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For Just $200 Mil, YOU Can Save a Struggling Team
Monday, September 17, 2007
Yankees detractors are big fans of carrying on about the team’s alleged “Two Million Dollar Payroll” (exaggerators… it’s only $195,229,045, come on now). Despite the fact that the team’s ability to afford the monster contracts can be directly attributed to their popularity and history of accomplishments – which, of course, is in large part due to the big players they can wrangle in with that big payroll; it’s like the circle of life except with baseballs and cash dollars – and the glaring reality that there are several teams that are creeping up towards Yankees-style payroll, folks continue to stubbornly hold on to some bizarre abhorrence of that payroll. The apparent consensus amongst these money-haters is that a team investing so much money should be invulnerable to injuries and slumps and is obligated to win every single game.

This attitude makes me a very bitter Yankees Chick. I am so sick of hearing people snicker and snidely remark “that’s the best you can do with your $200 million payroll?” I certainly understand that higher-paid players come with elevated expectations, and I absolutely identify with the sentiment of “buyer’s remorse” or “what the hell, we ain’t gettin’ what we paid for here” when players are a bust (I’m looking at you, Carl Pavano… not literally, of course, because you’re probably in surgery for some ailment or another at this very moment), but the use of that blanket statement is simply out of hand. It seems ridiculous to even type this, because it is so obvious, but my lovelies, there are so many factors affecting a team’s overall record besides money. Money cannot prevent line drives from breaking pitchers’ hands, or every molecule of matter in Painvano’s body from crumbling into dust, or Johnny Demon deciding that this year would be a good year to just relax and hit .260. Referring to the Yankees as “underdogs” probably sounds silly, but the way this year has gone has made them seem like some scrappy kids struggling to stay competitive with the big kids. I know it’s tough to ignore the expectations of a mega-jillion-dollar payroll, but I think the team has accomplished some impressive stuff in spite of all the injuries and first-half depression.
  • An old man came back from “retirement” (again) and made a big impact on the team, pitching well and serving as a good role model for the youngsters.
  • 2 kids barely out of college breezed through the minors and came up to provide pitching support just in the nick of time. Joba pitched 17 straight innings without allowing an earned run, and Kennedy has a 1.89 ERA in 3 starts.
  • In his 2nd outing for the team, Hughes was almost 7 innings into a no-hitter… before he got injured.
  • Jorgie Boy pulled through with the performance of a lifetime.
  • A-Rod gave the horrid booing fans plenty of reason to shut the hell up, putting up great numbers AND undeniably clutch hitting.
  • Andy Pettitte came back for a second round of the NY life and proved himself to be just as good – if not better – than the last time he was here.
  • Shelley Duncan is… hilarious (new official job title: Spirit Coordinator)

All that’s left to make this a true “moving story about underdogs coming from behind in the last weeks of the season to capture the hearts of the nation” tale is a World Series win.

Oh… and maybe a discovery that the payroll is really only like $75 million. Makes for a better story.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, September 17, 2007  
  • At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good sentiments..

    Not important, but Ian Kennedy went to USC. It's the internet - everyone is picky with facts.

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    duhhhh.... little miss CSTV here should have remembered that... fixed :)

  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    The worst is when Red Sox fans bitch about payroll. They just spent $100 mil on Dice-K and their payroll is "only" $40 mil behind the Yankees.

    If the Red Sox make a big offseason signing, they may actually surpass the Yankees.

    That would make me a very happy boy.

  • At 10:19 AM, Blogger ChrisV82 said…

    The Yankees have a high payroll, that is true. However, I think a lot of the players on the Yankees are overpaid, and if the Yankees paid them a more reasonable wage, the overall payroll would drop $50 million.

    Even with this adjustment, however, the Yankees could still afford to maintain their roster because they would still be offering more than other teams.

    Baseball is a business, and the Yankees are run the best. If people want to put a ceiling on spending, then they better put a floor, too. If we're going to make baseball communist, then everyone has to be equal, which means a lot of teams are going to have to (at the very least) double their spending. It is nothing short of a disgrace that Pittsburgh, Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay are spending less than $40 million on their rosters this season.

  • At 6:46 AM, Blogger Phil Speranza said…

    When George bought this team it was 1. Not the biggest payroll in the sport nor 2. was he the richest owner.
    He made his money be reinvesting the dollars he earned. He reinvented the aduld souveneir business. He built this team and contines to try to improve it.
    What business wouldn't want to grow. Well ask the KC Royals. George had some good and some bad baseball people, but overall they made money for him and he turned it into Championships which made more money and so on and so forth.

  • At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One dumb question deserves another:

    Why does it take a combined payroll of over $2B to beat the Yankees' $195M?

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