There use to be a point in time where New York Yankees fans could brag all they want and jeer anybody they want, because they had the right to do so (the long-time fans, anyway). Their team would win, win and win some more. I’m not going to list all of their World Series wins, but the most recent ones from the past 12 years stand out. 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 World Series winners. 2001, 2003 World Series losers. In eight years, that’s seven appearances in the effin’ World Series. But, Yankees fans will tell you they haven’t done jack squat since then.
A lot of people on message boards say the Red Sox are the new Yankees of baseball. Their winning style is razzle dazzling the sport — similar to the Yankees’ dynasty run — and a lot of their fans are more arrogant than Tom Brady when he has that half-slanted smile that says, “I’m going to get laid tonight, but I’m going to kick your ass wile doing it.”
But, that’s nonsense to tout the Red Sox as the new Yankees because they simply have won two World Series in four years. That’s two World Series for them in 89 years. Hell, hats off to them; they can enjoy it. I had my moment of enjoyment after a 24-year tenure of no World Series with my St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. But, the term “new Yankees” can be comprised of a typo of trying to type New York Yankees correctly, but everyone knows that it signifies the team that’s going to have a lofty budget and is going to get the best players out on the field wearing their uniforms.
It’s a new tradition. And for now on I’m using it for every single damn sport. Maybe I can concoct another one, too, like in 10 years when TSTOS is still going on, I can roll out and say “Hemoritouchuabah is the new Roger Federer of tennis.” (I made up that name, obviously). THE Yankees fans may not want to admit it, but the winning tradition they were bringing up from the dead after a paltry 1980s run is over. The obvious response you will hear is, “Oh, we’ll be back.” Of course you will be back, to still show off the highest payroll in baseball and always sneak around and snatch the most ‘popular‘ players in the game, damn obviously! Not to mention the fact that the sun shines on a dog’s ass every now and then (in tribute to Glen “Big Baby” Davis and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays).
When I talk to Yankees fans, nowadays, they aren’t telling everyone how they’re going to win the 2008 World Series, or cussing like sailors about not getting Santana and touting George as the man that would have easily pulled the trigger (well, they’re doing a little of that), they’re rolling around in Red Sox haterade. They have been all off season. Could 2008 rejuvenate this damned rivalry and take it up another notch from the past two seasons?
If anything, it could. The Yankees are no longer kings of American League, let alone kings of the AL East. The Red Sox paved their way to the playoffs as the division champions last year, and the Yankees couldn’t do anything about it but rant and scathe Boston fans as time went on. And by the end of October, well, Yanks fans had to approach the inevitable: watch the Red Sox win two World Series in four years. Yankees fans, the swagger has undoubtedly left you.