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Everything is about the Yankees

Feb 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

Local TV news in small towns is great. Every story, no matter how unrelated to the area, is tied in locally somehow. “Tsunami in the Pacific! Stay tuned to Action4 to see what that means for you in Central Ohio!”  It’s the very essence of provincialism to look at something that has no connection to you but to stretch for connections.

But it’s not limited to small town TV news. It happens in the biggest of cities too. The back page of today’s New York Post:


I haven’t read the Ken Davidoff article that crazy headline teases, but I’m going to assume a guy as smart as him doesn’t truly see the Hernandez story as bad news for the Yankees. How could it? Hernandez was not a free agent and there has never been a truly credible rumor that he was going to be traded there. If you asked Brian Cashman if the future of the Yankees hinged on them getting Felix Hernandez he’d look at you like you were an insane person.

Rather, this is pretty clearly an editorial diktat to make EVERYTHING about the Yankees if possible.  Or if impossible. Either way. And it feeds into the entitlement a certain brand of Yankees fan gets which is about the most tiresome thing in the world.

Oh, and then this pops up:

Never change, New York Post. Never change.

  1. imbetterthanyou - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I am surprised they would post this with all the exciting mid-season basketball and hockey going on right now…..

    • bigharold - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Hockey?? What’s that?

  2. cackalackyank - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Wow, this makes it real easy to see why people hate New York and Yankee fans. With the way things have been going now for the last three years or so, why would anyone begin to believe that the Yankees would have even been the favorite to sign Felix if he had made it to Free Agency. Given what has happened in the past year it is looking like true Marquee FA will rarely hit the market, unless they are unhappy with their original team, or totally money oriented. Oh wait…there are the guys that are Boras clients.

    • number42is1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      “Wow, this makes it real easy to see why people hate New York and Yankee fans”

      Come on! don’t bunch all of us together because of one jackass reporter.

      “With the way things have been going now for the last three years or so, why would anyone begin to believe that the Yankees would have even been the favorite to sign Felix if he had made it to Free Agency. ”

      Do you truly believe that had Felix made it to FA the Yanks would not have up in front of it? Given how little they have spent last/this off season it was all but guaranteed that they would have tried to break the bank for him, Maybe not $25 million per but at the very least the same exact contract as CC.

      And the fact is that EVERYONE out there Yankees fan or not knows that he has been on the Radar for years so this happening puts a damper on what could have been,

      • cackalackyank - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Not lumping all, but certainly most. If it was 2008 or 2009 I would certainly expect the Yankees to have been up front for him. But this is 2013. Other teams are much more competitive for FA than before. Right now the A-rod contract is doing for NYY what the previous one was doing for the Rangers. Notice how the Rangers became competitive once that 25 million a year load was off their back? And as far as being on the radar for a long time…Cliff Lee was on the radar for a long time…and where is he now?

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM


        I like Ken Davidoff but this sort of thing is hard to stomach.

    • bigharold - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      “.. why would anyone begin to believe that the Yankees would have even been the favorite to sign Felix ..”

      Who said anything about signing King Felix, other than this sports writer? A writer that would clearly rather make things up about the Yankees than write anything of substance about them. Or, write anything at all about the Mets. I’ve been a Yankee fan for a long time and Yankee fans I talk to aren’t beating a drum about Hernandez. In fact he’s stated repeatedly that he doesn’t want to pitch for the Yankees and the word on the bridge of the Death Star is that they can get along just fine without him.

      Any baseball fan would like to have Hernandez in their team’s rotation but he’s never seriously been on the Yankee’s radar. This is just a local writer running out of topics as the off season comes to an end.

    • badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Like the REAL fab is the REd Sox ?? Go shovel your snow, eat your KFC chicken.
      Bobby Valentine is enjoying your owners $$$ in sunny warm Florida.Boras is a dick, you guys must play cards together.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Looking ahead, the headlines will be very interesting if Cano does not resign with the Yankees.

    • cackalackyank - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Agreed. The likelyhood of Cano resigning with NYY are not real good imho. I can’t help thinking that the most interesting headline will be the one in July when he gets traded for prospects.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      If they struggle and trade away Cano the resulting backlash could cause a moderate earthquake. Somehow, I don’t see this generation of Yankees fans being able to handle a bad season.

      • cackalackyank - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        The rebuild is coming. Current generation of Yankee fans might wake up and find themselves having more in common with the Yankee fans of the ’60s and “80s than with the fans of the ’50s,’90’s and ’00’s. The ’14 Yankees will be missing Rivera, Pettite, and most likely Kuroda. Other departures could include Hughes, Chamberlain, Granderson, AND Cano. ’15 will see Jeter and Ichiro gone. The Yankees currently hold only 3 of the top 100 prospects. So the circle of life is going spin back towards the leaner times. This is when we find who are the fans…and who are the camp followers.

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        “So the circle of life is going spin back towards the leaner times. ‘

        The last “lean” season as 2008 and the result was the Yankees jumped feet first into the FA market and it resulted in a WS win. If the oatmeal hits the fan I see the Yankees doing what it takes to be competitive immediately. One poor season would likely be all it takes. Of course that’s assuming that there are FA available that fit the Yankees needs.

