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Embracing the Evil

[ 27 ] February 24, 2013 |

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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  1. Barry Freed says:

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

  2. c u n d gulag says:

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

    FTW?!?!?!

    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…

    • Erik Loomis says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

    • Marek says:

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

    • efgoldman says:

      FTW?!?!?!

      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.

  3. Thlayli says:

    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 says:

      Is that what the Yankees do?

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

    • efgoldman says:

      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 says:

      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.

  4. Destructo-Beam says:

    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.

  5. c u n d gulag says:

    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.”

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/622300.The_Worst_Team_Money_Could_Buy

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

  6. 27 and Counting says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. JKTHs says:

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

  8. Crackity Jones says:

    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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