Yes, Larry Lucchino was put in front of a microphone and as he often does, he was quick to put down the New York Yankees big offseason acquisitions.
“We’re very different animals. I’m proud of that difference,” said Lucchino. “I always cringe when people lump us together. Other baseball teams sometimes do that. They are still, this year at least, relying heavily on their inimitable old-fashioned Yankees style of high-priced, long-term free agents. And, uh, I can’t say that I wish them well, but I think that we’ve taken a different approach. If you compare what we did last year in the offseason to what they did this year, there’s quite a contrast there.”
Meanwhile, the war of words had just started as the Yankees President Randy Levine fired back quickly and to the point.
“I feel bad for Larry; he constantly sees ghosts and is spooked by the Yankees,” said Yankees President Randy Levine. “But I can understand why, because under his and Bobby Valentine’s plan two years ago, the Red Sox were in last place. Ben Cherington and the Red Sox did a great job last year winning the World Series, but I’m confident Cash and Joe and our players will compete with a great Red Sox team to win a world championship this year.”
I just love listening to presidents, who don’t know much about baseball talk crap about each other’s baseball team.
Number one, it doesn’t make Larry any better than the Yankees for spending less money than New York. It actually just makes him a prick that pockets the profit from the money that fans spend. Number two, the payrolls aren’t too far apart.
According to Forbes, the Boston Red Sox are the third highest valued MLB team behind the Yankees and Dodgers. In 2013, the Boston Red Sox made $336 million in revenue while paying out $156.5 million in player contracts. Since the numbers are not all public, the Red Sox paid in player and personnel salaries at nearly $159 million according to Deadspin. That’s a difference of 177 million.
I admittedly find it annoying that the Yankees can go out and spend money on five players that is more than some team’s entire payroll, but if you can do it it’s legal in the MLB. The real issue is a lack of salary cap that makes it unfair for some teams to even compete in that league. Until that happens, I’d rather have a president that spends his money than one that pockets it.