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Friday, October 18, 2019

Report: Yankees fans taunted Zack Greinke about his mother, battles with anxiety and depression

This postseason hasn’t been the best look for the Yankees or their fans. Astros outfielder Josh Reddick was upset after Yankees fans hurled bottles and souvenir baseballs onto the field following a replay review that didn’t go in the Yankees’ favor. Astros skipper A.J. Hinch warned that if that behavior was repeated, he would pull his players from the field until order is restored. The Yankees even had to remind fans, via a message and a video featuring manger Aaron Boone, not to throw objects on the field.

Despite the warnings, Yankees fans continued to act crudely. NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty reports that at least one Yankees fan was ejected from the stadium on Thursday night as fans hurled insults towards Game 4 starter Zack Greinke while he warmed up in the bullpen. Fans, Kuty notes, insulted Greinke’s mother was well as his well-publicized battles with social anxiety and depression. The behavior was not limited to those at the stadium as Yankees fans on Twitter were also encouraging others to use Greinke’s mental illness against him.

You don’t think it’s the baseball gods responding to this that caused the Yankees to lose tonight, do you?

 

QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: anxiety, fans, zack greinke

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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 18, 2019 at 03:41 AM (#5891519)
Too many stories about Yankee fans doing what they do. It's not news! This is just what they do.
   2. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: October 18, 2019 at 06:56 AM (#5891521)
Do I ever get tired of typing, "Stay classy, Yankees fans!"?

No. No, I do not.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: October 18, 2019 at 07:45 AM (#5891526)
Not cool, 'zop.
   4. Do Not Touch Fancy Pants Socially Distanced Handle Posted: October 18, 2019 at 09:02 AM (#5891532)
Heckling is one thing. But those kind of attacks are way, way, way out of line. As is throwing objects that could easily cause serious injury to a player obviously.

I hope Yankee fans engaged in such pathetic, and appalling behaviour, lose their testicles in a freak blender accident. At least stop them from passing on their disgusting brand of stupidity.
   5. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5891551)
I get the mental health jibes being way over the top, but isn't there sort of a long tradition of "yo' mama" heckles (comical and not) going back generations? "Insulted Grienke's mother" doesn't strike me as particularly troubling.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:10 AM (#5891553)
Heckling is one thing.
Is it though? If we, as a culture, say it's expected and even encouraged, for some reason, for fans to yell insulting stuff at opposing players, some people are inevitably going to end up at this. Wouldn't we be better off considering it frowned upon to yell "Hey Greinke, YOU SUCK!!" and that kind of thing? What's enjoyable about that to begin with?
   7. PreservedFish Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:13 AM (#5891555)
Yeah is there something particular and sensitive about Grienke's mom? Or was it a generic "ur mom" joke?
   8. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5891558)
Even if it wasn't a joke, a standard low-class "your mom ###### the Yankees bullpen" is still something I would feel inured to, as a citizen and sports fan. Like, doesn't that happen every game? Not that I'd endorse it, but it doesn't seem story-worthy.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5891560)
"your mom ###### the Yankees bullpen"
As if Boone would ever let any of them stay in long enough to finish.
   10. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:42 AM (#5891566)
savage douches
   11. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5891572)
Primey for #9
   12. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:39 AM (#5891591)
Hell hath no fury like a Yankees fan rejected by a free agent.
   13. The Duke Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:40 AM (#5891593)
Our politicians do this every day - it must be ok
   14. Do Not Touch Fancy Pants Socially Distanced Handle Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:54 AM (#5891598)
Is it though? If we, as a culture, say it's expected and even encouraged, for some reason, for fans to yell insulting stuff at opposing players, some people are inevitably going to end up at this. Wouldn't we be better off considering it frowned upon to yell "Hey Greinke, YOU SUCK!!" and that kind of thing? What's enjoyable about that to begin with?

I mean, I have never heckled anyone, and don't plan on doing so. And I would much prefer it, that nobody stoops to it.

