Despite being one of the most unworthy Hall of Fame entrants in recent memory, Jim Rice is still complaining (via Newsday):
But it was interesting to hear Jim Rice, finally elected to the Hall of Fame after a 15-year wait, blame George Steinbrenner’s checkbook for The Curse of the Bambino. When asked about Boston’s failure to win a World Series during his career – 1975 to 1989 – up to the Bambino-busting 2004 season, Rice pointed directly to the Bronx.
“During that time, Steinbrenner spent more money than the Red Sox,” Rice said. “He had more free agents. So when you get the best free agents, and you get the superstars from other ballclubs, that’s what made you have a better team. The more money you can spend, the better you should get.”
Such a shame that Rice was stuck playing for those small market Red Sox. The really funny thing about this is Rice played from ’75-’89. So from ’76-’81, the Yankees put some good teams on the field. After that? Probably the worst period in the history of the franchise.
So Jim, why weren’t you busy winning the World Series all those years in the 80’s when the free-spending Yankees were finishing below .500?
Just because your Hall of Fame candidacy is a joke, doesn’t mean you have to act like it.
Oh, but it gets better:
Even now, Rice remains annoyed by the Yankees’ habit of throwing money at their problems. Not surprisingly, he lauds Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein for doing things the right way.
Oh wait, you mean the right way by spending absurd amounts of money on baseball players? The Red Sox operate no differently than the Yankees. If you look at the way the two teams behave, they quite literally mirror each other. Sure, Teixiera chose the Yankees this offseason, but we know Boston offered him at least $176 million. The Red Sox have signed guys like J.D. Drew and Dice-K to huge deals. Before that, there was Schilling and Manny, amongst others. They pay good money for their own guys (Ortiz, Lowell, etc). They can afford to ignore high-priced mistakes (Lugo). They pump money into their farm system.
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with any of that. The Yankees operating budget is higher than that of the Red Sox, but given that they are the marquee franchise and make the most money, it should be. But no one should think for a second that these teams work differently, because they certainly do not.
Now, if you want to argue that the Marlins or Pirates operate differently in terms of player acquisition – well you have a point.