This article by SI’s Michael Rosenberg came out after Game 2 of the ALCS, but it’s a provocative, thought-provoking piece. With the Bombers swept out of the playoffs, we’re curious about what our fellow Yankee fans think about his premise.

Here are some excerpts, but we encourage you to read the whole thing:

As team president Randy Levine told ESPN last year: “We are the Yankees. That is the way The Boss set it up. When you don’t win the World Series, it is a bitter disappointment and not a successful year.”

When you don’t win the World Series, it is a bitter disappointment. No doubt, many Yankee fans feel the same way.

And this makes me wonder: Is it fun to be a Yankees fan?


Here is the problem with being a Yankees fan: You’re cheering for Goldman Sachs. Like the folks at Goldman Sachs, the Yankees go through two cycles: They are either obscenely rich and extremely successful, or extremely rich and not quite as successful as they planned, forcing them to hold a conference call with reporters in which they apologize for “not meeting expectations,” and then they resume being obscenely rich and successful.

There are benefits to cheering for Goldman Sachs. You don’t feel embarrassed like Clippers fans or hopeless like Pirates fans. But it’s a lot harder to fall in love. Whenever the Yankees win, they were supposed to win; they’re the Yankees. And when they lose, they were supposed to win.


Yankees fans are incredibly passionate, but passion is not the same as joy. The difference is best illustrated in their treatment of Alex Rodriguez.

In his nine years with the Yankees, A-Rod has hit .292 with a .387 on-base percentage, .538 slugging percentage, 302 home runs, 960 RBIs, two Most Valuable Player Awards and seven All-Star appearances.

A-Rod’s postseason numbers with the Yankees are not as great, of course. But until this season, they certainly weren’t bad either, by any reasonable standard. He had a .388 on-base percentage and a .480 slugging percentage. Comparison time: In Derek Jeter’s True Yankee postseason career, he has a .374 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage

And yet: Yankee fans are booing A-Rod like crazy this postseason.


I can see those smug grins in Boston right now, and on behalf of America, let me just say: Get over yourselves. The Red Sox are only an underdog in the context of their rivalry with the Yankees. For most of the last decade the Red Sox have spent wildly, won consistently and set a standard of World Series-or-bust. At this point, Boston fans are just New York fans with slightly larger apartments. This is why the Bobby Valentine disaster, while painful, was actually good for Red Sox fans. They needed to suffer again.


It wasn’t always this way. When the Yankees won the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, they were still largely homegrown, or assembled through shrewd front-office moves. Some Yankees fans argue that those teams were special — tougher, grittier, hungrier than the current group. Maybe, maybe not. But I think the main thing that has changed is the fans. In 1996, the franchise had not won the World Series since 1978, so fans of those teams had really waited a generation for success.