Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sports Illustrated: World's Angriest Fans, New York Yankees Edition

Each week Sports Illustrated interviews a fan of a different team that is absolutely fed up and angry with his or her current sports team, this week was an angry fan of the New York Yankees. CLICK HERE for the article source as SI deserves a few clicks for their hard work or see below for the entire interview with Yankees angry fan (and Greedy Pinstripes follower on Twitter) Slugger Bro (Mike).

The New York Yankees seldom are underdogs, but they began 2015 on the heels of a two-year playoff drought — which, in the Bronx, qualifies as an excuse to burn things. So, when buoyed by a renaissance year from Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees turned out to be not only good but certifiably dominant, their fans rejoiced. Then, somehow, it all went horribly wrong. At the July 31 trade deadline, the Yankees held a commanding six-game lead in the AL East. By the time the regular season came to a close, New York had surrendered the divisional title to the Toronto Blue Jays. Forced into a one-game wild-card scenario against the Houston Astros in the Bronx, the Yankees were shut out 4-0.

Mike has had enough, and he intends to let the neighbors know about it.

Raised in the Bronx by a family of Yankee lifers, Mike has regularly made a point of watching all 162 games. Sometimes he watches one twice, just to see how the other team’s announcers called the game.

He’s the guy who once punched through a wall when the Yankees blew a game in the ninth. The guy perpetually inclined to scream less-than-polite statements at his beloved Bombers when things aren’t going well:

Mike, you might imagine, did not enjoy 2015 much.

“The team started off playing like dogs---, making errors all over the place,” Mike said. “As the year went on, they heated up and went on a nice roll. I actually got my hopes up that maybe this could be a special year ... and then in typical fashion, they ended the year losing game after game and blowing their division lead.

“On the last game they played this year, I sat in my room alone drinking away as the team went on to get eliminated in front of all their fans in Yankee Stadium without scoring a single run.”

Most of Mike’s complaints boil down to GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi.

“First off, the overrated idiotic general manager, who fake Yankees fans that watch a handful of games a season defend, signed Stephen Drew to play second base for us despite the fact that we have a young talented player named [Rob] Refsnyder ready to play," Mike said. "Stephen Drew then goes on to hit like .170 all year, which is disgustingly bad and EMBARASSING.

“No way in hell the Yankees of old allow some bum to hit under .200 for them.

“Then there's the manager, Joe Girardi, who is more full of s--- than anyone I have ever seen in my life. He constantly makes excuses and lies after games in his press conferences. They treat the fans like we’re idiots. I’ve had enough of it.”

As the wild-card game came to a close, Mike seemed torn between despair and relief.

That he blames Girardi and Cashman for the wild-card loss is made abundantly clear, but Mike’s loathing of the 2015 Yankees goes well beyond that.Still, he has no intention of giving up.

“It’s probably going to be damaging to my mental health,” he said.

Future tense. Interesting.

The World’s Angriest Fan: Quick questions

Your name:
Your team:
New York Yankees
Three words to describe your feelings as a fan right now:
• Disgusted
• Angry
• Disrespected
Three words to describe your team right now:
• Hopeless
• Embarrassing
• Pathetic
Draw the team:

Anything else to add?

They need to fire the GM and manager already.

Until next week (or season), go Yankees!

1 comment:

  1. I must say I respect his feelings about this year but, he forgot a few things:
    1) The 2nd basemen he mentioned was just starting to learn the position and not ready for prime time.
    2) Cashman had a deal maybe more and Hal cut him off at the knees by pulling the money back.
    3) Joe wouldn't play the young kids unless he had to...true Mike!
    4) I think most of the criticism should be directed at Hal, you know,"Follow the Money"!
    5) The three of them have done things we don't like but, next year is a new slate...Go, Yankees!

    I am sure others can add to that, and Mike...you were so right on almost everything. I think we have all felt one time or another this year.


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