Friday, June 23, 2006

White Dade vs. TIWWDN: Shut Up New York

If you live in South Florida, there is no greater joy than seeing your team knock off a team from New York. It is partly to do with your constant flow of transplants who feel it necessary to let us know where they are from, and partly to do with their incessant presence at our local sporting events. Yankee fans wear their jerseys to Hurricane Football games. Jets fans start their infuriating chant at a Dolphins-Chargers match-up. If you ever watch an away game in Miami you know what I’m talking about. 60% New York fans, at least. This is why 2003, when our underdog Marlins beat the Evil Empire From The North, was so sweet. It made up for Allan Houston’s bouncing shot in 1999, it made up for the Jets Monday Night Comeback, it made up for the countless games I’ve had to leave listening to your fans go on and on and on about how “New York is the Greatest City in the World.” A win for Miami is a win for the little guy. It’s a win for the underdog and it shuts up the arrogant pricks who think they’re better than you. And when it comes to arrogant pricks, you don’t get much bigger than Larry.

For those of you who don’t know, Larry writes a little blog called This is What We Do Now. He is on Gawker about twice a week, I think he gets in the neighborhood of 20,000 hits a day, won some award as “Best Urban Blog” last year and has hundreds upon hundreds of blog groupies at his beck and call every night. In short, he is the New York Yankees of Blogging. And so after attending a Yankees-Red Sox game with Larry back in May, I decided that a friendly wager should be in order as our underdog Marlins once again come to town this weekend to take on the Yanks. A night of binge drinking in New York is the prize, since apparently Lawrence would rather freeze his ass off in the concrete jungle than sit on the beach and get plastered while looking at topless girls. To each his own, I suppose.

A lot has changed since 2003, though. The Marlins decided that fielding a competitive team to play in front of 7500 people every night just wasn’t the brightest of financial moves, and traded away every player making over the league minimum. What South Floirda got in return was an opening day starting lineup that featured six guys who had never started a game at this level before, and a payroll of $15 million. That’s right, $10 million a year less than the Yankees’ .281-hitting third baseman. The local press predicted a season on line with that of the 1962 Mets and nobody gave this year’s Fish a chance of losing anything less than 100 games. The team is now frequently outdrawn by the Sacramento RiverCats.

Oh, but a funny thing happened on the way to the #1 draft pick. Somehow, after starting the season 11-31, the Marlins all of a sudden decided they wanted to start winning ballgames and now sit at a somewhat respectable 31-38. This team has perhaps the best collection of young talent in baseball, and they are living up to their potential long before anybody thought they could. The Marlins have caught fire of late thanks mostly to the starting pitching of three guys NOT named Dontrelle Willis and a bullpen that can only be described as “Shut Down” over the last month. “What?!” you say? “The Marlins?! Isn’t that the team that gave away Mike Jacobs jerseys on Jewish Heritage Day without checking too see if he was, in fact, Jewish?” Yes, those Marlins. And don’t look now, but this year’s team is poised to make a run a .500 by the All-Star break. They are new to the game, hungry and out to prove that they can do just as well if not better than any of the over-hyped stars from New York. Sound like anyone we know? Exactly.

So pull your heads out of your collective asses, Yankee fans. This years Marlins are not the cellar-dwelling scrubs you wish were coming to town so you could get back in the pennant race. When you look in your program and see “Alfredo Amezaga,” understand that he is not a new special at Carmine’s but rather one of the top utility players in the game. New Yorkers, I encourage you to go out to the stadium this weekend and educate yourselves in some of the best young talent baseball has to offer. Because I guarantee you will be hearing the names Uggla, Han-Ram, and Cabrera(Miguel, not Melky) for a long time. I doubt you’ll get a chance to see this team again until 2008, and next time, it’ll be in October.

12 Comments:

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I already commented to Larry, I'm pulling for you guys. I'm a Red Sox fan, so while you'll be hatin on my team next week, I can't support the Evil Empire in this one.

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Ashburnite said...

I'm not a baseball fan, but I realy dislike all of the idiots who jump on the Yankees bandwagon. Everytime they are doing well, every frat guy is suddenly wearing a Yankees hat. Douchebags.

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Johnson said...

I hate Yankees fans and Red Sox fans with equal passion. I'd put my Yankees hate above my Sox hate though as I pretty much hate almost anything that comes out of NY except Seinfeld.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

I'm not from Florida, but I enjoy seeing New York teams get beat in general..lol

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Tara said...

This has nothing to do with this posting, but thought you'd like to know that I have the word "ass" on my recent blog posting. Dedicated to you cuz I know I made you proud once before. "You are the wind beneath my wings", Dade.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Tara said...

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At 8:04 PM, Blogger MonkeyPants said...

Ah yes, the 2003 World Series -- otherwise known as the World Series NO ONE GAVE ONE TINY SHIT ABOUT.

Marlins? Come on. They can't even sell out tickets to their own home games.
Yankees? Please. Speaking of sell outs... you have to sell a kidney to go see those overpaid dingalings. The rest of the baseball watching world HATES them.

Everybody outside of NYC and well... NYC (because the Marlins have no fans) only cared about the two teams that these asshole teams BEAT and when those games were over NO ONE CARED.

Pffft. Worst world series EVAH.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

Chrsit - Thanks. Guess it didn't help. On to booing your team this wekened.

Ash - Yes. Frat boys in Yankee caps. Bad experience with one of those? Or did you "forget?"

Johnson - What about Snapple?

Tara - Congratulations. I will check it out.

MPants - Bitter, are we? Peoepl were mad becasue the Yankees win too much and the Marlins win too soon. Too bad, so sad. If the Soxcould put together a team as fast as the Fish, they wouldn't be compaining.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger MonkeyPants said...

Dude. I'm a 3rd generation Cubs fan.

Yeah, I'm bitter -- two teams with nothin' but bandwagon fans go the World Series. Meh.

Marlins couldn't get anyone to come watch and Yankees fans -- man, their team loses at ALL and they're outta there. Bunch of entitled little....

[I've seen it, I followed and rooted for the damn Yankees for 8 years for the Brisbane Bastard. It's either all or nothing for those clowns.]

You have to be a real fan to be a Cubs fan. 'Nuff said.

 
At 9:25 PM, Anonymous J said...

How wrong you are all so many accounts. The Cubs are the Midwestern Yankees/Sox as far as bandwagoners. EVERYONE is a "diehard" Cubs fan and use that "I'm a real fan b/c I root for a team that loses" BS that my boy White Dade enjoys employing.

No, unfortunately you are a real fan if you care significantly about the team, no matter the record. There are plenty of casual Cubs fans b/c its just a daytime party--not b/c of the baseball. All you need to be a Cubs fan is enjoy drinking Old Style and playing hooky--which coincidentally is 99% of ppl.

Additionally, you don't have to sell a kidney to get a Yankees ticket, they aren't even the toughest ticket in the game. How about that 6,809 attendence on Sun night? Apparently the market was flooded with kidneys that night.

NYC ain't the best place in the world, and glorious franchises such as the ChiSox, Marlins, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, and Angels have won the world series since the Yankee "juggernaut".

 
At 9:27 PM, Anonymous J said...

Oh but I hate the Red Sox more than the Yanks these days. In my opinion, they are even more obnoxious than Yankees fans! Hell, the Yankees are nearly an underdog--its been so dang long since they've won it.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

J, you're not, you know, like a Cardinals fan or anything, are you?

 

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