NEW YORK – Gone are mystique and aura, the two temptresses of the Bronx, who blessed old Yankee Stadium with kismet and joy and brilliant baseball. In their stead are apathy and malaise, a couple of hags from Yonkers. They embody the new Yankee Stadium, a sarcophagus if ever there was one: no matter how gorgeous and ornate the outside, it remains filled with lifelessness. No wonder Game 2 of the ALCS featured thousands of empty seats, like Game 1 before it, and like the do-or-die Game 5 of the ALDS, too. New Yorkers understand a fraud when they see it. They pay for expensive seats, drink overpriced beers, buy exorbitant merchandise and fund a $200 million joke, a team that for the second straight game couldn’t score a measly run off the Detroit Tigers’ Nos. 3 and 4 starting pitchers. These Yankees earned every last boo. It wasn’t just the ushers instructed to fill in empty seats so the crowd looked better on TV. The players can tell, too. “This is a very easy place to play now,” Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry said. “Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.” Oakland Coliseum, where tarps cover the upper deck, more electric than Yankee Stadium. Every other playoff stadium filled to capacity, and Yankee Stadium with entire sections empty, thousands of unsold tickets, even ones as cheap as $15 through resellers.
I don’t know whats more embarrassing – the Yankees play on the field or the fans behavior off of it. Literally the only time Yankees fans are making any noise is boo their own team. Spend all their time hating Arod and bashing Swisher and complaining how they deserve better. Create more problems for their own team than they do for the opposition when the Yanks are at home. Hey you fucking dickheads you’re only making it worse. You and the media are half the problem with this franchise right now.
And Yankees fans will try to spin this however they want. On Friday evening’s game 5 against Baltimore the stadium was legitimately like 60% empty. Of course Yankees fans blamed “having jobs” and “traffic” as the reason for that. Like Nationals Park wasn’t rocking at 1pm for their game. Like people out in Cincinnati weren’t foaming at the mouth during their day games hoping their team could hold off the Giants. Everyone “has jobs.” Every city has “traffic.” How come Yankee fans are the only ones that let that stop them from supporting their team?
Now of course the rhetoric is that the Stadium is too expensive. The fans are so savvy they know this team isn’t a legitimate contender so why should they spend their hard earned money on expensive tickets. Give me a fucking break. Like you have to earn the Yankees fans approval in order for them to show up at the stadium because they’re so special. Take a fucking hike you jerk offs. You couldn’t even get excited for an elimination game in the Division Series. This team had one of the best records in baseball. If you can’t rally for them then you don’t deserve to root for this team. Forget about trying to get more of these fairweather assholes in the door, I wouldn’t even want them in the building. Lock them out. They do nothing but make things easier for the opposition.
So, Yankees fans – spin it however you want. You have jobs. New York City is crowded. The players are overpaid and don’t deserve your support. You can even play the “Yankees fans expectations” card. You’ve been here so often that you’re not even fazed by drama in the divisional rounds. You are so used to Game 7 heroics that Games 1 and 2 are just like midseason contests. Put your big bad arrogant Yankees spin on your pathetic fan base. Bottom line is guys like Quintin fucking Berry likes to come into your building now. You’re the spoiled corporate assholes who fill up half a stadium and spend the whole game hating your own players. The real Yankee Stadium died back in 2008 and with it died Yankees intimidation.