12.23.2008

Screw Baseball. Screw it Right in the Ass


Hey everybody. I realize it's been a while since I've written anything, but "real job" kind of owns me in every way a person can be owned.

Anyway, I'm writing today to inform everyone that I'm through with baseball. I will never pay to watch a game, purchase team merchandise, or read the sports section of any paper that I'm not paid to read. That includes baseball lines.

The Yankees offseason spending spree has officially hit ridiculous. And this isn't just the rabid anger of a disgruntled Sox fan. For the record, I was leery of the Teixiera signing to begin with. Mike Lowell is my favorite Red Sox, and he'd be on the chopping block if the Sox had signed him.

As of 4pm today, the Yankees have spent $423 million dollars on free agents this offseason. New York now has a record number of homeless families. Six months ago, the Yankees asked the city of New York for an additional $480 million dollars to fund that new piece of crap stadium. They bulldozed parks that used to be playgrounds for the children of the South Bronx. There were plenty of shady backroom deals involving the market value of Yankee stadium.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, NYC taxpayers. Get angry, because you should be.

How much is too much? Personally, I'm done with baseball, until they implement a salary cap. It's officially out of control. Screw the Steinbrenners, screw Fat CC and AJ "the second coming of Carl Pavano," and screw Mark "I've been with four teams before my 29th birthday" Teixiera. It's too much. And before you accuse me of being a bitter Sox fan, I'd be just as infuriated about this if it were any other team. In a time where people are losing their homes at a record level, unemployment is at an all time high, this just isn't appropriate, and ask yourself, HONESTLY, what would be so bad about a salary cap in baseball?

58 comments:

Sarah said...

While I understand your frustration, the Yankees are not isolated in their spending habits. Every team who builds a new stadium asks for tax help from the city they are building in. In addition, the Yankees spending money on players has nothing to do with the homeless population. The Yankees make more money from merchandise, the YES network, advertising etc than any other team. That's where the player money comes from. The Yankees spending less money on players won't give more money to the homeless. If anything, creating a bigger draw will raise the Yankees revenue and create MORE tax dollars for the city.

Lizzy said...

Sure, Sarah. I'm just saying, in these difficult times for most people, it's inappropriate.

MotorCityKitty said...

Preach it!!! If every other sport in popular America can make do and players can feed their families with a salary cap than baseball should follow suit... Being in the Greater Detroit area and seeing the economic downfall makes you think "can a baseball player really feed their family of 5+ on $2.5 million a year?" Im sure they could find a way...

The time for a salary cap is long overdue...

TO said...

lol, salary cap. So you can have players being fake traded, ala the NBA? If anything, adjust the luxury tax . Just appreciate the awesomeness of a real Fantasy team, and enjoy it even more when your team takes them down.

As well, I feel that "homelessness", and "children's playgrounds" is an irrelevant argument. NYC taxpayers on the other hand has some relativity.

But of course, I can understand your frustration. Let it simmer down, and watch the rivalry that is the Red Sox - Yankees take it up to an even higher notch. And when you simmer down, notice how the Yanks payroll is around the same area as last year. IF the Yanks go after Manny, then I'll be free to let you vent your heart out.

And to put it into overall relativity, It's about time baseball caught up with the times! Signings like this have fuelled the greatest sports leagues, in the world of Futbol, especially the English Premiership.

I like to see you write your emotions out like that. What I'd like even more is to see your feelings come 2009 Opening Day.

Norcross said...

As a former Sox fan turned Rays fan (I've lived in St. Pete for 22 years, but finally dropped the Sox and adopted my home team when they signed JD Drew), this bothers me on numerous levels. While the Yankees did, by definition, play by the rules, they've again proved that they don't have the interest of baseball in mind, only of themselves.

The biggest issue I have as a baseball fan is that teams like the Yankees (and Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, etc) can simply throw money at their mistakes and move forward without penalty. Didn't develop a good 1st baseman? No problem, go buy one. Need a reliever? Let's see what we have in AAA (otherwise known as the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburg Pirates). Creating a free agent market that, by definition, excludes most teams from any reasonable expectation of acquiring players is a horrible way to run a league.

The NFL salary cap is a better model that the NBA cap (which is a joke).

