After the Red Sox' ridiculous $51.1 million bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka, the next time you hear some sorry Sox fan crying about what the Yanks spend, refer them to this Sean McAdam article.
My favorite part:
No more suggestions, please, that the Yankees are some financial superpower capable of trampling the rest of baseball with their reckless and boundless spending. No more talk about the Red Sox being the plucky underdogs that somehow must make do with less.
The Sox's insistence that the Yanks were economic bullies always seemed a bit hollow, anyway. Sure, the Yankees have baseball's deepest pockets, as might be expected in a sport in which local revenues are critical to a team's financial footing.
Here, though, is what the Red Sox never acknowledged: Although the Yankees could indeed outspend them, the Red Sox, in turn, could outspend the other 28 teams in baseball.
Do the Gettys complain about the Rockefellers?