I don’t know if it is absolutely fair to hate the Yankees for signing CC Sabathia for a record $161,000,000 over the next six years, but just can’t help it.
As a fan of the Texas Rangers, I will always remember how offended the media was when the Rangers offered A-Rod, the best player in baseball at the time, a record $150,000,000 contract. The media beat the Rangers up and down about how ridiculous the contract was. Because many people allow their opinions to be determined by the things that knuckleheads in the media say, the outcry was pretty loud. Eventually, even though he was still the best player in baseball during his tenure with the Rangers, public opinion soured him on the team, and he left (to the Yankees, no less, sticking the Rangers with a good portion of his contract).
Obviously, the best position player in baseball is worth more than the best pitcher in baseball. Why then is it OK for the Yankees to spend these sums of money, but not the Rangers?
The problem I have is with a sports media which is largely driven and controlled by Eastern press agencies who do little to mask their biases for teams like the Yankees, but never acknowledge these biases. What I see in all of this is that it is alright for a team such as the Yankees to spend whatever they want on any player, but heaven forbid an upstart, second-tier team like the Rangers even attempt to play ball in the same marketplace that the Yankees play in. If that were to happen, then perhaps some team other than the Red Sox and Yankees would go to the playoffs every year, and the Eastern media obviously could not deal with that.
So, because the media will not police itself in this manner, I am left with no other option but to wish failure on the Yankees. And, I do.
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