The Death of Baseball: NYY trade for AROD
I am not a huge baseball fan. More of the football type. Baseball is pretty slow, and I can't get into it unless it is the O's, sometimes the Red Sox. When I heard about both the Red Sox and Yankees pursuing a trade for AROD it made me feel sick to my stomach. Then the rumors died when the MLB players union rejected the terms of a TEX-BOS trade because it would diminish the value of the contract, although it had AROD's blessing.
Now it seems that the Yankees have made a trade for AROD. WTF!?! Giambi, Jeter, Posada, Bernie, Sheff, Matsui, and now Rodriguez. The thought of George Steinbrenner spending more than Tampa, Toronto, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, KC, and San Diego, COMBINED is scary (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/salaries?team=nyy). There are these teams, like so many others, that start a baseball season knowing they won't win. Of course there will always be the Marlins of the world. Luck always has a place in sports, but you can't rely on it.
Now I don't think this will affect the baseball fan that has a team he/she loves and follows regardless. You will watch on TV, go to a game or two, if possible, and cheer. But what about the casual fan? What is to get excited about? I guess they can always just wait until October, when it matters most. But I believe baseball will suffer, greatly, by the acts of GStienbrenner. The casual baseball fan will be impressed that one team can employ such a talented roster, but should be disgusted that they are allowed to spend TWICE as much as the FOURTH highest payroll in baseball to do it. What's the point in watching or investing your time following a season when odds are you already know who is gonna be in the playoffs? It's sad, really. Is there anyone out there who doesn't believe that the Red Sox and Yankees won't be in the playoffs? And that one of them will represent the AL in the World Series? And not just this season, but for years to come.
Until baseball institutes a salary cap nothing will change. As the saying goes, "the rich get richer..." and it will hold true in baseball. Sadly enough, it seems like many teams don't have any intention of fielding a competitive team, because they know they can't get the kind of talent it takes to win with the Yanks and Sox outspending everybody. Look at the way the cap has affected football. Every team in the NFL (except for ARI), every FAN in the NFL has the excitement in knowing that they have a shot of winning the big one! Worst-to-first and back again. Some people can't stand that there aren't any dynasties, but is that really good for the game? It's good for the casual bandwagon POS, who discards favorite teams like batteries. When they are good and powerfull you keep them, when they are used up you throw them out. For any true fan of any sport the salary cap, an even playing field, is what is needed to preserve the game. Until such time we'll just have to wait for the postseason and the hope of some incredible upset to make the season worthwhile...