Yankee Fans Who Want Youkilis Should Be Ashamed
These Yankee fans who are “fine,” or “don’t have a problem” with the team offering former Red Sox villain Kevin Youkilis a contract are embarrassing. These die-hard fans aren't die-hard at all, they’re sellouts.
First of all, the Yankees haven’t even signed Youk yet, so they can’t even play the “what choice do we have” card. The fact of the matter is, if you “don’t have a problem with it,” it means that you actually want Kevin Youkilis. You want that guy, in the batters box, uncomfortably stroking the shaft of his bat while bobbing up and down with his thighs clenched together like an 8-year-old who can’t hold it in anymore, and you want him in pinstripes while he does it.
That’s pathetic of you, Yankee fan. Have you forgotten how much pain and suffering this guy inflicted upon you? Have you forgotten how much of a Yankee killer this guy was, and more importantly, how much he enjoyed beating you, and then kicking dirt in your face while you were down? I understand that, in this era of free agency, teams will often sign players from rival teams, but Youk isn't just a former Red Sox player, he was the villainous face of the franchise during their most arrogant and pompous era.
As a Mets fan, I hate Chipper Jones. I loathe Chipper Jones and I would aggressively oppose the Mets ever signing him to a deal. Would I boo him if he hit a home run for my team? No, but I could never embrace him as a true Met, and that sentiment would echo tenfold if he were past his prime. Kevin Youkilis hit .235 last season. .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBI. I’m no Brian Cashman, but I think the Yankees can find another patchwork third baseman that can live up to the expectation of .235, 19 and 60. Those guys are a dime a dozen, and virtually none of them carry the Beantown baggage that this man does.
If the player were still in his prime, I could stomach it. I could understand, even get behind my Mets stealing a young star from the Braves or Phillies, despite the hatred I may have had. There’s something very enjoyable about improving your team while delivering a blow to your rivals’. That’s why I begrudgingly understood the Yankee fan’s support for Johnny Damon. But that joy doesn't exist here. You aren't stealing away a valued piece from the Sox nor are you getting a game changing talent. By offering this pedestrian third baseman a $12 million one year contract, the Yankees are essentially giving a lifetime achievement award to a guy who bullied them for years. If you don’t have a problem with that as a Yankees fan, you damn well should.
Just ask yourself, Yankee fan: WWGSD? What Would George Steinbrenner Do?
I hope you at least make him shave that ugly goatee…