one more thing to blame yankees fans for

Dear Yankees fans,

So, it was you.

Much like oppressed groups reclaim insults and slurs and use them in a brotherly way to attempt to subvert words' original meaning, you had the brilliant idea to cheer your players by using age-old melody and rhythm specifically reserved for taunting,

I could only stomach a little of the pregame festivities for the last game in The Coffin, but any time you guys could stretch a name to four syllables, you chanted thusly:

"PAUL O' NEE-ULL!" [clap, clap, clap-clap-clap] ... "PAUL O' NEE-ULL!" [clap, clap, clap-clap-clap]

Now people everywhere do it. I'm not sure I have any confidence that you could originate anything, but let's just blame you for this sacrilege.

Gahhh. That is something you do to an opponent. It originated in high school sports, and it's traditionally something you do to shout down an opponent. One divergence is when opposing sides get into a back-and-forth about players' attributes - like when Lake Washington and Donald Watts faced off against Jason Terry and Franklin in the early '90's, fans would chant.

[clap, clap, clap-clap-clap]


"JA-SON'S CUT-ER!" [clap, clap, clap-clap-clap]

and so on.
You guys ruin everything. In conclusion, realize that A-Rod is way better than Jeter and please stop accidentally taunting your own players.



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