'Ichiro's biggest moment so far in New York came when he hit a home run in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles. It was a momentous shot for the veteran, the 100th of his career, but he'll remember it more for the reaction from Yankees fans.
'"I don't know if it was because it was my first home run as a Yankee or because it was my 100th home run, but I don't think I have ever received that kind of ovation from the fans -- that many and that loud," Ichiro said. "Maybe it was the first time in my career I received something that big."'
I really think he was just swept up in the moment. I mean he came from Japan where he is a god and fans are way more animated and vocal. If he meant it as a put down then he was putting down all his early career top moments too in Japan.
"The truth is, your perception of the rabidness of the fans depends entirely on what kind of game it is (playoffs or a rivalry game, like the Sox-Yanks or the Mets-Yanks) and where you're sitting. I've sat in the bleachers and, of course, in the midst of an orchestrated hubbub raised by the world's most obscene, tasteless, vulgar fans..."
The truth is, your perception has to do with whether or not you hate Yankees fans and the City of New York.
I grew-up in the Bronx. I went to my first Yankees game in 1985. When I was a kid and a teenage, NYC was my playground. My best friend to this day, his family lives on 165th and Grand Concourse. The old Stadium was on 161st St. The New one is a couple blocks north, so now, they're even closer.
I used to play catch on what is now the New Yankee Stadium. It used to be a park.
I know there's a lot of bad stuff about NY, but there's a lot of really awesome stuff, as well. I've seen lousy stuff happen at Yankee Stadium, but I had some really good times there, even when our 3-4 hitters were Mel Hall and Steve Balboni.
I don't hate NYC and their fans the way you do. I'm not going to sh*t all over people from a different city just because I don't like their sports teams. I've attended sporting events my whole life. I understand that's the way sports fans are.
I don't think the New Yankee Stadium has the same feeling as the old place. The Old Stadium was very unique. And it was old. Old stuff is cool. There was something really cool about watching the field where Joe DiMaggio played, where Lou Gehrig played. Where all of these great, legendary ballplayers played.
Truth is, New Yankee Stadium is like Safeco Field with more bars, a bigger concourse, and no roof. And no Puget Sound. Although they do have garlic fries. And now, everyone who works there is all nice and sh*t. It's weird. I mean, it was attractive, mild mannered young people taking my ticket, smiling, helping me find my seats. In the old days, Yankee Stadium was staffed exclusively by mean, old men in their '70's, with very little patience.
"Nowadays, sure. Safeco is half-empty and we've been watching a struggling, losing team piling up futile seasons for several years now, with a loser managing the team."
You're pretty negative about everything, aren't you? I don't get the hostility towards Eric Wedge. I don't see how Wedge is holding this team back. They need some better players, and they need some of the players they have now to play better.
"Ichiro so ready to rip the Seattle fans who idolized him for 10 years? Apparently so."
I think you're looking at this all wrong. I think the proper way to look at it is, Ichiro has not really played a meaningful game in September since 2003, which was nine years ago. He's getting older, and can see the end of his career. His team has finished in last place six of the past eight years, and is in the middle of making it seven of nine.
He's suddenly traded to the Yankees, where, instead of being ten games out of the playoff picture, Ichiro's now in first-place. He hits a game-tying HR in his first series in Yankee Stadium, and he gets a standing ovation.
He's asked how he feels after the game, and he tells the Yankees reporter that those are the loudest cheers he remembers hearing.
Do you really see a guy who's ripping Seattle; or, do you see a guy who has kinda been having a lousy season for a guy used to getting 225 hits a year, and he gets a big hit, and the fans give him a curtain call, and he's trying to ingratiate himself to his new fanbase?
" Let him have his fun in New York, and may they go into a tailspin while the M's make an unthinkable charge towards the Wild Card. It'd serve him right."
You might want to gargle with some salt water and baking soda to wash away all that bitterness.
"The truth is, your perception has to do with whether or not you hate Yankees fans and the City of New York."
Once again, you resort to your bullsht about me hating the city I was born in and in which I live right now. You really can be a dishonest as*hole, dale. You return to this same lie every time we have a discussion about the Yankees. Guess what -- loving the City of New York isn't synonymous with loving the goddamned Yankees. I'm a Mets fan. There are millions of us in New York who can't stand the Yankees, so stow your bullsht equation. I'm in New York -- where are you? That's right, living 3,000 miles away from the city you love so much. F-ck you.
"Once again, you resort to your bullsht about me hating the city I was born in and in which I live right now."
It's tough to tell. You're obviously bitter as cup of p*ss when it comes to the Yankees and their fans.
Of course, you're pretty bitter and negative towards the Mariners - their fans, their players, their manager - too.
