Yankees: Still Evil

February, 23, 2013
2/23/13
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have won a court fight against something called Evil Enterprises, Inc., which wanted to market merchandise using the phrase "Evil Empire." Not so fast, said team attorneys, who successfully argued that the Yankees are the true Evil Empire, having embraced the label hung on them by Red Sox president Larry Lucchino back in 2002 upon learning that the Yankees had signed sought-after Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras.

(Click here to read the full story from the Wall Street Journal.)

Lucchino was widely reported as saying: "The evil empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America." The Yankees liked the tag so much they took ownership of it. Evel Knievel was unavailable for comment.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
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