Whether it’s the warmer temperatures or stopping by Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom for a bite to eat, we are reminded that spring is in the air and its time to play baseball. It’s the time of year when baseball teams and fans alike have renewed hope of what the season could bring and nothing compares to the bitterest rivalry in all of sports, the Yankees vs. Red Sox.
There are so many Yankee and Red Sox fans that are huge Disney fans. These same fans display such an enormous love for Disney that not even this hated baseball rivalry can come between the bond they share for the happiest place on earth. So, I began to wonder, if Walt Disney were alive today and he had to choose between the two teams which would he root for?
Both are storied franchises with great players, past and present, who define the essence of champions but one team stands a head above the other winners of the most championships in sports history and that is the New York Yankees. That’s not to take anything away from what the Red Sox have accomplished throughout the years rather it shows each team’s commitment for putting the best product on the field. However, what separates the two teams off the field are their organizational systems. Both have outstanding organizations but the Yankee franchise goes about their business a little differently in what can best be described as the “Yankee way.” Steeped in history and tradition the Yankees run their business like a well oiled machine drawing parallels to what we all recognize as the “Disney way.”
Just like Disney employees, Yankee employees are expected to carry themselves differently than other organizations and just like Disney the Yankees are held to a higher standard than anyone else. When it comes to marketing their product no one does it better than Disney and the same can be said of the Yankees in the sports industry. While Disney has Cinderella’s Castle the Yankees built a new stadium fit for a King and Queen.
I know there are a lot of people out there who love to hate the Yankees. Maybe it’s because they’re a big and rich market franchise. Perhaps it’s because they always seem to win. Possibly, it’s because they do everything in their power to bring Yankee fans the best possible product with the greatest chance to succeed. Well, doesn’t Disney do the same thing? They spend the money necessary to give families the greatest entertainment product in the world.
When Walt Disney was alive he had a great vision for his company. Walt had that never quit and never give up attitude and he always seemed to accomplish what ever he set out to do. If there was something Walt wanted done he would find a way to get it done never accepting no for an answer. He knew he had to make his company the very best there is in bringing family entertainment to the people because without an audience there is no one to entertain.
Both the Yankees and Red Sox have that never say die attitude but the Yankees operate their business as if they copied a page or two from Walt Disney himself. That’s why I think Walt would choose the Yankees to root for. You know what they say, imitation is the best form of flattery and I think Walt would have admired the Yankees for it.
Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is our resident Disney geek and creator of Disney Geek Dad.