The Yankees have been out of the playoff hunt for all of two minutes, and are already complaining about not getting a fair shake. It seems that "salary cap" is as foreign a concept to the newest a-hole Steinbrenner as "salad bar." From his interview with the New York Daily News,
"The biggest problem is the divisional setup in major league baseball. I didn't like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now," Steinbrenner wrote. "Baseball went to a multidivision setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement. But it isn't fair. You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we're not.Hank knows his (oreo big) stuff: for years, perennial powerhouses like the Orioles and Devil Rays have rocked the AL EAST, adding almost three losses all year to the Yankees record.
"This is by no means a knock on Torre - let me make that clear-but look at the division they're in. If L.A. were in the AL East, it wouldn't be in the playoff discussion. The AL East is never weak."
"I'm happy for Joe, but you have to compare the divisions and the competition," Steinbrenner wrote. "What if the Yankees finish the season with more wins than the Dodgers but the Dodgers make the playoffs? Does that make the Dodgers a better team? No."
I'd feel bad for the Yankees, but I'm too busy feeling bad for all their fans making less than $200K a year, who won't be seeing the inside of new Yankee stadium. Hopefully that increased revenue can help Hank find the next Carl Pavano (current price tag: $2 million per win since coming to the Bronx).