Disgusting quotes from various sources:
"Accompanied by Ol' Blue Eyes crooning "New York, New York," northeastern Pennsylvania's minor league baseball team revealed its new name: the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees."
"When the Yankees snapped up the Phillies' former affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons, the substantial Yankee fan base in northeastern Pennsylvania responded by buying thousands of Red Barons tickets for the 2007 season."
"This is important to the area," said general manager Jeremy Ruby. "Being able to call ourselves the Yankees, that's the ultimate in minor league sports."
"I would say that about 50 percent of the baseball fans in our area are Yankee fans,” said Lackawanna County commissioner Robert C. Cordaro, who announced the deal Thursday. "So there’s widespread jubilation."
"Guaranteed income, professional management and the New York Yankees," Cordaro said. "It doesn’t get much better."
"First, why did Scranton-Wilkes Barre even feel the need to change their nickname from the Red Barons ? That name at least had some tradition and relevance. To change it to Yankees (in a time when nobody anymore is using the parent team's name) seems like a pure marketing scheme, and nothing else."
"New York is invading NEPA...there has always been a tension NEPA between New York Fans and Philly fans with the occasional Pittsburg Fan, it seems Philly is giving up and defending the Lehigh Valley with the move of the AAA team to Allentown and the Reading Phillies take care of the wesrten side of the philadelphia sports sphere. But with this obviosu New York influcne i would rather live in South Jeresy than NEPA now "
"Does anyone here even care that the Phillies are severing all ties to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Red Barons after this season?"
"If the ten teams had gotten together and picked the assignment that minimizes the crow-mile total, they would have paired as follows:
Baltimore Orioles - Columbus Clippers
Washington Nationals - New Orleans Zephyrs
Philadelphia Phillies - Norfolk Tides
New York Mets - Ottawa Lynx (and then Allentown Allies)
New York Yankees - Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
The total crow-miles would now be 1983..."
and i will hang my head
hang my head low