Wednesday, September 17, 2008

$210 Million Worth of Nothing

We briefly interrupt this blog to bring you a post about sports. If we offend anyone out there, we apologize, and promise to get back to talking about something related to Star Trek, or the like, tomorrow.

Disclaimer aside, it’s time to rant about the New York Yankees, and more importantly, their suckiness. And, as with all things related to the Yankees, we need to start by talking about the money.

Oh, the money.

$210 million worth of talent out on that field each day, and they’re in 4th place in the American League East. $210 million worth of talent, and they will play their last game in September, and most of the team will be vacationing on some island or another in October. $210 million worth of talent, $210 million that the fans will have to pay back in the form of obscene ticket prices...and there will be no postseason for the Bronx Bombers.

But, on the bright side, at least they’re tearing the Stadium down.

This one hurts, folks. And, yes, I’m aware there’s the distinct possibility that some or even most of you out there are likely Yankee-haters, and that’s fine, since I’m sure you’re enjoying this post more than others I’ve written. But, like I’ve said many times, this blog is half mine, and I will use it to whine and complain when I must. And I must.

Whine and complain, that is.

See, I’ve been a Yankee fan my whole life, and I’ve been through some pretty lousy seasons with some pretty lousy teams in the past. And, when a team with Mike Gallego and Pat Kelly up the middle doesn’t win the World Series, hey, that’s fine. I can live with that.

But this year. Oh, this year. This year, we're looking at a Yankee team with two guys on the left side of the infield who make more money in a single season than the Tampa Bay Rays’ starting nine combined makes in two seasons.

This team?

This team with their big old payroll and their shiny new manager (who replaced my favorite baseball person in history, by the way) and the crazy Steinbrenner kids running Daddy's show and the tearing down of the Grand Old Stadium and the $1000 box seat ticket prices in the new Stadium next year? This team won't even make the playoffs...or finish in the top three of their division. I think I'll take Mike Gallego and Pat Kelly, thanks. (OK, maybe not)

Seriously, though, thank goodness for Derek Jeter. Without him on the team, playing hard every day and showing everyone what a real ballplayer is, I think I would have jumped the ship and become a Cubs fan.

Anyway, maybe it's just that the Yankee ghosts are angry. I would be, if someone were tearing down my home.

That’s all I’ve got for today. We’ll be back tomorrow with

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