Respectful Insolence

Does Jesus hate the New York Yankees?

Opening day at last!

The 2006 baseball season starts this weekend. One thing that I can predict with a high degree of certainty is that, sadly, my old hometown team the Detroit Tigers will continue to suck, getting deeper into their second decade of futility as measured by sub-.500 records. In contrast, my other favorite team, the Cleveland Indians (which I came to root for during the eight years I lived in Cleveland), look strong. Given that they gave the Chicago White Sox a scare in the last couple of months of the season, almost catching them from a huge deficit before falling just short of making the playoffs, they’ll be hungrier than ever this year. This is a team that looks a lot like 1994 Indians, on the cusp of something great. Too bad they couldn’t quite close the deal by winning the World Series in 1995 or 1997. The 1997 loss was particularly painful, given that they came within one out of eliminating 49 years of futility, and have since added nine more years.

One thing that’s for sure, is that the dreaded New York Yankees will be in contention. I was extremely happy to see them fall short last year, but this is a new year. Unfortunately, I happen to live within the area covered by New York City media, and there are a lot of Yankees fans around here. After all, as any baseball fan will tell you, anyone who grew up in an American League city east of the Mississippi other than New York almost certainly hates the Yankees (not to mention quite a few of those who grew up west of the Mississippi as well). Fortunately, I’ve found something that very weill might annoy the heck out of them:

A couple of really cool T shirts!

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Perhaps I’ll order one of them, or even both. I wouldn’t be foolish enough to venture into the Bronx wearing one of these shirts, but around where I live, the worst they’ll provoke would be nasty comments or a bit of a chuckle.

I’m sure they’re probably big sellers in Boston.

Comments

  1. #1 Paul
    April 2, 2006

    Go Jays, go!

  2. #2 BenM
    April 2, 2006

    But did you know that Jesus was a Yankee a couple of seasons ago?

  3. #3 tim gueguen
    April 2, 2006

    I must agree with Paul.

  4. #4 Seth Manapio
    April 2, 2006

    Finally, A point on which christians and atheists can unite.

  5. #5 Dan Glick
    April 2, 2006

    Actually, isn’t there a line in the gospels about this? “Verily I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a filthy rich team to enter the World Series of heaven.”

  6. #6 Dawn
    April 2, 2006

    Go Tigers!!!!!

  7. #7 Ahistoricality
    April 2, 2006

    I usually root for the KC Royals and Baltimore Orioles. The battle for fourth place….

  8. #8 wolfwalker
    April 2, 2006

    “After all, as any baseball fan will tell you, anyone who grew up in an American League city east of the Mississippi other than New York almost certainly hates the Yankees (not to mention quite a few of those who grew up west of the Mississippi as well).”

    Someone I know says it this way: on any given spring/summer night, any baseball fan outside of Yankee Country will have two favorite teams: their regular one, and whoever is playing the Yankees.

  9. #9 Flea
    April 2, 2006

    Hey, someone’s gotta love them! Might as well be the flea.

    Play ball!

    Flea

  10. #10 Samantha Vimes
    April 3, 2006

    This might not just sell to their sports rival fans.

    I see nothing that specifies baseball, rather than regionalism.

  11. #11 Emily
    April 3, 2006

    If you read the webcomic Alien Loves Predator you’d know that Jesus used to play for the Yankees.

  12. #12 Jason Powers
    April 3, 2006

    The Detroit Tigers aren’t going anywhere this year, but they have a plan and are improving bit by bit. I always wondered if any of the ScienceBloggers was a baseball fan, and if you’re in SABR, too. I pretty much live for Baseball Prospectus these days, there’s enough performance metrics and predictive models to make me forget the endless parade of fact-free creationist bullshit in every other area of life.

    Not that I’m bitter because the President just cut our funding again.

  13. #13 Julia
    April 3, 2006

    I’d love the first shirt, myself.

    Grew up just outside of Boston. The only major-league games I’ve ever been to were at Fenway. And the Red Sox won all the ones where they weren’t playing the Yankees. (I didn’t go to very many games.)

    Now I’m just going to minor-league ones in Texas.

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