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Dumb TV guy says that the Yankees are the team most deserving of your hatred

Jul 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Just got back from Connecticut where I was doing NBC SportsTalk the last couple of nights. Last night was pretty fun as I got to gush about Chipper Jones some and hate on the Yankees some too. The video below is me hating on the Yankees.

Note: I didn’t pick Philly, because they’re more an object of pity these days than hatred. And because we weren’t talking about fans as much as the team itself, and I actually find the Phillies players and manager quite likable most of the time.

Stick around as Donny Marshall hates on Duke and Ross Tucker hates on the New England Patriots. Despite the fact that he played for the freakin’ New England Patriots. Loyalty: thy name is Ross Tucker.

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  1. infectorman - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    OVERWHELMINGLY SO!

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I sure as hell hate ‘em.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    You know the Phillies have hit Rock Bottom when Craig can’t even be bothered to bait the Phans anymore…

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      I don’t think the bottom is here, yet. I think Craig feels bad for them because there are still shreds of optimism/hope flapping in the breeze, and when the bottom does come up and smack ‘em, it is going to really hurt….it just isn’t right to bait someone when you know (or at least think) they have a tough road ahead of them as it is.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Don’t think the bottom is here yet?

        Gothca, we have you on record predicting 68-94 or worse (that is only way it could be worse).

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        The bottom is not the same as current winning percentage. If next year’s team has the same record, with no Hamels, no FA additions, and the same aging roster. Things will be worse. The bottom isn’t just current standings…it is also the near-term and long-term outlook, which is murky at best. When the smoke clears, the outlook could be far more gloomy than the murk.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Ahhhh, so imporved 2nd half followed by sub 68-94 next year?

    • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      I have said before and I will say again – Craig LOVES Phillies fans, were it not for us, he would be a Back Pager.

      • El Bravo - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Wow, Phillies fans really are the worst. Do planes fly into your head when you walk down the street?

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        “Do planes fly into your head when you walk down the street?”

        Slow down chief, you surely can think of a better insult than that.

      • El Bravo - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Rectum, damn near killed ‘em.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        EFF YOU BRAVO! :>P

  4. sknut - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed Craig’s appearance on NBC Sports Talk, hope it happens more often.

  5. vallewho - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    In regards to Yankee hate (because of $$$$). I don’t get it. Yeah they spend $$$$. They also charge a lot of $$$$$ to see games (including TV).

    So, why don’t people pose the question to their favorite team? Where’s all the money going????

    • hcf95688 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      “We might make a lot of money, but we spend a lot of money”

      – Patrick Ewing

    • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      No one roots for Goliath. It’s not complicated.

      • vallewho - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        But they sure like to buy tickets to the show. That’s why the Yankees are one of the biggest draw (if not the biggest) on the road.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        Right. Because people like to root against Goliath.

        Having a villain is good for baseball. For any sport, for that matter.

      • vallewho - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Every team jacks-up their tickets prices when the Yankees come to town. In some places, those games are the only sell-outs, or at least biggest draws of the year.

        I guess the hometown hate for the Yankees is greater than their love for their team.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        There’s also Yankee fans (and Red Sox fans, and Steelers fans, and Cowboys fans …) living everywhere, so the demand is greater for that reason, too.

    • brian32556 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      The Yanks have WON five of the last 15 World Championships! So I guess the money is going to PRETTY GOOD use! Can other clubs who spend and go after top free agents even come close. I DON’T THINK SO. So wallow in your self-pity you fans of the other 29 teams. Yankee fans are sick and tired of listening to your jealous belly aching! You only wish YOUR teams were even half as successful. Kudos to Brian Cashman and his management team!

  6. Ben - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Just ’cause the messenger is dumb doesn’t make the message any less true!

  7. vincentbojackson - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    In sports there’s only three views fans have of teams other than their own: hate, pity and indifference.

    If your hated it means they wish their team was like yours. Otherwise they either feel sorry for you or just plain don’t care.

    Being hated is a badge of honor in sports. All it does is confirm you’re doing something right.

    • kopy - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      This isn’t an after school special. Hate doesn’t always equal jealousy. I do not wish my favorite team was like the Yankees.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        After school special. Hahaha! It is a Wednesday and it is afternoon.

      • mightymike1250 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Oh yes, you do.

      • bigharold - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        “I do not wish my favorite team was like the Yankees.”

        They win a lot of games and WS and you do’t want your team to be like that? Gotta ask why.

        Yeah the Yankee spend a lot more than other teams but they make a lot more. I’d rather the owners of my favorite team make every attempt to win, .. including expend their vast resources. It’s a far better option than pocketing the money and buying another yacht or something. And, it’s better than all those small market owners that get their revenue sharing and luxury tax money and don’t reinvest it in their team.

        It’s OK, .. hate all you want, … we here on the bridge of the Death Star can handle it.

