Monday, May 28, 2007

Yeah, well we don't need you

It was brought to my attention today (thanks Awful Announcing and Can’t Stop The Bleeding ) that the NY Times featured a rant by writer Jane Heller in which she “divorces” the New York Yankees. After struggling through this 1,000 word piece of garbage, I realized two things. One – that this woman has a lot of balls calling herself a fan of any sort. And two – that apparently the New York Time is so hurting for content that some lame excuse for sports writing earned some ink.

Am I pissed? Hell yeah I’m pissed off! It’s hard enough to earn respect as a female sports fan and we’ve got this airhead embarrassing the gender. In her editorial, Heller complains “I was so loyal, so trusting, so willing to shell out $165 so I could buy Major League Baseball’s Extra Innings package and watch all the games from my house in California.” Well boo-freaking-hoo. Try shelling out $1200 for season tickets and sitting through every inning, rain or shine, win or lose. And staying up til 2am when they’re playing the opposite coast because, even though it’s 12-2 in the 8th inning, you don’t want to go to sleep and miss the come from behind win.

She also whines “Maybe it was when Cashman started spending a fortune to acquire pitchers who suddenly could not pitch, at least not in pinstripes.” Haaaaaaave you met the Yankees? Did you become a “fan” last week? The club is notorious for this and everyone knows that. Lemme guess, you jumped on the bandwagon in 1996, right? Yeah, we know.

And she finishes by saying, “As for the Yankees, if they suddenly start winning and somehow become not only the American League champions this season but the World Series champions, I will take that as a sign that they want me back and I will give them serious consideration.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You know what? We don’t freaking need you. Seriously. Stay in California and route for the A’s or the Angels. Or better yet, jump on the Bonds bandwagon. You seem like his type.

22 comments:

JP said...

What are the odds she was wearing stilettoes when she wrote this?

SportsGirl365 said...

Hahaha...nice.

Rickey Henderson said...

Well in their beleaguered defense, the NYTimes was never really known as the go to source for hard hitting sport journalism. They're kinda better at their coverage of the whole war thing that's evidently still going on.

Good article though.

Rupert Entwistle said...

I've been struggling for a couple years with the New York Times sports page, since we get a subscription. I finally threw in the towel about two months ago and starting buying my own USA Today every day just for the sports. The NYT sports writing is awful and they cover nothing at all besides the Yankees and Mets. If you are lucky maybe some random Nascar.

Stephen Douglas said...

Good rant. I like it.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't she barefoot, pregnant, and preparing my shepherd's pie dinner for tonight instead of scrawling some bizarre missive?

SportsGirl365 said...

@anonymous: Tom Brady? Is that you?

Wanda (aka Metschick) said...

She gives Yankee fans a bad name. I'm serious. Her little rant screams of BANDWAGONNER. Blech. Good riddance to fans like her. And she better not think of switching to the blue & orange.

Jaysfan said...

I moved to Toronto when I was 10, in 1998. When the Jays came 2nd last year, I have never been happier. That bullshit comment about being a fan only if they win the world series...what a bandwagoner. Liking a team only when they're good isn't even something I'd want...how can you appreciate the ups if there are never downs?

t said...

Pretty pathetic eh? Yeah. A fairweather Yankee fan. Go figure...

Anonymous said...

You spelled "Root" wrong.

SportsGirl365 said...

Alright dammit. Who called the blog police?

Brian said...

"It’s hard enough to earn respect as a female sports fan and we’ve got this airhead embarrassing the gender."

Why do the actions of one female sports fan reflect negatively on all female sports fans, but the same is not true for males? That there is kowtowing to sexism.

SportsGirl365 said...

@brian: Oh, please. For the same reason that when a group of girls is talking about fashion, they don't automatically assume that you're privvy to what they're saying.

We've come a long way, but there's still a gender divide.

Overly Sensitive Angels Fan said...

As a life long Angels fan I am disgusted that you suggest she go root for my team. Being a fan does not mean only rooting for a team that will definitely win the division and maybe the world series.

Being a fan is watching every game when your team finishes in last place and then saying that next year they have a chance. Being a fan is saying that next season they could win it all, after a last place finish in 2001 and a 15-year playoff drought. It is still believing in your team when other people say "I'm sorry," when they find what team you swear allegience to.

Just because your team starts out 10 games below .500 or loses every starter to injury for at least 1 game during the season is not a reason to quit.

Not winning the world series in 7 years is not a reason to quit. Not making the playoffs since you were 3 years old is not a reason to quit. A real fan roots for the team no matter what, even when Disney owns them and Mickey Mouse walks out on to the field after the game. This woman can go root for the Dodgers, but stay away from my confused California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels.

Bruce said...

She sounds just like 90% of the Cardinals fans I've run across this Spring. Fans stick with their team through thick and thin, not just the thick(Lord knows, both the Yankees and Cards have had some "thin" times over the last 30-40 years); if she wants to jump ship, I say help her out and give her a shove.

Matt said...

I'm pretty certain Angels fans were invented along with the Rally Monkey, because I'd never seen nor heard of either until a few years ago...

Steve said...

Believe it or not, I think she was just trying to be funny. It didn't work, but she tried.

Oh, and Rupert, you know why the New York Times only covers the Mets and Yankees? Because it's the NEW YORK Times.

Kurt said...

Yankees? historically spend on pitching? can you say "Tommy John"? Wasn't he the first free agent? ahh, the good old days.
sorry, i hate to say this but it is the fault of the man known as "The Cooler." Sure, A-Rod puts up great stats and may even be the best player of this generation (i hated to write that), but check out what happens wherever he arrives - Seattle couldn't win. The Rangers went from division champs to the crapper and now the Yanks have succumbed.
good rant and thanks for the tip on this site, bruce.

Rat In A Cage said...

Not all Yankees fans in CA are bad! I die watching every pitch of every game also hoping for that come back. I frequently sneak out of work early to try to catch as much as possible due to that time difference. I just thought to myself over the weekend, "Self, the one good thing if we get hosed this whole season will be to lose all the post '96 dead wait band wagon 'fans' if you can call them that." I didn't see the piece, but your synopsis of her quotes seems right on point. Don't worry. When I started reading her quotes in your post, my first thought was "band wagon idiot" not "typical female fan" so hopefully most Yankees fans are smart enough to make the distinction.

Besides, she was probably late for a wine tasting appointment so cut her some slack. Look on the bright side, she'll be a Mets "fan" now & they can suffer her.

SportsGirl365 said...

@Bruce: Thanks for spreading the word on the blog. And she definitely needs more than a shove!

@Kurt: Welcome! And as Jaysfan said, how can you appreciate the ups if there are never downs.

@rat in a cage: You should definitely find the column on the NY Times site. I only hit the tip of the iceberg with the quotes. The whole article is atrocious.

Maria said...

Rat in a cage, we don't need an idiot or any other bandwagon fan like her to be a Mets Fan...she would give us a bad name as well.