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Derek Jeter the Cheater? Say It Ain’t So! »

He is, to me, the only likable Yankee—Curtis Granderson excluded.There's no profundity in hating the New York Yankees, I realize that. A rumpled sportswriter once said that rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel; that quote could be updated, and you'd substitute Microsoft or Comcast for U.S. Steel.So I'm not the Lone [...]

George Steinbrenner Changed Sports Ownership Forever »

They used to be venerable, largely anonymous men. Baseball teams were the family business. You never saw them, rarely heard from them. You had an occasional buffoon (Bill Veeck), or a pioneer (Branch Rickey), or a turncoat (Horace Stoneham). Those anomalies aside, the rest of them wore stuffy suits, counted the day’s receipts, and some [...]

MLB Is Better Off with New York Yankees in the »

It was the vaudevillian comedian Joe E. Brown who went on the record about it most famously. It was he who put it into words with so much brevity yet pith. “Rooting for the Yankees,” Brown was jotted down as having said, “is like rooting for U.S. Steel.” Those Damn Yankees—welcome back to the playoff spotlight. The Yankees are in a [...]