Yanks buy Giambi. (There's a surprise.)

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  1. Ross Williams

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    Yet another disheartening development for MLB. The Yankees tie up being in the World Series race for the next seven years by signing one of the most talented players in baseball. The A's go from being one of the only few Yankee contenders to maybe, possible, if a miracle happens, playoff hopefuls.
    Yankees fans are obviously ecstatic, while every other baseball fan just let out a collective groan. Who's next on Steinbrenner's shopping list? And how much more boring can he make baseball? [​IMG]
     
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    I had seen the deal was supposed to be all but done, but part of me hoped it was misinformation. I have nothing against the Yankees except for the fact that they are baseball's rich kid you went to school with. They get anything and everything they want. And while it is impressive what they have accomplished, there was no one happier this past world series than me. Collectively, they are a great team with great players, and the best team deserves to win. I just wish other teams could compete with George's bottomless wallet. Or, that they were willing to, anyway.
     
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    Just another reason why I've stopped watching & attending MLB games. The rich get richer and the poor get contracted.
     
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    I'm glad to see some angry people with this. I blame baseball's mishaps on the comissioner Bud Selig. He's the worst thing to happen to baseball. It's time that teams get a maximum salry cap and aren't allowed to excede it. That would straighten a whole mess of this out.
     
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    Come on Yanks fans, I know there's a ton of ya' here, I want to hear your side of this. I'm sure you're excited about this development. But aren't you gonna be bored next season? There's not gonna be any serious competition in the AL. Unless my Mariner's manage to hold on to all their important players. The A's still have great pitching, but they lost their club leader, and their greatest offensive threat. The Indians traded away Alomar, and it looks like they're gonna lose Gonzalez too. The Red Sox might be pretty good next year, IF they can stay heathy. Other than that, it's a bunch of crap out there. I like my team to win, but I also like having some good competition to watch.
     
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    Hey, if Harlem can have Globetrotters, why not the Bronx?

    Oh well, that's baseball. Take it or leave it. I usually leave it, except for every few decades when the Yanks tank a season and it happens to be the Tigers' turn to sit in.

    I think I know how the Oakland fans feel. With a little self discipline, by next year I'll have abandoned my bitterness over my perception that the U of Mich. was one Drew Henson away from the Rose Bowl this season.
     
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    I saw this story right before I went to bed last night. My beloved A's are now without their leader. It just really makes me angry how the whole league is run.
     
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    Out of all these threads about the Yankees and the current state of the MLB, no one has been able to answer a basic question.
    How are these deals and the excessive team payrolls good for the game, and good for the other teams?
    Can anyone give me a good answer? Probably not.
     
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    Unless Texas goes out and spends a lot of money on pitching, I think the Mariners will have a lock on the AL West next year. The M's need to figure out how to beat the Yankees in the ALCS now and sign whoever they need, Boone, Cirillo, Nomo, etc. (I still fantasize about getting Barry Bonds, but I don't think the Bay Area can survive the vacuum of losing Giambi and Bonds, and why Bonds would want to come to a pitchers park when he is about 4-5 seasons away from Hank Aaron's record, assuming Barry averages 40-50 HRs a year).

    Who knows how the A's will do after losing Giambi and Isringhause (and probably Damon), the critics picked the M's to be 4th in the AL West last year after we lost A-Rod and look what happened?

    Now if the MLB can hurry up and draft next year's schedule so I can start planning what games I want to go to.
     
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    Are they gonna trade Martinez? I didn't think he was a free agent.

    I can't wait till the Yankees are here next year. I'm gonna boo Giambi so bad, maybe throw a rancid hot dog at him if I'm feeling particulary vile. I used to like the guy.
     
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    Martinez is a free agent and won't be resigned, for better or worse. So Giambi's salary is in place of, rather than in addition to Martinez's salary (if that's any consolation).

     
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    Bored with winning? That sounds like it's coming from someone who hasn't been winning. There is nothing boring about winning. Why should the Yankees care if signing Giambi is good for baseball? It's good for the Yankees. These teams are businesses run for profit. Like it or not as long as fans are willing to pay for the salaries they will continue to rise. Yankees attendence figures have never been higher. Money is not the only factor. The Yankees have been diligent to not have the highest paid player on their team. Someone stated that the Red Sox and Rangers weren't playoff contenders so the signings of Ramirez and Rodriguez couldn't be compared. What planet are you from? Both have been consistent contenders and both thought those signings would put them over the top. Both have relied on hitting rather than pitching and defense. Boston felt that one pitcher was enough and Texas totally ignored their pitching. Can't you Yankee bashers come up with something more interesting than the Yankees buying the world series? When Angelos had the highest payroll with the Orioles no one said the were buying the world series. Why? Because everyone figured the Yankees would still beat them and they did. It's actually sad to see how the Orioles are being dismantled. They passed up on a trade for Rolens because they didn't want to pay him $100 million. If you want to talk about what is bad for baseball then you should look at an owner like Angelos. He could have signed Musina easily for much less than the Yankees signed him for. The real reason he went to the Yankees is because several players made personal phone calls to him and he felt wanted. The Orioles wouldn't even discuss a contract with him.
     
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    Well, the homers and RBIs (or should it be RsBI?) were pretty close. I mean, it's not like they had Mario Mendoza at first base.
     
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