    • CJ - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Following your impeccable logic, Bud Selig is the most correct person in all of baseball.

      Do you still agree with yourself? Or have you since come to your senses and realize how stupid you sound?

  8. El Bravo - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    It’s weird…. My least favorite sports team has historically been the Yankees, but I now hate the Red Sox as much or more than the Bombers. I also hate the Phillies more than I used to when they sucked. I still have to say the Yanks are the team to hate, but those other two are right there for me. All that being said, I still hate nothing, NOTHING, more than the 90s Cowboys. I’m going to punch a puppy in the face just b/c I thought about that stupid team.

    I also think the Miami Heat will be the most hated team in history if (if?) they continue to win championships.

  9. nategearhart - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    “I didn’t pick Philly, because they’re more an object of pity these days than hatred.”

    “These days”? In the context of Phillies history, the last few successful years are the anomaly, not this half-season of struggles.

  10. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Speaking of Derek Jeter (who i do not dislike), during the all-star game Erin Andrews had a pretty disgusting one-on-one with Jeter. She was just in awe of him and was overly-interested in his canned answers. He of course said all the right things, like he does. And she was loving it, and sucking up to the Yankees with the ‘how can you win so many games with so many injuries!’ Whatever, I don’t think Erin Andrews is hot. She has a big pointy nose and she’s annoying. I read she was going to have a big role with Fox during the NFL season. This was terrible news.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Dead on Pat! I have now met another guy who does NOT think Erin Andrews is hot.
      She looks like a damn bird (which I have been saying for the last couple of years).
      A whole lot of other women out their who are much farther up the “to do” list.

      • nixonotis - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        I guess I failed to realize that because Erin Andrews is a woman, she is there not only to do her job, but meet your minimum physical expectations. Why was it necessary, in critiquing an interview Andrews conducted, to mention the fact “you don’t think she’s hot” or “she looks like a damn bird?” Grow up.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        nixonotis, are you kidding? Yes you did fail to realize that. Are you saying she got that job solely on her interviewing and reporting abilities? Yes, Fox hired her because she was such a great reporter. It has nothing to do with her looks. No one is ever put on TV because they look good. Her job is to interview, report, and look good. I think she sucked at the first, not that good with the 2nd, and isn’t hot. It was a bit of a joke because obviously she is hotter than most women you see everyday or else she wouldn’t be on TV.

    • El Bravo - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Shouldn’t you be in Social Studies right now, tiger? Where’s your hall pass?

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Shut up, it’s a joke, you condescending jerk off.

      • El Bravo - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Mine was a joke too, glad you got it. Looks like you did well in reading comprehension.

  11. southpaw2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    The great Mike Royko said it best: “Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.”

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      ….but pizza has been around since the Neolithic age, unwed mothers since long before that, and cheating on taxes has been around as long as taxation has…so that must mean that hating the Yankees is an old past time, but not American at all.

      • southpaw2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        I guess kids in grade school in their history classes should now be taught about hating the Yankees alongside the likes of George Washington, Socrates, Galileo, and Christopher Columbus.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        I don’t believe that Mike Royko line was infering America invented those items, just that they are American traits.

        Stupidity existed long before HBT reply boards came along, and yet……

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Again, if all of those traits are global, then they aren’t American traits (and believe me, there are places that eat more pizza, have more unwed mothers, and have more income tax cheaters)…so maybe he just meant that hating the Yankees isn’t the sole province of Americans and that all world citizens partake in it.

  12. Jeremy T - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Eh… I think you’re probably right, in that the Yankees are hated by the fans of most other teams. They have a competitive advantage, and they protect and grow it aggressively. They have some obnoxious fans (like every team, but there’s more fans in total, which means there’s more annoying ones, too). However, it’s not like they’re the only team with money. They’re at the top, but that gap between them and Philly, Boston, the two LA teams, etc seems to be shrinking every year. The difference with the Yankees is they combine that money with a very smart front office. It seems like every year it’s the Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones, Aaron Small, Shawn Chacon, Kerry Wood, minor pickups that come through and push them over the edge. The money certainly helps, but it’s not like they’re winning by default.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      I started rambling a bit there, hopefully it made sense…

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Don’t sell yourself short, you started rambling a bit, you ended rambling a bit, and rambled a bit in the middle. :-)

      • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        I don’t believe the revenue gap is shrinking every year. The Yankees just built a taxpayer funded stadium. I’m sure their revenues are growing much faster than Boston’s.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Thanks paper, it’s nice to have somebody believe in me :D

    • veracityguy - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      It’s not the Yankees who shot down a salary cap, it’s the players assoc. The Yankees are playing by the rules set by MLB during collective bargaining. When Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in the 70’s (for less than 10 mil.) they were consistently outdrawn by the Mets. But he realized that if you put a winning team on the field fans will come. He didn’t pinch pennies and reinvested his profits back into the team. The other owners were more worried about pocketing their profits to pay for their new yachts. Now of course the Yankees are arguably worth more than just about any other sports franchise. And the other owners love when the Yankees come to town and sell out their stadiums too.

