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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Letter to the Editor: Syracuse has yet another new Yankee king

Syracuse Post-Standard
May 31, 2011

To the Editor:

What alternate sports universe does Timothy J. O’Hare live in where only Yankee fans are obnoxious and Red Sox fans do not treat the opposition, especially Yankee fans, rudely?
I am a lifelong Yankee fan. I have seen games between the two rivals at both ballparks. I am not about to say all Yankee fans are the picture of decorum and class; some ruin the experience for others just like drunken, out-of-control fans do in, yes, Fenway Park.
Perhaps, O’Hare, you conveniently left out the Yankees expletive chants from every age group imaginable that engulf Fenway, even in games where the Yankees aren’t playing in Boston.
Perhaps you were not aware that Little League teams in Chelmsford, Mass., no longer could be called the Yankees because grown adults were using the well-known chants at pre-teenagers.
Perhaps you have not taken the half-mile walk from Fenway Park to the train station where, at every corner, anti-Yankee T-shirts have not just the familiar phrase, but sexually explicit ones.
And finally, perhaps being in the enemy ballpark, it would have behooved you to simply, as you put it, “cheer for the Red Sox” and leave the booing at home.
Scott Miller
Baldwinsville

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