Excellent thread & enjoyed all of it.
I believe you left out Ewing as one of the great one's that was always loved by New York but still, I understood & agree with everything you stated.
Another great Yank, who the fans turned on, in favor of the Mick, was Roger Marris. I believe the movie is called "61". Fans turned on him during the HR chase between him & the Mick but later fell in love with Roger; but that doesn't erase the fact that fans made his life a living hell with hate mail during the HR chase (when trying to break the record set by Ruth).
I've never been & will hopefully never become this type of fan, but you have to accept the NY fan base for what it is: Love you when your up, kick you when your down, spit in your face unless you start winning over night, send you hate mail if they disagree with you or simply run you out of town before giving you a chance to enjoy success. It's the "Yankee mentality". To each his own though.
Melo falls under the whole "EXPECTED to win over night" saga.