Capital T True Capital Y Yankee must save season from evil villain who is allowed to wear Yankee uniform for some reason
This blog is old as shit at this point, and maybe even as old as fuck, so we have a lot of labels. I usually use four or five of them on any given post. For this one, I'm only going to use one--one of my all time favorites. I believe onetime contributor Eriz came up with it (it would take like thirty seconds to verify that, but meh, I'm not made out of minutes and seconds here) back in the fall of 2007. Five and a half years later, it's very well suited for this article by Bob Raissman of the New York Post.
Saying the New York sports media is childish is an insult to the emotional intelligence of children. Guys like Raissman make colossal idiots from other media markets read like wonderful poetry. I'd rather peruse bullshit written by Dan Shaugnessy or TJ Simers for 24 hours straight than read 20 minutes of Yankee analysis from someone who writes for a New York publication. It's torture. The inability of guys like Raissman to provide any analysis other than unreadable reiteration of the laziest and most played out available narrative is truly spectacular. HERPA DERP, JETER = CHRIST COME BACK TO EARTH, A-ROD = FRAUDY is nearly ten years old at this point, but this piece is one of the purest examples of it I've ever seen. Make sure you haven't eaten recently before you read past this point.
A-Fraud! Pay-Rod! Fish fillet-Rod!
In all media precincts,
Not really. I didn't hear too many people going after the franchise in the aftermath of Biogenesis report. Rodriguez was taking a beating for a few days last week. That's old news, though. It's mostly whoever runs the Superdome taking the ol' 24 hour news cycle sports media beating right now.
Unlike Tyson, the Yankees have a savior to pick them up off the canvas:
The captain’s presence and persona are uplifting. They can cleanse any muck surrounding the organization. In order for fans to keep the faith, they need a reason to believe, a face they can trust. Jeter, the transcendent one, is that man.
“Invariably consumers turn to sports for relief and distraction from life’s problems and setbacks,” said a network executive with ties to baseball.
Substitute "some horse's ass who loves Jeter and took intro to marketing as a college sophomore" for "network executive" where necessary.
There are fresh allegations that Rodriguez obtained performance-enhancing drugs between 2009 and 2012 through an alleged link to Miami-based Anthony (The Biochemist) Bosch. This situation, along with an MLB investigation
He's probably roiding, as is pretty much every single other star professional athlete. As you read this, there are probably dozens and dozens of them injecting or ingesting something. It's time we all accepted it and moved on. Also, I would like to renew my promise to donate $1,000 to charity if Jeter is caught under MLB's steroid testing program anytime this season.
You cannot read a story or listen to radio Gasbags without hearing about how old the team is, full of question marks going into 2013.
Of course, there is that $189 million figure, the magic payroll number Hal Steinbrenner has targeted. There is also this notion, rejected by Mr. Steinbrenner, that Hal doesn’t have the same hunger and drive to win that his famous father had.
So, a few weeks before spring training, when hope springs eternal, the Yankees’ image has sprung a leak. No sweat. No time for panic, either. The Yankees have been here before. Their image was tattered during the inept CBS regime, and along came George Steinbrenner to save the franchise and build a winner.
Then it was Steinbrenner himself who took things into the toilet during the whole sordid Dave Winfield-Howie Spira affair that got The Boss suspended. Along came Gene Michael to build the team Joe Torre eventually took to four World Series titles. This is all the evidence we need to anoint the Yankees the most resilient brand in sports.
The tradition will continue. And we’ll take it a step further. Yankees brass should figure out a way — quickly — to keep Jeter long-term, past whenever he decides to call it a day.
Jeter provides an immediate story line. He is coming back from a fractured left ankle, suffered during Game 1 of the ALCS. His same media detractors, who have been on and off his case since 2008, will no doubt be analyzing his every move in spring training. This is good. If the focus is on Jeter, the A-Rod saga (barring any more shocking developments) may be relegated to back-burner status.
The focus must be on Jeter. The story of his comeback, the story of the old guy trying to extend his career at a high level, is more than compelling, especially with all the doubters chiming in. Yankee fans will once again want to see Jeter stick it to everyone. They will pay to see it. Then again, Jeter was always an attraction.
Jeter has an $8 million player option for 2014. His last negotiation was a bitter one. It included a media backlash, with Jeter being accused of wanting to be paid “because he’s Derek Jeter.”
The Yankees need Derek Jeter.
For moments like these.