From the 1950s, the Yankees used another Major League baseball team, the Kansas City A’s as their farm team, to make one shady deal after another. For you younger fans, go Google it.
The dawn of free agency, they began their practice of using their financial clout to buy every superstar around, which smaller market teams couldn’t compete with. A practice which got even more lopsided as the years progressed.
Reggie Jackson’s hip-check (cough, cough, cheating) in game four of the ‘78 World Series, which helped turn the tide in the Yankees’ favor.
George Steinbrenner. Perhaps, the most arrogant owner in sports history. Firing and hiring managers on a whim, like a Roman emperor giving the thumbs up or down to a gladiator.
His desire to get seemingly every ex-Mets star to play for the Yankees afterward, as a kind of sticking it to the organization aspect. I still want to vomit when I think of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry in those pinstripes.
The ridiculous hair policy.
I could seriously write a one-thousand-page thesis on why people hate the Yankees, but I’ll settle for only one more. The fans. The most obnoxious fanbase in sports, although Patriot fans are getting close. Every conversation, at one point or another, will include . . . 27 Rings. They don’t care how they got them. Whose fanbase they gutted to take their star players. They just care about that ring.
And so what, if there is a league imbalance, where you can have teams like the Orioles, White Sox, and Royals each putting up at least a hundred losses. So long as the Yankees win, it’s okay.
What makes fans of other teams go out of their minds even more, is the mentality of even that isn’t enough. This season, the Yankees put up 100 wins, and Yankee fans were grumbling about who wasn’t doing their jobs. Of just having received Stanton, and now looking at ways to include either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado into the mix.
Yankee fans look at other teams’ rosters, like a hungry diner perusing over a menu at an all-you-can-eat restaurant. And there’s never any doubt in their minds that because they’re the Yankees, they should be entitled to these players.
I’m quite convinced that the Yankees could go 162-0, and their fans would complain that some of the games were too close.
“Hey, Miguel Andujar made an error today, let’s go get Manny Machado.”
“We need a pitcher to get the 7th inning guy with two out and none on batter. What about Max Scherzer?”
It doesn’t end there. Sometimes, they think the best Mets are trying out to become future Yankees.