He's not making a poor argument per se, but he's only making it because the Yankees were victims of it this year. The Yankees have screwed plenty of other teams, namely the Blue Jays, out of playoff births for years. If Hank made this statement in April rather than the day after the Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs, maybe I'd give a little more respect to the argument. But to do this now just shows a lack of class.
I agree in general the guy should shut his trap, but I don't really agree with what you're saying here. Both the Yankees and the Sox have said in past years that it's a tough division to compete in. Even if the Yankees win it, they had to make their decisions based on trying to beat the Sox, Jays, Ray, and Orioles whereas the Angels had to make their decisions based on trying to beat the A's, Rangers, and Mariners. That's really unbalanced, even if you win.
But still, it goes both ways. Yanks and Sox rake in the dough because the stakes are so high every year and their fans are so interested. Even Angels fans know the Mariners and A's stink so they can't pretend to get jazzed about the matchups. I'd rather lose in the East on occasion than be a fan of a team in the West. No offense to you Angels fans. I mean more based on regular season. It's a more entertaining regular season than when you have it all wrapped up early.
Haha, no way. Losing continually in the East absolutely sucks when you know your team would probably compete and win in any other division in baseball. I'd much rather have the Jays be in the Central or West for that reason. Do you really think this October I'm going to be looking back and remembering the 36 games Toronto had with Boston and New York fondly for their entertainment value? Or will I just be pissed that the Jays aren't there for the 15th straight year? Probably the latter.
I can see that as a Blue Jays fan. As a Yankees fan, it hasn't affected me much over the years. Don't mean that as a ribbing. I just mean, I know the Yankees have the resources to compete with anyone out there, so I'm not going to begrudge the fact they have to beat the best to make it. The Jays don't have quite the same resources, so I can see your point.
I think the Yankees are going to throw a boatload of money at Lowe, and he will wind up in pinstripes. He is absolutely, 100 percent perfect for them, and they will go the extra mile financially to make it happen.
"The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else"
I really have no idea why they didn't offer arbitration for Abreu. What's the worst that can happen? He accept? Then you get a plus bat back in the lineup at a 1 year deal, and can run a platoon of Abreu/Nady/Damon/Matsui/Gardner/Cabrera through LF/CF/RF/DH, or look to trade Damon or Matsui.
And if he leaves, which I think is more probable, you get 2 draft picks. Now they have jack for draft picks except the one they get for failing to sign their last #1.
I've been having this debate with myself. It's probably going to take 5 years to sign Burnett. But what will Lowe take? I think if Lowe takes 3, then maybe he's the better buy. But if Lowe is dead-set on 4 years, wouldn't you rather sign Burnett? They are probably going to get similar $$ per year. I'm confused as to what I'm rooting for. Sounds like the Yankees are going to make an offer to Burnett today or tomorrow.
If they sign Sabathia, I think I'd rather not sign either of Lowe or Burnett. I don't like the idea of having so many of the rotation spots tied up for the next 3+ years. They'd have Sabathia, Wang, Burnett/Lowe, and Joba in the rotation in 09 and hopefully Hughes full time starting in 2010. I'd rather have more flexibility to be able to move other minors leaguers into the rotation as they emerge. The big contracts to 2nd tier pitchers never seem to work out anyway. I think there is a good chance that Lowe is mediocre again in the East and that Burnett is hurt. I'd rather find someone to sign for 2 years, though I'm not sure who that is.