My New Favorite Yankee to Hate: Francisco Cervelli!

I despise the Yankees. This is not breaking news for anyone who reads this blog regularly. Most of it is on account of deep-seated psychological issues centered around the massive inferiority complex that plagues most Mets fans living in this city. That said, my mother grew up in Brooklyn harboring similar disdain for the pinstripes and passed it along to her son. So, along with upbringing, toss in a little Bombers’ arrogance (that includes their fans), tons of money and a few decades of seemingly endless success, and it’s easy to see how I whipped up a solid recipe for distaste. Not to mention, the Yankees have only ‘helped’ their cause with annoyingly dislikable players over the years (Pauly whine-over-every-call O’Neill immediately comes to mind).

All that said, it’s become a bit more difficult to summon up the venom for the more-recent Yankee editions. I’m not sure what you could find offensive about Mo, Jeter or Posada. Robinson Cano is a bit of a goofball, but there’s not much not to like about him and his talent. Of course, there’s always guys like A-Rod and Joba who make it easier to remember why the Evil Empire is still worthy of rooting against. Still, it was getting a little harder. Enter Francisco Cervelli. I have a new favorite Yankee to hate.

And by favorite, I mean one who gets under your skin and boils your blood more than any other. Francisco is Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza and Benito Santiago all rolled into one — at least in his own mind. He’s also a gnat. He’s the type of player you love to hate. And, no, I wouldn’t want him on my team. I know how the saying goes. Oh, he’s one you can’t stand if he’s playing against you, but you love him if he’s in the uniform of your favorite team. No. No way. Cervelli is not David Eckstein. Eck could be on my team any day of the week and twice on Sunday. The Great Gazoo , on the other hand, I wouldn’t want anywhere near the clubhouse.

The reasons are clear for anyone who’s watched this 24 year-old kid play. He’s over-exuberant, cocky, theatrical and antagonistic. No matter if it’s the fourth inning of a game they’re losing, the seventh inning of a blowout win or the top of the first, Francisco is fist-pumping and primal screaming on every inning-ending strikeout. If he throws someone out at second? Well, then be prepared for an even more enthusiastic celebration. The Terminator has eliminated you, Mr. Baserunner, and he will now show you up in his home plate mini-dance, fist-pump, animal roar routine.

You Yankees fans sitting there claiming sour grapes on a good, young player? You’ve got the second part right. From what I’ve seen, Cervelli is undoubtedly talented and the heir apparent to Jorge. He could learn a few things from Posada, though, on what it means to be a professional. I’m all for enthusiasm, but Cervelli’s routine borders on amateur hour. The best examples could’ve been his ridiculous theatrics around the plate last night on two balls in the dirt.

Despite picking both cleanly, Francisco immediately proceeded to dramatically turn behind him on multiple occasions acting as if the ball had scooted past him towards the backstop. The acts were so over-the-top that “gamesmanship” is too respectful a descriptor. Ruben Tejada’s laugh after casually returning to first after the first airing of the show were telling — Cervelli’s antics were a joke.

You see, I love fiery. Point to your pitcher after a big strikeout. Give yourself a fist clench after gunning a runner down. Throw your hands to the sky or clap your hands after a big RBI hit. Getting excited about the game is one thing. Cervelli has all that and more. It’s the more part though that seems all about him — and it’s what has to go. Until then, at least I’ve got a new favorite Yankee to hate. Thank you, Great Gazoo.

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About the Author: Cecilio's Scribe is the founder of The Legend of Cecilio Guante and a generally pessimistic fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Rangers. A fine NYC-based gentlemen who hones his marketing skills as his primary trade by day. Husband, chef, father of a newborn and after-hours blogger by night. Proud alum of the mighty Big Red of Cornell. University. Hot sauce devotee. Staunch protester of the continued wussifcation of American sports. Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    look at all these people that agree with you!

    oh wait…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I believe you alluded to being a Mets fan. Therefore, before refering to ANY Yankee as arrogant, you will in the future be required to disavow (with emphasis on the 'dis') any allegiance to that gigantic HOTDOG standing at SS for the Mets. There isn't enough mustard in all of NYC to etc. etc. etc..

    MLB is replete with arrogant people. The USA is replete with arrogant people. It's our culture since we invented 99% of all the stuff that draws all these other cultures here. But for you to choose one insignificant rookie shows how short a range your mind has! Get a life Amigo!

  3. Anonymous says:

    hmm. what a waste of your and my time. The kid enjoys playing baseball, I actually think there should be no emotion allowed in baseball. call the whammmmmmbulance!

  4. Cecilio's Scribe says:

    thanks for all the comments. there's a difference between showing emotion and cervelli's antics. reyes and k-rod are just as bad, but to pretend he's (cervelli) not a bit of a jackass is…well, pretty typical yankee…

  5. Tim Sweeney says:

    Amen, normally I don't care about dudes celebrating, but with the Yankees and their fans bitching and moaning about Jose Reyes (who isn't even as bad as Cervelli with all this shit) all of his and Joba's shit gets decidedly more annoying. How can you possibly get annoyed at Jose Reyes when you have Cervelli out there pumping his chest on the actual field. Give me a break, typical Yankee pretension. Cervelli, Joba=enthusiastic, Reyes, Valverde=hot doggin showboaters. Whats the main difference between those two sets of people? Oh yea, thats raciss, thats raccissss!

  6. Anonymous says:

    LOL. This is the first time I've ever read one of your posts and it will most definitely be the last. How have you not established yourself as a laughing stock yet? You're a complete and utter idiot.

    You hate a 24-year-old backup catcher…

    Joba is at least a bit more understandable… but FRANCISCO CERVELLI???? LOL.

  7. Anonymous says:

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Obviously the met catchers aren't as good or else there would be some kind of comparison. Mabe if the Mets showed more emotion maybe it would spread to the rest of the team. Winning has become really important and emotion breeds confidence. Maybe the Mets aren't confident with their talent. Be a Yankee fan, dude.

  9. Anonymous says:

    If you are a mets fan you should be proud to have Katt Williams playin shortstop and hey how bout that closer here's a tip tell both to act like they been there before.You want to throw stuff at Cervelli You are a true Met fan

  10. Cecilio's Scribe says:

    see my comment at 12:28. don't disagree

  11. Anonymous says:

    What a joke. The Mets have money too, they're just not smart enough to know what to do with it.
    The arrogance you perceive was hatched in your own jealous little mind.
    If the Mets had had "whiny" Paul O'Neill, they might have actually won something back then, and maybe their fans wouldn't be so whiny.You say whiner, I say winner.
    As for your main target, you need to lighten up a little. This is the way sports are today. The days of everybody behaving in a stoic manner are long past. People always think celebration by the opposition is excessive, but not so much when it's their own team doing it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wait, so, the slogan of your amateurish blog is "A sports blog for those who remember the days when it was OK to throw inside, hit the quarterback and trash talk a bit" and you're going to rip a 24 year-old because he celebrates celebrates his good play and talks a bit of trash? Stupid cretin. Hope all the other Mets fans appreciate the shit you're slinging all over their fanbase's (relatively) good name.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hey Tim Sweeney, you know Cervelli's Venezuelan, right? who's the fucking racist?

  14. Anonymous says:

    The only thing more hatable than Yankees players….Yankees fans. Head assclowns of the country.

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