This is absolutely belated, but in case you haven’t heard, the New York Yankees are your 2009 American League Eastern Division Champions. I will give you two bits of information that make me feel warm and gleeful as I continue working on a slew of season-ending pieces:
- Number of wins added by the Red Sox’ clever, efficient, low-risk, high-reward, prescient, versatile, crafty signings of John Smoltz, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, and Rocco Baldelli: 1.9
- Number of wins added by the Yankees’ nefarious, ruthless, unfair, greedy, gluttonous, shameful signings of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Teixeira: 16.2
- Number of homegrown players that contributed to the gritty, gutty, scrappy, hustling, playing-the-game-the-right-way, fiery 2009 Red Sox: 11
- Number of homegrown players that contributed to the soulless, evil, oppressive, corporate, mercenary 2009 Yankees: 14
Hey, I’m still a fan, right?
(NOTE: “Contributed” is, indeed, a vague term. I defined a contributing player as having 50 or more plate appearances or 25 or more innings pitched. I settled on these numbers after looking at the Yankees’ roster and realizing that I had nearly forgotten about nearly everyone below these marks, but remembered everyone above them. International free agent signings [Matsui, Matsuzaka, etc.] were excluded.)