A Red Sox fan urges folks to hold their fire when going after the Yankees’ offseason largess:
As a Bosox fan, the most important thing each summer aside from Boston winning is New York tanking, and it’s my hope that despite the influx of new talent, the aging Jeter, Posada, Damon and Rivera (the best closer in MLB history will, one of these years, falter) won’t be able to keep pace and once again the NYC media will dump on the Yanks. Such a summer occurrence is far better than even a bumper crop of silver queen corn and sweet & sour plums. Nevertheless, even though I was disappointed the Sox owners—obviously one of baseball’s wealthiest franchises, with the fourth largest payroll in ‘08—couldn’t complete a deal for Teixeira, I don’t fault the Yanks for attempting to field the best team possible.
It’s called competition.
The author, Splice Today’s Russ Smith, is a friend of ShysterBall, and I hold him in highest regard. And indeed, on this point, I agree with Russ. That said, a Sox fan defending the spending of the Yankees is sort of like one CEO defending the reasonableness of another’s benefits package. Yes, it may mean something, but it is a sentiment that doesn’t exactly resonate with the masses because it’s been a long time since the Yankees and the Red Sox were different beasts in any real way.
As an economic and competitive issue, I really don’t care how much the Yankees spend. Many people view this as a political or even a moral issue, however, and while I don’t agree with them, I understand why they feel the way they do and why they won’t be deterred from booing.