Anonymous said...

Baseball isn't the only part of the U.S. economy that makes no ethical sense.

In 1981 and again in 2001, Reagan and Bush persuaded Congress to cut tax rates for millionaires. They get the most benefits from the USA and they can afford to pay more. I see no reason not to bring back the federal estate tax, too. Why should ten years of playing baseball set someone's family up for the next five generations?

Dapper D said...

yawn sounds like another cry baby sox fan......i guess they didnt mind no salary cap when they were winning the world series....

Anonymous said...

doesn't matter...Yanks won't win anything as long as Rod is around.

jeffwheeland said...

I agree with what you said, but before Red Sox fans get all high and mighty, let's not forget that their payroll is the SECOND highest in baseball at a ridiculous $144 million per year. Baseball is out of control. It's popularity will greatly wane because fans of smaller payroll teams will tire of their players moving onto the big market teams after their rookie contracts expire. But, I do look forward to rooting against the huge contract Yanks, Red Sox, Dodgers, Mets, Cubs, etc, and rooting for the little guy.

Anonymous said...

Dear North East Sports Fan:

The rest of the country does not give a crap about the Yankees v. Red Sox. While this signing might do wonders to magnify the intensity of the rivalry in the North East, the rest of the country does not care. Baseball has reached ridiculous levels under the "watchful eye" of commissioner Selig and the Spin Machine that is the East coast Sports Propaganda Network.

While I'm at it. Where were all you tools from 1982 through 1995 when the Red Sox and Yankees were irrelevant?

Lizzy said...

Jeff: Actually the Sox were 4 last year. Behind Yankees, Mets and Detroit.

Timothy said...

I still don't get what the homeless population or the recession has to do with how the Yankees spend their money. Would the Steinbrenners build shelters if they hadn't signed Teixeira? Would they make loans to small businesses?

You're too smart to make silly arguments like this.

Goose said...

You are aware that the NFL makes a shit ton of money too, right? But they players don't get same cut as baseball players. Which means that the execs and owners get all the money. Or are you only outraged because this has more publicity?

Anonymous said...

Im not sure I understand -- The Yankees slash payroll by almost 90 million -- with Teix, CC, and AJ they are still below last years payroll

Ask any business if The Yankees are good for the City----they are---and the better they are the more people come and spend money in NYC

someone made a comment about homeless people----the last time I checked they didnt pay texes so why should they be pissed---if anything they should be able to grab some leftover food from tailgators, cash in beer bottles from tailgators and play the guitar as thousands of fans walk by on their way to the stadium throwing a quarter or dollar in their jar

you guys all sound like
bitter fans angry at the yankees again

if money could buy Championships it would be Yankees/Mets every year in the wordseries

ichy51 said...

Dapper D,this isn't about being a "cry baby" Sox fan.Baseball has a serious problem.Salaryies are totally out of hand now.Homeless people should be a concern.How do you REALLY justify A-rod,CC's,or Tex's contracts (or K-Rod's for that matter)when our enconomy is in such peril.If teams have that much money to throw around,how putting it to good use.Baseball in general is making money hand over fist,how bout putting it in the hands of people who could REALLY use it.Truthfully,I think I'm just about done with the sport myself,and thats hard for me to say.

Dan said...

The problem with a salary cap is that at this point, it would be impossible to be implemented. Players on several teams are already making such high salaries - how could you possibly convince them to rip up their contracts? It just won't happen and you can bet that the players union will strike until baseball gives in (and we all know that Selig wants to avoid that at all costs).

As far as the Yankees are concerned, as a resident of New York City I can tell you that both they and the Mets are great for this city's economy, and despite what many think, the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field are both very necessary. If you've ever been to the old Yankee Stadium, despite its history, it was not modern in any sense. And for those who claim its terrible that they're tearing down the "House that Ruth Built," newsflash, they ripped that one down in '74 and used it as a shell for the current stadium. The new stadium will generate tons of more cash for the Yankees and The City.

As far as the "wild spending habits" of the Yankees, consider that their payroll next year is going to most likely be lower than it was last year. They had several big contracts come off the books from last year. The Yanks needed to get Teixeira because Boston wanted him. The Yankees needed a first baseman with a big bat and couldn't let their arch-rivals take him away. That would be irresponsible of them. They have a new stadium and they need to put a good team on the field.

pedro said...

