$200 million buys a World Series Championship

Very quickly, congratulations to the New York Yankees on becoming World Series champs. There was nothing overly dramatic about Game Six or the series in general, however good for the Yankees on coming out on top.

But for the New York Yankees organization, anything less than a championship this year would have been an utter disappointment. So after missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons, they went out and snagged the best free agents on the market in the hopes of building another winning team.

On Managing …


This World Series in particular might have possibly been the most over-hyped when it comes to managing decisions. The media scrutinized Joe Girardi for only using a three-man rotation the entire playoffs, and they even grilled Charlie Manuel for something as simple as not starting the runners with one out.

Basically, people need to stop giving so much credit to Joe Girardi because I think even Cito Gaston could have managed the Yankees to a Championship. Just like the 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays, when you have the best group of players, often times they will come through when needed and these minute coaching decisions don’t really have an effect on the game.

Godzilla comes to life

After tonight’s MVP performance, Hideki Matsui certainly bought himself a fat contract with whichever team signs him in the off season. Initially I thought he might be a good fit for the Blue Jays as a DH, but now it appears that the price tag might be too high and I find it hard to believe that Matsui would leave his cozy nest in New York to shack up in Toronto.

In closing …

Whether we like it or not, the New York Yankees are the World Series Champs. However, if any other team in the American League such as the Blue Jays had a payroll of $200 million dollars, they could also very well be standing in the Yankees champagne-soaked shoes.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

13 thoughts on “$200 million buys a World Series Championship

  • November 5, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Normally, I would say yes – but with the WS MVP, Godzilla will now be a little more expensive than anticipated.

    The Yankees just might hang on to him, and let Damon walk instead. I can't see both of them staying in NY in 2010.

  • November 5, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Hate to see the Yankees win but there wasn't much doubt who would take it for me. If this isn't a wake up call for the Jays to spend some cash then I don't know what is. I hope AJ Burnett takes a champagne cork to the eye.

  • November 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    It's also a wakeup call for everyone in the league to start spending cash. That's why I'm afraid a Yankees world series win is bad for baseball – I will do a followup post covering this later on.

    Oh, and don't worry about A.J. – he was probably wearing eye protection.

  • November 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    That would have been a lot funner if I had really wanted either team to win, though the desire to see the Yanks not win was pretty powerful. Ah well. Can't wait to see how the genius of Alex and Paul combine to create a masterpiece for Cito to put the final touches on next year.

    Yeah. Next year will be awesome … awesome …

  • November 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    If anything, it will be interesting to see what happens. At this point, any direction is a good direction.

  • November 5, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    It's funny but that one game probably cost whoever signs Matsui millions. Seriously.

  • November 6, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I thought the very same thing, Mattt. I just hope it's not the Blue Jays that overpay Matsui.

  • November 6, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I still take Matsui over Delgado, despite the millions. Just add some porn in a box in his incentive-laden contract, welcome aboard Gozilla.

  • November 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Good idea, BK. I'm sure that Matsui would sign on the dotted line if AA game him a tour of Zanzibar. Godzilla would love that.

  • November 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I say no to Matsui's contract, and no to Delgado nostalgia. It's too much already, man….TOO MUCH!

  • November 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Ack, have some faith in a big box o' porn. It's like cat nip to Matsui.

  • November 7, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Ack, I say no to Matsui but I'm still high on Delgado. Now that Hardy is off the market, I have to put even more faith in the Blue Jays to sing King Carlos.

    BK, I don't doubt that Matsui would take the bait. It all depends on what kind of porn the Yankees are willing to counter with.

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