Oct 14, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees fans hold up signs for shortstop Derek Jeter (not pictured) during game two of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Typical New York Yankees Fans


Some say it’s easy being a Yankees fan. I’d like to contest that statement to a degree. Sure, I can’t get enough of the winning that goes along with being a Yankees fan. It’s the major benefit of being a Yankees fan. Then we get into the activities that take place off the field. No, I’m talking about in the front office I’m talking about in your living rooms, water coolers, and online discussion boards like this very one. Yes, I’m talking about you. Well, not all of you, but some of you.

There are a lot of knowledgeable Yankees fan around the world. It’s just sometimes those select few ruin it for some of us. This post may open up some of your eyes. Some of you may actually change your ways. Others will call me a hater. Despite what you think, here are some ways you can tell if you’re a typical Yankees fan.

You may be a typical Yankees fan if you overrate Derek Jeter. Jeter is one of my favorite players. Let’s get that straightened out. However, he’s also become one of my least favorite players to discuss will fellow Yankee fans. Recently on twitter the Yankees account tweeted for us to hashtag Derek Jeter so he can win Face of the MLB. If you know my account you know this annoyed me. The face of the MLB cannot be in his late 30′s. If that’s the case baseball has a serious problem. The face of the MLB is Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, or Matt Kemp. Give it to Justin Verlander or even David Price if you have to. Just don’t give it to the man who’s balding.

You may be a typical Yankees fan if you criticize Alex Rodriguez ever chance you get. With the recent reports of Alex Rodriguez being linked to performance enhancing drugs again, all the A-Rod haters came back. Actually, I’m not sure they ever left. It’s pretty annoying how much we can love Derek Jeter, but hate Alex Rodriguez. It must have to come from off the field actions because Alex Rodriguez has been a better player than Derek Jeter over his career. It’s just that simple. I once had to explain that Alex Rodriguez didn’t “suck”. Rodriguez is a top 20 player of All-Time. Keep hating.

You may be a typical Yankees fan if you like Mark Teixeira. This may seem a little extreme, but my reasoning is justified. Mark Teixeira might be the most annoying Yankee I have ever watched. He’s goofy and overrated. A horrible combination for me. He’s an excellent first basemen, but first base is perhaps the easiest position to play on the field. The Yankees get little value from a great defensive first basemen. Secondly his hitting is streaky. Has Mark Teixeira ever done well in the first two months of the season? This trend is his most annoying quality because it pertains with what’s happening on the field. In Teixeira’s first four seasons with the Yankees his wRC+ has been on the decline. It has gone from 142 to 128 to 125 to 116. This is not a favorable trend moving forward. Finally we have Teixeira’s base running. While it looks like he’s running hard he’s not. Well he is trying, but he’s so slow. Tex rounds second with his cheeks inflated like a impregnated blow fish. See here.

You may be a typical Yankees fan if you believe the rest of the league is a farm system. This is a fan pet peeve of mine. The Yankees certainly have not been shy in signing some of the best players in the league. Even though that hasn’t been the case as of the last two off-seasons fans still want the best player on the market. That’s either through free agency or a trade. The Mariners aren’t going to take your proposed deal of Phil Hughes and Eduardo Nunez. Despite what you may believe some general managers know who’s a good player in the league. I know, astonishing!

Last thing, if a player decides to not come to the Yankees it doesn’t mean they’re afraid to pitch in New York. When Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies instead of the Yankees a few off-seasons ago he did it because he loved Philadelphia. I can tell you he wasn’t afraid to pitch in New York by seeing his domination over the Yankees in the 2009 World Series and the 2010 American League Championship Series.

Don’t be a typical Yankees fan, please.

 

 

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  • Hunter Farman

    Well I guess I’m 3/5 of a “typical” Yankees fan. I agree with you on the last two, but definitely not the first three. Here’s why:

    Face of MLB was just a fun little thing that the MLB Network decided to do. It’s not a clear representation of who the “face” is because it is essentially a contest between fanbases. Ask someone in LA who the face is, they’ll say Kemp. Ask someone in Detroit, they’ll say Cabrera. Ask someone in Atlanta, they’ll say Heyward. Ask someone in NY, they’ll say Jeter. Yeah yeah, Jeter isn’t the “face” anymore, but to say he isn’t because he’s balding? Come on, bro. You know who’s bald? Bruce Willis is bald. I’m getting off topic here, but baldness is not the problem

    Rodriguez – outside of 2009 – has done NOTHING to help the Yankees when it counted most. Sure he may have helped them get to the playoffs, but he didn’t do anything once they were in them. As opposed to Jeter, who has actually produced in the postseason. That’s why A-Rod is hated more than him.

    Finally, until you play first base in the major leagues, you have no frame of reference of it’s degree of difficulty. Is Tex on the decline? Maybe he is, but he’s still very valuable to the team in terms of power. So he doesn’t do so well in April or May, who cares? He heats up and gives the team a boost when it’s needed. Also to make fun of his baserunning, who cares? As long as he doesn’t make any mistakes on the basepaths, I don’t care.