If you don't know anything about the South Bronx, don't pretend like you do.

The New Stadium is going to be good for the area because they are building facilities (in addition to adding to the plethora of new parks they already have near 167 and River) that the people need. That means money saving stores like Costco, that people in the South Bronx have to drive across several bridges to get access to.

So until you establish a believable or convincing argument, shut up.

RichJ said...

Why are you in such a rush to make sure owners get so much more money? That's the practical effect of a salary cap: to take money from players and put it in ownership's pocket.

Joseph said...

The Yankees are putting a ton of money back into the community. They are building new parks, and fields for kids. Everyone stop complaining about the parks they are taking down without mentioning the ones they are building!! The neighborhood is ending up with more park land then before! Also, it would be a far greater tragedy if the Yankees didn't spend their money on their team and just pocketted it. I am a die hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan, and I wish we had a competetive team but it is not the Yankees fault. Anything but being the best you can be is un-american!!

Joseph said...

So, I take it that if you blog ended up getting a lot more web traffic then others who write about baseball you would get them all together and agree to share your readers and also share the profits from people who advertise on your blog? After all it wouldn't be fair for you to hog all the web traffic of people who want to read about baseball.

Anonymous said...

Yankees have actually asked in the recent month/s, for additional tax payer money in the tune of 300 to 400 million dollars. However they have just signed players for about that same amount. This is during that it was discovered that the Yankees new property changed from 2xx to 2xx million dollars in property/footage; thanks to a favor from Bloomberg to ole mayor Giuliani. I am a SOX fan and i hate to say it but lets at least implement NBA style salary cap. This would even include the draft. Slot everyone properly and also do away with the extra compensation picks award when a FA leaves.

-EddiePants

ChrisB said...

I think it ridiculous for a Sox fan to cry about over spending and the need for a salary cap. You guys also have one of the top 5 or 6 payrolls in baseball. Also, I love how you Make it sound like it is Mark T's fault that he has been on 4 teams already. He didn't ask to be traded either time he was traded. Actually, the contract he signed with the Yankees was the first time in his career that he got to choose where he played. I sincerely doubt that you would be this bitter had Tex signed with the Sawx. Were you worried about all the homeless in Boston when the Sox signed Drew, or Lugo, or any of their high priced free agents?

Anonymous said...

I want the last two minutes of my life back. Please.

Anonymous said...

Most of these difficult times for people were, sad to say, brought on the people by themselves. Why should the Yankees not spend money because a good percentage of the population made poor financial decisions? Should I or you not go out and make purchases and whatnot because the guy three doors down bought a house he couldn't afford and maxed out his credit cards? Sorry, but in times like these the people who are in these situations need to take responsibility for their mistakes, or assign blame where it is due, not bitch about what a well-run organization does with its money.

And as far as taxes goes, the people of New York City should have been pissed off a long time ago and stopped electing officials who raise their taxes, or put through initiatives (like they do in Colorado with the Taxpayer Bill of Rights) to reign them in. In the generally free society we live in there are ways to fight these things and the same old tired whining and bitching isn't one of them.

And Norcross, how silly of an argument. The Yankees care about the Yankees and that's a bad thing? Baseball is a competitive sport where every team does what it can to get ahead of the others. Every other organization does the exact same thing in the ways they can. Because the Yankees are globally popular and therefore rich shouldn't be a knock against them. It would be a gross disservice to their fans around the world, the ones who make them so very rich, to not do everything they can to win every single year. And besides, the evidence doesn't really fit your argument. The Yankees have continually bought up a bunch of players this decade and have ZERO world championships to show for it. Meanwhile smaller market clubs like the Diamondbacks, Marlins, White Sox, Cardinals have won it all. The only big market team that has won anything this decade has been the Boston Red Sox, and considering how long their fan base had waited prior to 2004, it's hard to begrudge them this nice run they've had, regardless of the money they spent to get it.

A salary cap is not the answer. Baseball has enjoyed just as much parity as the salary cap leagues.

