Lest anyone think that I am the only one who over the years has grown sick of the Red Sox unearned sense of entitlement and unwarranted bitching about the “Evil Empire,” today I present two professional baseball writers who feel the same way.
First we have Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg, who, prompted by Boston’s bid of $51 million for the rights to negotiate with a stud Japanese pitcher, says that the Red Sox are no different from the Yankees, except that they play in a smaller city (it’s like a baby New York!).
Thanks to baseball’s revenue-sharing system, pretty much any team with good management and a strong business plan can compete for the playoffs. But for at least two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues, the idea of bidding anywhere near this much for a guy who has never pitched in the majors is absurd.
And when you add the astounding news of a $51.1 million offer to the reality of the Red Sox’ payroll, you can only come to one conclusion:
The Red Sox are aggressively exploiting every possible revenue stream, creatively growing their big-market business in any way they can, then plowing their extra millions back into their ballclub in a vigorous attempt to compete for the World Series every year.
Nothing wrong with that.
But that’s exactly what the Yankees do.
It can’t be evil for one team and OK for another. It can’t be horrible and offensive and ruining baseball when the Yankees do it and just fine when the Red Sox do it.
Amen, Mike. I mean, seriously, you’re preaching to the choir. You and me are gonna have to get together for a beer real soon and talk some more about everything that’s wrong with the Sox, starting with Theo and ending with overpriced tickets.
Next we have Sean McAdam of the Providence Journal, who says that the Red Sox have a lot of problems, but financial restrictions aren’t one of them.
What’s clear now is that the Red Sox have few, if any, payroll limitations. They’ve been outspent by only the Yankees for the last five years. Even before the Yanks dealt for Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the history of the game, the Red Sox had the ignominious distinction of signing a player to the second-largest contract in the history of the game.
Again, bravo Sean for offering a voice of reason in these crazy, topsy turvy times.
The Sox aren’t any better or any worse than the Yankees. They’re just more annoying. Last season, Theo said the reason that he didn’t trade for Bobby Abreu at the deadline was that he didn’t have the funds. He just couldn’t compete with the Yankees. “That’s the reality,” Theo said. “It’s going to occasionally leave us short … every time there’s a player who’s available in a bidding war or taking on a contract or getting the best free agent.” This season, Theo’s spending $51 million like it’s monopoly money. And it kind of makes all of his past complaining ring a little hollow, you know?
So, Theo, Red Sox fans, stop complaining about the Yankees. Let. It. Go. They’re evil. You’re evil. We’re all evil. Welcome to Major League Baseball.