The Hollywood Conspiracy Against The Yankees

Mike CrimminsContributor IFebruary 6, 2009

While attempting to make my Superbowl hangover disappear earlier this week, I watched what I thought was a classic baseball comedy - Major League. At least, I thought it was a classic until I realized that it’s part of the Hollywood Conspiracy to turn people against the New York Yankees.

In the movie Major League, the loveable losers the Cleavland Indians play the Yankees to start the season. Of course, they portray the Yankees as little more than big, bad bullies to the Indians. Then, in the climax of the movie, the Indians play the Yankees again. This time in a one game playoff to determine which team goes into the playoffs. Not only do the Yankees lose, but they are clearly supposed to be the antagonists, the team that no one should root for! This is an outrage.

But it doesn’t stop there. I started looking for other baseball movies with a similar agenda. That’s when I looked up the story line for The Bad News Bears. Yes, this conspiracy dates back to 1976. In the little league championship, the Bad News Bears played another little league team called the Yankees. This time the Yankees won, but along the way they’re made to look like a team full of jerks with anger management problems and a team willing to do whatever it takes to win, even if it means crossing the line and playing dirty. If you ask me this film is even worse than Major League. This film crosses the line, attempting to turn the youth against the Yankees.

Even Kevin Costner is part of this conspiracy. In the movie For The Love Of The Game, he’s an aging veteran pitcher who has one last important game of the year - against the New York Yankees. He ends up pitching a perfect game. I’ve never seen this movie and had it on my Netflix list until just a few minutes ago.

I wasn’t at all surprised to see this conspiracy in the movie Fever Pitch. This film has the Red Sox playing the Yankees in the playoffs during one of the climatic scenes of the movie. Further proof of Hollywood’s not so hidden agenda and part of their conspiracy to turn women against the Yankees.

It doesn’t stop there. The list goes on!

Sure there’s many movies where the Yankees are the heroes, but now is the time to take a stand against this Hollywood Conspiracy. Ask them to choose other teams to be the antagonists. Why not the Chicago White Sox? I don’t know anyone that likes them, even after living in Chicago for several years.

In the mean time I think I’m going to go watch *61 or maybe The Pride Of The Yankees.

Feel free to read more of my often incoherent ramblings on the Yankees at my blog Section 59.