Let me be upfront about something. I hate New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
How much do I hate Steinbrenner? There are only two people in New York who I hate worse than Steinbrenner: Donald Trump and Rudy Guiliani. That's how much.
Year after year Steinbrenner spends huge amounts of money and buys all the good players. Arod? Got him. Randy Johnson? Had him, then dumped him. Andy Pettite? Check. Ivan Rodriquez? Brought him over to the dark side too. Johnny Damon? Yeah, but make sure he cuts his hair and has his soul removed.
Steinbrenner is like that jerk at your high school with the rich parents who drives the Camaro to school and flaunts it. Year after year, the Yankees spend as much as any three other teams do on payroll.
Yet, what are the results? Quick: when was the last time the Yankees were in the World Series? That's right, 2001. And they lost that one. All the money, and no trophy for George. Boo hoo.
And this year is special. First, the Yankees lost their division and never even made it to the playoffs. Better yet, they lost the division to the Tampa Bay Rays, a team with a salary a fraction of theirs. Money can't buy you love, nor a playoff berth.
Even better, tonight here in Chicago, there'll be a National League playoff game. The managers of the two teams will be two guys who've had the misfortune to work for George Steinbrenner as managers of the Yankees, the Cubs' Lou Piniella and the Dodgers' Joe Torre. Torre was unceremoniously dumped last year as Yankees' manager and here he is in his first year as the Dodgers' manager bringing them to the playoffs.
Suck it George.