(also, a close look at the Yankees, even with CC and Burnett and Tex, reveals a still rapidly aging squad that will likely only have a couple of years to win before crumbling under the weight of all those contracts that won't get the performance due them)

Anonymous said...

The Yankees and Mets both paid for their stadiums on their own. The city picked up the infrastructure costs. Roads, Train tracks, stations, etc. 1)Millions of people who don't even going to games will benefit from those improvements. 2) Just about every other city in the country with new stadiums used tax payer funds to build. The Yankees and Mets are the only teams I know of to fund their own stadiums.

Anonymous said...

Both stadiums are creating more jobs hence making more people self sufficient so they don't have to attempt to live of many of NYC's failed social programs.

Anonymous said...

Let's just say that there was a salary cap. Now what?

If the Yankees then put all their additional revenue into player development it would amount to the same thing. It would also mean that that the owners, who would pocket more money.

Smart business always reinvests in themselves. Poor ones pocket the profits.

How did the Yankees become as financially powerful as they are? Steinbrenner bought the Yankees and they were terrible. They drew few fans to the games. He invested in them, he put his own money into them to make them winners. They are the largest earners because they invest in themselves.

What about the caps in football and basketball? It means that the salaries for the players will get a bit lower except for the smaller group of absolute top players, and the bigger cities will get the better players who can earn more money from endorsements.

The lack of a salary cap in baseball hasn't shown where any team has suffered because of it. There have been a number of teams with low payrolls that have won. In fact, the team that won the Championship with the highest payroll was the Red Sox by a large margin.

In difficult times the best economic model is to spend. In the depression the period of time was expanded, thanks to FDR, because those who had the money didn't spend. They didn't invest.

Mink with the flash said...

you really don't understand the concept of bonds, do you?

The yankees didn't just ask the city to give them, nor did they receive hundreds of millions of dollars.

They asked to be allowed to offer tax-free bonds, an investment vehicle in which the yankees solicit private investors, and then repay the money with revenue from the stadium. The catch -- the interest the investors receive is tax free -- so that's what at most a 15% tax on the 5% interest the bonds are returning that the city foregoes.

Converesely, NYC just picked up more than that in city taxes that the three new yankees are going to pay on their contracts.

People who whine while positioning their argument to claim that the yankees just went and asked the city for hundreds of millions of dollars as some sort of gift are more amusing than the usual whining sox fans.

Anonymous said...

Fam,as far as % of money players make the mlb is at the bottom of the list a salary cap would shrink their profits. You want these greedy owners who dont spend to have MORE MONEY? stop being mad at the stienbrenners they in it to win it... there profit margin is effected by it.

Anonymous said...

As a fan of the Athletics I completely agree, the off-season spending stemming primarily -though not entirely- from New York has gone from outrageous to offensive. Though these may not be the glory years for Oakland, there are still plenty of teams out there that make big moves without spending big bucks. Just look at Tampa Bay, The Twins, and even the Marlins, who could very realistically become a competitive team in the coming years.

The Red Sox, despite their status as the second biggest spending team in baseball have garnered my respect in the last few years for names like Pedroia, Buchholz, Papelbon and Ellsbury. I was hoping that NY would go the same way with Cano, Kennedy, Hughs etc., but I guess that's just not the case. Baseball has always been a mix of homegrown talent and trade/free agent reinforcements, but the Yankees have thrown that balance way off, and you said it best that in today's economic situation these moves go far beyond baseball.

Anonymous said...

"Lizzy said...
Jeff: Actually the Sox were 4 last year. Behind Yankees, Mets and Detroit."

3 teams that didn't make the playoffs.

Mets Fan said...

here is the problem with Yankee fans arguement...(and it is stupid for Red Sox fans to make this arguement) based on the current situation only a hand full of teams can put a winning team on the field...and if by hard work or luck a small market team gets good...they will lose the players they have in a few years to the Yanks or Mets or Red Sox, etc...

It is the reason every year baseball drops in fan interest. The team they root for does not contend...or they quickly loose the players they root for...GET IT

Anonymous said...

