Hilarious, Mitchel. Only one problem: I would sooner freeze to
death naked than wear Yankees gear. In fact, last semester I said in
class that I would put on Yankees gear ONLY if I were naked and
freezing, and a student who turned out to be a bigger Mets fan than I
(almost impossible) said he'd light himself on fire to keep warm
before donning Yankees gear.
P.S.: Good luck getting a response from The Boss.
>PLEASE FORWARD AND PRINT
>To: George Steinbrenner,
> owner, NY Yankees
>September 16, 2004
>Imagine my surprise when I whirled around at the peaceful anti-war rally
>outside the Republican National Convention near Madison Square Garden last
>week, to find a motorcycle gang in New York Yankee uniforms spurring their
>motorbikes into the peaceful crowd.
>In particular, one thug, wearing Babe Ruth’s #3 and a German helmet,
>knocked over a pregnant woman as he kicked the sides of his bike and
>slammed it further into the crowd, which had gathered in the legal “free
>Only later was I informed that those “bozos on bikes” were New York City
>police officers. Gasp.
>During the protests, I witnessed many New York Police Department personnel
>acting in ways that disgraced their uniforms. And by that, I don’t mean the
>NYPD blues but the famed pinstripes of the NY Yankees.
>I am going to say something here that may frighten or appall many of my
>friends: “I am a Yankee fan.” I’ve been a Yankee fan since Horace Stoneham
>stole the NY Giants and my beloved Willie Mays out to San Francisco some 47
>years ago. And I have never before seen a group of individuals besmirch
>that uniform (well, if we don’t count a few late-night incidents in bars
>around town). Imagine what Babe Ruth - or even David Wells (dare I mention
>his name to you?), who loved the Babe so much that he wore his old hat and
>kissed his monument behind the centerfield wall every time he came in to
>pitch - would say if he saw someone wearing the Babe’s uniform
>intentionally smash into a crowd of lawful antiwar protesters on his
>motorbike, seriously injuring some of them.
>Gives new meaning to “the Sultan of Swat,” doesn’t it?
>Writing to the police commissioner, Ray Kelly, is a hopeless cause. But I
>am hoping that the NY Yankees might better hear my protest of this abuse of
>their uniforms and history, and that you rebuke those cops who in the
>future should be made to wear Boston Red Sox uniforms.
>At the very least, for the next large demonstration perhaps the Yankees
>could supply the protesters with NY Yankee uniforms as well. Then we could
>have everyone wearing the Yankee logo, with Babe Ruth coming at Derek
>Jeter, Mickey Mantle swinging at Bernie Williams -- the New York Yankees
>antiwar affinity groups choreographed by Fellini. Maybe then the cries will
>go out to stop this “Yankee on Yankee” violence once and for all.
>More than one thousand protesters were held for 48 hours and longer at Pier
>57 on the West Side, the toxic site of a former bus barn. Protesters have
>re-named it “Guantanamo on the Hudson,” and many were made seriously ill by
>the chemicals, asbestos and benzene. I know that former Mayor Giuliani had
>offered to build the Yankees a new stadium with public funds somewhere on
>the West Side; with all the Yankee uniforms around Pier 57 last week you’d
>think that they were scouting out that toxic dump for the Yankees. Say it
>ain’t so, George!
>For many of us Greens and other environmental and antiwar activists, it’s
>becoming increasingly difficult to remain a NY Yankee fan when surrounded
>by thugs in NY Yankee uniforms who are beating on us, while the Yankee
>management says nothing about this. My girlfriend, who had been tolerant to
>a fault in allowing my late night TV fare, now insists that I turn off the
>YES network’s replays of the ballgames. “How can you root for those
>fascists after what they did to us?” she screams at me. She has a point.
>(One of the saving graces for the Yankees among activists is that the City
>Councilman in the Mets’ area of Queens is the odious Peter Vallone, Jr., a
>huge hurdle to overcome if one is thinking of switching to the Mets.)
>So I have one more suggestion as a means of rewarding the faithful, who
>have stuck with the Yankees through thick and thin: Hold an “anti-war
>demonstrators” night at the Stadium, where all those 1,821 who were
>arrested last week and their antiwar supporters could come for free to a
>game at Yankee Stadium and enjoy the team again. (Hint: Playoff tickets
>would be ideal …. )
>Oh, it would also be helpful, in that case, if we could substitute organic
>tofu dogs for the Ballpark franks.
>Thanks …. And GO YANKEES (I think) !
>Green Party of NY State
>2652 Cropsey Avenue, #7H
>Brooklyn, NY 11214
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