They only like winning. When the Yankees swept the Red Sox at Fenway last August, all five games were sold-out and the vast majority of fans remained in the ballpark until the final out of each game. But these Yankee fans? Please. They boo Joe Torre and then stay home. I think I'll grab a bar stool at Stan's Sports Bar on a game night if the Yankee fans continue to pout and become disloyal to The Greatest Team in the History of Sports. I will never dispute the Yankees history and championships. I will always dispute their fans loyalty and love for the game. They have no love for the game at all. If they thought this past weekend was painful, just wait until their team comes to Fenway on Friday to receive a merciless beatdown.
City's in funk as Bombers bombing
BY NOAH FOWLE and DAVE GOLDINER
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Posted Tuesday, May 29th 2007, 4:00 AM
The Yankees are in free fall, and they are taking the fortunes of many New Yorkers with them.
As the Los Angeles Angels finished their three-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers on Sunday, grim-faced fans streamed past rows of unsold Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter souvenir shirts.
Bars - normally filled with exuberant fans after a home win - were half empty.
Blue patches of empty seats stand out during supposedly soldout games, a sign that fans are voting with their feet even if they bought tickets.
But the damage stretches far beyond the emerald green outfield grass to the shops near Yankee Stadium, and even sends an economic ripple across the city.
"A lot of my regulars are disgusted," said Joe Bastone, 48, of the Bronx, owner of the Yankee Tavern. "They don't want to come if the team is losing. It's just not the hot ticket in town."
Ask any Yankees fan, and they'll tell you the same thing - they have better things to do than fork over big bucks for tickets to watch the Bombers get crushed, as they did last night, 7-2, by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Instead of scalping tickets for double or triple their price, season-ticket holders flood craigslist with offers to unload Yankees tickets at or below face value.
"If they keep losing, I'll sell my tickets or give them away," said season-ticket holder Galo Delgado, 30, of Manhattan. "It's worse to come up here than to watch it on TV."
The damage to the city's economy - and even its psyche - cuts even deeper.
It might not be a coincidence that the Bombers' bad runs in the '60s and late '80s and early '90s coincided with eras of rising crime and economic stagnation.
And the Yanks' good runs in the late 1970s and their current postseason run - they've made the playoffs for the past 12 years in a row - seem to coincide with the city's resurgence.
Then there are times like now.
When the Yankees stumble, the whole city takes it on the chin, in one way or another. Fewer tourists splurge in sporting goods stores. Electronics giants sell fewer big-screen TVs.
"Everyone is disgusted and they don't want to spend money," said Abdul Traore, surrounded by discounted Yankees gear at his Jeans Plus store on E. 161st St. by the Stadium. "When the Yankees win, people show up. When they lose, everybody is just mad."