As a person who lives in a state without MLB team,it really does sicken me to see the money being spent not only by the yankees but all other sport teams.When are we as a people going to realize that there are people who are freezing to death and starving to death in our own cities and streets.When are we as a nation going to show some compassion towards other people instead of wasting our money on people who can hit or throw a stupid baseball. Wake up America By the way Baseball use to be my favorite sport

chaossix6 said...

THe most hilarious thing about this is the begging and pleadnig for a salary cap. The Nationals were preparing to outbid the Yankees, but were never given a chance. Tex is with the Yanks because he wants to be and waited around on Boston's offer for days, hoping the Yanks would finally start bidding. THen he went for him when they did, trying to drive up the price even though they refused. The Yanks are far from the bad guys here.

Tex wanted to be a Yankee. Period. With a salary cap, he would've went with them faster as there'd be no reason to hold out on other offers.

Let NYC taxpayers worry about who we're pissed at. We can handle our finances. You handle yours.

Anonymous said...

Too funny - in one sentence, you are crying for a salary cap...in another sentence, you decide to belittle every free agent the Yankees signed. I mean, if Fat CC is going to be rolling off of the mound, and Burnett is going to become Pavano, and Tex is only traveling to several teams because he isn't any good, then why bother complaining about the money spent on them?

Get over it already.....if another team's spending is what ruins the life of a Red Sox fan, then wow - that is hypocrisy at its finest.

Anonymous said...

Lizzy, why don't you go fuck yourself? RED SOX SUCK!!!!

Anonymous said...

ARE WE FORGETTING 51 MILLION RED SOX POSTING FEE FOR DICE-K, I never heard a peep from all these "Baseball Lovers" Pleaase, shut the FUK up. Wanna talk baseball ethics, how about stealing JD Drew from the Dodgers last year, nowo that's unethical. My advise to all the Sox Fans, take a deep breath, that might help.

Anonymous said...

Hey, its not your dad's money...so relax.

Anonymous said...

Its funny how when the redsox put 170 million on the table you didnt come out saying you are gonna ban baseball.Tex would have been a luxuary seeing that they have Youk at first a mvp candidate last year.Now thats glutauny.And they are all ready talking abouT Joe Mauwar who is not a free agent until 2011.Wow!!!And what do you mean the yankees shouldnt be spending so much money in these difficult times? So what should anyone do who has alot of money right now? Bury it under a rock somewhere until times get better.I Think not.You just another soreloser redsox fan who cant take losing a player to the yankees.You say you are banning baseball but i bet you will be watching baseball if your team is in first in June or July.You are just a fake person and your words dont mean nothing.

Anonymous said...

You say this is not just anger from a disgruntled sox fan, but that's exactly what it is. What would you have the Yankees do? donate homes to the homeless with the money? since when is it up to franchises to take care of average citizens? What the hell does the Yankee spending have to do with homeless familys, or the economy for that matter? And you are wrong New York is not the leading state for homeless family's, who knows were you got that "fact" from. The City of New York is funding the stadium because the turnover financially will greatly bolster New Yorks economy in the long run. If you can't see how new stadiums and sports arenas are positive for the economy then your not to bright. The Yankees make more money then any franchise in sports, and they completely invest that money back into the product. Not only do the Yankees make money for themselves but they make money for other teams by filling stadiums across the nation. Lets look at the real root of your frustration. Your team through NESN and Fenway park have a multi billion dollar franchise, ranked 4th in the mlb. They made an offer 10 million dollars short of the Yankees. Reports today indicate that Teixiera wanted no part of Boston all along. Had he excepted that 170 million offer, i bet this blog would have a different feel. People like you look for any reason to hate on the Yankees, when in reality your anger should be directed at your cheap owners, who pocket the majority of their revenues. What baseball fan wouldn't want their team investing all their revenues to put a winning team on the field. The Red Sox ownership are two of the greediest guys in the game. They sell out more then any team in the MLB, have one of the most watched sports networks, and make the most money on merchandise and they continue to pocket that money.

