Kimmie - Just got to keep you honest (like to avoid Slinky's Three Stooges comment - though I did think it was very cute - can I say that word). Beep9 - I can assure you that I have no bitterness. I am a fan of baseball first and foremost. But the reality of it is that it is all about buying baseball players and money today. Whether it is assuming a large contract in a trade which your team can do because it can afford it, or paying your pre-free agent players tons of money to avoid them testing the market to the signing of free agents it is all about money. I don't begrudge George or the Yankees for doing it - he can afford it - but he does it (to the betterment of his team). Every year you read with amazement about the small market teams who are putting together remarkable years. But for the most part those teams don't last for the long haul. The dismantling of the Expos in the early mid 90's, the Florida Marlins after the 97 series. It is all about money because that's what the players go for and to the owners who will pay. (except of course for Mike Hampton who was so enamored of the Denver school system). Everyone can talk about how the Mets could have and should have had ARod - but Hicks threw him 250 million dollars and no one was even close. It's easy for him to say on Aug 23 that he would have taken less from the Mets. BTW - that's a big reason why I absolutely cannot stand baseketball anymore. 5.3 million for Charlie Ward. 100 million contract like its water. Ticket prices out of control - $300 to take a family of four to a Knick game (and have mediocre seats at best). Hell - give me the WNBA anytime. Back to baseball - the reason why I would absolutely love to see Seattle (or the A's) win it all is because PAt Gillick is the best general manager in baseball and has been for the past 10 years. A shrewd talent evaluator is has put together great teams in Toronto and now Seattle. No - I'm not an anti-Yankee fan (I am an anti-George fan though - hell you can't like everyone), but I am a BASEBALL fan. (And I both played it and taught it - and I am not Ralph Kiner). But it is unfortunately not the same for me that it once was.