Murdoch Muse, Joel Sherman savages the wealthy, silent and increasingly nonexistent Yankee Stadium fan base as "a Dockers-and-loafers crew that isn’t likely to unsettle the opponent." He blames the high pricing structure, forced by the gilded new stadium, and the team's annual success, which has made winning ho-hum.
Drug addicts become used to the dosage and have to keep increasing the
amounts to get the same high. This is where Yankees fans are now.
Winning 95 games and a division and having the best record in the AL and
setting a team record for homers and advancing a round in the playoffs
is not enough. The only acceptable high is a championship.
Sherman has a point. But the negative sounds of silence stem from far more than victory-fatigue and millionaire pricing. I like to think the people who visit this website are as stoked with Yankee passions as they once were for the Mick, as for Thurman and yes - even Danny Tartabull. It's part of our psyche. We celebrate every Yankee win. We give the team our passion.
Trouble is, the Yankees don't seem to value this kind of fan any more. They only seem to care about the big money guy, the corporate honcho, and - folks - that's a real problem. This isn't about the fans' priorities. It's the organization's priorities that need to be looked at.
This is a team that looks at empty seats and blames StubHub. This is a team that's still selling dirt from the old stadium. This is a team that never embraces passionate fan web sites. In fact, it's more likely to try and shut them down, because nobody can figure out a way to make money off of them.
Secondly, there was something horribly wrong with this team all season, and diehard Yankee fans knew it. (John and Suzyn certainly talked about it.) Nobody drove in runners. Nobody hit in the clutch. We belted home runs. But anybody watching closely knew what kind of October was coming: When the pitching improved, we would watch the zeros accumulate. And that is what was so frustrating. That is what sucked the air out of Yankee Stadium. That is what brought the boos. This was not a bad week. This was a team without spirit.
The fans did not boo because they've become too used to winning.
They booed because they'd become too used to watching these batters fail when it counts.