsonmike on 15 March 2007 3:36pm
Well, I wont spoil it but read it and draw your own conclusions. This can also be called "Why the Bronx Needs to be Towed out to Sea or Ogden Nash's The Bronx, no Thonx."


Fan support

With the recurring success of the franchise since the 1920s and its rejuvenated dynasty, the Yankees have always been and continue to be one of the most popular sports teams in the world. They have a large fanbase, noticeably bigger than that of the cross-town New York Mets.[18] Even in road games, especially in towns like Baltimore, Boston, Toronto and Tampa Bay, the Yankees generally draw crowds of their own fans, showing that they not only have support in the New York area, but also around the United States and Canada.
Freddy holding one of his signs near the Bleachers entrance before a game between the Yankees and Texas Rangers.
Freddy holding one of his signs near the Bleachers entrance before a game between the Yankees and Texas Rangers.

The first one-million fan season was in 1920, when 1,289,422 fans attended Yankee games at the Polo Grounds. The first two-million fan season was in 1946, when 2,265,512 fans attended games at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have beaten the league average for home attendance 83 out of the last 87 years (only during 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994 did they not accomplish this). In the past seven years, in the dawn of their new dynasty, the Yankees have drawn over three million fans each year, with an American League record-setting 4,090,696 in 2005, becoming only the third franchise in sports history to draw over four million in regular season attendance in their own ballpark.[19]

The Yankees were also the league leaders in "road attendance" in each year from 2001 through 2006.[20]

Many fans who attend games at Yankee Stadium would also be familiar with famous fan Fred Schuman, popularly known simply as "Freddy". For over 50 years this fan has come to Yankees' home games with a baseball cap, a yankees' jersey (which on the back bears his own name) and a cake pan with a shamrock painted on it which is connected to a sign inscribed with words of encouragement for the home team. The sign changes every game (But always features the prefix "Freddy Sez") and Freddy carries a metal spoon with him encouraging fans to bang the pan for good luck as he walks through the crowd throughout the game. Whether or not Freddy is employed by the Yankees' organization is not definitely known, although it assumed that such must be the case in order for him to afford to attend so many games throughout the season.
A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures
A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures

The Bleacher Creatures

The "Bleacher Creatures" are a group of season ticket holders who occupy Section 39 in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium, and have gained notoriety over the past decade. Their name was coined by New York Daily News columnist Filip "Flip" Bondy, who would spend the 2004 season sitting with them and wrote a book, Bleeding Pinstripes: A Season with the Bleacher Creatures of Yankee Stadium, published in 2005.[21]

The Creatures are famed for the "Roll Call". In the top of the first inning, when the Yankees are on the field and the pitcher is readying to throw the first pitch, they all stand and begin clapping. Then, after the pitch is thrown, a group of guys wave their hands down to hush the crowd, and one man named "Vinny" shouts out the name of the center fielder (ie: "Yo, Johnny!"), and then the whole group begins chanting his name (ie: "JOH-nee DA-mon, clap, clap, clap clap clap"). They then do the rest of the players on the defensive lineup (CF-LF-RF-1B-2B-SS-3B, in that order) except for the pitcher and catcher (although there have been exceptions) They do not stop until the player has responded in some way, usually with a wave or point. After they've gone through the lineup, the group turned to the left, chanting at the right field box seats "Box Seats Suck!" until finally the chanting dissipates. When a player is replaced in a defensive position (not counting pitcher) the replacement is also given the same chant.

Other names called out during roll call from time to time have included Yankee broadcasters John Sterling and Michael Kay, or Aaron Boone, Bucky Dent, and Babe Ruth when the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox. Sometimes, after a long rain delay, the Creatures start another Roll Call for kicks.

Because of rowdiness and the fact that many families now sit in the more affordable bleachers, alcoholic beverages were banned from the bleachers in 2000. This does not lessen the spirit of the Creatures, and may still be getting away with clandestine drinking.[22] Because of this, the fans in the box seats often retaliate to the Creatures' mockings by chanting "We've got beer!" This chant is often referred to (or sometimes caused by) the Creatures chanting "Alcoholics!"

The Creatures are popular with the crowd and are known for their strict allegiance to the Yankees and their extreme hatred for the Mets and the Red Sox. They are often merciless to any fan of either of these teams that dares to sit in the bleachers. They also enjoy taunting the opposing team's right fielder. Many of the members attend almost every home game, sitting in section 39, cheering on the team in their own inimitable way.

Celebrity fans

The Yankees also have many celebrity fans. Among them:

* Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is commonly seen at games and flashed on the video screen.
* Actor/Director Billy Crystal is also frequently seen at games; he directed a memorable movie named 61* in 2001 which highlighted Roger Maris' chase of Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in 1961.
* Actor Adam Sandler has flaunted his Yankee loyalty in several of his movies, most notably in Anger Management where several scenes are actually shot at Yankee Stadium.

Other famous celebrity fans include:

* Actor Jack Nicholson[23]
* Business mogul Donald Trump[24]
* Director Spike Lee
* Actor Denzel Washington
* Actress Sarah Jessica Parker[25]

The Yankees' hat is often seen in public worn by rappers to show an identity with New York City. Artists spotted with this look include Nas, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Fred Durst, Jay-Z, P-Diddy, Daddy Yankee, Héctor El Father, and Jadakiss.[26]

The popularity of the Yankees' hat has grown to include color patterns not actually used by the Yankees. This is probably most notable in rock band Limp Bizkit's video for the song "Nookie", in which lead singer Fred Durst wore a red Yankees hat.