        The last couple of seasons the Yankee have made no major moves because there wasn’t a big time FA that the Yankees had to have, .. some major hole that could be filled with a certain player. Cliff Lee was that type of player and yes the lost out on him. On the other hand when they targeted Sabathia, a player that stated that he wanted to play in the NL and on the west coast, they made no bones about it. They initially out bid every other team by about 35 million dollars and when that didn’t work they upped it buy another 25 mil or so.

        The Yankee’s lean years in the 60s was before free agency so that is not really a valid comparison any longer. The 80s, .. the Yankees won more games than any other team and appeared in the WS. Although the late 80s to early 90s was in fact tough times in NY. Just not enough quality pitching.

        Bottom line is if the Yankees falter and the right FA are available the Yankees will likely do what it takes. With their resources nothing is out of their reach. While it’s nice to build from within the Yankees have options. The only thing that seems to have changed is the Yankees have decided that the there is no reason to throw buckets of money at every position and have attempted instill fiscal discipline. But, I’d wager that there is great big room with a glass door and half a ton of $100 and on that door is stenciled “Break In Case Of Emergency”. I don’t see too much lean in the Yankees future.

  4. thebadguyswon - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    The NY media is garbage.

  5. jarathen - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I love local news. “Man with local ties commits heinous triple-murder! More tonight at 10!”

    Turns out he once visited the local museum, and they have the guestbook to prove it.

    • dwrek5 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      More at 10… after the weather of course.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        and animal cruelty stories…

  6. bigharold - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    “.. EVERYTHING about the Yankees ..”

    What else is new? We here on the bridge of the Death Star are used to it. Besides, it’s not like anybody wants to read about the Mets.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      I think the Joel Sherman observation is perfectly legitimate. I often look ahead at my team’s future, including whose contracts are ending soon. If you’re a Red Sox fan like me, it’s reasonable to wonder who will be playing centerfield in a couple years. Will it be Ellsbury? If not, who?

      Do other fans not do this? I mean, I follow baseball for decades at a time. I appreciate that the players take it “one game at a time,” but that doesn’t mean I have to.

  7. southpaw2k - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Right, because the Yankees’ farm system was overflowing with grade-A prospects to deal for Felix.

    Is it any wonder that non-Yankees fans view the Yankees’ fan base as petulant 6-year-old children whining about the toys they want but can’t have?

    I actually hope Cano does go elsewhere just so the kicking and stomping grows louder.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      My friend all I see on these boards lately is some non Yankee fans doing the whining. Not the other way around. Personally my friend if Cano/Boras stick to their guns about an 8 to 10 year deal in the $20MM plus per range I wish them luck with their new team. Because anyone that thinks those ridiculously long deals for 30 somethings work for the benefit of the team is kidding themselves.

  8. Uncle Charlie - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    The Yankees like all well recognized brands suffer from their fair share of tourists, and band wagoners. All if whom are low hanging fruit for local sports writers. I for one as a long time Yankee hater am not looking forward to seeing them, the Yankees, turn into an also-ran team. Who will I have to root against? The Dodgers? I don’t like them enough to hate them that much.

  9. Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Two Dacron Women Missing in Volcanic Disaster

    Japan Destroyed.

  10. huffdaddyco - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    All this stuff about Felix is all well and good, but I really want to know more about how I can receive the salt and pepper shakers at Empire City Casino.

  11. yousuxxors - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    try living in ny and not being a yankee fan

  12. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    lmao sorry but it made me laugh…please this does not represent us. I never once though of king Felix as a Yankee.. why on earth do they allow such headlines out lol

  13. kappy32 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Couldn’t agree with you more. Since King Felix came up, Yankee fans have been concocting these ridiculous Cervelli for Felix trade rumors. To Yankee fans, the Yanks can get who they want & can get out of any contract they want, simply because they’re the Yankees (see the voiding of A-Rod’s contract). It’s all BS & to Yankee fans, the Yanks operate outside all of the rules in baseball.

  14. historiophiliac - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I had to come back to this post today to add that there was a story on our local news last night about former Oklahomans living in NY and how they would be affected by the big snow storm. Also, there was a story about the “California cop killer” — 11 years ago he lived in-state and made headlines when he found some money and returned it to a local church that had lost it. There you go, Craig — local connection stories.

  15. banger60 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Next big headline, Yankees dont make playoffs again and again and again, maybe 2016!

  16. kalinedrive - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    It seems like everyone missed the point. I don’t think the article was about Felix being unavailable, I think it was about the size of his contract, which can have the effect of increasing salary demands for other pitchers down the line. See the sidebar “Felix’s mega-deal with M’s adds to Yankees’ offseason misery.”

    Craig admits he didn’t read the article, but did anyone?

  17. onbucky96 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Take that Evil Empire! BTW, am I the only person that hopes Afflec puts the Yankees on blast after thanking everyone for winning best an Oscar next week? Now how do you like dem apples?

  18. byjiminy - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    It’s highly unlikely Ken Davidoff wrote that headline. Headlines and articles are generally written by different people.

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