Yankees Fans: the Good and the Bad

“I am a Yankees fan,” a first-grade teacher explains to her class. “Who likes the Yankees?”

Everyone raises a hand except one little girl. “Janie,” the teacher says, surprised. “Why didn’t you raise your hand?”

“I’m not a Yankees fan.”

“Well, if you are not a Yankees fan, then what team do you like?”

“The Red Sox,” Janie answers.

“Why in the world are you a Red Sox fan?”

“Because my mom and dad are Red Sox fans.”

“That’s no reason to be a Red Sox fan,” the teacher replies, annoyed. “You don’t always have to be just like your parents. What if your mom and dad were morons? What would you be then?”

“A Yankees fan.”

This joke has been around for a long time in various versions. This version was recently on rd.com. I generally don’t like to pass on old, stale jokes, but this one gives me the opportunity to say something about Yankees fans.

If they are from New York, I can respect that. But I do not respect any Yankees fan who is not from New York (or doesn’t have another good reason to root for the money-hungry boys). I respect fans who are loyal to their teams, teams that are from the areas where they live, or teams that they have a stake in, like Army or Navy for military men, or like the Baltimore Ravens for a friend of mine who doesn’t live in Baltimore but has a relative who plays for them. But people who root for winners just because they’re winners? Those aren’t fans, they’re just viewers.

I respect fans who are not fair weather fans … fans who stick with their teams through thick and thin. Or even just thin, like my friend who is about the only Arizona Cardinals fan to be found outside Arizona. He’s followed them since they were in St. Louis. And he’s stuck with them. That’s a real fan.

People who root for winners just because they’re winners … forget it. Watch Wheel of Fortune instead.

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4 Responses to “Yankees Fans: the Good and the Bad”


  1. 1 the66thdopefish September 26, 2007 at 4:34 am

    I’m guessing you’re a New Englander, and probably have read Bill Simmons’ Page 2 stuff on ESPN.com. As a fellow New Englander, I disagree with his categorical “sports bigamist” contention. Sports aren’t that serious except to people who are crazy-devoted fans of some team. I, for example, have been a Penguins fan, actually as a result of a combination of things, but only since after they won their Cups, and I’ve been with them since.

    Anyway, being a Yankees fan for a reason as simple as “my parents were Yankees fans” isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be. You’re a Yankees fan either way, and in this world where people are hard to convert, I don’t think it’s worth the time to nitpick the reasons why.

    Besides, to a Red Sox fan, it doesn’t really matter, does it? šŸ˜€

  2. 2 yorel47 September 27, 2007 at 2:27 am

    No, sorry. Not anywheres close to New England. Will, however, confess to rooting for the Red Sox over the Yankees. Didn’t see the Page 2 stuff but will take a look. Being a Yankees fan “because my parents were Yankees fans” is a valid reason. My issue is with bandwagon fans who root for them just because they’re winners … and likely to be winners every year. Every year the deck is stacked in their favor. Someday it would be nice if the field were level. I think you root for teams out of loyalty. You don’t see a team win the World Series, then say, “Hey, that’s my team.” There are too many Yankee “fans” who are not real baseball fans.

  3. 3 the66thdopefish September 27, 2007 at 2:45 am

    Bill Simmons talks almost completely about the NFL, NBA, and Boston sports. If this doesn’t interest you, despite the humor he uses, don’t bother.

  4. 4 yorel47 September 27, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Checking it out now.


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