But I still think there is a pretty bright line between generic heckling, and what the Yankees fans did here. So fuck 'em, with a wire brush, until their assholes fall out.
   15. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:59 AM (#5891603)
They went after his mother?! That's crossing a line rarely crossed!
   16. Perry Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:04 PM (#5891607)
Even if it wasn't a joke, a standard low-class "your mom ###### the Yankees bullpen" is still something I would feel inured to, as a citizen and sports fan. Like, doesn't that happen every game? Not that I'd endorse it, but it doesn't seem story-worthy.


Is that just an east coast thing? Because I've been going to ballgames for over 50 years, mostly in St. Louis and Denver but also Cincy, Cleveland, and Chicago, and I've never heard anything that vulgar ever.
   17. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5891608)
'Dis is Noo Yawk! Nuttin' but 'da best...
   18. Due to the leadership of Zonk... Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:10 PM (#5891611)
If Yankee fans have overtaken them, then man...

It's been a disastrously disappointing couple years for the Phillies, hasn't it?
   19. pikepredator Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5891614)
I've been going to ballgames for over 50 years, mostly in St. Louis and Denver but also Cincy, Cleveland, and Chicago, and I've never heard anything that vulgar ever.


Midwestern people are the most easy-going people in the country . . . Boston decided Philly and New York had something pretty cool going and have taken things to the next level, sadly. I say that as a fan raised on Boston's sports teams from the 80's. I don't think the Red Sox, Pats, or Celts are nearly as likeable now, sadly. Not sure about the B's.

Of course on the West Coast they skip the trash-talk and move straight to beatings, so there's that.

This is pathetic but I'm also 100% sure Philly and Boston fans would do (have done) the same thing, so I'm not gonna bash the Yanks for it.
   20. Due to the leadership of Zonk... Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:18 PM (#5891617)
Midwestern people are the most easy-going people in the country


Just ask Tom Gamboa!
   21. Itchy Row Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:19 PM (#5891618)
We shouldn't be mocking Yankee fans for their mental illness.
   22. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:22 PM (#5891623)
Out of curiousity, is #16 Dayn Perry, of related-to-Family-Perry fame?

Or some other Perry?
   23. Perry Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5891630)
Out of curiousity, is #16 Dayn Perry, of related-to-Family-Perry fame?

Or some other Perry?


Nope. Perry is my first name, although it was my mother's family name, so it's possible I'm distantly related, especially if he has West Virginia roots like my mom.
   24. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5891635)
Sorry, just old Primer names coming up.

Anyhow, I, I dunno, maybe I thought up something no one would say, but having worked with truck drivers and children as well as attended games at two Mets and two Yankees' stadiums, it just didn't seem that unusual.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5891636)
Dayn used to post pretty frequently here, though he hasn't for a long time now. He played in the one Chicago softball game I made it to.
   26. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: October 18, 2019 at 01:11 PM (#5891647)
I still remember when they spit on Cliff Lee's wife and then acted shocked when he didn't want to play for them.
   27. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 18, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5891667)
Yankees fans hurled bottles and souvenir baseballs


fans hurled insults


That's alotta hurling. Who thought souvenir baseballs were a good plan?
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5891669)
Yankees fans hurled bottles and souvenir baseballs
fans hurled insults
Phillies fans just hurl.
   29. Due to the leadership of Zonk... Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:13 PM (#5891676)
Who thought souvenir baseballs were a good plan?


The person who suggested the compromise from bats?
   30. Howie Menckel Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:27 PM (#5891683)
the Yankees gave away Bat Day items before the game until the 1970s after - well, it didn't end well for some patrons. so they switched to smaller bats and post-game distribution.

this later one is a beauty
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of blunt trauma in northern New York City before and after the distribution of 25,000 baseball bats at Yankee Stadium.

DESIGN: Prospective multicenter study, including ten days before and ten days after Bat Day (June 3, 1990).

SETTING: Ten emergency departments in the Bronx and northern Manhattan.

TYPE OF PARTICIPANT: All patients presenting to the ED with baseball bat injuries.

INTERVENTIONS: Each hospital collected the following data for each subject: date and time of injury, patient's age and sex, extent of injury, whether a Yankee bat was used, presence of loss of consciousness, results of computed tomography scan of the brain (if performed), history source, and disposition of the patient. Average daily atmospheric temperature was recorded for each day of the study.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Seventy-seven patients sustained bat injuries, 38 (49%) before and 36 (47%) after Bat Day. There were no significant differences between the two groups with respect to age, sex, time of injury, number and distribution of fractures and lacerations, incidence of loss of consciousness, source of history, or dispostion. There was a positive association between the number of cases on a given day and the average temperature that day (r = .5; P < .01).