    All that said, this was an interesting piece.

    • Joe

      Don’t take the balding comment so seriously. I was saying he’s old. If you’re old you can’t be the face of the MLB in my opinion.

      Can’t take 11 games of a post-season and judge a player. Probably 2% of their games are playoff games. It’s incredibly unfair to judge a player off some bad post-seasons. How fair is it to take away his 2009?

      As for Tex I was being extreme. I mentioned that in the post. First base is the easiest position in baseball aside from the DH. It’s proven in comparison to shortstop or catcher. The base paths thing was a joke. But what’s not making a mistake? Not getting thrown out? He might be taking poor routes around the bases. That adds up.

      Also when asked about going the other way instead of being a pull hitter he said it was too late in his career. Too late? How about at least showing an effort. He’s on the decline and when he’s signed for a few more years I have a right to be disappointed.

      People throw out words like hard worker and nice prototypical adjectives, yet they don’t show up in the numbers.

      • Jimmy Kraft

        Ask Jason Giambi how difficult it is to play 1B. You make it seem like it’s a cakewalk compared to other positions. Staying on the topic of Tex, I think you can only truly judge a player by what you expect out of him. Did the Yankees sign him for his baserunning skills? No. They paid him to hit home runs, drive runners in, and play excellent defense. By all accounts, he’s provided all three. Now, he isn’t hitting .300 anymore, but you have to take the good with the bad.

        As for A-Rod, I don’t think it’s all the off-the-field distractions, but rather how fast he declined and how his body isn’t treating him very well these past few seasons. I’m sure age and past steroid use is playing a part in both accounts. If he were fully healthy I’m sure he’d hit .280 with a 20+ HRs, but he hasn’t been. He provides average-to-above average defense at the hot corner. I don’t think it’s necessarily “hate” but judging him against his contract is what most people do. Is it fair? Probably not, but that’s how players are judged nowadays. Is he providing the production compared to the contract he signed? No. But, in all fairness, the Yankees didn’t need to pay him that NOR could anyone live up to that type of money.

        I think Jeter as the Face of the MLB is great. He embodies everything you want in an athlete on the field. He plays hard, is the captain of his team, is a postseason juggernaut, and a winner overall. How can he NOT be the face of the MLB? What have Harper and Trout won that Jeter hasn’t? Until those guys can sustain their respective levels of production, I’m fine with Jeter being the Face. Jerry West is the NBA logo, should we change it for someone younger like LeBron James?

        • Joe

          Giambi is a DH and when he played 1B should have been a DH. Just because someone struggles at something it doesn’t mean it’s difficult. In comparison to the other positions, yes it’s a cakewalk. When a more talented fielder comes along where do they ask the other player to move? 1B. The base running thing is getting out of line. It was a joke. As for hitting I could careless about batting average. He’s declining in what you think is one of the most useful statistics. wRC+.

          I agree with your A-Rod thoughts. I pretty much express similar views. Not fair of how he’s perceived on the field.

          West is the logo. LeBron is the face of the NBA. We have two different interpretations of face of the league obviously. With mine being a superstar and yours being a character thing. Jeter is not a superstar anymore. Maybe to the media, but not to a person who loves statistics. It’s got to go to a player still putting up amazing numbers and is recognized.

          • Jimmy Kraft

            Giambi didn’t come into the league as a DH, he came into the league as a first baseman. I agree that just because you might have a difficult time performing a task doesn’t mean it’s difficult. However, a first baseman’s defense shouldn’t be trivialized just because he doesn’t need to have the arm. He still needs range and intelligence, and honestly it’s underrated.

            As for Tex, I’m not sure what you’re expecting out of him. He’s aging. He’s on the exact same plane as most aging players, their production declines. I’m not saying his batting average is the end-all, be-all, but that’s what many people point to when they think of “declining” Tex who used to hit 30+ HRs with an average above .300. I’m merely saying that batting average is eating away at his wRC+.

            As for the face, it’s difficult to give it to a player who has been in the league for one season. What happens if Harper or Trout tank going forward? I’d much rather have a player with a proven track record as the face of my league, not some young upstart. Baseball is about longevity, not small sample sizes, right? If Trout or Harper sustain their production over the next 4-5 seasons, sure then I’d pass the torch.

          • Joe

            Why are we aging so rapidly at 32? That’s the annoyance. He needs to evolve and he’s not doing enough (if anything) to help his game develop.

            Okay I pick Pujols then.

          • http://YanksGoYard.com/ Matt Hunter

            Sometimes players decline and there’s nothing they can do about it. I wouldn’t be so sure that he could try to hit to all fields and be successful. Wrote about this in the past: http://yanksgoyard.com/2012/10/24/screw-the-shift-yankees-teixeira-should-keep-pulling-the-ball/

          • Hunter Farman

            I think it’s because Tex hit his prime pretty early. He’s still very good, just not in his prime any more.

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