  13. mcsuave1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Why hate the Yankees when they attempt to place a good team on the field? Revenue sharing teams have pocketed money for years and refuse to try to compete. Pirates are having their 1st taste of success in years thanks to the Yankees giving them Burnett and paying most of his salary. Fans should ask their teams about their lack of attempt to put a winner on the field. Their answer would be ” we love stealing your money”. :-D

  14. dannyocean83 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Stamford, CT gets some love at 4:30.

    Pow.

  15. djpostl - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I wonder how many of those who hate the “big, bad Yankees” are unabashed capitalists (and therefore hypocrites)?

  16. umrguy42 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I’m sure it’s been said before, but this came up for me the other day (possibly in a discussion over the Heat being hated?), but –

    If the Yankees didn’t exist, MLB probably would have had to invent them. Every sport needs a villain.

  17. adk77 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    My team to hate? The Lakers, now on the verge of bringing Howard in.

  18. JustMeMike - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Please select from the choices below:

    TEAM A: Has a wealthy owner, a regional sport TV network, a new stadium, and sells tons of tickets. In short they have lot of money to spend – and they spend it. Their payroll is high even the highest, and that is reflected by their rather successful record. They don’t win every year but they’ve had more success than other sports franchises.

    TEAM B: Has a wealthy owner, possibly a regional sports TV network, but for this example – lets say no network, and a new-ish stadium They are are more conservative in their spending, their payroll is at the low end of the spectrum – and regularly they receive a cut from the league coffers – this is the divvying up of the luxury tax money that TEAM A and other high payroll TEAMS are required to pay. But rather than put that money to use and try and improve the product on the field, they are content to not contend. Attendance sinks lower and lower each year. When they do have some players that they developed (through picking early in the draft every year) that do show talent – what does TEAM B do – it lets them walk away in free agency, or trades them a way for inexpensive prospects thereby maintaining a perpetual rebuilding status, low attendance, falling revenues, which leads to apathy and disinterest by the locals.

    Pick One of the above.

    I know most of us live where we live, and may not have an opportunity to simply start over – but simply if you live in an area that more closely fits a TEAM B situation – how is it you aren’t clamoring for your home team to get more competitive and spend some money to improve the team INSTEAD of wasting your energy hating the YANKEES and other TEAM A franchises.

    PS: I live in SW Florida

  19. dowhatifeellike - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    My like or dislike for certain teams is based more on how their fans behave than the way the teams operate. I have yet to figure out if certain teams attract douches, or if the amount of douchebaggery varies from city to city.

    Teams represented poorly by their fans (roughly in order, starting with the worst):
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Boston Red Sox
    New York Yankees
    New England Patriots
    Philadelphia Phillies
    Dallas Cowboys
    Oakland Raiders
    Detroit Red Wings
    Cincinatti Bengals
    Baltimore Ravens

    • dowhatifeellike - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Note: Steelers fans are always douchey no matter where they live or where they came from.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Making a long list of teams you dislike based on how you think the fans act, because I very much doubt you’ve been to half of those cities during a game, is “douchebaggery.”

  20. F14TRex.com - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    TV: “Who SHOULD be the most hated team in sports?”

    Me: Don’t I have ANYTHING better to do right now than watch this?

  21. randygnyc - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Craig said “Last night was pretty fun as I got to gush about Chipper Jones some and hate on the Yankees some too.”

    It’s called ‘penis envy’. You should get one. It’ll cure your hateful tendencies.

  22. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    The yankees are the most hated team? get out?? This is like a new discovery or something? maybe greg can tell us tomorrow hitting a 100mph fastball is kinda hard, lol amazing

  23. callmecynical - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I don’t get this hate mantra. The Yankees are successful because the use the rules available and get the best talent. I am a Reds fan first, Yankees second, primarily because I was fortunate enough to see them play games 1 and 2 in Atlanta. How can you “hate” a team? Makes no sense. If you are a fan of sports you should appreciate the talents of the players, be they the Steelers, Niners, Cowboys or Yankees, arguably the best franchises in the big 2 over the past 30 years or more. I would prefer my Reds go to the WS more often than twice in 36 years, but if you love the game you can’t “hate” a particular franchise. With that said, I hate Barry Bonds and all the other posers that made a mockery of true competition.

  24. foreverchipper10 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I would think the Dallas Cowboys are more universally hated than the Patriots. Just sayin.

  25. anxovies - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Anybody who has seen “Damn Yankees” knows that the Devil is a Yankee fan, Craig, and he is powerful down here in the world. Be careful who you hate on or you might find yourself with no hair squinting through a pair of Coke bottles… Oh.

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