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I looked it up on Wikipedia. Apparently, what we American baseball fans would consider a "home run" is just a long foul ball in Pesäpallo. That's one way to solve the steroid situation.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Pesäpallo: Finnish Baseball at YFSF
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This is the kind of reflectiveness and nostalgia that I'd expect to see on the morning *after* a World Series victory, not on the day of game six. Looks like somebody might think this thing is already wrapped up.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2009 on Essential Subway Reading at YFSF
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No, Nick-YF, you're not the best -- regardless of how we're defining "fan." And we may not be talking cause-and-effect, but we are talking correlation, and the evidence I mentioned does suggest to me that Yankees fans are good, but not the best. I define "fan base quality" as a mix of intensity and dedication and I can think of a dozen college football and college basketball programs which draw more of both from their fan bases. (Best in baseball? You'd have a claim. Best in the world? Not even close!) A colleague pointed out that Europe takes its soccer teams at least as seriously as we take baseball -- doesn't matter whether they're winning or losing. Plenty of dedication there. My point in bringing up all of the winning and the exciting lineup is that these things can exaggerate the quality of a fan base. It appears that Mr. Lupica, in fact, was duped into believing that Yankees fans are much better than they are because every Tom, Dick, and Harry is reacting positively toward what is almost certainly the best team in baseball. Take away A-Rod, Teixeira, and CC and replace them with, say, Adrian Beltre, Fernando Tatis, and Barry Zito, and the Yankees wouldn't have won the AL East and Lupica wouldn't have had an article to write. So, best fans in baseball this season? Sure. Best fans year in, year out, in any sport? Nope.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on Lupica: You, Nick-YF, are the best. at YFSF
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What a stupid article, Mike Lupica. Nobody is arguing that the Yankees have great fans. They also haven't had a losing record since the early 1990s and have a lineup loaded with stars. You really don't think that these factors influence the fan base to come out to the ballpark? Data show that they do; it's easy to be a fan when the team has exciting players and is winning. Much easier, in fact. I don't think that makes a fan base "the best in the world," it just makes them. . . well, like every other fan base on the planet. It's just that no other team in sports has had the uninterrupted success in the kind of market that the Yankees have had. (Also, Mr. Lupica, if Yankees fans are soooo much better than everyone else, how are you going to explain the empty seats behind home plate for so much of the season? High ticket prices? Sure, but the greatest fans in the world shouldn't care about that. Money can't keep them from cheering on their beloved team.)
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2009 on Lupica: You, Nick-YF, are the best. at YFSF
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