"Along with a few other teams, we're basically baseball's stimulus package," Steinbrenner told The Associated Press.
This is what we at The Fowl Balls have been preaching from day one. The New York Yankees serve as a financial safety net for much of baseball, and their clout is actually helping to stimulate the game. Major League Baseball merchandise sales are split evenly amongst the league's teams, so let me ask you this; when was the last time you saw someone, ANYONE, wearing a Kansas City Royals hat? Not to mention the socialist spreading of wealth disguised as "revenue sharing".
The Yankees are what keeps these teams afloat in many cases, and yet they STILL refuse to spend money on players. This is not a Red Sox-Yankees argument because John Henry is simply an imbecile. He HAS the money, yet he would rather sit back and sign 17 injury cases this winter instead of giving his team what it needs, and his fan base what it wants. This argument is about the small market teams that hoard the money bestowed upon them by the Yankees instead of improving their standing. And, for once, Hank is right.