Over the years, New York has been a city that demands winning.
And if they don't get it then they'll let you know about it.
Even though we do win probably more then any other city/state, it never seems to be enough. Because, with the shining lights of the Big Apple, many crazy things have happened to us and the teams we love so much.
At times we have had to deal with performances that seem possible only in a movie (Reggie Miller).
Or at times we have had to deal with selfish players (Stephon Marbury).
Bad signings have taken a toll (Carl Pavano).
But so have players who just flat out kill our favorite teams (Chipper Jones).
These are just 4 of the sports figures that we love to hate here in the city that never sleeps. There are countless others that seem to disappoint us or kill us, time and time again.
Without further ado I give you, in order, the ten most hated men in New York sports history.
In 2002, Steve Phillips thought that he had made two tremendous trades. And could you blame him?
He acquired one of the most feared Home Run hitters in the game, and he also brought in a career .300 hitter coming off one of the best years of his career.
However neither performed in the Big Apple.
But maybe the Mets should have seen this one coming.
I mean, at 34, Mo Vaughn was already starting to look more like a Sumo wrestler than a baseball player.
And he proved it when he hit .249 (26 points lower than his weight) in two seasons as a Met.
As for Alomar, he didn't perform much better.
The Mets traded top prospect Alex Escobar to bring in the future Hall of Famer.
But all the Mets found out from their time with Alomar is that it was the end of the line. He hit .265 in his 222 games in a Met uniform, and his RBI total dropped by 47 in a matter of a season.
So now, while Mo Vaughn is searching for whats left of his knee and Alomar is on his way to Cooperstown, the Mets are still trying to produce a winner.
This guy absolutely killed the Mets.
But to add insult to injury he did it even better when playing at the Mets old home, Shea Stadium.
Add the fact that he plays for the hated Atlanta Braves and we have ourselves a villain in New York.
Chipper was one of the main pieces that helped the Braves win 14 divisions in a row in the 90's and early 2000's.
Just to show how much he loved hitting at Shea Stadium, he named his son Shea.
With numbers like he has in Shea Stadium can you blame him? He has a career .310 batting average with 19 HRs and 53 RBI's in just 84 games there.
For 86 straight years, it seemed that the Yankees would find a way to beat the Red Sox.
No matter how they did it, they would always find a way.
And in 2003, when (of all people) Aaron Boone hit the walkoff shot in Game 7 of the ALCS, that didn't look like it would be changing in the near future.
When the Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS, the Red Sox were on their way to more disappointment.
As Game 4 went into the 11th, the Yankees tried to put away the series, but failed after a 2-run walkoff homer by Ortiz.
Then in Game 5, Ortiz did it again with a walkoff single.
The Red Sox went on to win the series with big performances by Ramiriz and Ortiz, and eventually went on to sweep the Cardinals in the fall classic and break "The Curse of the Bambino."
These two sluggers have pounded the Yankees on more then one occasion as well. They both have killed the Yankees during the regular season and have rejuvenated the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
The first man in MLB history with a contract over $100 million was acquired by the Bankees, I mean Yankees, from the Dodgers in 2004. At the time, Brown was 39.
Although his Yankee career was short lived, it was extremely bad.
He was coming off a year where his ERA was 2.39.
But in his two seasons with the Yankees he fielded ERA's of 4.09 and 6.50.
He may be most hated in the Bronx for his historic collapse in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, when the oh-so-hated Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit to advance to the Fall Classic and break the Curse of the Bambino.
In his two starts in that series, he pitched a total of 3.1 innings and had an ERA north of 20.
In 2004, Carl Pavano was the biggest arm in free agency. So the Yankees signed him to a 4-year $40 million deal which, in the end, worked out to a little under $2 million a start.
Pavano was a huge bust in New York from the day he arrived. He just simply could not stay healthy or perform under the bright lights of New York. In his 4 years in the Big Apple, he started just 26 games.
In those 26 games his record was 9-8 with an ERA of exactly 5.00. Sounds like the stats of a fifth starter over one season, but these were the total stats for Pavano over four.
Nobody will ever know if Pavano would have worked out if he was able to get on the field, but can you really blame us for hating a guy who was paid $10 million a year to start an average of just six games a year with mediocre success?
When the Knicks traded Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, Jermaine Jackson, two second round picks, and two first round picks to the Bulls for Eddy Curry in 2005, I would say that they expected a tad bit more from Curry.
When they made this trade, the Knicks' biggest problem with Curry was a heart condition. What the Knicks didn't know was that Curry was really suffering from a classic case of Overrated Syndrome.
