It is with great joy and much hilarity that I’ve been reading the latest tales of woe coming out of Red Sox Nation, all related to the recent blockbuster trade that sent reigning AL MVP (and best position player in the majors) Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees. For the uninformed—and to truly understand Boston fans’ situation—you have to keep in mind that it was Boston that thought they’d secured a trade for Rodriguez a few weeks back, only to see it fall through at the last second.
The latest cries from Boston? Same as the old cries coming out of Boston—the Yankees are evil, the Yankees simply outspend everyone else, the Yankees are bad for baseball. What Sox fans seem to be forgetting are a couple simple facts:
- I can guarantee with absolute certainty that had the Sox managed to pull of their trade for Rodriguez, you wouldn’t be hearing a single solitary peep out of Boston about spending or about the little guys that never had a chance at A-Rod. Guaranteed. But since (a) they didn’t get him, and (b) the Yankees did, you get to listen to the sour grapes of Red Sox Nation. You know how it goes: what’s good for us is good for us, what’s good for the Yankees is bad for baseball. What a bunch of pathetic, insecure hypocrites.
- The Red Sox like to pretend that the Yankees are the only free-spending, bad-for-the-little-guy thugs. I won’t argue the free-spending part, as it would be silly to. But would you like to take a guess at who the second biggest spenders are? That’s right—Boston. They conveniently forget that they could have had A-Rod all to themselves if they’d just been willing to commit to a little (relatively speaking) more money, money that they could afford and would easily make up in marketing and such. They could have, but chose not to. The Yankees could have—and they did.
As to the last point, Peter Gammons said it best in his latest article posted to ESPN.com:
[T]he fact is for the Red Sox to cry about [the Alex Rodriguez deal] sounds whiney considering they have the second highest payroll in the game and are more than 20 percent higher than the third team. For Larry Lucchino to vent his frustrations on Bud Selig trying to get the commissioner to void the trade by invoking the best interests of baseball raised this question: if it’s not in the best interest of the game to go to the highest payroll, why is it in “the best interest” for him to go to the second highest payroll?
The Red Sox have built themselves a fine, fine team for the upcoming season, one that frankly scares the bejeezus out of this Yankees fan. But having lived in Boston for five years until fairly recently, I was counting the seconds until the moaning started once news of the A-Rod deal hit the press. It’s nice to know that you can depend on the most self-pitying fans in the world for something.
In short, Boston: Boo. F*cking. Hoo. You big babies.
LET’S GO YANKEES! *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*