Even judges believe that the Yankees are truly baseball’s only evil empire, and they have the documents to prove it.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a private entrepreneur, Evil Enterprises Inc., has been trying to trademark the phrase “Baseballs Evil Empire,” since 2008, but a panel of trademark judges in Washington, D.C., denied the request earlier this month.
Evil Enterprises wanted the rights to the phrase — famously coined by Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino in 2002 — to market merchandise with the saying. Lucchino bestowed the title on the Yankees after New York signed highly touted Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras.
“The evil empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America,” Lucchino reportedly said after the signing.
While it wasn’t exactly a compliment, the phrase stuck, and the Yankees have even started embracing it by playing “The Imperial March” during home games. The strong connection between the Yanks and the saying is what led the team to fight the trademark request,...