They are the Cinderella team du jour going against the Red Sox and their Nation. They're doing most of it with kids and a very modest payroll. My question is, can they keep it up?
They don't have the big TV deal their closest competitiors (Sox & Yankees) do. They drew 1.8M this year, which is good compared to past seasons but they are going to have to draw a lot better than that to keep up. They do have guys like Shields and Longoria signed into the next decade but they are eventually have to find the money to pay them. They have a lot of kids but that means that they are all going to be arbitration eligible around the same time. Plus how are you going to keep them on the farm after they have seen Paree? Their kids are getting their first tast of national exposure. National TV, sellout crowds, national media, etc. They are going to be thinking about that when they are playing in front of 15K in July. When it comes time for their contracts to be up, that's going to go through their minds.