I understand the intent of the Underdog T-shirts, I really do. But, doesn’t anybody think these things through?
By accepting the notion you’re an underdog, by extension, you’re accepting you’re inferior. As David Wright said, it only underscores the low expectations outside the organization. Why would you want to to embrace that?
Sure, at the end of the season if they made an incredible run into contention, then go for it as a rallying cry. But to enter the season on that notion isn’t a sound admission. In reality, it’s just a gimmick, and gimmicks never won anything. It’s cute, and cute is for kittens and not baseball teams.
More to the point, claiming underdog status is difficult for a New York team to do, especially one with a new stadium and since 2006 has maintained one of the top payrolls in the game. Claiming to be an underdog now only highlights the team’s downward slide.