Greenville, South Carolina, author Art McDonald hates the Yankees like no man should. Why else would a grown man write a book titled This Date in New York Yankee Hating? Only, McDonald seems to hate the Yankees for one reason alone: They're just too gosh-danged good. I suppose that's as good a reason as any -- me, I think winners come in handy in sports -- and deep down, McDonald's just putting you on (his small publisher recommends this book be filed under Sports or Humor or Recreation). Still, it's not a good sign when a book about Yankee-hating opens with: "January 1, 1969: Hank Greenberg." Don't quite make the connection -- Greenberg was a Detroit Tiger. McDonald explains: "An intelligent man, Greenberg declined an offer of 10 thousand dollars to sign with the Yankees." What that has to do with hating New York, I have no idea. Same goes for these randomly selected entries: "August 27, 1977: Texas hit five home runs and beat the Yankees." Or: "September 29, 1944: St. Louis eliminated the Yankees from the pennant race by beating them in the first game of a doubleheader." Or: "The American League announced the Washington Senators would move to Minnesota and become the Twins."
Maybe I'm missing something here, but seems to me, McDonald's book could have used a little fine-tuning. McDonald's tome is no more, no less, than an assortment of facts vaguely related to the New York Yankees -- and I mean vaguely. (There's one item about Boston Bruin Derek Sanderson, who has the same name as Yankee Derek Sanderson Jeter -- hunh?)