Yankees legally 'Evil'

Yankees legally 'Evil'
February 23, 2013, 11:00 pm

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The Yankees are the Evil Empire. This is no longer just the opinion of, say, Orioles fans who have grown to loathe everything pinstriped.

It has been established in court.

A company tried to register “Baseballs Evil Empire” in order to sell apparel containing the phrase, but a court said that not only do the words apply to the Yankees, but they also own the trademark. (Actually, the company should have been turned down for poor English usage. There needs to be an apostrophe in the first word, so it reads “Baseball’s.”)

The court ruled: “The record shows that there is only one EVIL EMPIRE in baseball, and it is the New York Yankees.”

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, a former Orioles executive, gets the credit for dubbing the Yankees the “Evil Empire” 11 years ago, for the way they would throw their money around and sign just about anybody they wanted. When the Yankees got much-sought-after Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras, Lucchino said: “The Evil Empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America.”

As it turned out, Contreras didn’t even last two seasons with the Yankees. He was traded in the middle of 2004 after posting a 5.64 ERA in 18 starts.

The nickname, however, has stuck around much longer. And now the Yankees officially own it.