"You really can be a dishonest as*hole, dale."
Maybe you're just a bitter, negative guy. Sure seems like it. You're kinda an amusing person with whom to deal, is that you continually insult people to their face and call them names.
Right now, you're calling me an a-hole. You call Yankees fans "the world's most obscene, tasteless, vulgar fans," and say Yankee Stadium is "one-of-a-kind bedlam." Which it is. That's why it's such a fun place to watch a game. (Well, the old Stadium, anyway. The new stadium is a little sterile. It lacks personality, and is way too commercial.)
OK. You think I'm an a-hole. You hate the Yankees and their fans. Well, I don't give a s**t. Having grown-up in NY and attended dozens of games in both Seattle and NY, it's rare that Safeco Field gets as energized as Yankee Stadium.
Safeco has its moments. I've seen Safeco go crazy during some stellar Felix Hernandez moments.
But it's not the same atmosphere as NY, where the Yankees are always in contention, and there's 50,000 screaming fans almost every game.
And you're going to call Ichiro a d**k for hitting a HR, getting a standing ovation, and being happy about it.
Listen, let us all know when you see something that makes you happy. Next time that happens will be the first.
"That's right, living 3,000 miles away from the city you love so much. F-ck you."
Has anybody told you what a comically-ridiculous dips**t you are? There's a lot of stuff I like about Seattle way more than NYC. Let's start with the cost of living and the weather.
All I'm saying is that Yankee Stadium is a louder, more exciting place to watch a baseball game than Safeco Field. If that p*sses you off, go tell it to your therapist. Nobody else gives a s***.
"he's trying to ingratiate himself to his new fanbase"
At least you got that part right.
"But it's not the same atmosphere as NY, where the Yankees are always in contention, and there's 50,000 screaming fans almost every game."
Anybody who watched the last Mariners games in New York knows that what I said -- that the level of intensity in Yankee Stadium depends on the nature of the game -- is true. The place was hardly "rocking" during that series. And it's also true that where you're sitting in any stadium can affect your perception of the raucousness of the fans. If you're in the middle of King's Court, Safeco is going to "rock" a lot more from your point of view than if you're in the corner of the right field seats. That's just common sense.
But, when the Yankees enter the discussion, you and common sense go separate ways. Nothing new there. It's always that way with you. I made a couple of readily verifiable observations about Yankee Stadium and you dragged out your tired old script and reacted as if I were attacking the stadium. If you don't love the Yankees, you hate New York. What a self-serving lie, and so redolent with the arrogance of a Yankee fan. I don't hate all Yankee fans; I've gone to games with Yankee fans. But arrogant, duplicitous Yankee fans like you and lowlifes like those slimebags in the bleachers -- yeah, they're easy to detest. Anybody who'd defend scumwads who chant obscenities in the presence of small children is taking fanhood way too far.
"But, when the Yankees enter the discussion, you and common sense go separate ways."
Nope. Quit projecting your insanity and dysfunction onto me. I have enough to deal with as it is. Ichiro made a harmless comment about the crowd noise and intensity being much greater than it is in Seattle, and you started a thread ripping Ichiro a new one because he plays for the Yankees, and like many sports fans, you're so pitifully immature that you're actually allowing this to make you upset.
That's exactly what's happening, and it's a mixture of funny and sad to observe.
" If you don't love the Yankees, you hate New York. What a self-serving lie, and so redolent with the arrogance of a Yankee fan... arrogant, duplicitous Yankee fans like you and lowlifes like those slimebags in the bleachers -- yeah, they're easy to detest. Anybody who'd defend scumwads who chant obscenities in the presence of small children is taking fanhood way too far."
I'm speaking specifically to you. I don't believe you're necessarily representative of most people. You, specifically, are an annoying, immature, condescending, borderline-insane toolbox.
You completely hate the Yankees and their fans with a passion so deep it's both scary and amusing. That's why you're whining about Ichiro like the little b**ch that you are: he wears the Pinstripes, so now all the great years he gave Seattle are out the window, and you're just going to sh*t all over him.
Your act is so old, man. Tell it to your shrink. I'm not getting paid to listen to your psychotic BS.
"You completely hate the Yankees and their fans with a passion so deep it's both scary and amusing."
Gee, you're a tenacious little pit bull, aren't you? Just can't let go of your stock phrase and blatant lie. I already explained to you, numerous times, that I don't hate all Yankee fans. In fact, I've had some very pleasant conversations about baseball with several Yankee fans since I moved back home to New York. We've discussed the Pineda deal, their feelings about losing Montero, and the arrival of Ichiro, among other things. Very nice people. I like nice Yankee fans. I just don't like you, because you're a jerk. Has nothing to do with the Yankees. If you were a fan of the Mudhens, you'd still be a jerk, and your history of conflict with other posters on this forum speaks for itself -- and, of course, it's always their fault, never yours.
