Hey its Pasik from Necessary Roughness - www.pasiksright.blogspot.com and I think that the money is a non factor. You cannot blame the yankees ownership for wanting to win. The Twins owner is loaded and does not invest as much in his team. In college programs use money to get the best facilities and results in the best players. However this does not all guarantee wins, it just puts you in the best position TO WIN. Yankees are probably the team of the decade with the sox a close second. Claiming the sox are more "likeable" is a pretty weak argument in this case. Very close but probably the Yanks get this one.
Likeability has a lot to do with it for the average fan. Liars like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez have ruined the the likeability factor for the Yankees. Even with All American boy Derek Jeter, the majority of America has a disdain for the Bronx Bombers. Even Steinbrenner brings that likeability factor down. I would love to have my team spend money to compete every year, but since the rich get richer and everybody just muddles along baseball has lost its luster to the American public. No longer America's past time the "likeability" has to be a part of a teams rise to be the "Team of the Decade."
Yes, I know the Red Sox have had their share of ASSHATS also, (i.e. Schilling, Manny and now even Big Papi) the other parts that made those rosters seemed more Americana to me. Johnny Damon was a different dude with the Sox, the long hair and the beard made him an everyday Joe, Mike Lowell reminds me of my uncle, Jason Varitek feels like solid guy, Josh Beckett is like a frat buddy and so on and so forth. I just don't get that feeling about either the 2000 Yankees or this years.
In most cases my favorite baseball team is eliminated either early or even before the playoffs start. As a sports fan I still need to watch the MLB all the way through the World Series. So I need that "likeability" factor to choose whom I want to root for from beginning to end. I never get that feeling from the Yankees. Both years the Red Sox won, I found that factor I needed in order to root for that team. Without that feeling baseball would be lost after the regular seaon ended. There is some jealousy in my thinking and that is only natural, but for the true sports fan in me I need that "likeability" factor.
How can "likeability" factor possibly push the Red Sox to team of the decade? That can't be your criteria. Look at everything else I mentioned in my response. The numbers don't lie, the competition doesn't lie. Maybe you like the Sox better, that's fine, but you can't use that "likeability" factor as the reason they are team of the decade.
Sure I can. Numbers have nothing to do with team of the decade when you have two teams with equal amount of championships. Who cares on how many times you make it to the playoffs. All that matters when it comes to professional sports is championships. Anything short of that is a failure and when you spend the type of money the Yankees did and only come away with two championships is an even bigger failure.
Then that will lead me to my second criteria which is "likeability" and that team by a mile would be the Boston Red Sox.
Nick Swisher is the largest ASSHAT amongst baseball morons. He is more about himself than any other player I ever seen. If that isn't coporate I don't know what is. Even the likeable Texiera lost some his boy next door feeling wearing the Yankee pinstripes
Wait...so you say numbers don't mean anything, but your first criteria is NUMBER of championships? And then, you ignore division titles and ALCS appearances?? Fine, if you are a Yankee hater that's your right as a fan, but to say that guys like Papelbon and Youkilis are likeable and Jeter and Pettite are not...come on.
It's clear you are a classic Yankee hater. And you know what, that's completely fine. I went to college in Boston so I know all about the haters. Also, about the money, let's not pretend the Red Sox didn't spend a ton as well. 100 million for Dice K? Come on. The Yankees played within the rules of baseball. What do you expect them to do? They are a very successful business and they make a ton, so why not spend a ton. At least we have an owner who cares about winning. A lot of these owners are just as wealthy, if not more so, than Steinbrenner, and yet we are the ones who spend on good players. Also, spending money doesn't guarantee anything, otherwise we'd win every title. Teams like the Marlins, White Sox, Cardinals, all won titles despite not spending as much as us.
You are a classic Yankee hater, and as I said, I respect that, I just don't agree with it.
I am a huge Yankee hater but must give shtolky props on his argument. I can't stand the fact that they casually threw huge dollars at the the top three free agents on the market and won a title as a result. With that roster you should win with no excuses.
To put t properly, I'm a New York hater. Yes, my first criteria is a number, the number of championships which the Red Sox and Yankees are tied at two. If you re-read what I typed I said the numbers don't matter after that. The only thing that matters is championships, not playoff appearances, not pennants, just championships.
That brings me to my finally criteria which is likeability which leads me to the choice of the Red Sox.
I'm not so much of a hater that I can't my congrats a New York squad for winning a championship, but I don't have to like it.
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