Scream louder, Bald Vinny. Scream louder.
Those are the type of fans that probably no longer show up to Yankee Stadium due to cost, and the desire to not be treated as an uninvited nuisance by the stadium security Gestapos. A night at AT&T Park sounds like an event, not an invitation-only polo match for the city’s elite.
Are they corny and goofy? Sure. Giants’ fans may have a good number of people who care more about eating, drinking and having a good time. Still, they have a connection to the team and make noise when something positive happens on the field. That is the point of going to a baseball game. It’s the difference between 90% capacity and standing-room only. Even during the post-Barry Bonds down period the team still had solid attendance figures and only fell out of the top-ten one season.
...Giants’ fans like their players and support them. This is conspicuously absent in New York as the big stars don’t seem approachable. They have a boorish and bullying team executive in Randy Levine. Even the most engaging Yankee – Nick Swisher – is largely obnoxious and phony. Derek Jeter’s best trait is a balanced aloofness that helps keep the clubhouse in check, but doesn’t give an approachable warm and fuzzy feeling to fans.
The Yankees proved that 95 wins a year isn’t enough to make the fans happy. There needs to be something more, and it starts with connecting with the 25-man roster.
Watching baseball in San Francisco is a fun party. Watching baseball in New York is a job that requires you to have a second mortgage in which to participate. Add in the personality of the players and you have a perfect fan-team relationship that might propel the Giants to their second World Series title in three years.
That would be one more than the Yankees have won the last decade, and they didn’t need to invest over two billion dollars for it.