Well, the Yankees get their man, acquiring the Big Unit tonight.  With that acquisition, the Yankees are now the biggest laughingstocks in baseball, and their fall is complete.  Even if they win the World Series, it comes at the price of their credibility in the ability to build an organization of ballplayers vs. simply steamrolling everyone else around.  Yes, we know the Red Sox, the Cubs, and other teams have vast resources to deploy to keep competitive, and we’re not in denial about big pocketed teams being limited to just the one that resides in the Bronx, so Yankees fans can spare me that one.  But a starting pitching staff of Johnson at 16M, Brown at 15M, Mussina at 16M, Pavano at 11M, and Wright at 7M is simply laughable – it’s a team run by a pig getting ever more piggish.  That’s 65M and we haven’t gone near the bullpen, much less position players.   They are the opposite of the A’s, who dump players because their ownership won’t spend, eliminating the possibility of a gang of players we can all be familiar with.  They are the biggest, baddest mercenary team in all the land, and they are also out of excuses.  They control the executive branch, the legislature, and the supreme court, but they’ll fail all the same.  I can’t wait.

P.S. One simple question for Yankees fans: Does this move show how great a franchise the Yankees are, or how pathetic they have become?

P.P.S. YF owes me a pastrami sandwich, once there’s a press conference.

(EDIT: It should be noted that the parties reporting this trade are now backing off the completeness of it.  Should the deal fall through and the Red Sox go on to acquire RJ I will gladly forfeit my Pastrami sandwich, and offer up a doubledecker to YF as an apology…)

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  • I don’t really think it shows anything we didn’t know. I guess I would say to Sox fans, be happy that it’s happening now and not last July, or the “curse” would still be active.
    Tomorrow, we’ll hear the same stuff we heard after the A-Rod deal, but this in no means sews it up for the Yankees. RJ is a damn good 41-year old pitcher, but he’s still 41. To be honest as a Yankee fan, I don’t know whether to celebrate or not right now. Plus, we gave up a good young catcher– I much rather would’ve given up Graman or Halsey.

    JeremyM December 16, 2004, 10:11 pm
  • Wow. Nice bile. Didn’t your team just win some sort of post-season tournament or something?
    Mercenaries… By my recollection, the Red Sox had only two players on their usual 25-man roster that started with the franchise, and one of those didn’t last the season.
    As far as the trade rumor goes, I’d rather take my chances with Vazquez turning back into Vazquez than 2-3 years with Randy.

    Clay December 16, 2004, 10:34 pm
  • Man, what’s the point of having pride in developing players if you can’t win the big one? Do you think the A’s are happy that they can make the playoffs with such a low payroll? Of course. Do you think they would just buy a world series like the Yankees, Red Sox, Marlins, etc if they could? You better believe it. It’s the way the game is played today. Deal with it. Spare us your self-righteous indignation.

    EZ December 16, 2004, 11:16 pm
  • This isn’t about the Sox, or other deep-pocketed teams. This (and “this” is the trade, which is now according to ESPN “speculated” as opposed to completed, as earlier reported) is about the Yankees and their almost comically deep pockets, and their desire to own the baseball world and the rather obvious and predictable manner in which they attempt to do so. Yes, it’s true there are other teams that can buy themselves success, the Sox being one of them, as I state in my post, but the Yankees bring a whole other dimension to this. It’s become comical, and at the same time it shows how insecure and baffled by failure their owner and front office are. This is about the Yankees, and nobody else.
    Lastly, what would this site be without a Sox fan ragging on the Yankees? No World Championship is going to stop that!

    SF December 16, 2004, 11:19 pm
  • This isn’t self-righteousness – the Sox are a wealthy club, and owe their success to that wealth, to a big degree. They haven’t had much luck with homegrown talent, though the core of this year’s team (Pedro, Lowe, Varitek) was partially acquired through very smart dealings involving homegrown talent and patience in the development of those players once acquired. If I were in denial of this wealth and buying power you guys would have a good thing going, but I am not. This is, as I say, about the Yankees and the way they have become a caricature of themselves. When a team can make a ludicrously funny Onion story into the truth, you know something’s going on.
    link to the Onion story here:

    SF December 16, 2004, 11:26 pm
  • World Series? Screw it. What the Yanks need to concentrate on for next year is jumping up a few positions on the SF Organizational Credibility Index. Also, advances must be made on the SF Franchise Laughingstock-o-Meter. Someone get a memo to Cashman.

    YF December 16, 2004, 11:30 pm
  • YF:
    SF ought to calm down. I talked to Theo (another SF, at that!) earlier to see if he thought getting the Unit was a good deal, and he said “yeah, sure. Why don’t you extend him for like 20M per while you’re at it”. I think I might – if Theo thinks it’s a good deal how can it not be?

    Cash December 16, 2004, 11:37 pm