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Embracing the Evil


It’s nice that the Yankees are embracing what we here at LGM have known forever:

Part of the Yankees’ argument: a concession that in the baseball world, they are, in fact, the “Evil Empire.” In its legal papers, the team referenced a number of articles from the past decade using the term in connection with the Yankees, and conceded that the team has “implicitly embraced” the “Evil Empire” theme by playing music from Star Wars during their home games.

The panel of judges sided with the Yankees, ruling that the Yankees are strongly associated with the phrase. Allowing anyone else to use the phrase exclusively would likely cause confusion, ruled the judges.

“In short, the record shows that there is only one Evil Empire in baseball and it is the New York Yankees,” wrote the judges. “Accordingly, we find that [the Yankees] have a protectable trademark right in the term . . . as used in connection with baseball.”

Now if we can only get the Chicago Cubs to trademark the term “irritating morons” we’ll be getting somewhere.

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  • Barry Freed

    In memory of the late, great, much lamented and greatly missed Steve Gilliard: Fuck the Fucking Yankees!

    • c u n d gulag

      Thank you!

      We fans relish your hate.

    • wengler

      I miss saying that.

    • P J Evans

      I have to say that that was my first thought when I heard about it.

  • c u n d gulag

    The Phillies and the Rangers and also be described as “The Evil Empire?”


    The Phillies, who’ve won exactly TWO World Series in over a hundred years, and the Rangers who lost the only two times they appeared!

    As a fan of the real “Evil Empire,” I need to ask, “In whose mind can either of those two teams be seen as an ‘Evil Empire?”
    And, can I have whatever they’re having?

    To compare the Phillies and the Rangers to the NY Yankees, and say that they’re all “Evil Empires,” is like lumping in Wile E. Coyote and Snidely Whiplash with Hitler and Stalin as evil geniuses and despots!

    My apologies for the early breach of Godwin’s Law…

    • I’m not real sure who has ever used that term in regards to the Rangers. I’ve been to probably 15 Rangers games. No one uses it excerpt to curse the Yankees.

      • c u n d gulag

        Here’s the quote from end of the article, Erik:

        ‘Gerard Dunne, a lawyer for Evil Enterprises, said he and his client had yet to figure out whether to appeal. “But we disagree with the opinion, because we don’t think “Evil Empire” exclusively refers to the Yankees anymore,” he said. “You’ve seen it used with the Phillies, the Rangers, and other teams.”‘

        It is, to laugh at!

    • Bill Murray

      The Rangers were associated with GW Bush. That’s pretty evil, and Bush pushed for more Empire

    • Marek

      Hey, I’ve had the “Evil Empire, Bronx, N.Y.” shirt for years now.

    • efgoldman


      Posting before brunch on a Sunday? Didn’t you mean “WTF”?
      But this would explain how they keep all those ancient players, but age doesn’t catch up with them. Once they’ve sold their souls to the devil, or maybe to some pawnbroker down on the Bowery, your corporal self stops aging.
      Cashman was interviewed in today’s Boston Globe. He said: “At some point, they [the critics] will be right,” said Cashman. “We’re going to keep trying to defy them. If we stay healthy, we’ll be very competitive.”
      He knows something the rest of us don’t.

  • Thlayli

    The New York Red Bulls play “the Imperial March” under the announcement of the opponent’s starting lineup. Is that what the Yankees do? Cuz that isn’t exactly identifying themselves as the Evil Empire.

    • rea

      Is that what the Yankees do?

      No, the Yankees attempt to earn the title by being evil.

    • efgoldman

      The New York Red Bulls play “the Imperial March”

      So do half the college marching bands in the country – including schools with a religious affiliation.

    • Jon C

      I feel like I’ve heard that march used by a lot of teams as the generic walk-up music for a lot of unestablished and/or journeyman hitters and relievers who don’t get to choose their own theme song.

  • Destructo-Beam

    and of course the reason they’re doing this is so they can sue anyone who uses the term “evil empire” without their permission. which makes them that much more evil.

  • c u n d gulag

    Oh, and start watching out for the LA Dodgers.

    Their payroll this year will exceed the Yankees. And from what I can gather, not by just a little, either.

    Oh, and btw, spending a ton of money guarantees you nothing.
    Take a look at the early 90’s NY Mets – “The Worst Team Money Could Buy.”


    And they’re STILL paying Bobby Bonilla $1 million per – TO NOT PLAY!!!

    • Mike Schilling

      And it’s worth every penny.

    • wengler

      Bonds and Bonilla. Those were some good Pirates teams.

  • 27 and Counting

    We all need to help the Mutts come up with a song they play in Shitty Field, obviously “I’m a Loser” has to be in the running but that’s kind of old. I was thinking of contributing an original composition called “99 Problems But A Pennant Race Ain’t 1”

    • Sherm

      An obnoxious Yankee fan! Shocking. Damn shame about Granderson. Gonna be a long season if the guys under 40 keep getting hurt. At least your catcher situation looks good.

      • Got to give the Blue Jays credit for taking proactive steps to win the division from the beginning of spring training. J.A. Happ gets a double playoff share.

  • JKTHs

    Now if we can only get the Chicago Cubs to trademark the term “irritating morons” we’ll be getting somewhere.

    • JKTHs

      The Red Sox would absolutely challenge them on that one

      • True, but with the very important difference that the Red Sox don’t have dozens of day games that lock in fantasy lineups before I have time to look at them that day.

        • Sherm

          That damn patriot day morning game is a killer in weekly leagues

  • Crackity Jones

    To quote an Internet commenter from some blog I read: rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in Vegas. If you don’t have strong ties to NYC you’re a wuss.

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