When I got home from Saudi Arabia last Thursday, I caught an edition of ESPN's SportsCenter. One of the big stories that day was the booing of Mariano Rivera by Yankees fans in a game against the Red Sox.
Let me start with a disclaimer: I am a Baltimore Orioles fan, so I hate the Yankees. I think the only excuse a person has for being a Yankees fan is to have been born and lived his whole life in (or near) New York. If that's not the case, you're a bandwagon-er. Period.
How could Yankees fans boo one of their best, if not the best, player over the last several years? Rivera's stats, especially in the post-season, have been sterling. The Yankees haven't had to go out and buy the best closer in the game (like they have with the rest of their pitching staff) because they've already got him!
The worst part of this whole incident is that the loss the Yanks suffered to their arch-rivals wasn't entirely Rivera's fault. High-priced superstar Alex Rodriguez bobbled a hard hit grounder to third - twice. What should have been an easy double play ball allowed a run to score, tying the game.
So you can see why it is a moral imperative to hate the Yankees. Not only do they buy the best players in baseball, like Randy Johnson this past off-season (even though they haven't won the World Series since 2000), but their fans are cretins.