Like the game itself where there is a winner and a loser, there is no gray area when it comes to how people feel about the New York Yankees.Â You either love them, or you hate them.Â Typically, there is no in between. As a NYY fan, I find the passion perplexing.
To love the 27 time world champions makes sense. They are the pinnacle of baseball magic, the team to beat and the team most aspire to be.Â Â They are extraordinary athletes who capitalize on every opponent mistake and relentlessly pursue every play and run.Â Â They are professionals who are expected to win; and win they do. For this, they are loathed.
I’ve heard every reason why people hate the Yankees, most of which are regurgitated from some media source or fabricated by losing opponents attempting to justify their continual defeat.
Even fair weather baseball fans will spout nonsense about the NYY payroll and how they buy their championships.Â This is absurd and unoriginal.Â Â Winners are made, not bought.Â If we looked, we’d find athletes (including Yankee 3rd baseman Alex Rodriquez) who are paid fortunes, but don’t behave or often perform like winners.
As I see it, the Yankees raise the bar for the entire league.Â Every stadium they visit charges a premium fee, and most games against them sell out. The so-called Yankee greed is inaccurate, too.Â Tickets to watch the Twins in the 2009 inaugural season at Yankee stadium were less expensive than the same game at Target Field in 2010.Â Â Beer at Yankee stadium costs less than the same draft at Target Field (not that I was necessarily enjoying an adult beverage).
Make no mistake, I love watching the Twins, too.Â They play and behave like professionals.Â They are classy sportsmen who have a ton of talent.Â Beating the Yankees would make a fantastic story, but will only be compelling IF THEY WIN.
There will always be those who hate the Yanks.Â Despise them for original reasons, not because they win.Â Winning is why they play. This is the attitude of the Yankee organization and what makes them great.