"...he wears the Pinstripes, so now all the great years he gave Seattle are out the window, and you're just going to sh*t all over him."
Nice reversal there, champ. In fact, what this thread was about was Ichiro throwing all those great years of fan support back in our teeth for the sake of one lousy curtain call in the Bronx.
Instead of relying on your faulty and biased impressions -- as the popular New York sportscaster Warner Wolf used to say -- let's go to the videotape:
"I don't know if it was because it was my first home run as a Yankee or because it was my 100th home run, but I don't think I have ever received that kind of ovation from the fans -- that many and that loud," Ichiro said. "Maybe it was the first time in my career I received something that big."
Yeah, that home run in the Bronx definitely inspired a bigger response than any we ever gave him at Safeco. No wonder he doesn't remember any bigger reactions in Seattle anymore.
And you've often promised to put me on Ignore. When are you ever going to keep your word?
"Gee, you're a tenacious little pit bull, aren't you? Just can't let go of your stock phrase and blatant lie."
Nope. You're just an a-hole. F*** this, and f*** you.
Well, the M's have never won the big one. They're underdogs, and I tend to favor underdogs. Mets instead of Yankees, always -- and that's why. A long time ago, a comedian named Joe E. Lewis said: "Rooting for the New York Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel." In those days, America still had a prospering steel industry and U.S. Steel was an industrial giant.
There's something more satisfying in a long-shot victory. I think that's why it's one of the abiding motifs in drama. The poor schlub from the blue-collar family gets the girl that the rich, preppy snob covets but doesn't love. The runner whose feet are horribly burned goes on to win footraces in the Olympics (that one really happened). Washed-up palooka Terry Malloy defeats Johnny Friendly and the waterfront mob. The seven samurai hold off a host of invaders. David fells Goliath.
I can't imagine that the fourth World Championship in five years won by the Yankees could have been as satisfying to a Yankee fan as the first World Championship in Seattle will be for Mariners fans. It'll be a long grind; it already has been. But the payoff will be blissful. It's gotta be.
I don't condone violence in general. But when the meek little kid on the playground who's been the longtime victim of the schoolyard bully hauls off and decks the big coward who's been abusing him, there's something so deeply satisfying in that, something so right, that it seems to redeem the world for a brief moment from the pall of oppression and injustice that hangs over life like a dirty shroud too much of the time. I guess, as Jimmy Breslin observed, most of us are losers. And when another loser wins, we can take a vicarious victory from that, even if it's not quite enough to inspire us to hope in our own chances. Does that make sense? Maybe not. But when Kerri Strug nailed the landing on her gold medal vault in the 1996 Olympics, when she could barely walk on her injured ankle and collapsed after saluting the judges, that still ranks in my heart as one of the greatest sports moments I've ever witnessed. Beating the odds -- there's just something about it.
Not quite sure why you guys are arguing, but it doesn't seem all that important. Last I checked, Ichiro looks like the same washed up has been for NY as he did here. In fact, his numbers are even worse. I think the Yankees were just honoring him, because they appreciate a great player and are happy to have him on their team for his last season in the MLB, because it is obvious that he can't play anymore. Be nice to one another and try not to be so sensitive. I come into this forum from time to time and I think you and brotherfox are both pretty reasonable. We all have our quirks of over pessimism or over optimism, but no reason to fight over little stuff.
By the way, does anybody remember that poster in here "annoyedbyu" who challenged me to a fight and kept posting videos of himself hitting a home run in some goofy amateur league to show he was an expert? LOL I just thought about that when I thought of dumb posters.
I will say that I admire NY fans for their passion. As you NY guys know baseball's a religion. I grew up in WA... I remember betting my co-workers (Yankees fans) SEA was going to win game 6 of the ALCS in 2000 and tie it up. I had to listen to the rest of the game on the radio while out on run at work. Darn if NYY didn't hit that HR. I had to eat those words needless to say.
When they won the subway series I went to the store at midnight and saw the crowded streets, bars, and parade of cars cruising honking their horns like crazy.
I also went to to see SEA play at old Yankee Stadium sweeping the Yanks. Some of the bleacher creatures were heckling Jeff Nelson, Sasaki Rhoades etc in the bullpen and were so bad they were kicked out of the game. Some of the fans behind me were saying...no big deal we'll take them in the playoffs.
My point is that was those instances are when I was a true SEA fan and that I wanted to see NY loose the pennant or any playoffs to Seattle. While I admired the rivalry between NY and SEA I realized they have a self entitlement attitude that they deserve to win every year.