Blame the system, not the Yankees 

November, 7, 2009
The morning after the Yankees won their 27th World Series, one of their scouts sent an e-mail that read: "You cannot believe how Brian Cashman treated all of us scouts and the little people. It was tremendous."

It was refreshing, because the clichéd response to winning the World Series seemed to be a universal "The Yankees bought the Series," as if somehow they went outside the rules of law and bought Cook or Palm Beach County.

Look, there are serious inequities in the system that we will see spelled out in the coming months that are creating a canyon between big and small markets, coastal and mid-American economies. In this current system, however, the New York Yankees played by the rules. The Mets outspent the Marlins by $103 million and finished 17 games behind them. The Tigers outspent the Twins by $62 million. No one decried the Blue Jays when they won with the highest payroll in 1993.