7 years, $160,000,000 to throw a baseball once every 5 days. Cy Young must be vehemently nauseous in his grave!
There is a ridiculous amount of money generated by professional sports and I am by all means 110% behind the athletes getting their share but can we somehow put and end to this gluttonous behavior? I like the way the different leagues have controlled the rookie pay scales and wonder if there is a way to structure a scale for free agents as well to avoid this lunacy! I guess the one thing you can argue is that the top baseball players have caught up with the NBA and they play twice as many games? No one in the NFL tops $20 mil and only one is over $15 (Peyton Manning). The NBA has 9 at $20 mil or more. The MLB will now have 4, all of whom play for the Yankees!
The only beautiful thing about it is that money doesn't necessarily buy victories. Last years New York Yankees club won only 5 more games than the lowest salaried Florida Marlins (who played one less game) with 10 times the payroll. $209,081,579 versus $21,836,500. The Tampa Bay Rays ($62,182,767) and the Minnesota Twins ($43,820,598) combined were just over half of the Yankees tab. We all know where the Rays went but the Twins were only a game short of the Yanks. Here is to much more of the same good ol' karma in 2009!
I don't have a solution or even a good suggestion. Any good accountants or economists feel free to chime in! It just disgusts me to see this with athlete's when this enthusiast is struggling to find a job as his unemployment is running out.
Break a leg C.C. Sabathia, your on the biggest stage of 'em all!