Ravens owner rips Yankees…for not winning 130 games a year.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti apparently isn’t a huge fan of the Yankees (or their spending) and isn’t afraid to admit it.

From the Baltimore Sun:

“It certainly doesn’t show up in the standings,” Bisciotti said. “If I’m a Yankees fan, I’m upset we’re not winning 130 games with the roster that they have and the money that they pay out. I think it’s a disgrace they only beat the average team by 10 games in the standings with three times the money. I’d fire that GM. You don’t need a GM. All you have to do is buy the last Cy Young Award winner every year.”

Granted, I realize that Bisciotti’s comments are meant to be over-the-top and are somewhat tongue-in-cheek. But I always find it humorous when the same argument about the Yankees is made every year: They spend the most, so therefore they should win the World Series every season. In no other walk of life is that argument accepted, yet Yankee-haters abide by it like it’s their constitutional law.

Do you always get what you pay for? Absolutely not. If I spend a truckload on a new car, is it guaranteed to outperform all other vehicles? No. If I spend $100 on a steak, is it guaranteed to taste better than a $50 steak? In essence it should, but again, there’s no guarantee.

So, why is it a shock to people that just because the Yankees spend more than everyone that they don’t win every year? I get the thought process behind it, but it’s an incredibly weak argument in the grand scheme of things. When it comes down to it, the players that the Yankees “buy” still have to execute on the field. It’s not like other teams stroll into New York and say, “Ah crap, we’re playing the Yankees tonight and they spend more, so they’re going to win.” It’s actually the opposite – teams get up for playing the Yankees.

Now, don’t take my point out of context. I’m fully aware that the Yankees have an advantage because they spend more. But this half-witted notion that they should win 130 games or take home the World Series every year is a lazy argument made by people that push aside the true meaning of sports and competition. And I get embarrassed for people like Bisciotti (someone on the professional level) when they use it.

Full disclosure: I’m not a Yankee fan. I hate that I have to say that every time I defend them, but if I don’t some wiseguy will lambaste me in the comments section for being a homer.


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Cheer up Yankee-haters and keep this in mind…


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First and foremost, let me state for the record that I am neither a Phillies nor a Yankees fan. My team (the Giants) watched the World Series the same way I did – from my couch with one eye on the tube and the other on my laptop trying to improve my fantasy football roster. (What, you don’t think Pablo Sandoval cares about his fantasy team, too?)

After the Yankees won last night, I did an all-Bronx Bombers post and barely mentioned the Phillies. I talked about how New York found the pitching it needed to get over the hump and how homegrown players like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada once again stepped up in the clutch. If you’re a Yankee fan, do yourself a favor and stop reading this post immediately and skip right to the one I wrote last night.

If you’re a Phillies fan or a Yankee-hater: Enjoy.

Sure, the Yankees might have bought their 27th championship this year, but let’s take a moment to rain on their parade by keeping all this in mind:

– After stealing all the momentum in the 2001 World Series by winning three straight games against the Diamondbacks to take a 3-2 series lead, they embarrassed themselves in Game 6 by losing 15-2 and then allowed guys like Mark Grace, Tony Womack and Luis Gonzalez to beat them in Game 7…with their ace closer Mariano Rivera on the mound no less.

– They had the best record in baseball in 2002, yet lost to the Rally Monkey in the postseason. The Rally Monkey! (That said, let me take a moment to say “F” that stupid Ebola-infested Rally Monkey on behalf of my Giants.)

– In 2003, they again had one of the best records in baseball (the Braves had an identical 103-61 record), yet lost to the NL Wild Card-winning Marlins in the Fall Classic.

– In 2004…well, we all know what happened in 2004. It’s the reason why we have “Red Sox Nation” and why the term “epic fail” is used today.

– Despite their massive payroll, the Yankee$ choked in the Division Series not once, but three times in a row from 2005 to 2007. They also completely missed the playoffs in 2008 with the highest payroll in baseball. How does that happen?

On top of this, let’s not forget that the Yankees outbid themselves to acquire A-Rod and had four players that tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs: Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi and Rodriguez.

So ask yourself this, would you trade in nine years of embarrassment for one championship?

Girardi’s job is safe for now

According to a report by the New York Post, it appears that Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi’s job is safe for now.

At 13-14 after last night’s 4-3 loss to the Rays, voices in and out of baseball are wondering if Girardi, who is in the second season of a three-year contract, is safe.

According to several organizational sources Girardi’s job security isn’t an issue. Too many injuries too early in the season and slow starts by CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. And he hasn’t had cleanup hitter Alex Rodriguez play a game, lost Chien-Ming Wang early and Jorge Posada recently.

Though Girardi said he understands the attention that comes with managing the Yankees, he said he isn’t fixated on those who blame him for the pedestrian start and being dominated by the Red Sox.

“That’s not something I really focus on. I focus on the task at hand. Every day we do the best we can to prepare our club and every move we make is to win the game and that’s what I focus on,” said Girardi, who has been hamstrung by an awful bullpen.

As the article notes, Girardi can’t do anything about veterans like Sabathia and Teixeira getting off to slow starts, A-Fraud not being in the lineup and Wang forgetting that he’s not pitching in a home run derby contest every fifth day. Girardi will continue to catch heat because he replaced a manager in Joe Torre who should have never been fired in the first place, and the pressure to succeed will always be bestowed on Yankee managers because of how much the club spends to win. It just comes with the territory.

The manager is always on the front lines when a team is losing, but at some point the players are going to have to just step up and freaking produce. Girardi can’t manage situations that are unmanageable (i.e. the pitching staff turning the new Yankee Stadium into Coors Field).

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