CONCLUSION: The distribution of 25,000 wooden baseball bats to attendees at Yankee Stadium did not increase the incidence of bat-related trauma in the Bronx and northern Manhattan. There was a positive correlation between daily temperature and the incidence of bat injury. The informal but common impressions of emergency clinicians about the cause-and-effect relationship between Bat Day and bat trauma were unfounded.
   31. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5891687)
I dunno, I bet that study was funded by the National Bat Association. It's got a Wayne LaPierre kind of vibe.
   32. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 18, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5891694)
I went to the 1969 commemoration game at Citi Field this year, at which they gave away replica 1969 pennants...at the end of a loooooooooong stick.

This, from an organization that gives you a big speil at the gates about not brining in anything frozen.
   33. Anonymous Observer Posted: October 18, 2019 at 03:15 PM (#5891696)
I don't think the Red Sox, Pats, or Celts are nearly as likeable now, sadly. Not sure about the B's.

The Bruins have Brad Marchand and David Backes. They are a very easy team to dislike/hate team.
   34. Bote Man Posted: October 18, 2019 at 03:42 PM (#5891704)
Good thing Wally Joyner dodged that knife!
   35. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: October 18, 2019 at 03:56 PM (#5891708)
the Yankees gave away Bat Day items before the game until the 1970s after - well, it didn't end well for some patrons


I blame the Baseball Furies ...
   36. . Posted: October 18, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5891719)
The entire business model of the internet is stoking up outrage, and providing a vehicle for people to express their outrage.
   37. Joey B. Posted: October 18, 2019 at 04:26 PM (#5891720)
The entire business model of the internet is stoking up outrage, and providing a vehicle for people to express their outrage.

Hey, it worked around here for almost 15 years, until suddenly I guess it didn't any longer!
   38. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: October 18, 2019 at 06:23 PM (#5891757)
LOOK WHO'S BACK!! AND WHAT A SURPRISE!!
   39. Howie Menckel Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM (#5891831)
I went to the 1969 commemoration game at Citi Field this year, at which they gave away replica 1969 pennants.

I got the 1969 Mets WS ring replica and - well, if you don't have brass knuckles, you're halfway home wearing this one.

an unnecessarily high-quality item. I assumed those in decision-making roles on that have been sacked.
   40. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 18, 2019 at 11:48 PM (#5891832)
the Yankees gave away Bat Day items before the game until the 1970s after - well, it didn't end well for some patrons


I was at a game where they gave away giant pretzels.
   41. depletion Posted: October 19, 2019 at 06:58 AM (#5891851)
Ronson Lighter Fluid Night?
   42. Adam Starblind Posted: October 19, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5891857)
Wouldn't we be better off considering it frowned upon to yell "Hey Greinke, YOU SUCK!!" and that kind of thing? What's enjoyable about that to begin with?


The thing is, Greinke doesn't suck.
   43. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: October 19, 2019 at 10:38 AM (#5891861)
Why can’t Yankee fans be nice like Astros fans?
   44. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 19, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5891863)
A 73-year-old Astros fan faces a misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly hitting a Yankees supporter during a playoff game on Sunday.

James Warren Dinkins, a former justice of the peace in Montgomery County, is accused of slapping the opposing fan in the back of the head after an argument in their seats at Minute Maid Park, according to court records. ...

Dinkins, who declined to comment about the arrest, has been released from jail after posting $100 bond.

He was placed on probation for one year after pleading guilty in 2013 to a federal disaster fraud charge. Authorities said he tried to fraudulently obtain about $120,000 in disaster relief funds in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
   45. Astroenteritis Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5892324)
Who thought souvenir baseballs were a good plan?


When I was a kid going to games at the Astrodome, we used to try to think up the worst sponsored giveaways. After a spate of robberies at Houston convenience stores we surmised that "7-11 ski mask night" would be a good one.

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