Although Curry was never a problem on offense he always was accused of being lazy on the boards and on defense, as proven by his career mark of just 5.3 rebounds per game, despite being seven feet tall.
Now four years after the trade, Curry is a fixture on the bench, playing in just 10 total games over the last two seasons. Plus, his $10.5 million salary could maybe keep us from re-signing David Lee this summer.
Don't worry Eddy, it'll be over soon. Just one more season of wiping the Knicks' bank clean, and you'll be on your way.
Say what you want about guys like T.O. or Chad OchoCinco and their big mouths, but they never took it to the level that John Rocker did.
After coming into the league as Atlanta's closer, he all but ended his career in a Sports Illustrated interview in 2000.
He took a shot at the state of New York and just about every minority living there and elsewhere.
His comments about New York City were as follows (the following comments are racist and may be offensive to some, so read at your own risk):
"I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
After those shots at New York and the minorities living in it, he became absolutely hated in New York.
He was hated so much that, when he returned to New York to play the Mets on June 29, 2000, there were over 700 police officers, a beer limit was imposed, a special protective cover was placed over the Braves' bullpen, and a videotaped apology from Rocker appeared before the game.
The Pacers and Knicks had a great rivalry throughout the '90s, and right at the center of it was none other than Reggie Miller.
The guy was one of the most clutch players in NBA history, and he always seemed to come up bigger against the Knicks.
There's a lot that New Yorkers will remember him for: the choke gestured at Spike Lee (pictured), the headbutt scene with John Starks, and just the fact that he seemed to kill us in every single playoff series.
However, the one moment that no Knicks fan could ever forget was during the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals when the Knicks led the Pacers 105-99 with 16.4 seconds left.
Reggie hit a three-pointer to make it a three point game.
Next he did the impossible—he stole the next inbound pass, and had the guts and presence of mind to dribble all the way back to the three-point line where he nailed a three.
He then added two free throws to win the game.
So in a matter of 8.9 seconds, Reggie scored 8 points to single handily beat the Knicks.
The amazing thing about Reggie is that after all he's done to the Knicks every Knicks fan hates him, but it would be hard to find a Knicks fan who doesn't respect him.
This guy has made nothing but bad moves since the day he stepped foot in New York.
He has traded just about all of his draft picks and expiring contracts for washed up players with HUGE contracts, he has started brawls, and he has sexually harassed a former Knicks executive.
He is responsible for two of the top five people on this list (not including himself).
Let's take a look back at just some of the bad moves Isiah has made as the Knicks' GM:
He traded for the old, washed-up Jalen Rose and his $16.9 million contract, but then waived him eight months later so he could save $3 million.
He signed Jerome James to a five year, $30 Mmillion contract. James went on to average about three points and one rebound per game in a Knicks uniform.
He traded Antonio McDyess, two first round picks, and money to the Suns for the two large contracts of Stephon Marbury and the past-his-prime Penny Hardaway.
When Penny Hardaway's contract was expiring and the Knicks could finally get some cap relief, they decided to swap him for another huge contract, past-his-prime player in Steve Francis.
He made a ridiculous trade for Eddy Curry where he gave away three players, two unprotected first round picks (No. 2 and No. 9 selection overall), and a second round pick.
He instigated a brawl between his Knicks and the Denver Nuggets in 2006.
He sexually harassed a former team executive.
And he hired the man responsible for all this turmoil at the Garden as Head Coach—himself.
Worst of all, that's not it. You could go on for days with all the stupid things Isiah has done as GM, but maybe his worst decision of all was bringing in this guy...
Stephon Marbury is one of the most selfish athletes in the history of sports.
He's a complete jerk who, in tough economic times, was paid $21 million to watch the Knicks play with floor seats to each and every game.
So when the Knicks asked him to help out and play for a team with just eight players at the time, he told them, "No thanks." He sat his rear end down on the sidelines so he could watch eight fatigued teammates go out and play 35-plus minutes each. What a great teammate, right?
Marbury was supposed to be the savior of the Knicks, but he did nothing but set them back five years.
His feud with coach Larry Brown in 2005 got Brown fired and led to just a 23-win season for the Knicks.
After Brown was fired Isiah Thomas took over as coach, but of course Marbury had a problem with him too.
During a huge Marbury-Isiah feud, Marbury heard rumors that Isiah might not be starting him. So Marbury abandoned his team and didn't show up to the game.
The Knicks finally said enough during the 2009 season. They paid Marbury $18 million to get away.