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5DOLLAR-BLEACHERBUM
05-08-2007, 10:23 AM
I played in a golf scramble on saturday and the topic of whether or not every other team was cheating and if we should be too came up among our foursome. My reply to the question was no, because if we cheated and lost, it would be 1000 times worse than just losing, and if we cheated and won we would still know we cheated and that would be just as bad as losing.

This got me thinking about the baseball world, and the Yankees. If a team can spend almost 20 million on a player just to try to get them to the playoffs and other teams cannot, wouldn't that constitute cheating to some degree. My question to all of you is, if you were a Yankee wouldn't you be embarrassed. I mean last year they out spent everybody and got nowhere, and this year they are on track to do it again. If I were their peers it would be like that rich kid in school that got whatever they wanted, and nobody liked. There is so many things wrong about this situation with Roger that its rediculous. If I'm his teamate I'm wondering why I play all year and make half what he does for half a season. I also want to know why I can't fly home whenever I want to see my family. It's truely a sad state that baseball has fallen into, when the highest payed pitcher in the league only pitches half a year, and guys like Gil Meche are being payed like Cy Young winners. If this isn't a sign that a salary cap is desperately needed than I don't know what is.
This is why the NFL is truely ahead of baseball and always will be, yea they play less games and it's easier to keep peoples attention, but they keep our attention all year even when games are not being played. I saw that they are going to show the 1st year player draft on ESPN2 this year which is a step in the right direction, but I read it on the bottom line and have seen no commercials about it. In closing I hope that some of the small market teams can continue to close the gap without spending Yankee type money, but it seems like a losing battle. I do think it'e funny that the yankees keep buying $900 dollar drivers only to slice it into the woods.

westofyou
05-08-2007, 10:30 AM
This got me thinking about the baseball world, and the Yankees. If a team can spend almost 20 million on a player just to try to get them to the playoffs and other teams cannot, wouldn't that constitute cheating to some degree.

Cheating?

Yeah, whatever makes you happy, they have the funds, it's legal therefore it's not cheating.

blumj
05-08-2007, 10:53 AM
I'm probably the last person who should be saying this, but, if you have the financial resources to purchase a major league baseball team, you can probably raise the funds to purchase a $20M ballplayer if you consider it important enough. It doesn't make much business sense for a small market team to do that, but there's no law that says business sense always has to take priority over everything else. Sometimes, a large investment can help raise revenue for the future. Sometimes, a rich guy might just be willing to buy himself a new toy. But it's not like the Yankees are the only team that could have afforded to blow a big chunk of cash on Clemens, the Astros have been doing the exact same thing for several years now.