Hate to break it to you, New York Yankees fans, but unfortunately we’ve been cursed. Is what it is. Nobody wants to be here, but … now we’re here, so we’ll have to deal with it.
The New York Knicks have somehow managed to compile a remarkably similar record through 35 games to their beloved 2020-21 predecessors. Last year, a season where everything felt as if it was clicking, the miracle four-seed Knicks started 18-17.
This year, a season where every offseason addition has been catastrophic, every 50/50 play has failed, and every breakout rotation player or star from the last campaign has gone catatonic … they just won Wednesday night to get to 17-18. It’s all perspective.
Or, in reality, it’s all the rise and fall of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, mixed with the stale additions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. The Knicks’ starters? Horrendous! The Knicks’ bench? Best in the NBA! And that’s … how you get to .500.
Fournier, situated on the bench for Wednesday’s win with knee soreness, sat out a roller coaster game to rival all other coasters. Unfortunately, the Knick (perhaps outside of Randle) with the most stink right now didn’t wear a full suit or traditional warmups to celebrate his day off, but rather a sick Yankees jacket.
Unfortunately (again), this wasn’t even the only example of a vibe-less entity rocking Yankee gear from Wednesday. Something to worry about?
Was Yankees gear cursed by the Knicks and Virginia Tech?
Walker, too, has worn Yankee hats plenty this season, but they only typically go viral after big wins and revenge performances. We’ll take that — he’s Bronx born and raised, and we’re still rooting for him. Hell, he rocked the hat in Boston last winter, too. Respect.
Fournier? Ehh … watching him rocking this Yankees jacket was like putting a Jeter jersey on an MTA turnstile.
Hopefully, none of Fournier’s stink rubs off on the interlocking NY. As much as we’d like to reinforce the Bombers’ bench with shrewd signings, it would be supremely annoying if the Yankees’ starters were completely incompetent next year, and Judge and Stanton failed nightly to put runs on the board until everyone got pinch-hit for in the seventh.
To add insult to Fournier’s injury, the other team that wore the Yankees logo on Thursday — for a very noble reason! — also came up way short, as Virginia Tech lost the Pinstripe Bowl 54-10, which is the football equivalent of a 6-2 Wild Card loss at Fenway.
Is all of this anger just coming from pent-up frustration with the up-and-down Knicks combined with the Yankees’ inactive offseason? Yes, definitely!
But the fewer Yankee logos we see that swiftly turn sour, the better.