Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Posted by el duque at 11:28 AM
I too wasn't sure what to make of signing Scherzer. But the 2015 Yankees, as currently defined, look stunningly mediocre, and the best stud starter available would have vaulted us to the top of the heap.
But for now, let's not think about the team. Let's give the front office credit for doing something that, in American business, is absolutely brilliant.
Somehow, the richest team in U.S. pro sports, with the biggest market in U.S. pro sports, with the wealthiest broadcast revenue engine in U.S. pro sports - a franchise that it's been estimated could finance a $400 million payroll and still make gobs of money - managed to get its own fan base to buy into the notion that - thank God! - the Steinbrenners are saving money.
I recognize that teams can spend money smartly - and stupidly. Many fans believe it would be stupid to give Max Scherzer seven years at age 30. I accept that. The Nationals - and the teams they narrowly outbid - don't agree.
But since when are Yankee fans supposed to fret over team finances?
Capitalism doesn't always give us much. In fact, it screws most of us. But at least in the fantasy world of baseball, the Yankees always allowed us to be millionaires - the richest fan on the block. Hideki Irabu wanted to play in America? Of course, the Yankees would get him! El Duque was coming from Cuba? Of course, the Yankees would get him! Jason Giambi? We didn't need a DH, but we got him anyway. Yes, we were hated. Who cared? We offered the greatest stage, the greatest fan base, the greatest legacy... and of course, unlimited money. The Yankees are not supposed to care about money. And neither are their fans.
Now, we're supposed to be relieved that we avoided a big name free agent?
It's one thing for the Yankee front office to think like Kansas City. Should Yankee fans think like Royals fans?
I understand that Robbie Cano last year left home because Seattle gave him a ridiculous deal. But he left home! There was a time when a star like Robbie would be a Yankee for life. Obviously, that changed.
There is only one person currently destined to be a Yankee for life.
And yes, I want us to be smart, but I'll be damned if I'm going to cheer a billionaire because he saved a few thin dimes.
If the Yankees do not sign Yoan Moncata... you heard it here first...