Making a connection between the Yankees and the economic struggles is asinine and uneducated. If they have it let them spend it. As long as the Yankees make money they have every right to spend it. It has no effect on the economy and vise versa. The Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, etc will always fill seats and remain virtually unaffected by a weak economy. People like you throw around "bad economy" when you have no idea how the economy works or what its about. Its the new thing to say when the finger needs to be pointed. Whens the last team with a massive payroll that won a world series? It was your team. Did big spending hurt the Rockies, tigers, cardinals, devil rays, phillies, marlins over the last decade? So stop bitching that your not gonna watch baseball, outside of the red sox teams with massive payrolls usually don't win

The Yankees spend their revenue, your team pockets theirs. Lay blame were blame is due. If the Red Sox treated their life long veterans a little better, im sure they would have more success signing free agents. You think players don't talk? You think Pedro, Damon, Clemens, Boggs, Veritek, Millar, Mueller, Manny, Arroyo, just to name a few recommend the Sox to other guys in the league? The Red Sox have always had problems signing free agents. Can't blame the Yankees for that

Anonymous said...

and what the hell is with people saying baseball players don't deserve to make millions. Like that one retard said "why should one baseball contract fuel 10 generations. THIS IS CAPITALISM!!!!! IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO MAKE THAT MONEY! OR GET OUT AND MOVE TO A SOCIALIST COUNTRY!! Who are you to say how much people should make? that get paid that much because the money is coming in in droves to major league baseball. If you don't want them getting paid that much don't go to games, boycott it. Other wise stop bitching. Its entertainment, as long as their is a market there will be a ridiculous amount of money. I feel like im trying to explain economy 101 to a bunch of chimpanzees for crying out loud.

and how this girl can ask for a salary cap when she roots for the sox is beyond me. If that's they case you can say goodbye to Beckett, Matsuzaka, drew, lowel, and Bay. And youd have to choose between keeping two of Youkalis, Padria, Lester, ellsberry, Paplebon, Buckholes just to name a few when they become free agents, lets see how you come screaming back that the Cap is unfair. The same with Met fans! say goodbye to Delgado, Santana, Beltran, Church, Wright, Reyes, Castillo, K Rod, and Putz if there's a salary cap

Anonymous said...

She should really write for the Marxist blog.

Jon said...

It is a valid point she is trying to make. The Yankees shouldn't have had their hands out looking for money for their new stadium and then months later be spending more money than the 29 other teams combined this off season. How much federal and state money has been used for this new stadium? The Red Sox have been putting their own money into their old stadium, not spending 1 billion dollars on a new place. Baseball needs the Yankees to be relevant, but the Yankees need to look at what is going on in the country right now.

Anonymous said...

I love baseball...I think many people are missing the big picture of not just the yankees, but of many free agent signings, it will be detremental to the game. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday soon.

what i want for xmas - for the Yankees not to make the post-season in 2009 (that would be better than my team winning the world series

Lizzy said...

This is pandemonium.

Let me paraphrase myself. The Yankees have just committed 423 million dollars to THREE PLAYERS over the next 6-8 years. Has any other team ever done that EVER? They came crying to the city of New York six months ago needing more tax payer money for the stadium. This is not right. Read the stuff I linked. It explains the numbers far better than I ever could.

Also, I live two subway stops from Yankee Stadium, so I'm pretty familiar with the South Bronx.

Bernadette said...

Lizzie, you've said a lot and I wish I had more time to respond. I'll just say that, regarding the park issue, although the Yankees bulldozed a neighborhood park, they're building a replacement for it that is better than the old one. You should ride those two subway stops up to the Stadium when you get a chance and have a look at the new park's construction. It's right next to the old Stadium and there are signs explaining exactly what it will be like once they've finished building it.

Anonymous said...

If you live 2 subway stops from Yankee Stadium then you know that the Yankees are building new beautiful parks for the neighborhood! Why did you leave that out of your communist rant? You must have gone to the New York Times school of writing. Make the Yankees look bad when they do more for Charity then any organization this city has ever known!! If you're so worried about the homeless people why don't you start a blog to get people to go to soup kitchens on Saturday morning? I bet none of you people complaining all the time would ever take the time to do so such a thing. As far as the Yankees asking the city for the 420+ million goes I understand your point. However, your theory is greatly flawed. IT IS NOT AS IF BLOOMBERG WROTE A 420 MILLION DOLLAR CHECK TO STEINBRENNER. That money is paid out over a great number of years while the city is making the money back by all the revenue the stadium, new train stations, bars and restaraunts on river ave, etc are creating through taxes and other things. You think the hard working people who own businesses on River Ave want the city to cut a check to a homeless guy who drinks whiskey all day or to help out the stadium that will keep their business going for the next 50 years? Your thinking is flawed because you are looking at it from the standpoint of the few homeless people instead of the thousands upon thousands of hard working people who will enjoy the benefits of the new stadium. Every city in this country wishes they had something like the Yankees as does every owner of a small business near a ballpark.

