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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Pat Jordan: Once a Yankee fan

Pat Jordan…not just another crime scene cleanup.

And finally, these Yankees are my most despised of all Yankee teams because they aren’t really a TEAM. They are like the Hessian mercenaries during the Revolutionary War, who never had their heart in the battle. For what? It wasn’t their country they were fighting for. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is a young, recycled, spineless version of Joe Torre, a company man as demonstrated by his humiliation of A- Rod when he benched him, probably under his bosses’ orders, in this year’s playoffs. I’m no A-Rod fan (I remember when, after his first major league season at 19, he returned to his Miami high school to sign autographs for his former classmates and charged them 10 bucks a signature), but even he didn’t deserve that humiliation.

Today, that’s the Yankee way: punish the players you picked when they underperform. That doesn’t even seem to bother the players much, as evidenced by A- Rod’s attempt to pick up a woman in the stands during the game that he was benched. Why not? He was still getting paid.

The Yankee heroes of my youth had more pride than that, which is why those humble, classy Italians, and in the ‘50s and ‘60s that cool, gutsy Irisher with the pink freckled skin (even my mother loved Whitey Ford!) were my idols. Those guys, and the Yankees of the late ‘90s, those quietly efficient gamers of understated talent and personality, all had one thing in common – they were all devoted to the game they loved and they showed their devotion by their effort to win.

Thanks to A. Belth.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: December 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM (#4319084)
Oh, please. By this definition, every team consists of mercenaries, or at least people who will become mercenaries as soon as they're allowed to. The Yankees can just afford the more expensive mercenaries, instead of the Mark Kotsays of the world. You think Mark Kotsay has some deep and abiding love of San Diego? Such that he wouldn't take a bigger contract to play for (yet) another team? He's a Hessian, just a not particularly in-demand Hessian.
   2. Bug Selig Posted: December 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4319100)
but even he didn’t deserve that humiliation.


they were all devoted to the game they loved and they showed their devotion by their effort to win.


Somebody is arguing with himself.
   3. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM (#4319123)
those humble, classy Italians and in the ‘50s and ‘60s that cool, gutsy Irisher


Clearly the Yankees problems must be caused by too many south of the border types and the blacks.

Edit: It's also important that we know what a piece of junk Pat Jordan's corvette was in this piece.
   4. JE (Jason) Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4319130)
Clearly the Yankees problems must be caused by too many south of the border types and the blacks.

Apparently, one man's ethnic pride -- in this case, Italian-American -- is another man's ugly racism.
   5. JE (Jason) Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4319135)
Reading TFA, Jordan says that the 1996-2002 Yankees (i.e., rosters with very few Italians) represent his favorite teams.
   6. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4319136)
Well those were some amazing teams. Those teams were so good they made the league change the entire economic structure of baseball to combat them.
   7. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 06, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4319149)
Apparently, one man's ethnic pride -- in this case, Italian-American -- is another man's ugly racism


When I follow teams, I don't give them bonus points based on how closely their players resemble me.

And you completely ignore how the leaking Corvette T-top!
   8. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: December 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4319176)
First team I ever rooted for was the 1950 Yanks, when their best four players were all Italian-Americans. First and last time I bet that's ever been the case. They all seemed to have that fighting Viking spirit underneath their cool Mediterranean demeanor, so naturally I identified with them.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM (#4319188)
Wait a second. Some guy named Pat Jordan is claiming Italian American pride?

Go back to the name your family came through Ellis Island with, before you start throwing stones.
   10. JE (Jason) Posted: December 06, 2012 at 09:49 PM (#4319205)
Go back to the name your family came through Ellis Island with, before you start throwing stones.

Hey, aren't you Italian, Snapperini?
   11. Dale Sams Posted: December 06, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4319206)
He seated a guy who needed surgery? That's crazy.
   12. dr. scott Posted: December 06, 2012 at 11:11 PM (#4319227)
When I read A- Rod, with the space, I read it as A minus Rod. Not sure if it was intentional, but it was funny.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 07, 2012 at 09:57 AM (#4319346)
Hey, aren't you Italian, Snapperini?

Half. And my last name still ends in a vowel.
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 07, 2012 at 10:29 AM (#4319369)
It seems so bizarre nowadays that someone would make a living as a stereotypical Italian comedian under the name "Pat Cooper". He literally changed his name from something stereotypically Italian ("Pasquale Caputo") to a generic unmemorable whitebread name. And of course hundreds of Jewish entertainers did the same.

Likewise this guy Pat Jordan. I've read tons of his stuff without ever knowing he was representing the Italian-American perspective.
   15. Sunday silence Posted: December 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4319544)


First team I ever rooted for was the 1950 Yanks, when their best four players were all Italian-Americans.


Dimaggio; Berra, and Rizzuto but who's the fourth?
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 07, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4319546)
Dimaggio; Berra, and Rizzuto but who's the fourth?

Vic Raschi?
   17. JJ1986 Posted: December 07, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4319547)
Dimaggio; Berra, and Rizzuto but who's the fourth?


It is probably not the man born Edmund Walter Lopatynski.
   18. Tippecanoe Posted: December 07, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4319582)
Billy Martin would have been more humble and classy, but he was only half-Italian.
   19. Sunday silence Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM (#4321499)
bump to see if Billy Martin is the answer.

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