The Yankees are the Evil Empire. This is no longer just the opinion of, say, Orioles fans who have grown to loathe everything pinstriped.

It has been established in court.

A company tried to register “Baseballs Evil Empire” in order to sell apparel containing the phrase, but a court said that not only do the words apply to the Yankees, but they also own the trademark. (Actually, the company should have been turned down for poor English usage. There needs to be an apostrophe in the first word, so it reads “Baseball’s.”)

The court ruled: “The record shows that there is only one EVIL EMPIRE in baseball, and it is the New York Yankees.”