Apparently, the Yankees won their 27th World Series title last night. Me? I could really care less.
So what if the Yankees won? It isn’t as if it did not took huge sums of money for them to get where they needed to be in order to add to their ring totals. It’s not as if they beat the Red Sox in the postseason. It’s not as if they had the Red Sox’s number this year. Yes, I hate the Yankees, and because of that, I really don’t care that they won.
I believe this World Series was not a reflection on the organization as a whole (as it was for the 2003 Marlins, the 2005 Cardinals) and that the Yankees really didn’t have a huge effect on the Red Sox this season. This doesn’t say anything about the Yankees other than they have the ability to buy the players necessary (Matsui, Texieira, Sabathia, A-Rod) to win championships. That, to me, illustrates everything that is wrong about baseball right now.
Now, the Red Sox are not wholly innocent of baseball as a business. They pay big money for Ortiz, for Beckett, for J.D., for Daisuke. At the very core of the team, however, the Red Sox have home-grown talent. There would have been no 2007 title without Pedroia, Youkilis, Papelbon and Lester.
The Yankees have Jeter.
He is by far the best player of this generation of players, and he may well be one of the greatest of all times. Other than him, however, the Yankees do not have a core of home-grown talent that leads their team. Cabrera, Cano, Chamberlain, Gardner . . . they are all decent players, but they do not lead the team. They are not the difference between a championship-caliber team and a playoff-caliber team.
To be honest, I did not watch a whole lot of this World Series. It had no appeal to me. I knew the Yankees would win, and even if they didn’t, I did not care for the Phillies to repeat. How great would it have been for the sport if the Twins were playing the Rockies, or even the Dodgers to improve a low-key Series’ TV ratings?
I mean, Minnesota’s entire pay-roll would be consumed solely by A-Rod, Jeter and Matsui. What if 25 guys could play for that same amount of money on baseball’s biggest stage? How great would that be for the sport?
In the end, I guess it’s congratulations to the Yankees. On to another off season where both the Yankees AND the Red Sox will spend ridiculous sums of money on people who play a child’s game. On to the debate over Jason Bay, Varitek, Tim Wakefield and friends.
And guess what? In 365 days, it will be the Red Sox holding that trophy.
Have a good off-season everybody!