Matt Shineman said...

The first comment that has to be made is regarding the $423.5 mil the Yankees shelled out. People seem to be forgetting that that sum is over the life of their contracts. It is not one lump sum of half a billion dollars shelled out RIGHT NOW.

Secondly, and most importantly, it is impossible to be mad @ the Yankees for this system. They have the money, and by the rules, they are allowed to spend it. They are operating within a set of rules that were created by Selig and the Owners.

Even as a Yankee fan, while I love having these 3 players added, I can agree that the current system is broken. But it's broken not because of the Yankees. It's broken because the owners and Selig refuse to fix it.

Let's also not foget that the Yankees are the poster boys for the great line, "You can't BUY your championship." If that were true, The Marlins would never have won anything, and the Rays would never have made it as far as they have.

Anonymous said...

A salary cap will never happen. The players association ( and there agents) will never allow it.
It's all about the money.

Anonymous said...

Lizzy you keep bringing up that the Yankees are spending 400 million on 3 players. WHO CARES!! its there money!!! who are you to tell them how they could spend their money. Your owners bitch that they can't keep up, when in all reality they get billions in revenue. The Red Sox like to act like a small town blue collar team, when they really are just as corporate as the Yankees.

and don't bring up asking for tax payer money until you do some research on the economy. Because even after it is explained to you, you still don't get it.

there is nothing worse then reading an article or blog for that matter with bias behind it. The problem with fans like you is that instead of just rooting for your team, your are consumed with your rivals. That's why Red Sox fans never enjoy baseball, Yankee fans could care less about what the Red Sox do

billneftleberg said...

Typical whiny sox fan, shes a liar to boot, I;d bet she posts again.ny fans dont whine when yor team spends 52M on a posting fee for dice,

lets see how much integrity Lizzy has, she'll make some excuse and be back

Lizzy said...

I find it moderately amusing that the comments with the most legit arguments are also the ones with the best grammar.

Anonymous said...

Anyone saying the Yankees spending spree is inappropriate because of the economy should read up on socialist countries and you will all realize that there are many more people living in poverty in a place like Venezaula then anywhere else. That country is socialist and 65% of the people are in poverty and 35% are rich. Not even close to the middle class we have here, it's the largest middle class in the history of the world and that's because of CAPITALISM!! If the Yankees "helped out" the homeless the homeless would still be poor and the Yankees would still be rich.

Anonymous said...

Lizzy said...
I find it moderately amusing that the comments with the most legit arguments are also the ones with the best grammar.

The title of the article shows ho well you have mastered the English Language. It's so intelligent it makes me wonder what you're doing writing blogs. You should definitely be an English teacher.

Anonymous said...

1. Remove the current Commish & replace w/ someone serious about cleaning up the sport, the organization, and agents such as Scott Boras who, regardless of who he represents, just seems to love to bring discontent to the league.
2. Institute a salary cap beginning 2011-2012.
3. Weekly drug testing for all players.
4. As of opening day, each team must publish their 25 man roster & play with it FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON. No trades from opening day to the last out of the World Series. If injuries prevail, use the farm team associated.

I realize this will never happen b/c it would make it too difficult for "dynasties" to exist. It would also imply that the actual best TEAM in the MLB wins the series.

But what's really too bad is how the comments started out as well thought and educated responses, then turned into a mirror for the diatribe that is ESPN blogging.

CoolerHead said...

Please read my rebuttal, it may make you see the light. Yankees Save Major League Baseball by signing Teixera.

Anonymous said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

I am going to make baseball have that salary cap. I just wrote this today.

http://www.dugoutcentral.com/blog/?p=2301

Last week Larry Lucchino asked me to come up with a salary cap, and here it is.

I hope it brings you back to baseball.

Rick

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