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Failing economy doesn’t affect the Yankees

Royals Indians BaseballApparently an economy that has sent even the most ruthless spenders into fiscal conservatism, hasn’t affected the MLB or its flagship franchise in the Yankees.

While car companies and bankers are asking for billion-dollar bailouts, the Yankees tolled out 161 million dollars for C.C. Sabathia to throw a ball. I am not the only to have a problem with this, Marlins President David Samson, whose team happened to have the lowest payroll last season at $22 million, assessed the Yankees’ spending.

“The Yankees can do they want to, but I would caution the public to draw any relationship between how the Yankees operate and how other teams operate,” he said. “I very much feel like the producer of an independent film trying to compete with a big-budget studio blockbuster. That’s hard.

“The only way to do it is to have a low-budget film that is actually good that people will watch,Samson said. “We are very much like Juno going up against The Dark Knight.”

And no deed can go down without Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s expert opinion. He, just like Samson was shocked by the amount of money thrown at Sabathia.

“Wow!” gushed Guillen. “For $161 million I could put two teams on the field. I just want to be his agent. Heck, I just want to be his wife.”

Truth is, the Yankees crosstown rival Mets signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a three-year deal worth $37 million, and Manny Ramirez and Mark Teixeira are still search of big paydays, leaving the door open for many more dollars to be thrown at players who simply throw a ball.

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With Guillen, never a dull moment

ozzie-guillen-chokeThe most honest man in baseball is back at it again.

In an interview with Dave van Dyke of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made some rousing comments regarding former Sox OF Nick Swisher.

Swisher,  who was recently traded to the Yankees, was driven into the Sox’s bullpen by the emergence of younger, more talented players during the 2008 MLB season. Guillen wasn’t gun shy at all when explaining why Swisher was benched, stating that other players simply outperformed Swisher and it was hard for the Sox to find a spot for him.

When asked if Swisher was a cancer inside the bullpen after his benching, Guillen was, as always, brutally honest.

“You’ve got to ask the players about that,” he said. “To be honest with you, I was not happy with the way he was reacting at the end of the season. He wasn’t helping me either.”

Say what you want about Guillen, he holds no punches. While his comments can be ill timed, as they were with Javier Vazquez when Guillen said he “wasn’t a big-game pitcher” and Vasquez went out and proved just that by getting lit up against the Twins; Honesty is seldomely exercised by anyone in sport.

We can only hope that more managers will take a que from Guillen and make more headlines.

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