Yankees Win, the Japanese Way?

Friday, November 06, 2009

The ticker tape parade for the Bronx Bombers is today, and the star of the show is World Series MVP Hideki Matsui, who exemplifies a particular brand of baseball that's different from the rest of his team. WNYC’s own baseball fanatic (and softball team co-captain) Rex Doane with Andrew Jenks, director and producer of the documentary "The Zen of Bobby V,” talk about the differences between the American and Japanese baseball.


Rex Doane and Andrew Jenks

Comments [17]

Dennis Slavin from NYC


Nov. 06 2009 03:03 PM
Dennis Slavin from NYC

If the world series championship could be purchased, then the Yankees would have won seven from 2002-2008 instead of none. End of subject.

More interesting is what folks think the Yankees owners should do with all that money if they shouldn't spend it on the players. Lower ticket prices? I can't afford seats any more, but the team manages to sell enough to make money, and, last I looked, this is a business. (I do think that people/companies who are not going to use their seats should make them available free to a lottery system.) Do these whiners think the Yankees owners should negotiate worse deals with the broadcasters? Or just hold on to the money and get much, much richer? Or, I suppose, the players should refuse to accept the salaries they are offered?

The theory behind salary caps is that they even things out - but many different teams have played in the WS over the past ten years, and 6 or 7 different ones (I'm guessing) have won. Sure some small market teams haven't made it to the Series for years, but: a) several of them plough the "luxury tax" money they get right back into their owners' pockets and b) and the lack of success of some of the bigger markets (e.g., Cubs and Mets) defies that logic entirely.

The bottom line is that where these critics of the Yankees are coming from may be summarized in one word: jealousy.

Finally, as a teacher I accept that teachers should make more money -- but in what society have teachers ever made more money than entertainers? We can decry misplaced values, but we're just bemoaning human nature.

Nov. 06 2009 03:01 PM
Ronnie Ann from Brooklyn

Masterfully Accelerates Tiny Sphere Upward Infinitely

Nov. 06 2009 01:44 PM
Don from manhattan

On the whole "Godzilla" thing: it's more of a fun nickname than anything. Godzilla is big, strong, powerful, a "crusher." He's a big, strong guy.

There has been a Matsui candy in Japan with a Godzilla-like character dressed in his uniform, with number 55 on it. I've also heard Japanese refer to his pockmarked face in this context.

But it's a playful thing, tongue-in-cheek.

Nov. 06 2009 12:01 PM
Madeleine from Manhattan

It truly is pretty disgusting that baseball players are paid more than teachers. 23.5 million dollars a year to play baseball? And in A-Rod's case, to basically strike out for the season? Big deal. I'd have incredible respect for the players if they donated their salaries to NYC schools or charity. Then they'd be heroes. I'd go to that parade.

Nov. 06 2009 12:01 PM
wade from Brooklyn

My Amazin's To Stay Underdogs Infinitely

Nov. 06 2009 11:59 AM
bob from huntington

the yankess winning a world series is about as surprising and exciting as the new york times winning a puliter prize.

Nov. 06 2009 11:58 AM
Sandra from Astoria, Queens

Like the Cleveland Indians! Try being a sports fan in that town. Even Lebron hasn't been able to bring home a championship.

I totally agree with Seth in #1--it's easy to win when you can afford to buy the best players. CC should stil be on the Indians! Yankees fans don't know the pain of not being able to keep a great player because you can't afford him.

Nov. 06 2009 11:58 AM
Sara from Bushwick

money and taxes subsidize undue idolatry

Nov. 06 2009 11:57 AM
yourgo from Astoria

By thw way, i saw a Phillies fan on the train going downtown today.
That guy has got one set of cohones.. He was wearing a red phillies jacket and a red phillies hat. He stuck out like a sore thumb. Very brave man.

Nov. 06 2009 11:56 AM
bob from huntington

if you want to talk about elaborate, idiosyncratic batting rituals: dave winfield!

Nov. 06 2009 11:53 AM
John from NYC

Brian you are doing too! Yankees are World Champions in a tournament that only American team (ok one Canadian team) participate in!
We are not the world people!

Nov. 06 2009 11:49 AM
James from DUMBO Brooklyn

Who cares?! Well, obviously, a lot of people do but WHY? These grossly overpaid people are not "heroes."

My Acronym:


Nov. 06 2009 11:48 AM
yourgo from Astoria

I got to work 20 minutes late because of the parade.! and downtown is gonna be full of drunks for the rest of the day. Go yankees!

Nov. 06 2009 11:44 AM
kc from long island

hideki matsui: I hike stadium.
Matsui's been a hero of mine.

Nov. 06 2009 10:26 AM
Jim Von Schilling from Somerville, NJ

Hideki is like Wilbur in Charlotte's Web. His only chance for continuing his life as a Yankee was to become very special during the World Series: to become "Some Yankee!" And the miracle happened, and he did become "Some Yankee!" Now, it's up to Cashman and the Steinbrenners to do the right thing, like the Zuckermanns in the story, and keep him!

Nov. 06 2009 10:14 AM

The NY Yankees exemplify some of the worst attitudes in our culture: Greed is Good; Might Makes Right; and I’ve Got Mine So To Heck With You. Any system which gives a team the ability to buy a playoff berth year after year is unjust, unfair, and unethical. Baseball needs to enter the 21st century and adopt a salary cap like the NFL, NHL, and the NBA.

Nov. 06 2009 10:14 AM

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