With the long-term success of the franchise and a large Yankee fanbase, other teams' fans across the nation have come to hate the Yankees. This is most apparent among New England fans of the Boston Red Sox, but the hatred extends to other places. It has become a tradition at many road games for the home crowd to chant "Yankees Suck!", even - or especially - if the Yankees are winning. During 2002, shirts with this phrase were sold during a Yankees-Mariners series in Seattle, which is 2,500 miles away from New York.[27]

Much of the animosity may derive from the Yankees' payroll (which was around $194 million[28] at the start of the 2006 season, the highest of any American sports team), and the free agent superstars the team attracts - or buys - in the offseason.

Other reasons for anti-Yankee feelings go back as long as the 1950s with aging diehard Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants fans - some in New York, some transplanted elsewhere - still feeling the pain of the years that the Yankees repeatedly defeated their teams.[29]

Famed sports columnist Mike Royko summed it up when he said, "Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax."[30]
Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by Miss-M on 15 March 2007 11:10pm
Are the New York Yankees an American cricket team?

Just kidding!!

Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by Palin_Lover on 16 March 2007 12:45am
Ha ha! Love it! I absolutely despise the Yankees!!
Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by kazzzz on 16 March 2007 6:31am
No Missy it's a gruop of people who sing about riding on ponies and hats with macaroni in them and feathers or something like that :)
Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by Palin_Lover on 16 March 2007 5:49pm
LMAO! Karen, that's hilarious!!! :P
Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by kazzzz on 17 March 2007 1:08am
Yes well it may be funny but it's true..I believe they also went to town.
Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by canaveralgumby on 17 March 2007 2:21am
Love the Mike Royko quote at the end!

I have but one reason to hate the Yankees. They are part of, IMHO, the number 1 biggest problem with the sport of baseball (my favorite sport). This ONE team has won about 25% of all the sport's championships. And they've been holding championship series, UNaptly named "World Series," for over 100 years. There are dynasties in sports, but the Yankees are more like the dictatorship of the sport.

[BTW Tuscon, my nephew has put together 8 teams and locked the league...]

Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by peripatetically on 17 March 2007 2:47am
Those are very valid reasons why people hate the Yankees. But listen to this!!!!!!

I was watching TV two days ago and Maryland representative to congress Ruppersberger, was in committe with a NY representative. I wasn't listening as closely as I should have been (it might have been a conference or newsreport, etc.), but it went down something like this....

Maryland Rep. : Joked that the Yankees spend much more money on their franchise and salaries to the players, saying in so many words that the team is successful for that reason. Players go with the best offered to them and the Yankees always pay better (outrageous salaries) than any other team, thus other teams have little chance of climbing in the standings. At the same time, Maryland's team, the Baltimore Orioles, do not have salary offers, nor do any other teams, that can compare to N.Y.'s. Baltimore Oriole fans abhor the Yankees and always give them a difficulty almost every time they play against them. It's never a piece of cake for the Yankees when they come to town. This rivalry has been since the beginning of time. I can attest to that as I've been a fan since the O's have been in Baltimore-1954.

NY representative response: "Yeah, it shows, " referring to the fact that we haven't done well in the standings for several years. What was worse was the tone of voice and the smirk on his face.

Everyone in the room was disturbed by his statement. People wrestled with it and murmurs flew. It wasn't pretty.

Maryland rep. response to slur--- "That's why we don't like the Yankees. They are bullies".

This open exchange of words was on a national TV station dedicated to politics. I'm so glad and proud that our Maryland rep. came back with that last statement. It was true (Yankees have the highest payroll in the history of the sport and scoop up the best players giving other teams little choice of talent). The make offers to star players that can't hardly be ignored.

So, that's another example why the Oriole fans hate the Yankees.

Also, their fans come here when they are in town, buy lots of the seats, are unnaturaly loud and brash, rub people's noses in mud if the Yankees are winning a game, pick fights with Oriole fan spectators (who, BTW, are popularly referred to by most baseball players, except the Yankees, as the best place to play ball because the Oriole fans are the best fans in baseball.)

Also, Yankee fans don't like the fact that Babe Ruth was born here, played here a while and we have a statue of him, a stadium built on the Babe's dad's property and can lay claim to so much of his early days, including his birthplace being just two blocks from the stadium. They think we are taking away from what they feel is all Yankee history which they don't like to share. But he is one of Baltimore's sons and we are proud of that. While taking a tour of the stadium, the statue is one of the highlights and so are many of the historic photographs of Babe. Yankee fans happen to be in the same tour party with me and they acted like it was no big deal as if to say "so what...". Pure jealousy was their problem.

I could go on for ages with stories to show why the Yankees and their fans are so disliked by so many people. But Baltimore has a true distaste for them. I know some Oriole season ticket holders who not only won't attend a Yankee game when the Yanks are in town, but actually give their tickets away FREE. Others do sell, but people are always reluctant to sell to a Yankee fan, if they can help it. It is sometimes easy to spot them standing around looking for tickets before a game. It's just something about them..... There is so much arrogance connected with Yankee fans. There's an attitude they exude that people don't like.

Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by tucsonmike on 17 March 2007 3:19am
Plus the Yankees are a metaphor for the Ugly American.

Yankee Doodle or what really happened when Paul Revere rode through the Massachusetts countryside in the middle of the night yelling, "the British are coming."

The response from thrown open windows all the way to Concord? "Shut up you drunken fool and go to sleep. We ARE the British."
Re: International Reasons for Hating the New York Yankees. by arty_farty on 17 March 2007 11:41pm
lol, what a twit! :P
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