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…)