Don’t Boo the Yankees

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.


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John Henning
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John Henning
While I agree to a certain degree with Russ Smith, as a Yankee fan, I feel that booing the team for their profligate spending is entirely appropriate for fans of other teams. The Yankees as overspending, championship-buying juggernaut is a compelling storyline, and booing Goliath is always fun and can provide an added layer of enjoyment to the game. What should really be discouraged is when the booing turns uglier—more personal, more vicious. While rare, profanity laced, racially charged, personal attacks on individual players (or even worse, on fans of the other team) go beyond the arena of fanhood, and… Read more »
Mike Jones
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Mike Jones
I definitely agree with Russ. I’m a Sox fan, but if I were a Yankees fan I’d definitely want to see the Steinbrenners putting their money on the field instead of in their pockets. Of course, the local sports talk nitwits (Albany, NY) jumped on the Sabathia and Texiera signings as “proof” that baseball needs a salary cap, which is Utter Nonsense. If there’s a problem here, it’s *revenue* inequality, and there’s a simple (but drastic) solution: MLB could declare that it owns *all* media rights to games, and that it will be the sole negotiating agent for broadcast contracts… Read more »
Ty
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Ty

I think Dan Szymborski’s posting on BBTF last week is one of the best takes on “Yankee largess” I’ve read.  It is largess, but it’s also not the problem.  The problem are the myriad owners who _don’t_ try to field a competative team, despite having as much or more money than the Steinbrenners _and_ receive millions of revenue sharing dollars each year from MLB.  I really, really wish the mainstream media would focus on that particular travesty instead of the Yankee payroll each year.

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/oracle/discussion/yankees_signed_teixeira/

Joe S.
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Joe S.

Mike Jones, isn’t that called ‘Communism?’

tadthebad
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tadthebad

@ Joe, I don’t know about Communism, but each of the major professional sports leagues in the US exhibits some elements of socialism, right?

Pete Toms
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Pete Toms
What does ** mean? Doesn’t the stupid amount that has been written about the Yankees spending ( and the healthy commenting that it provokes ) this past week or so reveal something?  Isn’t that something that there is a LOT of interest in the Yankees?  The Red Sox don’t like sharing their loot either.  That is why they told MLB & StubHub to stick their big secondary ticketing deal ( instead they struck a deal with a local broker ) and why Werner and Henry have been vocal about wanting control of their local digital rights ( which MLB currently… Read more »
Pete Toms
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Pete Toms

@ Mike & Tad.

A couple of fundamentals that suppress player salaries in MLB are 1. revenue sharing and 2. monopsony

Mike Jones
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Mike Jones

Joe S. –
No, it’s not Communism at all. It’s a recognition that the teams are not “competitors” in an economic sense. The Yankees *lose*, not gain, by driving the Royals out of business. They *need* the Royals (and other teams) in order to play games. They certainly wouldn’t draw 4 million fans a year for intrasquad games.

MooseinOhio
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MooseinOhio
No economic model truly fits MLB or other sports as all have a mix of systems in play.  For example, folks who claim the Yankees are capitalistic are partly right but remember the Yankees have taken advantage of public funds to build their new stadium (corporate welfare one may argue), which will give them more money to spend in the capitalistic players market.  If the Yankees had fully funded their stadium and gotten some tax breaks from the city maybe one could claim they were functioning more like a capitalist enterprise but even then they would have received some public… Read more »
MooseinOhio
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MooseinOhio

Sorry about the long post – wife and daughter are napping while on vacation and I’ve got time to kill.

Sara K
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Sara K

@ PT – asterisks are a substitute for italics (pardon me if you’ve already figured this one out)

Pete Toms
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Pete Toms

@ Sara.  Why did “” fall out of favor?  And what are all the variations of ;:) that I often see at the end of sentences? ( can you guess my age from my ignorance of this? )

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