Okay, we actually don't hate the Yankees. It's just a figure of speech.
But when it comes to baseball fans, there are two types: those who love the Yankees and everybody else. And everybody else hates the Yankees. There is no in-between. So we offer up our 10 Reasons to Hate the Yankees.
-- Their payroll
The Yankees' payroll this season is $206,333,389. That's obscene. The highest in the major leagues, it's $43.5 million more than the next closest team, the Red Sox. The White Sox have the seventh-highest payroll, and they are spending nearly $100 million less than the Yankees. Are the Yankees doing anything illegal or even bending the rules? No. But, Yankees, don't turn around and arrogantly act like you're so great. The reason you're so great is because you play in the biggest market. You're not the smartest guys in the world, just the richest. They should at least acknowledge that they have a huge advantage.
-- Their management
Every time you turn around, one of their head honchos, such as Hank Steinbrenner or president Randy Levine, is reminding everyone how much revenue-sharing money they give other teams. Levine jumped all over the poor Brewers the other day because Brewers owner Mark Attanasio pointed out that they don't have as many dollars to spend on players as the Yankees. New York needs to get some class and realize it is plays in the only league that doesn't have some sort of salary cap, and if all those little teams such as the Brewers and Royals didn't exist, you wouldn't, either. Because no matter how good you are, no one is going to pay to watch you play intrasquad games.
-- Joe Girardi
For starters, Girardi should not be managing the Yankees. Joe Torre, after all he did for the organization (including giving upper management a little dignity, grace and class), should never have been run out of town. Girardi seems like a decent person, but switching his number from 26 to 27 as the Yankees went after their 27th World Series title was a little too pretentious for our taste.
-- They're elitists
Baseball is supposedly the national past time, the sport of everyman. Well, virtually no workingman with a family can afford to go to a game at new Yankee Stadium. The average ticket price is $51.83, which is less than the Cubs and Red Sox but still is out of hand. And certainly out of pocket for Average Joe.
-- John Sterling
Is anything more annoying than hearing the Yankees' radio announcer scream, "Yankees win. Tha-a-a-a Yankees win!" It makes your skin crawl! Now, Sterling is probably a good guy. But because he's with the Yankees, he's annoying. Sorry, John.
-- Derek Jeter
Okay, now we've done it. Who in the world hates Derek Jeter? Actually, no one. How could anyone hate him? Even people who hate the Yankees -- including the most diehard Red Sox fans -- at the least sort of, kind of respect Jeter. But does he have to play for the Yankees? The Yankees have so much, why do they have to have the coolest player in baseball, too? Why can't Jeter play for another team?
-- Alex Rodriguez
Isn't it funny how Barry Bonds is vilified by pretty much everyone while A-Rod, who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, is cheered and treated as a hero in New York? How does that work? Plain and simple, the guy cheated. And don't spout off about how prevalent steroids have been. The hypocrisy is what is bothersome. You can't complain about Bonds or Manny Ramirez and then cheer A-Rod. Either you excuse all cheaters or none of them. We excuse none. Oh, this goes for pitcher Andy Pettitte, too.
-- Yankees fans from Tampa Bay
This goes especially for those who live in Tampa. These are the people who refuse to go to Rays games because the Rays play in St. Petersburg but have no trouble making the effort to see the Yankees play there. As for the Yankees fans that show up at the Trop, you buy a ticket, so you can root for whichever team you want. But how 'bout showing up for a few non-Yankees games, too. Think of it this way: If the Rays ever leave Tampa Bay, you'll have to drive to Baltimore to see your beloved Yankees.
-- We just do
It's like we're the Hatfields and the Yankees are the McCoys. We're conditioned to hate them. There's no reason why. They're the Evil Empire, the Dark Side. Our dads hated them. Our dads' dads hated them. So we hate them. It's the way it has always been and always be.
-- They're so good
Let's face it. If the Yankees were a .500 team, no one would care about them. Then they would be the Blue Jays or Tigers. No one hates those teams. No one hates the Rays, because the Rays aren't good enough to be hated. But the Yankees win. Every year. They have 27 world titles. They make the playoffs every year. They'll probably make them this year. And next year. And the year after that. They have the best uniforms in sports and the nicest caps. They had Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig. Their stadium is awesome. They have those pinstripes. They have the best tradition and the best future. They are everything we want to be but aren't. Don't you just hate that?