In general, when you cite a paper as a source, you don't cite the abstract. That is not a source of anything. That's just a thesis. Do you know what a thesis is? It isn't a fact. So stop pounding your chest like you are quoting FACTS when you aren't. Once again, it's the Cliff Notes complex. Have you ever actually read that paper?
You are nitpicking, like every Yankee-hater does, when you say, AFTER THE FACT, that the Yankees could have gone after Eckstein or the like.
“The Yankees lead the league in road attendance (I'm taking your word for this one) because they're the most popular team in the world. By far. No contest. Nothing sells like the Yankees in this day and age.”
But why is it that they sell? Is it because they win? You never addressed the 3 year Yankee trend I brought up. You’re not going to tell me the AL RECORD 4 million plus that the Yanks drew is due to a normal attendance inflation, are you? Sorry. A-rod and Randy Johnson have something to do with that, on top of Sheffield, Jeter, and Matsui.
And Pedro didn’t win 20 plus games for you this year. He is not the Cy Young pitcher he used to be. Pedro is Pedro. He was acquired to bring attention to the Mets and he has. The Yankee power is due to their marquis players. Do you think people buy tickets in RECORD AMOUNTS to see Cano, Wang, and Small as opposed to A-rod, Jeter, Sheffield, Johnson, Mussina, Matsui, etc. You’re off the map with that one.
And you’re the one who started a personal attack on me that a mod had to edit. So don’t bring this ‘who, me?’ bs to the table. Call me crazy but I don’t think I would hang out with you in any social setting whatsoever. (partly because you can’t own up to anything) And I don’t think people observing the things you and I have to say to one another would conclude that we would. You’re not of victim of anything but your own delusions so come back to reality. I don’t like you and I know you don’t like me. Don’t pretend otherwise. It’s a really weak and fake thing to do.
As for your history of Yankee bashing, you really need to look in the mirror. In my last post I referred to ALL of your posts on this board, not just this thread. When you put it all together, it’s a very negative picture that you paint of the Yankees in general. And it’s all supported by nitpicky knocks that you do not apply to other teams. You spent several pages a while back arguing how Jeter should move from SS to 3B when A-rod was acquired. Remember that? And the very next season, Jeter wins a GG. (Oh yeah, you don’t think GGs are of any significance or hold any value – or is it just when players you don’t respect win them?) You saying you like Jeter is like GW Bush saying he likes Black people. Any clod can say it when pressed, but when you look at your history in a big picture context, it just isn’t so.
If I saw just as many nitpicky posts about the Red Sox or the Indians as I do from you regarding the Yankees, I wouldn’t see it as an issue. And that imbalance is what siphons credibility from your posts. You are not objective, but yet you swear you are. There is a huge disconnect between how you perceive yourself and what you’re actually doing.
BTW: I brought up Reyes, not to bash the Mets, but because he is a young player, on the rise, playing in the SAME MARKET.