FOXSports.com’s Dayn Perry has instantly become my new favorite target. I’m not going to tear into his column about why the Red Sox are the best organization in baseball. That would take a really long time. What I am going to do is provide a short (or maybe long, not sure yet) list of things to think about when reading the column:
- Whenever you see the following words: Boston Red Sox, John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Theo Epstein, Bill James, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buccholz, Kason Gabbard, or Jonathan Papelbon, replace them with the following: New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner, Randy Levine, Brian Cashman, Damon Oppenheimer, Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Joba Chamberlain. Did you do it? The column makes the same amount of sense, right? My point is, the Yankees are doing (and have been for a while) the exact same thing as the Red Sox. In fact, you could easily argue that the Red Sox’ recent success can be tied to their imitation of the Yankees. For now, I would just like to point out that when the Yankees do all the things Perry talks about, they’re ruining baseball. When the Red Sox do it, they’re a smart organization.
- I have no idea why the Red Sox’ inability to sign or retain Matt Murton, Cla Meredith, and Brian Bannister is a point in their favor, but apparently it is.
- The Red Sox are the most expensive team to have missed the playoffs (last year, you know that, right Dayn Perry?), and the most expensive team to have won a World Series. Just saying.
- Matsuzaka has been league-average this year, J.D. Drew sucks, and Julio Lugo sucks too. Crisp is no prize either. Total cost? $224 million. But the Yankees get reamed for signing Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, and Roger Clemens, whose total cost is $104 million. Again, just saying.
- Perry praises the Red Sox for “rebuilding while contending.” Fair enough. They’re going to make the playoffs this year, after not making it last year (we still remember that, right?) But they rebuilt by spending oodles of cash. Of course, some homegrown players have played important roles for them this year. Pedroia, Papelbon and Kevin Youkilis have been quite valuable, while Buchholz and Manny Delcarmen have contributed as well. Again, this is no different than the Yankees. The homegrown, active Yankees are: Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Melky Cabrera, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, and Shelley Duncan. To be clear, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “buying championships.” If you’ve got the money, then by all means, spend it. It’s the inconsistent analysis that bothers me. The Red Sox didn’t win anything until they starting spending boatloads of money, they passed on Bobby Abreu because they’re “in a position with less resources” (but spent $103 million on Matsuzaka that winter), and have had more “mercenaries” on their team in their recent, successful years than the Yankees ever had. But they are awesome and the Yankees are evil. Right
- Once and for all (not really), the Red Sox are not a small-market team. Boston is not a small market. You are a retard if you think they are a small-market team. Boston is a big city. The Red Sox have more bandwagon fans than any baseball team in the country right now. The Red Sox are rich. Boston is not a small market. The Red Sox are not underdogs. Boston is not a small market.
- John Henry and Tom Werner are awesome owners because they spend lots of money and are dedicated to building a competitive team. George Steinbrenner dines with Osama bin Laden and drinks the blood of Christian babies because he spends lots of money and is dedicated to building a competitive team. Got it.
- Have I mentioned that the Red Sox finished in 3rd place in the AL East last year? With a gigantic payroll? And then they spent tons of money to get competitive again? And this is exactly why the Yankees are evil? And the Red Sox did that very evil thing to go from bad to good?
Look, I want to be clear about one thing: I am not criticizing the Red Sox’ methods. Their organization is doing whatever they think gives them the best chance to win, and generally, they are quite good at it. They have lots of money, they usually spend it well, and they’ve got some great young players. That’s all fine.
I am using Perry’s column to point out the gigantic double-standard that the media (and fans, to a lesser extent) enact when comparing the Yankees and Red Sox. Or even when just evaluating the Red Sox by themselves. You just can’t have it both ways. The Yankees cannot be evil for buying players, having tons of money and a rich owner, and tapping foreign markets while the Red Sox are efficient, visionary, and well-run for doing the exact same thing.
Conveniently, it is now 5:57 here in Nashville, and the Yankees are about to start playing. Until next time.